Sen. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara is calling for the creation of a national database of all members of the informal economy to provide protection to the informal workers and to ensure they receive aid from the government in times of emergencies.
The bill seeks to establish a legal framework for the gig economy that will map out strategies to promote and strengthen digital careers and institutionalize employment standards for digital career workers.
Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian said DepEd should increase the capacity of its online-based education for the next school year in the event of a prolonged crisis due to Covid-19, while Sen. Sonny Angara said he will file a bill establishing a Philippine eHealth system.
The program has been plagued by delays even if the government has appropriated almost P8 billion since the project’s inception in 2015. As of June 2019, only 2,677 sites have been made operational, out of the cumulative target of 34,236 sites by end of the year.