A better online market will create jobs for women – DOLE official

Executive Director Ahmma Charisma Lobrin-Satumba says the right mix of policies and better data will help fill gaps in the online labor market

Women will have more job opportunities if the online labor market is improved.

During a webinar organized by the think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), a Filipino labor official said that the online labor market, or the so-called platform economy, has enormous potential to create employment opportunities for women.

However, there are major challenges to overcome.

Ahmma Charisma Lobrin-Satumba, executive director of the Department of Labor and Employment’s Institute of Social Studies (DOLE), said that unlike traditional or offline employment, online work does not require many eligibility requirements. This provides alternative employment opportunities even to those with limited educational and work experience.

She added that the flexibility and option of working from home will allow women to do paid work while taking care of family responsibilities.

“This makes the platform economy a viable solution to the persistent constraints on women’s participation in the paid labor market,” PIDS quoted Satumba as saying in a press release dated Friday, June 11.

Gaps

However, Satumba also pointed out that online work was not fully covered by existing labor regulations and social protection systems. Although online work provides an opportunity, without labor regulations or social protections, it also creates inequalities in the workforce.

“Although there are reasons to believe that the platform economy offers immense opportunities for women, [studies]including [that of PIDS]revealed that the same structural barriers to women’s inclusion that are pervasive in the traditional labor market are also present in work mediated by digital platforms,” said Satumba.

Satumba also noted that the low participation of women in the labor market proves that gender gaps in the labor market in the Philippines have persisted, despite being one of the first countries in Asia to support women in ratifying several international conventions, enacting gender-specific legislation and formulating policies that promote gender equality.

Solutions

To fill the gaps, Satumba said it was important to have the right mix of policies that would address the labor constraints posed by the platform economy, while highlighting the potential of the online market to create more jobs. for women.

She also called on the Philippine Statistics Authority to improve its data collection for its Labor Force Survey, to accurately capture the online employment scenario in the country. – Rappler.com