Villanueva pushes for Freelance Workers Protection bill

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 22, 2021   •   581

MANILA, Philippines—Amid the suspension of food delivery drivers, Senator Joel Villanueva is pushing for the Freelance Workers Protection bill to protect workers under freelance arrangement.

Villanueva raised the importance of food delivery drivers as essential workers during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

He also called for the issuance of guidelines from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and a directive from the President to ensure protection and just compensation of food delivery riders and other “freelancers in the gig economy” while legislation to cover these workers is underway.

The Freelance Workers Protection bill, or Senate Bill No. 1810 seeks to define and recognize workers under freelance arrangement. Freelance workers, under the measure, include food couriers and delivery riders.

“Trade and commerce have evolved as the pandemic hastened the use of gig platforms from food to grocery shopping. Our laws must capture new work arrangements which is why in the Senate, we have pushed for the passage of the freelance workers protection bill and the digital workforce competitiveness bill,” he said.

The senator said DOLE can issue a department order to provide immediate relief to food delivery workers and other workers in the gig economy.

Villanueva said services provided by workers in app-based platforms “who are basically paid on a per transaction basis will outlast the pandemic and shall become part of the way we buy and sell goods.” AAC




PNP chief warns food delivery riders violating COVID-19 safety protocols

Robie de Guzman   •   August 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday reminded food delivery riders to strictly observe the minimum public health safety standards and quarantine protocols amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eleazar issued the reminder after his office received reports that some delivery riders purportedly failed to follow protocols while waiting for their clients’ orders at restaurants.

He said some wore their face masks improperly while others were reported to be smoking in waiting areas.

“Sa mga nakalipas na araw, ilang ulit na nakatanggap ang inyong PNP ng mga reklamo at sumbong tungkol sa mga paglabag ng mga delivery riders ng minimum public health safety protocols sa kanilang mga waiting areas sa iba’t-ibang lugar sa Metro Manila,” Eleazar said in a statement.

“Dahil dito, inatasan ko na ang ating mga chiefs of police at station commanders na makipag-ugnayan sa kani-kanilang mga LGUs at pati na rin sa mga manager ng business establishments upang mahigpit na maipatupad ang mga protocols laban sa COVID-19,” he added.

The PNP chief reminded delivery riders that there are existing laws and ordinances for the observance of minimum public health safety standards and quarantine protocols which must be strictly followed.

He also directed police personnel to observe maximum tolerance and be polite when calling the attention of delivery riders caught violating the guidelines.

“Alam natin ang hirap at sakripisyo ng ating mga delivery riders ngayong pandemya. Pero kung may mapapansin ang ating kapulisan na mga riders na hindi sumusunod sa minimum public health safety standards at quarantine protocols ay tatawagin natin ang kanilang pansin at paalalahanan,” Eleazar said.

“Hinihikayat natin ang ating mga kababayan na magreklamo at magpadala ng mga video at larawan sa pamamagitan ng E-Sumbong at tinitiyak naming ang agarang aksyon dito,” he added.

Hontiveros urges DOLE to address labor abuses reported by food delivery drivers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Senator Risa Hontiveros is urging the Department of Labor and Employment to address the issue of labor abuses reported by food delivery drivers.

The senator made the call after food delivery app Food Panda suspended at least 500 accredited riders in Davao City after participating in a unity ride in support of other riders who were suspended and denied access to the mobile app for 10 years.

The group is also complaining about the recent fare adjustment which significantly decreased their earnings to as low as P20.00 per ride.

Nananawagan ako sa DOLE na aksyunan agad ang hinaing ng ating delivery riders na nakararanas ng panggigipit sa mobile app operators,” she said.

(I am urging DOLE to address the complaints of our delivery riders who are experiencing problems with mobile app operators.)

Hontiveros called on DOLE to look into the plight of food delivery riders in Davao. She said there should also be guidelines and labor standards to protect the welfare of the riders.

“Failure to act on such grievances is negligence on the part of the government,” she said.

The senator also filed a resolution seeking an investigation into the working conditions of the so-called ‘gig economy’, which includes delivery riders, to address labor issues surrounding the emerging sector. AAC



Uber to buy Postmates in $2.65 bln stock deal, expands food-delivery reach

UNTV News   •   July 7, 2020

Uber Technologies said on Monday (July 6) it would buy Postmates in a $2.65 billion deal, looking to expand its reach into the food-delivery market as the coronavirus crisis upends its core ride-hailing business.

The move is just weeks after Uber walked away from a deal to buy Grubhub, which would have given Uber’s money-losing restaurant delivery service a leg up on market leader DoorDash.

U.S. online food delivery company Grubhub agreed to be acquired in June by Just Eat in a $7.3 billion deal.

Uber, which has been under pressure as ride-hailing services across the globe plummets because of lockdowns, offered a premium of about 10% on Postmates’ last valuation of $2.4 billion. Uber shares were up about 9% in premarket trading. (Reuters)

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