A Better Online Marketplace Will Create Jobs For Women – Official DOLE

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 employment opportunities if the online job market improves.

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

However, there are major challenges to overcome.

The executive director of the Institute for Social Studies of the Ministry of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Ahmma Charisma Lobrin-Satumba, said that unlike traditional or offline employment, working online does not require not a lot of eligibility requirements. This offers alternative employment opportunities even to those with limited educational and work experience.

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

“This makes the platform economy a viable solution to the lingering constraints of women’s participation in the paid workforce,” PIDS said, citing Satumba in a press release dated Friday, June 11.

Gaps

However, Satumba also pointed out that working online is not fully covered by existing labor regulations and social protection systems. While working online offers an opportunity, without labor regulations or social protection, it also creates inequalities in the workforce.

“While there is reason to believe that the platform economy offers immense opportunities for women, the evidence [studies], including [that of PIDS]revealed that the same structural barriers to the inclusion of women, which are ubiquitous in the traditional labor market, are also present in work mediated by digital platforms, ”Satumba said.

Satumba also noted that the low participation of women in the labor market proves that the gender gaps in the labor market in the Philippines have persisted, despite being one of the first countries in Asia to support women by ratifying several international conventions, promulgating specific gender 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 also 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 workforce survey, in order to accurately capture the online employment scenario in the country. – Rappler.com