Many Filipinos abuse their Servants

The native farmer and his faithful servant (from "The history and conquest of the Philippines and our other island possessions; embracing our war with the Filipinos in 1899")and a President who called them his bosses was abused, while a bossy, even abusive President is respected. President Aquino and his people were hands-on in the Zamboanga siege, during the Bohol earthquake and Yolanda. The only time Aquino was hands-off was Mamasapano, and that was when he was blamed a lot. He indeed will have to answer for using a suspended public official – Purisima of PNP – during that operation. That is where the law will run its course, and he will bow to it I think.

New and Old

President Duterte did not go to Marawi because of rain. He delegated work. I know from a lot of old-school Filipinos that it is somehow seen as lower to be hands-on. While Vice-President Robredo nearly always mingles with the crowd, Duterte and the likes of him usually sit on a stage in front of the crowd – even in Qatar with OFWs. Even Mar Roxas I found quite annoying wagging his hand at his secretary, ordering her to take notes in Tacloban while discussing with Mayor Romualdez. Very weird.

Because most managers in Germany take their own notes. Secretaries still exist of course, but to handle mail, incoming calls and other routine work. INCOMING calls. Outgoing calls are made personally – I wonder if the kind of Filipino boss that asked people to make calls for them still exists in the age of speed dial and mobile phones. Yes, there used to be the old kind of German boss that still ordered their secretaries to brew coffee for them. But these men had their heyday in the 1950s. Times change.

Romanian partners in a project I was involved in a decade ago were positively surprised that German bosses also work and don’t just order people around. Younger Romanian people who wanted to catch up with the West and cast off the still present legacies of Communist dictatorship and corruption in their country. There were also those born after 1989 who were nostalgic for the easy days of Communism were everyone had the same share of very little. They seem to have lost, at least for now.

What people want

People in Romania seem to want not only giving less of their hard-earned money to corrupt officials, they seem to want more personal independence. The Romanian diaspora is estimated at 8 million while the population of Romania is 20 million. Probably the direct influence of people who have gotten used to independence by living and working in more modern countries reaches into nearly every family by now. The old society with its system of local bosses seems to be shaking. It may change for good.

Filipinos seem to want the kind of change where they can just move up the ladder, personally or as families. The perceived enemy are “yellows”, seen to be in control of everything due to their Western-oriented education. Fil-Ams seem to be the ones who favor more personal independence, which is why a strong support based for Vice-President Robredo there is not surprising. But the always thin Western veneer, the paint coat on Filipinos, seems to be shedding to reveal what most really really want.

A highly hierarchic order where discipline means do what those above tell you. Never mind if they can’t wear a uniform properly or admit to having shirked ROTC (link). Those who are higher have the prerogative to be less disciplined or even lazy, it is not the prerogative of those below to question that. That would be highly disrespectful. Those above need not respect those below, in fact they may dare them to prove their innocence (link), as it is the prerogative of those above to determine who is guilty.

Filipino paradise?

Even what is true and not to be determined by those who are higher, like doctrine and dogma in the Catholic Church (link) – only that secular hierarchy replaces religion. There is a hashtag #PlsDontKillUs against EJKs which I find disturbing – it sounds too much like the “Lord have mercy on us” prayer in Church. Is Duterte now the Lord? Pleading assumes he has the right to kill in the first place. Domine, devora me was a joke by my Latin teacher in German senior high school – Lord, eat me. No, por favor.

Irineo B. R. Salazar
München, 15. July 2017


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    Batas Kasambahay: A law exploited

    Even with the protection of Batas Kasambahay, a lot of domestic workers are still underpaid, overworked, and deprived of benefits provided under the law

    Pat Nabong
    Published 9:23 PM, October 10, 2015

    Updated 4:43 PM, October 11, 2015

    REST. Ellen plays games on her tablet during her break time. She gets 6 hours of sleep every day but has breaks whenever she finishes chores early. Her mother also works as a domestic helper for the same family. She hopes that the minimum wage is raised to P5,000 ($109). All photos by Pat Nabong/Rappler

    MANILA, Philippines – Anna tiptoes around the house and moves from one room to another with a laundry basket full of clothes. She mops the floors, dusts the shelves, refills the water bottles, and makes sure everything is clean and where it is supposed to be. She repeats this cycle in 3 different houses over a span of 6 days, and knows the corners of each room as if they were her own.

    Her palms smell of soap most of the time and the veins on her hands are accentuated – marks of hours spent washing dishes and ironing clothes. When she gets home, she cooks for her 6 children and moves with the same care as she does in other people’s houses. She is 56 and this has been her life for more than 20 years.

