The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) continually supports Filipino talents and freelancers gain access to digital opportunities and high-value online jobs through the conduct of various free trainings.

“The freelance industry or gig economy, especially among the younger population, play a key role in the country’s economic revitalization efforts,” DICT Secretary Gregorio B. Honasan II said. “For this reason, we need initiatives to support freelancers in their hunt for work and to keep their skills relevant,” he added.

The digitaljobsPH is one of the Department’s programs that provides technical trainings to develop the digital skills of Filipinos, especially those living in the countryside. The program aims to prosper ICT-enabled livelihood opportunities for increased participation in the digital economy. 

DICT’s digitaljobsPH program, Davao-based social enterprise Virtualahan and Globe are also collaborating on the conduct of capacity-building activities to assist displaced Filipino workers.

Moreover, the DICT supports the Congress’ approval of the Freelance Workers Protection Bill or House Bill 8817 which provides for measures to protect freelancers, including the mandatory creation of written contracts when procuring their services, as well as the provision of hazard pay and night shift differential.

These provisions aim to make the enforcement of freelance workers’ rights easier and more accessible. The bill also provides that any violation of its provisions may be filed with the Department of Labor and Employment through the Undersecretary for Workers with Special Concerns.

Recently, the DICT’s digitaljobsPH training program provided a list of its free training courses for this year 2021, which can be accessed through this link.

Interested participants are advised to follow for news and updates on the list of available courses.