The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-6) is supportive of a proposed bill that seeks to give mothers a monthly compensation of P2,000.
Eligible to receive the financial assistance, under House Bill 8875 or the Housewives Compensation Law filed by Albay Rep. Joey Salceda, are those indigent stay-at-home mothers with children aged 12 and below.
According to May Rago-Castillo, DSWD-6 information officer, the amount would help mothers in raising their children.
“This is part sa pagrear sang mga kabataan and in support to the development and ikaayo sang aton pamilya,” she said.
The proposed bill is pending at the committee level in Congress.
“It is time to appreciate their worth and contribution in nation-building. It is time to make payment for their housework and give them wages for the work they continue to bear out at home,” Salceda said.
As of January last year, Salceda noted that an estimated 12 million people – 11.2 million of whom are women – were not part of the labor force.
The lawmaker said 4.168 million have at least one child under 12 years old, with some 1.790 million living below the poverty line, said the lawmaker.
The DSWD will take charge of the assistance program once the proposed bill enacted into law.IMT