    Domestic workers’ rights

    But she has never heard of Batas Kasambahay (Republic Act 10361), a law that took effect on June 4, 2013, which protects the rights of a kasambahay (domestic worker). The law mandates employers to pay kasambahays employed in the National Capital Region a minimum wage of at least P2,500 ($55) with 13th month pay in cash only, provide them with SSS, Pag-IBIG, and PhilHealth benefits, and allow them a daily rest period of 8 hours, and one day off weekly.

    The minimum wage is at least P2,000 ($44) for those working in cities and 1st class municipalities, and P1,500 ($33) for those working in other municipalities.

    Although Anna does not know how much she earns per month because she claims that her bosses deposit her monthly salary in her bank account for her, she says it is enough. All the benefits are given to her and even more. One of her employers even sends Anna’s youngest child to college.

    But not all kasamabahays receive the same treatment from their employers. According to Maia Montenegro, exploitation is still rampant.

    MULTI-TASKING. Anna irons her employer’s clothes. She works for 3 different employers and schedules her shifts 6 days a week. She has a son, Buboy, who also works as a helper for the same family.

    Compensation issues and working conditions

    When Montenegro was 12, she started working as a kasambahay without her knowledge. The small amount of money she earned went straight to her mother, who did not tell her that she was being employed for cheap labor. She is now 33 and a member of the United Domestic Workers of the Philippines. She claims that even with the protection of Batas Kasambahay, a lot of domestic workers are still underpaid and overworked.

    Lila (not her real name), a kasambahay in Barangay Socorro, Murphy, Cubao, earns less than P2,500 a month not only for household work but also for medical assistance. In addition to household chores, she also works as her employer’s nurse.

    Other domestic workers are not enrolled with the SSS, PhilHealth, and PAG-Ibig, and if they are, they shoulder their own contributions.

    Likewise, Ellen, an all-around maid who works for a family of 4 earns P170 ($3.70) per day. She works from 4 am to 10 pm and does not receive any social protection benefits and 13th month pay.

    INHERITED. Rosie washes a rug. She used to work as a domestic helper for an old man who suffered from a stroke in 2008, but was hired by the old man’s niece when he died.

    Implementation of Batas Kasambahay

    Despite this existing culture of exploitation, Charisma Satumba, director of the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), claims that since the implementation of Batas Kasambahay, a lot of domestic workers have benefitted from the law. There are kasambahay desk officers in every DOLE regional office where employees can voice their concerns.

    According to Satumba, the reports on abuse and unjust working conditions of domestic works have increased since the law was passed. She cited two disputes settled by DOLE: Archie Mendoza, who was illegally dismissed, was paid P40,000 ($875), while another domestic worker, who hasn’t been paid in 4 years, got P324,000 ($7,000).

    But there are still those who remain in the dark. Satumba said it is difficult to monitor the working conditions of every domestic helper, especially since they are usually stuck at home and have no other avenues to voice their concerns unless they approach DOLE.

    Malou Monge, who was a domestic worker for 7 years, adds that a lot of cases remain unreported also because domestic workers are not aware of what they are entitled to.

    DOWNTIME. Buboy, whose mother has been working for he same family for over 20 years, watches television during his downtime while his employer is away. He is in charge of household chores, cleaning, and bathing the dog.

    #OurHands Campaign

    To increase awareness about domestic workers’ rights and to improve the implementation of Batas Kasambahay, Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA), together with the Philippine Decent Work for Domestic Workers Technical Working Group (DomWork TWG), launched the #OurHands Campaign on World Day for Decent Work.

    #OurHands Campaign uses Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to form a community of domestic workers both in the Philippines and abroad.

    It aims to form a support group of domestic helpers where information about their rights and benefits can be disseminated, and their concerns can be heard by different organizations, government agencies, and fellow domestic helpers as well.

    Julius Cainglet, assistant vice president of the Federation of Free Workers (FFW), a member of the DomWork TWG, said, “As the prime user of social media, especially of Facebook across the globe, a campaign like #OurHands will surely create greater solidarity among Filipino domestic workers both here and abroad.”

    However, even though they are vocal about their rights, some employers still do not fully comply with the Batas Kasambahay. Tired of reminding their employers of their rights and benefits, some resorted to wearing statement shirts bearing their rights, hoping that the constant reminder will compel their employers to treat them justly.

