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Additional protection for the media and entertainment sector is desired.

Even if a former Malacanang official asked for his assistance to include media professionals in his measure, Senator Robinhood Padilla would continue the fight for more protection for performers and other entertainment sector workers.

The “Eddie Garcia Law,” which is Senate Bill No. 450 in honor of the late veteran actor, will guarantee the benefits and protections for those who work in the entertainment industry.

According to a statement from Padilla, “the measure is a reaction to the urgent need of the members of the television and film business for the government to offer rules for safe and improved working conditions and for the protection of the workers’ welfare in the industry.

Joel Sy Egco, a former president of the National Press Club and the first executive director of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS), urged Padilla to include media workers in House Bill 304, the Media Workers Welfare Act, which Representatives Luis Raymund Villafuerte introduced, Miguel Luis Villafuerte, and Tsuyoshi Anthony Horibata of Camarines Sur, and Representative Nicolas Enciso of the Bicol Saro party.

“It is true that Senator Padilla is the originator of the legislation on the welfare of media workers. Every media outlet has supported the Eddie Garcia measure, and I hope Senator Padilla will do the same. The Eddie Garcia bill has the support of all media professionals. “In a radio appearance, Egco remarked.

“We cannot deny the contribution of our workers in the media as well as in show business and their roles in bolstering our democracy,” Egco continued. “Hindi matatawaran ang kondisyon ng ating mga kapatid sa media, kasama ang nagtatrabaho sa larangan ng pelikula at TV, at papalawig at papalakas ng demokrasya.”

Through Administrative Order 1 issued by President Rodrigo Duterte on October 11, 2016, the PTFoMS was established.

It is co-chaired by the Office of the Press Secretary, which has been renamed the Presidential Communications Operations Office, and is led by the Department of Justice. Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, Office of the Solicitor General, Presidential Human Rights Committee, Department of National Defense, Department of Interior and Local Government, and National Bureau of Investigation are among the members.

The PTFoMS has accomplished a number of things, including setting up a quick response team, a 24/7 hotline (+639178406790), and increasing its online visibility to ensure quick response to complaints, grievances, or requests for assistance from media professionals who have been threatened or intimidated.

The multi-awarded Garcia passed away in June 2019 at the age of 90 after an accident on a television series set that was allegedly caused by negligence.

After tripping over a cable line, he injured his head, went into a coma, and died from complications 12 days later.

Actors and crew in the entertainment sector also deal with long filming days, low pay, stress, and nighttime and weekend work.

In order to identify potential hazards at work, the bill also requires that occupational safety and health officer be present.

In addition to retirement benefits, workers must get night shift differential pay and be eligible for Social Security, Home Development Mutual Fund, and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation benefits.

The Labor Department must create a Film, Television, and Radio Entertainment Industry Tripartite Council in order to serve as a conduit between stakeholders and to settle any future disputes.

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