Go urges support for bill protecting freelance workers – Manila Bulletin

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Sen. Bong Go urged lawmakers today to expedite the passage of the bill protecting the rights and welfare of freelance workers in the country.
Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go
(OFFICE OF SEN. BONG GO / MANILA BULLETIN)
Go expressed support and co-sponsored Senate Bill No. 1810 or the proposed Freelance Protection Act filed by Senators Joel Villanueva and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. which seeks to institutionalize the protection granted to freelance workers.
The administration senator said the measure will help ease the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to the economy and address unemployment woes.
“It’s about time that the law recognizes the importance of the industry and the necessity of ensuring that our freelancers will not be abused,” Go said.
“This is the least we could do to make sure their rights and well-being are protected,” he said.
The lawmaker noted freelance work is fast emerging as an alternative to the traditional employer-employee work model even prior to the pandemic.
But due to the absence of formal written contracts, Filipino freelance workers are vulnerable to abuse and have very little recourse through the law.
“A lot of our workforce prefer to do their work on their own terms, and just …

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