    ORGANIZED. Kasambahays’ personal belongings are placed in the dirty kichen together with their employers’ things.

    Even though some employers remain abusive despite knowledge of the law, Monge believes that being vocal about one’s rights is still better than staying silent.

    “Pag alam ng employers mo na marunong ka magsalita at alam mo ang karapatan mo, mas protektado ka (If your employers know that you are willing to speak up about your rights, you have more protection),” said Monge. –


    My ‘kasambahay’
    Violeta P. Hughes-Davis
    4 years ago

    Two months after I moved back to the Philippines from the United States, I received a welcome present when I met a woman who wanted to work as my kasambahay  (household help). The idea enchanted me because I had long fantasized about living the life of a donya in retirement, freed from the drudgery of vacuuming the floor or folding laundry.
    I decided to hire her to work on Saturdays; because she lives nearby, she would not be a “stay-in” but would go home for lunch. I made it plain that I did not like the idea of “advance”—a popular practice where workers ask for their salary before payday. I wanted her to learn to live within a budget, to refrain from buying on credit, and to save, especially because her husband had neither PhilHealth nor Social Security System benefits.
    I suggested that she continue to use her husband’s income for their daily expenses and reserve her salary for emergencies. She agreed that saving for a rainy day, along the old-fashioned notion of kung may isinuksok, may titingalain   (if you save something, you can fall back on it later), was an excellent idea. I didn’t hear anymore about “advance” and we got along well.

    My kasambahay  was scrawny, her 35 kilos loosely dispersed into a 5-foot frame. She is so thin that one morning when she came to work wearing a gauzy white blouse, I swore that I could almost see right through her chest. In fact, most of the workers in our subdivision are skinny; with at least four children to feed, the parents probably eat less so the children can have more. With fewer calories to fuel their muscles, some of the maintenance workers are so sluggish that a few subdivision residents accuse them of being lazy, echoing the colonials’ condescending label of the “indolent Filipino.”
    Luckily, my kasambahay  was the exception. Although skinny like the others, she was fast, thorough, and, like a juggler, could keep several balls in the air. It was not calories that stoked her efficiency but the far stronger motive of earning money to buy the week’s five kilos of rice. Occasionally, when her husband would lose his job, she depended only on her weekly salary for rice,  ulam, and the children’s  baon. Sometimes, when the money is used for medicines or the foolish school “field trip,” they eat only rice without any ulam.
    Working in my house, she saw what the typical middle-class kitchen is like, where the refrigerator is regularly stocked and the rice container is seldom empty. When she and I went to the market, she saw that I spend in one hour what she earns in one week. Always, I felt a pang of guilt as I wondered how she made sense of the glaring inequality.
    She proved to be a quick study, neat, efficient. I taught her new tasks so she became sort of a sous chef—preparing lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers for salad, slicing potatoes and onions for hash browns, etc. She was so dependable that she took over more household tasks, thus allowing me the precious luxury of more free time. I felt grateful and also wanted to help her, so after a year, I gave her a generous raise, much more than the Kasambahay Law now mandates for our first-class municipality.
    Even with the increased hours, she enjoyed a very relaxed schedule because whenever we were out of town (which is often), she did not have to work. Also, I always dismissed her early, as soon as she completed her tasks for the day. This allowed her to work for another family and earn additional income.
    The arrangement worked for both of us but I suspected that it would not last. I knew she was hurt each time I refused her request for an “advance.” I did give in occasionally, as when she had the chance to buy her own Meralco power meter at a discount. Having her own meter instead of sharing a neighbor’s would bring her electricity rates down considerably, so I relented. Afterwards, I noticed that the requests for an “advance” became more frequent—for a TV set, the daughter’s field trip, the son’s graduation, etc.—until it became a battle of wills between us.

    The fateful day finally came after I refused her for the nth time. One morning after breakfast, she stood defiantly in the living room and, leaning on the sofa as if for support, announced that she was quitting. I was dumbfounded, but managed to be cool. How is she going to manage when the husband was currently unemployed? I muttered an absent-minded “Okay. Thank you” and she left.
    Just like that, I was thrust back into boring household chores. But I refuse to concede defeat. Now I perform the chores as if they are strengthening exercises that seniors should do, anyway.
    Violeta P. Hughes-Davis, 73, is a “balikbayan” who retired from The Ohio State University.

