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Issue Paper

Intended to be an evidence-based policy support for Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) in its continued quest to lower youth unemployment in the Philippines, this issue paper embodies a “choice-problem” type of policy analysis which puts utmost emphasis on both problem analysis and solution analysis.

In pursuit of the aspiration to improve the working conditions of domestic workers, Republic Act No. 10361 or the Domestic Workers Act of the Philippines was enacted in January 2013 and became enforceable in the same year upon the issuance of its implementing rules and regulations (IRR). The Domestic Workers Act or Batas Kasambahay basically mandates that household workers be entitled to certain rights and privileges such as the mandatory benefits of weekly rest periods and coverage in social security programs that had long been lacking. With this, the welfare of more than 1.82 million domestic workers (Philippine Statistics Authority, 2019)1 are deemed to be promoted under this regulation.