The Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC), as a champion for the rights and welfare of domestic workers or kasambahays, organized a webinar for kasambahays, household employers, and representatives from the Private Employment Agencies (PEAs) on January 22, 2022.

The webinar is an observance of the annual Araw ng Kasambahay, and provided valuable information relative to the Republic Act 10361 or the Domestic Workers Act, Department Order No. 230-21, or the Guidelines on Support for Workers in the Informal Economy under the Safe Spaces Act to ensure the safety of workers in the workplaces, as well as programs and services that the kasambahays may avail through the different government agencies.

Representatives from the BWSC tackled valuable discussions. Ms. Mercy Apurado from the Women Workers Development Division explained the salient features of the Domestic Workers Act and the Department Order No. 230-21, while Ms. Zydney Lanz Cresino from the Workers in the Informal Economy Development Division provided orientation on the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program.

Mr. Arlan A. Gumarao from the PhilHealth, Mr. Aljon M. Ricafranca from the Pag-IBIG, and Ms. Anna Lourdes M. Somcio from the Social Security System (SSS) discussed all the benefits, programs, and services for domestic workers.

On the other hand, Dr. Sherly H. Cruz, an Education Program Specialist II from the Department of Education (DepEd), gave an overview of the Alternative Learning System that can eventually be availed by kasambahays to continue their education.

Skills Enhancement Training and Programs of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) was presented by Executive Director Maria Susana P. Dela Rama.

This celebration is part of the continuous effort of the Bureau to strengthen the respect and protection, as well as promotion of rights and welfare of kasambahays.