PIDS study to gov't: Revisit and improve SWM implementation
The Ecological Solid Waste Management (SWM) Act of 2000 or Republic Act (RA) 9003 is meant to protect public health and the environment while promoting resource conservation and recovery and public cooperation and responsibility. However, a study by state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) discovered varying SWM implementation processes at the local level, reflecting the need for the government to revisit its policies.
In a webinar recently organized by PIDS, Senior Research Fellow Sonny Domingo, who co-wrote the study with Research Analyst Arvie Joy Manejar, presented the findings of their research that analyzed the country's SWM regulatory policies. READ MORE
LGUs must be 'consistent', 'persistent' in implementing SWM law, says local MENRO
Local government units (LGUs) must be consistent and persistent in implementing the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 or Republic Act 9003.
Engr. Marlon Pielago, municipal environment and natural resource officer of Teresa, Rizal, emphasized this at a webinar recently organized by state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS).
Pielago, a discussant at the webinar, noted that some LGUs fail to implement the law because they do not have a focal person handling their solid waste management (SWM) programs. READ MORE
Upskilling crucial for Filipino online professionals--FOPSCo chairperson
Filipino online professionals need to be provided with continuous education and training, according to Filipino Online Professionals Service Cooperative (FOPSCo) Chairperson Rochefel Rivera.
As a discussant in a webinar on crowdwork jointly organized by state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) and the International Development Research Centre recently, Rivera provided recommendations on how the government can help online professionals in the country.
For one, she emphasized the need to use the term “online professionals” instead of “freelancers” when referring to people working in the online industry for better representation. READ MORE
PIDS, NEDA ink MoU to pursue collaboration on socioeconomic research
The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) and the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on research collaboration.
The MoU was signed early this month by NEDA Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua and PIDS President Celia Reyes.
Under the MoU, both parties agreed to share data and expertise in the conduct of joint research projects. PIDS and NEDA shall also coordinate in the publication of the outputs as research papers. The outputs may also be presented in research conferences with the consent of both agencies. READ MORE
Platform economy can create jobs for women--DOLE official
Gender gaps in the labor market have persisted as evidenced by the low labor force participation of women.
This was according to Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Institute for Labor Studies Executive Director Ahmma Charisma Lobrin-Satumba during a recent webinar organized by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS).
According to Satumba, who served as a discussant, the Philippines was one of the first countries in Asia to ratify several international conventions in support of women, enact gender-specific legislation, and formulate policies promoting gender equality. READ MORE
BIR official urges gov't to craft appropriate policies, laws for digital taxation in PH
The government needs to adopt a well-thought-out strategy and policy package in taxing the digital economy.
Atty. Marissa O. Cabreros, deputy commissioner of the Bureau of Internal Revenue's (BIR) Legal Group, emphasized this at a recent webinar organized by state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS).
Titled "Taxation of the Digital Economy and Costs and Benefits of Customs Duties Moratorium on Electronic Transmissions", the virtual event featured two PIDS studies, namely, “Emerging Tax Issues in the Digital Economy” and “Costs and Benefits of New Disciplines on Electronic Commerce”. READ MORE
Improve workers' skills, social protection systems to bridge gaps in platform work--PIDS experts
Gender and other related issues in platform work in the country are likely to remain, if not widen, due to the lack of policies and programs for skills development and social protection.
Senior Research Fellow Connie Bayudan-Dacuycuy emphasized this at a recent webinar organized by state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) titled "Gender and Other Issues in Platform Work and ICT Use in the Philippines".
In the study “Decent Work in Crowdwork: Gendered Takeaways from an Online Survey in the Philippines”, Dacuycuy noted that information and communications technology (ICT) paved the way for the development of digital labor platforms, providing economic opportunities to Filipinos. READ MORE
Free flow of data across borders crucial to PH's digital economy dev't--digital advocate
The digital economy's cross-border nature is crucial to its success.
This was one of the key points raised by Jeremille Raton, a digital advocate and business development manager for the Asia Pacific Region of Tiaxa, a Chile-based technology and data science company.
Raton, who served as a discussant during a webinar on digital taxation recently organized by state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), noted that the digital economy presents opportunities for Filipinos as it can create new sources of revenues, particularly for the government. READ MORE