“Mother’s day is everyday!” Isabelle Daza sweetly wrote as the caption for one of her Instagram posts. The accompanying picture features the actress between two women. One is easily recognizable, Gloria Diaz. And the other? It is Yaya Luning, someone Isabelle considers as her second mom.
If you are one of her millions of followers on Instagram, you might have seen Yaya Luning on multiple photos. From a vacation in Seoul to eating steak in Paris, she has truly become part of the family. Isabelle even shared on an Instagram story that she once wrote a children’s book about her yaya. It was her attempt to teach children to care for their yayas as well. And this is a practice that she believes in until today.
During her recent appearance on Tonight with Boy Abunda, it was revealed that Isabelle made contracts for their helpers. The idea was suggested by her husband, Adrien Semblat. By writing down the deliverables, both parties are protected. “Para if something happens, you can’t get mad at them [helpers] for forgetting your charger when that’s not their job,” she explained.
More than just a piece of paper, the contract offers job security. “I had to explain also to my helpers that, ‘listen I can’t fire you just because I’m in a bad mood or I’m hungry,” she continued. As part of the agreement and to show the family’s appreciation, the house help are entitled to days off and vacations. “Tayo nga napapagod ng five days a week, why do we expect them to be in our house seven days,” Isabelle added.
It does not stop there, however. She also opened bank accounts for them. To encourage saving, she doubles their earnings by the end of the year, “’pag December na, titignan ko kung magkano na naipon and dodoblehin ko.” Isabelle sees this as her own way of assisting others to reach their goals.
Like the true inspirational woman that she is, Isabelle reminds everyone that our yayas are also human. Beyond being the employer and employee, she wants to create a more familial relationship. “It’s really treating people,” she ended.
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