Pasig City-based freelancers may soon enjoy an easier registration process, says Mayor Vico Sotto

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If you or anyone you know works as a freelancer, you likely know that with the flexibility in schedule and certain financial freedom comes a few snags in the system. Freelance workers, especially creatives, have experienced certain challenges, from not receiving the same benefits as full-time workers to confusion when it comes to registering their business with the Bureau of Internal Revenue—leading many freelancers to not register at all.

In case you’re a freelancer based in Pasig City, then some good news may be ahead of you: mayor Vico Sotto intends to change that and streamline the registration process for independent contractors, as indicated by his tweet.

Twitter user @artists_pinoy posted a tweet praising the mayor after the Pasig City government successfully improved a tricycle terminal along the Eastbank Road in Santa Lucia—clearly putting taxpayer money to good use.

The user wrote, “Kaya ako bilang Free Lancer/WFH ni rehistro ko ang practice ko sa Business Office ng Pasig dahil natuwa ako na magbayad ng buwis dito dahil may pinupuntahan ang binabayad ko, nakikita kong nag tatrabaho ang Mayor namin.” (That’s why as a freelancer/WFH worker I registered my practice with Pasig City’s Business Office because I felt happy paying my taxes as I see where my taxes go, I see our mayor working.)

Mayor Vico got wind of the tweet, and QT-ed it with his response, “Wow! Maraming salamat!! Free lancer/WFH pero rehistrado– sana dumami ang mga negosyanteng katulad mo. For our part, we will try to adapt as fast as we can kasi medyo malabo pa ang mga requirements para sa mga non-traditional business.”

(Wow! Thank you so much! A registered freelancer/WFH worker—I hope more entrepreneurs like you grow in number. For our part, we will try to adapt as fast as we can as the requirements for non-traditional businesses are still quite unclear.)

For all the hullabaloo about PAREX, Pasig City has been at the forefront of some pretty progressive initiatives, including a revamped, “human-centered” Kapitolyo intersection that’s safer for pedestrians and cyclists, and creating safer lanes along main thoroughfares such as the Ortigas bridge.

READ: Pasig’s new ‘human-centered’ Kapitolyo intersection is more than OK

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