DOMESTIC WORKERS in Metro Manila have officially been granted a wage hike to P5,000 monthly after the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Commission for the National Capital Region (RTWPB-NCR) released its wage order.

On Wednesday, the NCR wage board published Wage Order No. NCR-DW-02, which will take effect next month, 15 days after publication.

“After review and evaluation of the existing socio-economic conditions and based on Public Consultations/Hearing, studies, and deliberations conducted, the Board agreed to provide for wage adjustments for domestic workers with immediate relief measures to manage the rising cost of living,” the RTWPB-NCR said.

The new monthly minimum wage rate represents a P1,500 increase from the current P3,500 minimum. The wage order covers general household help, nannies, cooks, gardeners, laundry persons; and any person who does household domestic work as their primary occupation.

It does not cover service providers, drivers, children under foster family arrangements, and helpers who perform domestic work sporadically.

Employers are also obliged to provide their domestic help basic necessities such as decent sleeping arrangements; at least three meals a day; and medical assistance without loss of any wage benefits. — Gillian M. Cortez