  3. The art of hiring (and keeping) a ‘yaya’
    Are you paying her enough so she won’t be pirated? Here is how moms do it–from salary offers to free toiletries package
    By: Jemps Gallegos Yuvienco – @inquirerdotnet
    Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:57 AM May 25, 2011
    (First of two parts)

    MY SON’S yaya is leaving. My mother-in-law hired her as our all-around maid when I was still pregnant. She agreed to become our yaya when we took on another kasambahay to help out. Since I work from home and had terrible personal experiences with my own yayas growing up, I planned to be a hands-on mom.
    Since I underwent Caesarean section and several surgeries afterward, I was grateful to have a yaya around. I relied heavily on her, especially during those very difficult early weeks.

    Today, as I exclusively pump milk for my little one, I am still dependent on a yaya to take care of Jack when I’m tied up at the pump, when I’m working, or just when I need to recharge.
    My husband and I appreciate that our yaya seems to have genuine concern for our son, but being 45 years old and having raised five kids of her own, she says she wants to go back home to them.
    I believe we all like to think we treat our help more than fairly, but since these matters are not exactly Googleable, I needed to know if we are really doing things right. Before we started the hiring process, I decided to get actual information from my friends with small children who have yayas.
    The volume of information I got was overwhelming, as 37 of my friends candidly shared their experiences with me; their names have been changed. I realized what a passionate topic this was for parents.
    Not all about the money
    I learned that the average starting pay for yayas is P3,986/month, from as low as P2,800 to as high as P8,000. The average current pay (after having been with the family for some time) is P4,767/month.
    Higher pay does not necessarily guarantee a happy nanny-mommy relationship, nor does it directly correlate with performance. Said Melanie, an entrepreneur mom of two, “Our first yaya (P7,500 + SSS P500) lasted eight months; she was super spoiled. Our second yaya (P7,000 + SSS P500) lasted for a year; started out okay, but then became lazy and spoiled. Our third yaya (P5,000) has been with us for nine months now; she’s okay but fights with all my maids. We also have an all-around maid plus helper yaya, who gets P3,500 but gets weekly days off.”
    Working mom Fatima knows her yaya is worth more than the P4,500 she pays her, but she just does not have the budget for it. And yet, her yaya has been with them for about eight years and has taken care of all three of her kids. “She doesn’t want to move to another employer. She’s like family to us na,” said Fatima. “If she needs to go home to her hometown, I shoulder her (one way) airfare and give her bonuses from time to time when I have extra money.”

    Lara, a working mom of four, said, “Mine started at P2,800 and now she’s at P3,200. Last year, since her performance picked up naman and she displayed reliability and trustworthiness, I increased her pay twice. I know P200/month is so small as an increase, but she enjoys overtime rates. She gets overtime pay on the seventh day if she works seven days straight (if she didn’t take a day-off).
    “As per Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), her rate is 30 percent more than the usual, I think, and then she gets the same holiday pay as per DOLE as well. I researched that online, and so far, even the yayas I let go always come back and remember this motivational part of their stay with me.”
    You also have to consider the neighborhood you live in, given that yayas talk to other yayas, too, and we all know good yayas are hard to find.
    Paula, a working mom with one child, increased her son’s yaya’s salary every six months, at about P500 a year. “Right now, she’s at P4,000 and has been with us since my son was born,” she explained. “Living in Ayala Alabang means our yaya gets a village and barangay ID, which she can use for free medical, dental and, I think, legal services.
    “We also give her 13th month pay and money on special occasions, such as on her birthday and Christmas. When there are some months that she texts or calls me a lot, I give her extra money for her prepaid load to sort of reimburse her.”
    Kate, a working mom of one, shared, “In our village, the range is P4,000-P8,000. We give our yaya P5,500 plus annual paid one-month leave, Christmas bonus equivalent to a month’s pay, and day-off once a month (usually overnight). We also pay for medicine or checkup when she gets sick, which is fortunately seldom. We required her to have a medical checkup when we got her. I’ve been planning to get her SSS, but haven’t gotten around to filing for it yet.”
    Trina, an entrepreneur mom of four, said, “I usually give them P3,000 for the first two months and increase to P3,500 on their third month. That also gives me time to let them know the increase is performance-based. So corporate, no? Then on top of their 13th month pay, every December, we give them P1,000 for every year of service with our family.
    “The reason I do this is, these yayas nowadays find it so easy to come and go. Once they know of another family hiring with a higher salary, they have the perennial excuse of saying their mother needs them back home, then off they go. I also pay for their SSS contributions. I don’t have any other perks other than the bonuses. However, once a year they join us for our beach trips during summer. I’m told they look forward to that every year.”
    SSS ruling
    The Social Security System (SSS) has a House Helpers Program based on the provisions of R.A. No. 7655, which mandates the registration of maids and yayas below 60 years old earning at least P1,000 a month with SSS for her to enjoy social security benefits such as sickness, maternity, disability, retirement, death, funeral grant, supplemental disability allowance, 13th month pension, and dependent’s pension.
    Six of the 33 respondents pay for their yaya’s SSS contributions, four are about to do it, while two yayas voluntarily contribute without their employers’ assistance.
    It was also interesting to see what the respondents considered as yaya “perks.” A number consider the basic food and shelter provided as perks, as well as being included in the family’s outings and meals out. Others illustrated perks to be “eating what we eat” or letting the yaya watch TV when the family has turned in for the night.
    A basic toiletries package is provided by 30 percent of the employers. Some regularly provided this, while others did so only upon first arrival.
    “I buy for them napkins, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste and lotion. They really appreciate this, kasi that’s their only splurge sa body nila,” shared Queenie, a stay-at-home mom of two. “I figured if they’re fresh and clean it benefits my kids, as well. They give me a list of their brands each month. Medyo mahal, but I can scrimp on other things sa household budget naman, para everyone at home is happy. We don’t want them to feel second-class. We want them to love our children so we avoid those feelings of indifference.
    “The main rule is to be hygienic and sanitary when they deal with the kids. Pero I realized that we should forget that rule that they shouldn’t kiss your kids because they do when we’re not around anyway. And, like my mom said when I was so OC about these things before, ‘buti na kiss kaysa sinasaktan. I think the key to being happy is that we adjust also to their little quirks. Siempre they’re human, too.”
    (Next week: Days-off and loans)

