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Whew! I'm sooooo glad I don't have a kasambahay right now. We've not had a maid or yaya since the last week of March and, hey, we're still alive and well! In fact, the kids are healthier (or, as everyone exclaims, Vito and Iñigo are fatter now), happier and smarter.
But not all of us have this no-maid lifestyle. Even I don't know if I can go on like this. If you've noticed, I haven't blogged here for more than a week. That's because with all the child-caring, housekeeping, cooking, errand-running, and writing that I've been doing, blogging naturally will be the last on my to-do list! So if I want to blog—and earn—more, I should hire help. I'm also pretty sure that when I start working outside the home again (sooner or later, I know I will), I'll have to hire a kasambahay.
I honestly don't want to hire a yaya or maid anymore because of the Kasambahay Law. It's not because I don't think kasambahays shouldn't have any rights. Even without that law, I've treated my household help so well. And what do I get in return? Theft, nasty gossip, petty fights, lies, laziness, greed, a sense of entitlement to what isn't theirs, disrespect, poor treatment of my children... The list goes on.
Anyway, I know a LOT of you are writhing in agony because of this new law. Sigh. This law wasn't made for us; it was made for better tax collection. Seriously. How does this law make life easier for the employer? The employee? If you're looking for work but you don't have a birth certificate, medical clearance, SSS, Philhealth and PAG-IBIG, you're automatically undesirable because a potential employer will think, "Oh dear heaven, I have to pay for all those requirements!" If you're a yaya or maid and your employer raises your salary to P5,000, does that mean more money for you and your family? No, that means you now have to pay the government taxes and SSS, Philhealth and PAG-IBIG now. Tell me, will any kasambahay rejoice in that?
Still, it's good that the law protects household help from abusive treatment. Actually, our laws have always said it's criminal to abuse any person—whether he works for you or not. And we have labor laws naman. But I guess it's good that there's a special law so that we all know how our household help should be treated, which is decently and humanely. It's so sad that people have to be reminded about that.
UPDATE: Here's a great article so you can fully understand the Kasambahay Law (click here!)