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Saturday, 06 July 2013 11:30

The Social Security System (SSS) has clarified that the registration of employers and domestic workers under Republic Act 10361 otherwise known as the “Domestic Workers Act” or “Batas Kasambahay” can be done during regular working days in its offices in this city and the region.

SSS Assistant Vice-President for Western Mindanao Rodrigo Filoteo said the four Saturdays nationwide registration last month were only special registration days provided by the SSS to accommodate new registrants who may not have the time to register during regular working days.

The SSS Western Mindanao Division includes branches in the cities of Zamboanga, Isabela in Basilan, Pagadian in Zamboanga del Sur, Dipolog in Zamboanga del Norte, Ipil town in Zamboanga Sibugay and offices in Jolo, Sulu, and Bongao, Tawi-Tawi.

Filoteo reported that for the special registration days on June 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2013, the SSS issued a total 136 new SSS numbers to domestic workers, 105 Identification Card (ID) numbers to household employers, and recorded a total of 514 payment transactions in the region.

Filoteo explained that the Domestic Workers Act defines a “Kasambahay” worker as any person engaged in domestic work within an employer-employee relationship.

They include: general household helper, houseboy, family driver, nursemaid or “yaya,” cook, gardener, and laundry person.

Excluded, however, are those who perform domestic work only occasionally or sporadically and not on occupational basis. JBP/TPG/FMS/UTB