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    What benefits does your ‘yaya’ receive?
    Jemps Gallegos Yuvienco
    6 years ago

    (Last of two parts)
    EXTRAS LIKE gifts, 13th month pay, paid leaves or travel fare are usually hinged on a yaya’s tenure, performance, and character.
    “If and when there is merit to give a little bit more for a job well done, consistency with her work, initiative to do better, I offer to pay for her monthly toiletry supply, which will be about P200-P250,” revealed Gianna, a working mom of two. “Once or twice I gave free cell phone loads. I even brought our yaya with us on a trip abroad, all expenses paid. I am, however, very careful as to when and to what extent I give incentives.”

    Days-off varied from weekly to monthly, with more frequent days-off sometimes equating to lower pay. Yayas from far provinces usually don’t avail of days-off, since most if not all of their money is remitted to their families back home, and they usually prefer longer paid leaves.
    Marketing executive and mom Jane says her son’s yaya doesn’t really take days-off. “So she gets paid vacation for two weeks, twice a year. And, because we like her and are really looking for people to help, we offered to pay for her daughter’s college tuition. We are also looking at getting her SSS,” she said.
    Fanny, a working mom of three, has two yayas who go out twice a month but not at the same time. “I provide their shampoo, soap and toothpaste every month. If they stay for a year, they’re entitled to 15 days paid leave and airfare. Both are also enrolled in SSS.”
    A working dad, Paul gives his daughter’s yaya 13th month pay plus travel allowance for her yearly vacation, as well as SSS and Philhealth, with the option to take a day-off every week.
    Lara provides food, toiletries, and fare for her yaya to go home twice a month. “If provincial ang uwi, I give them one-way ferry ticket after a year’s service, round-trip after two years,” she said.
    “One of our yayas has been with my family for over 17 years,” shared Liza, working mom of two. “She started really young, came straight from the province, didn’t know much about household work, could not cook, and had to be taught personal hygiene. She now gets P4,500 a month plus variable cash incentives on her birthday, Christmas, or when my sisters and relatives visit from abroad because she’s like family na.

