Wednesday, March 23, 2016


The welfare of domestic workers or kasambahays is not forgotten in the full plate of Secretary Mel Senen S. Sarmiento of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

In Memorandum Circular No. 2016-11, Sarmiento enjoins barangay chairpersons to advocate the Barangay Registration of Kasambahays by requiring every employer within his/her jurisdiction to register his/her kasambahays in the Kasambahay Masterlist.

“A part of the Barangay Assembly Day of each barangay in March 2016 should include the discussion on Barangay Registration of Kasambahays,” said Sarmiento.

The Secretary explained that this is in accordance with Republic Act No. 10361 otherwise known as An Act Instituting Policies for the Protection and Welfare of Domestic Workers that was approved by President Aquino two years ago.

“This is a prompter to all barangay officials not to take the Barangay Registration of Kasambahays for granted. Representatives from the Pag-IBIG, PhilHealth and SSS may be invited to set-up their respective desks to accept application for membership,” he said.

The law defines kasambahay as any person engaged in domestic work within an employment relationship such as, but not limited to, the following: general househelp, nursemaid or “yaya”, cook, gardener, or laundry person, but shall exclude any person who performs domestic work only occasionally or sporadically and not on an occupational basis.

The term does not include children who are under foster family arrangement, and are provided access to education and given an allowance incidental to education, i.e. “baon”, transportation, school projects and school activities.

Barangay Kasambahay Desk

In July 2013, the DILG directed barangays to have Kasambahay Desks. Barangay chairpersons were ordered to devise a system to ensure the registration of all kasambahays in their barangays including an on-line registration through their official website or e-mail.

The Kasambahay Registration Form (KR Form 1) and the Kontrata sa Paglilingkod sa Tahanan are available at the barangay and city or municipal Public Employment Service Office (PESO). Both forms are also downloadable at and

In case of termination of the contract, employers ought to immediately notify?the Kasambahay Desk for updating purposes.

The disclosure of information about the kasambahay and the employer by the barangay and the local (PESO) is subject to compliance with the requirements of Republic Act No. 10173 (Data Privacy Act of 2012) and other existing laws, otherwise, violators shall be subjected to fine or imprisonment. # Source –

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