Who Is Gawa at Kalinga (GK)?

Gawa at Kalinga (GK) is a Labor Service Cooperative (not an agency), which means it is owned and self-managed by its workers. The members of which work together toward a common goal generating profit for the co-operative which they distribute based on working hours. Each member of Gawa at Kalinga is listed as an owner, member, and employee of Gawa at Kalinga Labor Service Cooperative. Gawa at Kalinga (GK) was created to help marginalized people to have a continuous livelihood.

Gawa at Kalinga mission/purpose:

To inspire meaningful and fulfilled lives with their members.

Contact details:

Alice Navallo: alicenavallo@gmail.com & Laarnie Ladjahasan: laarnie.asiapro@gmail.com

How much should I expect to pay Gawa at Kalinga?

As a guide, all housekeepers/ground maintenance

should be paid a base wage anywhere from Php400 to Php600 per day (8 hour daily wage) based on their experience and your households discretion. In addition to your GK member’s daily wage, you will be required to pay additional mandated monthly requirements (please see below).

What is included in the monthly Gawa at Kalinga billings that I need to pay?

1) A daily wage: the minimum wage (which is based on Laguna daily rates) is used for taxation purposes. Allowances and gifts are then added on top of the minimum wage to derive their gross wage, which is the true daily wage.

2) Mandated benefits (SSS, PhilHealth and Pag-Ibig): these are derived and paid based on the total daily gross wage, not the minimum wage shown on the payslip.

3) An 11% administrative fee.

4) A government mandated 13th monthly salary which will be accumulated and provided to the co-operative member during the 2nd week of December.

How do I pay my monthly Gawa at Kalinga bills?

1) Bank transfer: Contact Alice at GK for the bank information.

2) Cash payment. Please email Alice or Laarnie to arrange this payment method.

What if I need my co-operative member to work overtime at the last minute or to switch days? Do I need to notify Gawa at Kalinga?

a) For insurance purposes, if the GK member is part-time with you, please do notify GK of the switch in schedule. This will also ensure that your billings reflect your GK members different working hours.

b) If the GK member is full-time with you, they are insured full-time so last minute schedule change is not a problem but please still notify GK so they can adjust the monthly billings to reflect the change.

What happens when I go on home leave?

Your GK member will still work and be paid as usual. This is a great time for deep cleaning the house, while you are away. You will need to contact GK to arrange the payment of your bill whilst you are on home leave.

What is the pay arrangement for holidays?

The Philippines has many holiday days, some of which are classified as regular holidays and others which fall under the category of special holidays. These different holidays will have different labor law requirements. Your service provider contacts will be able to give you any details you require but below are the labor laws on compensation.

Where does the 11% admin fee go? Co-operatives are required by law to charge an admin fee.

70% of the admin fee directly returns to members through 2 different mechanisms;

1) interest on share capital which accounts for 14% of total admin fee (dividends, calculated off their Php10,000 deposit)

2) patronage refund which accounts for 56% of total admin fee (net margins or profits, excluding expenses such as operating costs, are distributed to members in proportion to how many days worked during the year).

In addition, 3.3% (30% of the admin fee) is then allocated across a number of different areas: general reserves, operating costs, business expansion, community development, training and development.

General reserve funds ensure the co-op has capital to continue running should financial difficulty strike.

Operating costs includes the salaries of the members running the co-op.

Business expansion include business ventures entered into to increase the profit of the co-op, currently this includes a distribution network of 68 trucks in Cavite and in Mindanao which distribute Nestle products and other logistics services

Community development funds are allocated to community programs and engagement in communities where GK LSC serves (eg. Typhoon relief funding).

Training and development covers free trainings offered by GK some of which are government accredited (TESDA) aimed to upskill members.