E-commerce regulations 'timely' as transactions grow: solon


Posted at Jun 09 2020 01:53 PM

E-commerce regulations 'timely' as transactions grow: solon 1
Delivery riders park outside a barricaded road leading to the Cubao commercial district in Quezon City on May 27, 2020. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/File

MANILA - The government should regulate e-commerce as opportunities for abuse increase alongside user growth during the coronavirus pandemic, a lawmaker said Tuesday.

The proposed House Bill 6122 or the act protecting consumers and merchants engaged in internet transactions is very "timely" as the e-commerce industry grew $7 billion in 2019, said Valenzuela 1st District Rep. Wes Gatchalian, House Committee on Trade and Industry chairman.

"Nakikita natin ang paglago ng e-commerce ngunit wala pang batas na nagreregulate ng e-commerce sa ating bansa," Gatchalian said.

(We are seeing the growth of e-commerce but there is no law to regulate it here in our country.)

"This is the internet age. Ang dapat po ay pumasok ang gobyerno para protektahan ang mga namimili at protektahan din po ang merchant (the government should intervene to protect consumers and merchants)," he added.

The bill seeks the creation of an E-Commerce Bureau under the Trade Department. It will ensure liability of sellers and platforms in case of wrongdoing, he said.

Online orders for food, essentials, grocery items and even bills payment surged during the pandemic as million were forced to stay in their homes, Gatchalian said.

Metro Manila emerged from one of the world's longest lockdown on June 1.