Villanueva pushes for Freelance Workers Protection bill
Aileen Cerrudo • July 22, 2021 • 290
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
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 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 Takeaway.com 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)
Senator Joel Villanueva said there is a need for a grassroots approach in order to develop Filipino athletes.
In a statement, the senator said the lack of organization at the grassroots level prevents our national sports associations from getting the athletes who can be trained to compete in the long term.
“Talent is scattered everywhere in our 7,000 islands, and it is up to us in government to be able to find these people and cultivate their skills so they can carry on with our quest to deliver the country’s first Olympic gold in over 90 years since we first competed in the Games,” Villanueva said.
Villanueva made the statement after the recent wins of gymnast Carlos Yulo and boxer Nesthy Petecio over the weekend.
Meanwhile, Villanueva and other senators continue to push for the proposed bill that will create the Philippine High School for Sports. It is an institution that will raise the quality of our young athletes which will make them competitive in the world stage.
“We will see to it that the proposed measure will live up to the dreams of our young athletes of having a specialized school that trains our future champions,” according to Villanueva.—AAC
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