    She gets other perks like cell phone, airfare when she goes home for a vacation and when she comes with us on trips. Her base pay may be low considering her tenure but the incentives, plus perks, do make up for it.”
    On top of a P6,000/month salary, Queenie adds monthly movie night for her yayas with the rest of the housegirls. “We drop them off at Festival Mall and pick them up afterward. On their birthdays, we have food delivered for them,” she said. Other employers give movie passes.
    Dad and entrepreneur Fred focused on continuing education by enrolling his daughter’s yaya in beauty school. She takes weekly classes at Muntinlupa city hall. “She does hair rebonding jobs on the side, usually on weekends,” Fred added.
    Most of the respondents offer full to partial coverage of medical expenses. A usual requirement is a chest X-ray to clear for tuberculosis. Some even cover for their helps’ vitamin, dental and optical needs to ensure a healthy worker.
    Yayas under Fanny’s employ get an annual flu shot. Gianna’s get flu shots, dental visits, generic vitamin C and medications (e.g. for fever, headache, stomach pain). Liza covers her yayas’ medical expenses, as needed.
    Marissa, a working mom of two, provides for her two boys’ yaya a P1,200 Healthway card, including annual checkup and unlimited consultation with their family doctor and internist, SSS and Philhealth. “We start it three months into employment,” she explained. “We also help out whenever they have medical needs, like when our yaya had an infection and needed antibiotics.”
    Working mom of one Hannah added, “We have known our yaya for close to 12 years. She has two days-off every month. She is more like family to us so I also buy her medicines for hypertension and diabetes, which is about P1,500/month.”
    Some respondents extend small loans to their yayas, for buying a cell phone, for instance. Some yayas need more than what they can afford. Rod, an entrepreneur and father of a five-year-old, grants cash advance and loans to his yaya, who now gets P5,000/month on top of weekly days-off and a one-month bonus.
    “We allow them to advance salary for emergency cases but limit it to the amount of their monthly wage, and then deduct P500 per payday,” added Marissa.
    Liza shared, “Typically, they would ask for their one to two months’ salary in advance, part to leave for their family and part to help them get started.”
    As I now go through my screening process, I am learning about yayas’ expectations, as well. Those from the province with contacts in Manila more or less know their worth and have an asking price, which is usually negotiable. Those with plans of applying as domestic helpers abroad tend to be better educated (college level, I was shocked to learn) and so intend to stay with you for one to two years at the most; they consider working in Manila as training and exposure for their dream to work abroad.
    Some are sadly exploited, with tasks continually added to their list of responsibilities with no additional pay or help. Should they ask to leave, their salaries are unfairly withheld until their employers find a suitable replacement.
    One lady I interviewed wanted to leave her employer because she was working as an all-around maid for the family of five plus their in-laws next door, plus a newborn baby for only P3,500/month.
    What are yayas expected to do, exactly? Some employers have their yayas focus on their babies only, just like IT executive and mother of two Sophie, whose yaya is accountable for everything regarding the baby, including washing and ironing baby stuff and food preparation.
    Since mom of one Lynn works full time, “I leave the yaya ‘lesson plans’ for my son, so she makes sure to go through them with him,” she said. “I love her because she’s very matiyaga.”
    Gianna added, “Our yaya primarily takes care of and plays with my son, guides my daughter and plays with her, does the laundry and ironing of the children’s clothes, cleans the children’s rooms and toys. She speaks very good English and also offered to be our back-up cook when my dad, my husband, or I don’t have time to cook.”
    Taking on such extra tasks does not necessarily mean extra pay. For Lara, each of her yayas takes care of two kids and shares in the housework. “I do not have separate household help,” she said.
    In Eloisa’s case, her yaya takes care of her seven-month-old, washes his clothes, cooks his food, and cleans his bottles. “She also cleans the banyo thrice a week, cleans the house when she can and washes the dishes. Sometimes we tell her to cook rice and prito,” the working mom of two added.
    Paul and Angelo, both working dads of one, also have their yayas do some housework.
    The yaya’s extra responsibilities could also be related to how old the children are. Shared Mia, entrepreneur mom of two: “I used to have two yayas, one for each kid when they were smaller. When the boys got older, I had a yaya and an assistant yaya. Now we just have one yaya, and our other helper is the one who assists the yaya since the boys are more independent now.”
    Hannah is equipping her son’s yaya with an additional skill in line with her additional role. “I am about to put her through driving school because I would rather she drove my son to and from school rather than employ a full-time driver,” she said. “I’m thinking of just getting her an assistant yaya when I eventually ‘upskill’ her to become a driver.” This is a great idea, since a driver usually costs so much more.
    From this little research I learned what we have to be flexible in our offerings, since yayas have different goals and needs. Being sensitive to them can only bring about better experiences for everyone concerned.
    Keeping our nannies happy is one way to ensure that our precious ones will be treated well. When deciding on her salary plus benefits package, let’s keep in mind that we are buying not only a temporary stand-in for our parental presence, but also our peace of mind.

    • “If and when there is merit to give a little bit more for a job well done, consistency with her work, initiative to do better, I offer to pay for her monthly toiletry supply, which will be about P200-P250,” revealed Gianna, a working mom of two. “Once or twice I gave free cell phone loads. I even brought our yaya with us on a trip abroad, all expenses paid. I am, however, very careful as to when and to what extent I give incentives.”

