Senator Jinggoy Estrada is setting his sights on providing for better working conditions in the country for informal sector workers, freelancers and those engaged in work-from-home schemes.
“Hindi natin makakaila na kasabay ng mga pagbabago sa ating pamumuhay ng dahil sa pandemya ay ang mga pamamaraan ng ating hanapbuhay at ang patuloy na paglago ng mga manggagawa sa informal sector at iba pa na hindi nakahanay sa mga regular na namamasukan sa mga opisina,” Estrada said.
“May mga karampatang benepisyo at labor standards na dapat ding umiiral para maprotektahan ang kanilang kapakanan,” the incoming chair of the Senate labor committee.
Estrada proposed the enactment of Senate Bill 42 or the Magna Carta for Workers in the Informal Sector, which seeks to prescribe their rights and benefits for workers, establish labor standards and provision of social insurance programs from Social Security System (SSS), Pag-Ibig and Philhealth.
He also included provisions ensuring security in the workplace of informal sector workers to address issues concerning eviction, demolition, confiscation of materials and impounding of vehicles among many others.
Estrada’s SB 45 or the proposed Freelancers Protection Act provides for the labor bill of rights for freelancers, including right to a written contract or agreement, right to just compensation, right to self-organization, right to be free from any form of discrimination, and abuse.
For those under a flexible working arrangement or telecommuting, the senator laid down in his SB 44 his proposed modifications to existing normal hours of work, including shortened meal breaks, and overtime work.