Can you imagine how it would be when housewives have salaries? Yes, mothers who are tasked to take care of the family would have their own wages? Well, no one ever though about that until just recently when Albay Representative Joey Sarte Salceda passed and filed House Bill 8875 or the Housewives Compensation Act in the House of Representatives.
If you think of it, it’s kind of a ridiculous act but when you hear why Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda passed it, you might consider what his thoughts are. Before we start, let’s first tackle the bill itself; what it gives and what housewives can consider.
What does the House Bill 8875 or the Housewives Compensation Act seek to do?
Well, as per Rep. Saceda, this specific Act would recognize stay-at-home mothers or the work of housewives to receive a P2,000-monthly compensation. This is because as per him, the value of what they do is actually seen to be a very relevant economic activity.
The bill also tells that this act will apply to ALL housewives whose families’ economic status falls below the regular threshold of poverty. More so, this is only applicable to plain housewives. Meaning, if a housewife has a part-time job or a home-based work, they won’t be eligible for this because they are already earning.
Concerned Local Government Units (LGUs) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) shall be the one to further implement and make the act effective, if necessary.
Why do you think Salceda authored this kind of bill?
In an interview with Rep. Salceda, he explains that this proposal is for mothers who spend most of their lives improving and making sure that their household is at par. In addition to that, he also made a point that over the past three (3) decades, the State was able to push and protect the rights of women and they have worked to ensure that gender equality in the State is clean.
As per the Philippine Statistics Authority, there is a total of 53.7 million women in the Philippines and 5% of those women are unemployed. So, this will be what this bill will be touching.
To add to what he pointed out, he said that there are international commitments on the Beijing Platform for Action, the Sustainable Development Goals, the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community, and further Philippine Developmental Plans which focus on growth and equality in gender.
He also mentioned a few landmark laws that give source to his proposal; this is to further improve or dignify his proposal. Some of these laws are:
- Republic Act (R.A) 7192 or the Responsible Parenthood Reproductive Health Act;
- Republic Act (R.A.) 9710 or the Magna Carta for Women
- Republic Act (R.A.) 10361 or the Domestic Worker’s Act
These are some of the few he made a mention of but this would extremely touch and surface the proposal he is giving.
He said that mothers who are working for the household should also be compensated financially because their service is the foundation of everyone.
Towards this end, stay-at-home mothers or housewives shall receive financial compensation for all the services rendered on a full-time basis to their children and their families.”
With his proposal, Salceda is clearly pointing out that women who take care and help in nurturing the household has a relevant role in both the society and the economy. Without their roles, no person will be able to get out of houses with discipline and a mental state that is appropriate in terms of interacting with the society.
What is your opinion on this? Is it just right that stay-at-home moms get financially compensated for the service they give in each and every one of their households? Although this seems to be opinionated in some way or another, in my opinion, this act can be further improved and can focus more on giving compensation to anyone who contributes to the betterment of both the Philippine Economy and the development of the society.
In other countries, there are acts which are laws that further explain why women who help nurture households be compensated. This is because they have the full understanding of how important a mother to the society is. More so, they are able to grasp the idea on why having someone who improve and nurture children and families is important to the economy of their countries.