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TUCP lauds the passage of the Eddie Garcia Bill on third and final reading in the 19th Congress of the House of Representatives

Eddie Garcia Bill

The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) lauds the passage of House Bill No. 1270, also known as the “Eddie Garcia Act”, on third and final reading in the House of Representatives. “The bill champions the plight and welfare of our workers in the film, television, and radio entertainment industry. The bill is named after veteran actor Eddie Garcia who tragically died as a direct result of neck and cervical fractures after tripping on loose cable wires while shooting a television show. It took the death of this veteran star actor to place the spotlight on the spotty protection these workers are given. It is high time that this entertainment industry is made fully compliant with minimum labor and occupational safety and health standards,” said House of Representatives Deputy Speaker and TUCP President Raymond Democrito C. Mendoza.

“Manoy Eddie not only inspired us through his life work in cinema but his untimely death galvanized all of us—the entertainment industry stakeholders and public policymakers alike—to strive for decent work in an industry where abuse, exploitation, and gross violations of occupational safety and health standards are rampant,” added Deputy Speaker Mendoza (TUCP Party-list).

This legislative measure mandates the execution of an employment contract between the employer/principal and the worker/independent contractor to outline the terms and conditions of employment. Normal work hours shall be eight hours a day with overtime work not exceeding more than 12 hours per day and work hours shall not exceed 60 hours per week. Wages shall not be lower than the minimum wage in the region. Also, workers in these industries are entitled to social security and welfare benefits. Stricter compliance with occupational safety and health standards and provision of proper compensation and facilities for location shoots are also included in the bill. The Film, Television, and Radio Entertainment Industry Tripartite Council is also established as the policymaking body for the industry.

“It is my fervent hope that we will ultimately usher in the passage of the Eddie Garcia bill not only in the House of Representatives but also in the Senate towards its eventual signing by the President so that it finally becomes a law. Its immediate passage is long overdue and well-deserved considering that we are talking here about workers who toil so hard and who bring entertainment into our homes—entertainment that enlightens, excites, and informs us. Passing this bill and ensuring its proper implementation is the surest way to guarantee safe working conditions and gainful employment for all these workers,” emphasized Deputy Speaker Mendoza.

Deputy Speaker Mendoza successfully steered the passage of the Eddie Garcia Bill in the House of Representatives back in the 18th Congress by serving as one of the authors of the bill and as the Chair of the Subcommittee on Labor Standards under the House Committee on Labor and Employment that deliberated on this piece of legislation.

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