The Department of Labor and Employment Surigao del Norte Field Office (DOLE SDNFO) conducted an orientation on Republic Act No. 10361 or the Domestic Workers Act/ Batas Kasambahay to three (3) baranggays of Bucas Grande Socorro, Surigao del Norte on May 19, 2022.

The orientation on the Batas Kasambahay is the first for the municipality of Socorro. DOLE SDNFO commenced the information drive of the Kasambahay Law this year in Bucas Grande because a considerable number of households in the province hire house helpers from the municipality.

DOLE SDNFO Head May C. Velonta discussed the “Batas Kasambahay”, highlighting the basic rights and benefits of the household helpers. She also emphasized the role of the Local Government Unit (LGU), particularly the barangay officials in upholding the law in their locality. As presented, the LGU shall ensure that house helpers are profiled and are duly registered in their respective barangays.

The activity was held in the function hall of TAFIMCO, Poblacion Socorro and attended by 42 residents from the barangays of San Roque, Del Pilar, and Honorado. The baranggay officials, led by their Barangay Captains, namely: Annabelle Quisasagan of Brgy, Del Pilar, Robert Cortina of Brgy San Roque, and Adolfo Rosillo Sr of Brgy Honrado also participated in the event. Also present were Municipal Administrator Dionita G. Sangco and Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Manager Engr. Dante Dizon.

San Roque Brgy. Captain Robert Cortina expressed her appreciation to the initiative.

“Wala kaayo mi na masayod sa Kasambahay Law labina sa role nan Barangay, mao nagpasalamat kami sa DOLE Surigao Del Norte Office sa pag hatag ug oras pagtagad para kami makabalo sa katungod and benepisyo nga angay sa amung mga katawhan nga nag trabaho as household helpers,” San Roque Brgy. Captain Robert Cortina shared.

The Republic Act No. 10361 or the Domestic Workers Act or Batas Kasambahay is an act instituting policy for the protection and welfare of domestic workers. DOLE SDN continues to spread awareness of the Batas Kasambahay to the remote areas of the province as part of its commitment to promote decent and healthful working conditions.