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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Louie Rivarez says
Tending to your familiy’s need and welfare is an obligation for a mom. It is kinda ridiculous to be paid because you do your obligation. Husbands who work for the family, in this case, might as well be compensated too. To show appreciation to all those moms, wether working or not, should be done through perks like a free haircut from some affiliated salons, a discount on items on personal items like dress, shoes, etc., and many other things that a mother normally sacrifice for the sake of the family’s welfare. Such discounts and priviledges should be monitored by booklets like what PWDs and Senior Citizens use.
Aay palermo says
An0 po b naman y0ng halagang 2k k0mpara sa sinasahod ng mga w0rking m0m, so bkit pa pag iisipan natin na unfair y0n, dapat lang talaga, na dumaan sa tamang pr0seso ang mkaka qualify, hindi namam lahat ng nanay magiging tamad para sa halagang 2k, napaka mahal kya ng bilihn. uo mlaki ang maitul0ng nyan pero d parin sasapat yan . Kaya bakit po natin ipagkakait sa mga nanay iyan. Iyan naman po ay ibibgay sa tamang nanay. 😊
am not in favor – e di aasa na lang ang lalaki na maliit ang kita sa program na yan? isa pa parang magiging daan langbyan sa katamaran ng iba at walang pagpaplano ng pamilya. lalo lang dadami ang aasa sa pensyon at di na magsisikap ng todo.
Rica Fe Canja says
maganda po ito at sana maumpisahan na, malaking tulong ito sa lahat ng PLAIN HOUSEWIFE dahil sa panahon ngayon kahit minimum pa ang asawang lalaki kung nag uupa ng bahay, di po sasapat ang sasahurin kung iisa lang ang nagtatrabaho at nagsasahod, kasi upa ng bahay,tubig ,kuryente pagkain araw-Araw mahirap sa isang plain housewife ang magbudget sa masasahod ng mister dahil walang choice si misis
kundi magtiis sa maliit na budget o bayad utang lang dhil wala siya trabaho kundi mag alaga ng anak sapagkat wala rin sapAt na pambayad upang kumuha ng yaya para lang makapag trabaho siya.
Virginia Aguilar says
Ok poh sana yan kso bka ma take advantage LNG poh ang ganyang tulong kc hndi poh lahat ng Nanay maayos mg’asikaso ng pamilya…bka kc ang hatungan nyan lalong malolong sa sugal ang mga sugalerang Nanay kc my aasahan na clang pera monthly…aq housewife poh talaga aq mula ng nanganak AQ sa panganay q dna aq ngwowork,pro d poh AQ agree sa ganyan kc cguradong ma take advantage LNG poh yan…mas maganda poh ung my mapagkakatlkitaan ang mga housewife na d klangan maiwanan ang mga anak un bang pwede kang mgtrabaho/ kumikita ka khit nsa bahay lng….like livelihood program sa mga brgy. Ung gagawa ng mga basket,bags etc. Un ang pwedeng sa bahay LNG gagawin…kya my mapagkakitaan pa dn ang mga Nanay na nasa bahay LNG katulad q.
Maganda yang bill na yan. Sa ibang bansa mayron sila givt support. Maganda na tayo din ay magkaroon ng ganyan. Ano ba naman ang 2k isang buwan just to compensate the mothers who cannot work because they have children to take care of. Mahurap mag work at home and to become a plain housewife or homemaker. Mabuti pang mgtrbaho kesa sa gawaing bhay ang trbaho. Tapos wala man lang sahod or hndi man lang appreciated ng mga tao sa lbas at loob ng bahay mo. Sana matuloy at ma approved a bill na yan.
Dominador Tubon says
Sinabi na nga na Hindi kasama Ang mga employed mother’s. P2k lang yan at ginawa yang bill kasi Wala silang trabaho tapos tatanong mo pa kung paano Yong mga working mother’s.
Paano naman yhng mga working mothers. D ba unfair itong batas na ito sa kanila. Gumigising sila ng maaga para asikasuhin ang pamilya, mag ta trabaho ng 8 oras o higit pa at pag uwi ng bahay mag aasikaso uli sa pamilya. Dapat meron din silang karagdagang insentibo na bibigay sa mga walang trabaho dahil mas mahirap ang ginagawa nila
Dapat ang asawa ang magpapasahod at pagdating ng filing income tax maibabawas sa kanyang income to lower income bracket. BIR is an agency that can do an adjustment to their existing laws to help family. Just a thought.
Hnd ako favor Jan. Maraming pwd pag kakitaan kahit nanay ka . Unfair yan sa mga nanay na sinisikap na mag trabaho kahit mahirap Iwan mga anak tapos papasahurin ang mga nanay na walang trabaho. Tapos Yung iba pa nag susugal Lang nag chichismis sasahuran. ???
Yung ibibigay n asahod I program nlng like livelihood program ..
Let people know how to catch fish not just try to feed them .
belen dellamas says
sa akin segurado ko maraming mga nanay na tatamaring maghanspbuhay aasa na lang sa gobyerno like 4ps .ako tagal kong ofw wala man lang akong pakinabang .my pension nga akong sss pero ssrili kong hulog den sa senior disqualify .unfair sa nsgwowork yan .diako favor sa mga nanay.obligation nilang asikasuhin pamilya nila