The celebration of the Araw ng Kasambahay on January 29 at the Nene Pimentel Hall, DILG Compound, Baguio City, was filled with fun and excitement as it paved way for our household helpers to come together and participate in the games and activities truly prepared for them.

City Councilor Lilia Fariñas, in her brief talk, gave a backgrounder of how the Batas Kasambahay/RA 10361 came about.  As chairperson of the council’s Committee on Social Service, she assured the house helps that the city government will look into their welfare and interest.

Updates on social benefits and privileges were given by representatives from the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board, Social Security System, Philhealth, Pag-ibig, Employees’ Compensation Commission and the Technical Education Skills Development Authority.

The highlight of the activity was the conduct of a Search for Ms. Kasambahay to coincide with the Ms. Universe pageant.  The winner, Ms. Annie Ricafort, is a long time house help based in Camp 8, Baguio City.

The program was immediately followed by a Medical, Dental and Wellness Services made possible by Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center, Philippine Dental Association-Baguio Chapter and Baguio City School of Arts and Trades.

Lyla Jane B. Tacio