status update (and complaints) on our compliance with Kasambahay Law

We have successfully registered as household employers in all government agencies - SSS, Philhealth and HDMF or Pag-ibig, our household helpers now have their SSS, Philhealth and HDMF numbers and we have paid our contributions for the months of July and August.

We are just lucky that the husband had time to line up in SSS and Philhealth and I asked a favor from someone who was going to HDMF. The husband told me the queue in HDMF was the worst. Someone said it was because payment of contributions are also coursed through the HDMF office and not through banks or other payment centers.

The government imposed an additional burden on us who employ household helpers. The least they can do is to make compliance less burdensome for us working class who don't have the luxury to take weekdays off. I think I have earned the right to complain. We hire helpers because we don't have the luxury of time. Every precious minute counts. It is the hard truth for parents like us whose days are filled to the brim with work to dos and family obligations. Not to mention that the very bad traffic we have to brave through every day eats a substantial amount of our time. The government does not have the right to enforce red tape on us on a monthly basis.

I haven't had the time and patience to call SSS to follow up on the status of the application for auto-debit arrangement I submitted to BPI last August 19. It has been a month since.

One tip to save on time (although this could affect budget and cash flows) is to make quarterly advance payments. Someone said this is doable. I did this for our Pag-ibig contributions. I already paid for July to September.

And still, there's no word on the Unified Registration System that was supposed to be rolled out two weeks from August 9.

Forgive the rants, I am not feeling well. Next to worry about are the quarterly postings. Nonetheless, compliance is compliance. For the love of our household helpers!

TL#1 with his yaya

Understanding the Kasambahay Law Part 1 - Implementing Rules and Regulations and QA released by DOLE, NSO birth certificate

Understanding the Kasambahay Law Part 2 - Guide to SSS Registration as a Household Employer and for the Household Helpers

Understanding the Kasambahay Law Part 3 - SSS Payment of Contributions and Submission of Contributions Collection List

Understanding the Kasambahay Law Part 4 - Philhealth or HDMF Registration as Employer


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