Pag-IBIG wants ‘kasambahays’ registered
from April 2, 2014 04:00 pm to April 2, 2014 04:00 pm
April 1, 2014
The Pag-IBIG Fund has reminded employers of household workers to register their kasambahays as members of Pag-IBIG Fund by December 29 of this year.
Pag-IBIG Fund Chairman Jejomar Binay, also the country’s vice president, said: “We want all Filipino workers, including kasambahays, to experience the many benefits of Pag-IBIG membership.
“That’s why we have been stepping up our efforts to have kasambahays registered with Pag-IBIG and to make such registration as easy and as hassle-free as possible. To give enough time for employers to register their kasambahays, the Pag-IBIG Fund Board of Trustees extended the registration period up to the last working day of 2014.
“Beyond this date, employers will already be penalized for registering their kasambahays late.”
Pag-IBIG Fund President and CEO Atty. Darlene Marie B. Berberabe added, “upon registration, employers will be asked to remit the monthly membership contributions of their kasambahay from the first month after the date of employment of the latter, or June 4, 2013 when the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the “Kasambahay Law” took effect, whichever comes later, up to the actual date of settlement.”
She added: “We encourage employers to register their kasambahays before the deadline to avoid penalties on the amount due.”
In December 2013, Pag-IBIG formally launched, with Social Security System and PhilHealth, the Kasambahay Unified Registration System, a unified system of registering kasambahays and their employers with the three government agencies, as mandated in the “Kasambahay Law.”
Registering with one agency now enables the kasambahays and their employers to be registered simultaneously with all three agencies, eliminating the need to go to each of the three agencies to register.
The forms required for registration of employers and their kasambahays are downloadable from Pag-IBIG’s corporate website:www.pagibigfund.gov.ph.
“As of January 2014, Pag-IBIG has 22,723 kasambahays among its 13.5 million members. Their Pag-IBIG membership entitles them to benefits such as access to our housing loan and short-term loan programs, as well as to Pag-IBIG’s savings programs,” added Berberabe.
Employers paying their kasambahay less than P1,500 a month should pay their kasambahay’s monthly membership contributions to Pag-IBIG equivalent to 3\% of the kasambahay’s salary.
For employers paying P1,500 to P4,999, they should pay 4\% of their kasambahay’s salary.
Kasambahays earning less than P5,000 do not have to pay any contributions with Pag-IBIG because their employers will shoulder their membership contributions.