      Gianna needs to learn a lot about Labor practices. Benefits are a given according to Labor Laws of the Philippines not based on what she thinks a “good job well done”.

      Once the maid is employed, she starts earning vacation and sick time … and the rest that I enumerated below.


    Servants, or the secret of middle-class life | Inquirer Opinion

    3 years ago
    From the point of view of servants, they remain at the mercy of their masters. Some are lucky and find masters who are not only kind but also fair. In such households, servants are not only compensated well but also find themselves assimilated as part of the family, albeit as poor relations. Their spouses are often given jobs, their children sent to school, their medical bills paid. The household, in this case, works like a well-run welfare state, where the servants are provided with safety nets.

    But even in these most ideal of situations, the servant remains vulnerable to the control of the master. Everyday forms of resistance are, of course, available. Servants can appeal to the master’s sense of moral superiority for cash advances or time off. They can resort to what slaves and servants have done all through history: gossip, back talk, work slowdowns, theft, and, when all else fails, flight.

    Unlike the occasional work of fiction, however, there are very few recorded incidents of servants murdering their masters.

    Unlike slaves, servants are far less prone to rise up as a group. There has never been a movement to abolish servitude as there was to do away with slavery. The technological machinery and public services that might encourage the middle class to depend less on servants are also far from developed. Servants, for their part, tend to be complicit in their own subservience. Confronted with few opportunities, they find ways to reconcile themselves to their position. As with colonial society, the bourgeois household relies on the ongoing collaboration of those below with those above. To the extent that domestic servitude lies at the material and ideological heart of middle-class life is the extent to which efforts at forging a more egalitarian society—efforts led today by the middle class itself—will remain inevitably forestalled.

    Vicente L. Rafael teaches history at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is the author of several works on the cultural and political history of the Philippines.

    • Servants cannot rise up as a group … but can rise up as a VOICE-OF-ONE. Many slavemasters would beg their maids not to leave because it is just very difficult to find maids nowadays.


    In the framework of the recent deterioration of the human rights situation in the country, a delegation from EP Subcommittee on Human Rights has just concluded a visit to the Philippines.

    The four-member DROI delegation that visited the Philippines 18-20 July 2017 was led by Soraya Post (S&D, SE) and composed of Ádám Kósa (EPP, HU), Josef Weidenholzer (S&D, AT) and Rikke Karlsson (ECR, DK).

    The Chair of the delegation, Ms Soraya Post, stated: “The objective of our mission is to gather information, to exchange views on issues of mutual interest and to get a real picture and a better understanding of the situation in the Philippines as well as to raise our concerns. As we are all members of a global community, living on the same planet, we note that in many countries, there is a clear backlash with regard to respect for human rights, something which requires global responsibility.”

    Importance of fair trials and concerns about possible restoration of death penalty

    The delegation visited Senator De Lima who is currently being detained at the National Police detention centre and reiterated the principle of the presumption of innocence. MEPs called on the authorities of the Philippines to guarantee a fair trial to the Senator and let her fulfil a senator’s duties including voting in the Senate..

    ..The delegation had meetings with Secretary Ramon Lopez (Trade and Industry), Secretary Silvestre Bello (Department of Labour and Employment) and Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano. Meetings with the Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, Senator Risa Hontiveros and the Archbishop Socrates Villegas also took place. In addition, the MEPs met with the Commission on Human Rights, civil society organisations representatives, NGOs, journalists, bloggers and international organisations such as the ICRC, UNHCR, UNFPA and UNICEF.

    The EU-Philippines relationship covers a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) signed in 2012, trade preferences to export Philippines’ products to the EU market, under the GSP+, and the conclusion of a free trade agreement negotiation (FTA) which are all based on respect for human rights. The European Parliament will continue to closely monitor the human rights situation..


    Dear Philippine democracy, have you been feeling listless and sleepy? Are you sick and tired of human rights? Do freedom and liberty give you migraine? When you hear the words “writ of habeas corpus,” do you suffer vertigo and nosebleed?

    Bad news: you might be suffering from political anemia.

    Good news: the pharmaceutical company DigongMy Labs, has just what you need!

    New and fortified MARTIAL LAW is the exciting cure guaranteed to remove yellow jaundice and put blood back in your politics and in your streets!

    Based on a traditional recipe handed down from the Marcos family, MARTIAL LAW works by purging your politics of useless elements such as freedom, justice, human rights, constitutional protections and due process..


