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A House committee approves a bill protecting the rights and welfare of media workers.

A law that aims to advance and enhance the social and economic well-being of media workers, including their living and working conditions, was passed by the House Committee on Labor and Employment on Monday.

The Media Workers Welfare Act, or House Bill 454, which unifies House Bills 304, 1924, 2487, and 2801, aims to ensure that media workers earn at least as high as the regional minimum wage and are entitled to overtime compensation and night shift premiums.

When they are compelled to report in hazardous places, they must additionally get hazard pay and, as necessary, basic safety equipment.

Additionally, the Social Security System, Pag-IBIG, and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation would provide coverage for media professionals (PhilHealth).

Additionally, employers must give media workers mandatory benefits such as a PHP200,000 death benefit, a PHP200,000 disability benefit, and a PHP100,000 medical insurance cap.

Additionally, regardless of the nature of the employment, media workers will be considered normal employees six months after beginning their employment.

Representative Jeffrey Soriano of the ACT-CIS Partylist, one of the main writers of the proposed legislation, stated that to ensure the rights and welfare of media professionals who support the nation’s right to knowledge.

However, he added, “media professionals are currently faced with various risks and threats, sometimes even life and death circumstances, while we have the luxury to be served with quality news at the expense of the stated right.

He regretted that no enabling legislation would codify the promotion of rights and welfare of media employees despite such priceless efforts.

As a result, Soriano explained, “this law intends to ensure that media workers are afforded humane conditions of work, living wages, and complete benefits packages at par with the benefits enjoyed by the labor force in both the government and private sector.”


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