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To protect vulnerable domestic workers, NTIPC urges DILG, DOJ to form registry of child molesters, sexual and other crime offenders

Mindful of the need to ensure the welfare of all kasambahay in the country, the National Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (NTIPC) chaired by Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz has affirmed its full support to Republic Act No. 10361, otherwise known as An Act Instituting Policies for the Protection and Welfare of Domestic Workers, by issuing Resolution No. 7, Series of 2013 Recommending the Development of a Registry of Convicted Crime Offenders for Purposes of Ensuring the Protection of the Kasambahay," Baldoz said.

In pushing for a registry of convicted crime offenders, the NTIPC Resolution noted that the DILG, together with local government units (LGUs), is mandated to sustain peace and order and ensure public safety.

It also said "the DOJ administers the criminal justice system in accordance with the accepted processes consisting of the investigation of crimes, prosecution of offenders, and administration of the correctional system, including the maintenance of records of convicted crime offenders.”

Thus, as a precautionary measure to avert kasambahay from going to employers with a history of offenses, the NTIPC requested the two departments "that a registry or database of convicted crime offenders, particularly sexual offenders, child molesters, felons with history of abusing their kasambahay, be developed and disseminated in conspicuous places, such as in all barangays, for easy access of working children, parents of kasambahay, and LGUs, among others,” specifically as follows:

(a) For DILG and LGUs to develop and maintain a registry or list of convicted crime offenders throughout the country and advise kasambahay of its possible implications, uploading the same in the DILG’s official website in the Internet; and

(b) For the DOJ to publicize its list of convicted crime offenders, particularly sexual offenders, child molesters, felons with history of abusing their workers, in its website and in every barangay.

The NTIPC unanimously approved its Resolution No. 7 on its 3rd meeting this 2013 conducted at the Bayleaf Hotel in Intramuros, Manila on 15 July 2013. As chair, Secretary Baldoz will endorse to Secretary Mar Roxas and Secretary Leila de Lima the resolution for their favorable consideration. 

In the resolution, the NTIPC, citing the new law setting a standard salary for domestic workers, defining their labor rights, and providing entitlement to social benefits under existing laws such as the Social Security System, PhilHealth, and PagIbig, said "the labor and employer sector representatives of the TIPC recognize the importance of ensuring the promotion and protection of the well-being of the kasambahay, by safeguarding them, especially the working children, even before the onset of employment.”

Republic Act No. 10361 was signed into law by President Benigno S. Aquino III on 18 January 2013 and its implementing rules and regulations (IRR) was issued by concerned government agencies under the Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cluster on 09 May 2013 at the Department of Education.

Labor Undersecretary for Labor Relations Rebecca C. Chato, Bureau of Labor Relations Director Romeo Montefalco and top representatives of labor, employers, and the government attended the NTIPC meeting.

The NTIPC also recommended a new resolution requesting the Congress of the Philippines to craft legislation that would amend, in pursuit of social security benefits of kasambahay, Republic Act No. 7655, otherwise known as “An Act Increasing the Minimum Wage of Househelpers, Amending for the Purpose Article 143 of Presidential Decree No 442”.

It also pushed for continuing tripartite consultations towards the “Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 10395, or An Act Strengthening Tripartism, Amending for the Purpose Article 275 of PD No. 442 Otherwise Known as the Labor Code of the Philippines, as Amended”, which President Aquino III also signed earlier into law on 14 March 2013.

Baldoz , who sits as the NTIPC chairperson, observed that Resolution No. 7 represents the national and unequivocal support of the Philippines’s social partners to ensure the  protection of vulnerable kasambahay through the implementation of RA 10361.

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