This virtual event will feature two PIDS studies, namely, “Online Work in the Philippines: Some Lessons in the Asian Context” and “Digital Divide and the Platform Economy: Looking for the Connection from the Asian Experience”.

The first paper, authored by PIDS Senior Research Fellows Dr. Connie Bayudan-Dacuycuy, Dr. Aniceto Orbeta, Dr. Ramonette Serafica, and PIDS Research Assistant Lora Kryz Baje, analyzed the stylized patterns of online work in the Philippines within the bigger context of the Asian experience. It looked into challenges related to social protection, skills development, and job security, and provided ways to address such issues so that platform work becomes sustainable.

The second study, written by PIDS Senior Research Fellow Francis Mark Quimba, assessed the extent of digital divide in Asia through a set of indicators for the region and some selected Asian countries. The result showed that certain segments of the population in some Asian countries have better access (motivational, material, skill, and usage) to computers and the internet. The study also proposed policy interventions to address this digital inequality.

To know more about these studies, kindly read or download them from these links:


Towards a Sustainable Platform Work presented by Dr. Connie Bayudan-Dacuycuy, Senior Research Fellow, Philippine Institute for Development Studies

Understanding the Divide: Implications from Developing Asia presented by Dr. Francis Mark Quimba, Senior Research Fellow, Philippine Institute for Development Studies

DICT’s response in addressing the digital divide and online/ platform work presented by Engr. George Tardio, OIC-Director III, National Planning and Corporate Management Bureau, Department of Information and Communications Technology

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