CHR lauds enactment of Digital Workforce Competitiveness

The Commission on Human Rights lauded the new Republic Act No. 11927 or the Philippine Digital Workforce Competitiveness Act, as a timely and relevant measure during this period of recovery to jumpstart digital competitiveness and innovations as we continue to transition to a new normal. 

The bill lapsed into law on July 30, 2022, principally authored by Senator Joel Villanueva, the measure shall establish an Inter-Agency Council for Development and Competitiveness of Philippine Digital Workforce to lead initiatives to promote, develop, and enhance the competitiveness of the Philippines digital workforce.

RA 11927 also mandates the inter-agency body to implement programs that will enable digital innovation and entrepreneurship. 

CHR is hopeful that this inter-agency approach will guarantee an inclusive and holistic method that considers all the sectors of the society primarily those who lack access to digital knowledge and technologies toward equal digital opportunities for all.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has also underscored the importance of digital skills, online careers, and internet entrepreneurship in helping surmount the challenges posed by the health and economic crisis.

During the height of quarantine restrictions, digital platforms enabled many individuals to safely and conveniently work, transact, access crucial services, and many more,” according to CHR Executive Director, Atty. Jaqueline Ann de Guia.

RA 11927 also aims to ensure adequate protection and support for the digital workforce to continuously improve their skills in line with global standards. 

The government may enter into public-private partnerships with digital industry experts to roll-out training and skills development programs for digital careers. 

CHR also believes that this new measure can respond to the pressing needs during the current digital age. 

With efficient implementation, RA 11927 can help enhance and expand the economic, cultural, and social rights of everyone through digital modes that offer exponential possibilities.

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