Department of Labor and Employment
February 9, 2020
DOLE boosts welfare of show business workers
The labor department has taken a step ahead in helping improve the working condition and occupational safety and health of workers in the audio-visual production.
In a Joint Memorandun Circular with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), DOLE has set the guidelines governing the promotion of the welfare of audio-visual production workers.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III and FDCP Chief Mary Liza B. Dino on Friday led the signing of the circular which spells out the pertinent rules on workplace safety and health.
The guidelines lay out the rights and duties of all workers in the audio-visual production.
An audio-visual production is a sector within the audio-visual industry which involves the creation, development, and production of the audio-visual content regardless of platforms (television, film) and all other identified digital medium where it is shown.
“Workers in the audio-visual production are working on set or location and in projects sometimes without the full benefit of certain provisions in the workplace that affect safety and well being,” Bello explained.
“These guidelines will afford them adequate protection and compensation in case unfortunate incidents happen,” he added.
Bello said the guidelines also establish procedures for dealing with workplace hazard and enforce the law for compliance.
Meanwhile, Dino said the signing of the JMC is a ‘victory’ for all employed in the audiovisual production. She also hailed the labor department’s unrelenting drive to provide occupational safety and health standards and lead in the administration of safety and health laws in all labor industries.
She said the new pro-worker policy is the fruit of hardwork and perseverance of dedicated supporters of the Philippines movie industry and the valuable assistance from the government through the labor department. — ###