      ..Among the Congressmen who voted YES were SIX Muslim lawmakers, whose constituents are bearing the full brunt of Martial Law. The six publicly declared their full support for extending Martial Law in Mindanao for 150 days or until year end.

      I wondered if these SIX Muslim lawmakers gave their support to Martial Law UNDER DURESS.

      The SIX Muslim Congressmen who voted to extend Martial Law today are closely related to SIX GOVERNORS who were recently stripped of police powers by President Rodrigo Duterte.

      Last month on June 8, 2017, the acting Interior and Local Government Secretary Catalino Cuy issued Resolution No. 2017-334 removing from SEVEN GOVERNORS and 123 MAYORS in Mindanao the power of control over the police in their areas.

      The reason insinuated in the Resolution was that these local government executives were involved in the illegal drug trade or “said to be providing support in one way or another, to the Maute terrorist Group or other criminal elements in their jurisdiction”..

  8. Filipino masters abuse their servants …
    Public Servants abuse Filipino Masters …
    “Kayo ang boss” ko is empty.

    In the Philippines PUBLIC SERVANTS are MASTERS of FILIPINOS.
    When these abused Masters get home they abuse their servants.


    This is the question that U.P.-graduate Masters & Doctorate in psychology, sociology and Human behavior should look into. WHY? Despite of extra-judicial killings why Filipinos Facebook like Duterte?

    There should be a study. Knowing why is the essence of how to defeat Duterte.

    • I think you have indirectly already given the answer: because abuse is so normal for Filipinos that it is mistaken for love?

      The mistakes of Aquino III were more of ignoring certain immediate concerns like traffic, airport while concentrating mainly on the economy.

      But has Duterte done much to make things easier, better for citizens? True, I have seen FB posts that say “we feel we have a real President now”.

      But what the hell does that mean, is it proof of Presidency to swear and joke and entertain folks? Do they think government is just a show?

      Or is it because a man who acts like a working-class Filipino is now President? Do they think he will fight for them more than another one?

  10. HERE IS HOW SERVANTS ARE ABUSED this does not mean that the servants do not abuse their servants, too! Everyone in the Philippines practice abuse.

    1. No Sick Time
    2. No Vacation Time
    3. No break Time
    4. No Lunch Break
    5. No Dinner Break
    6. Not a 9-to-5 job
    7. Work from Sunup to Sunup
    8. Servants room is in the most deplorable state not habitable by human standards
    9. No weekend off
    10. Subjected to verbal abuse
    11. Servants are underaged
    12. Servants are seniors and overage
    13. No benefits
    14. Their food is fit for dogs while their masters are fit for Kings
    15. No Work, No Pay
    16. Underpaid
    17. Government offers lip service no enforcement


  11. Filipinos abuse their housemaids, servants, drivers, employees because these Filipinos grew up abused and deprived. Physical abuse, emotional abuse, deprivation, neglect are the norm of growing up in the Philippines. It is so normal that they do not know it is abuse despite they can quote biblical verses from the top of their heads.

    Abuse is like racism of their own kind. They do not know racism until they have gone to other countries and discriminated. As it was in the past, Filipinos practice reverse racism: A DISCRIMINATION OF THEIR OWN OVER WHITE FOREIGNERS

    Discrimination is not a form of abuse because everybody in the Philippines practice it.

  12. The Filipinos are worn out and gave up battle for good. Filipino’s world has come down to “come what may” adopt to “where the wind blows”. Yes, Sir, Filipinos have dried up. THEY HAVE GIVEN UP. You must have noticed Filipinos have now gone from DOG-EATERS to adopting dogs because Filipinos realized:


    If Filipinos cannot change themselves and others at least they have the best of companion in Dogs.


    ..For the longest time we have grown up in a mix of the pangulo mentality, celebrity gazing, an uncertain nationalism, a religious culture that values obedience laced with fear, no questions asked, a historical forgive-and-forget people, a collective mind neither educated nor used to intellectual or critical activity. We’ve had all kinds of leaders. Were tired of them; “they’re all the same.”

    Have we become worn-out as a people, a tame hybrid of tanga-takot-tuta (ignorant, afraid, servile)? We have ceased to complain, much less protest, where before we whined. The traffic is worse; the MRT still breaks down; prices are rising; the bureaucracy is as slow as ever. Since December 2015 we have been waiting for our car plate. The EJKs go on, and not a peep. Have we dried up?..

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