An alliance of workers’ organizations in the country’s media and showbiz sectors yesterday filed for party list accreditation with the Commission on Elections to run for next year’s congressional elections.
The Alyansa ng Media at Showbiz or AMS will champion the rights and welfare of various workers in both media and show business, including the local movie industry.
AMS President Rolando B. Gonzalo explained that the alliance is initially a joint association of three existing groups, namely the Liga ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas, Inc. (LBPI), the National Press Club of the Philippines, Inc. (NPC) and the Asosasyong Mangagawa ng Pelikulang Pilipino, Inc. (AMPPI).
Film director Romy V. Suzara, the secretary general of AMS, said that other working guilds and associations will eventually support the alliance which will principally work for its base of marginalized workers.
“These workers will include the lowly lagaristas, the movie talents and extras, theater employes and stuntmen, aside from the ranks of directors, scriptwriters, cinematographers, editors, production designers, sound technicians, actors and actresses,” Suzara added.
Gonzalo said that technicians and other employees of the broadcast or radio industry are also within the ambit of the new alliance. He cited the following as the alliance’s common concerns:
–To organize and advance the socio-economic concerns of those working in the media and movie industry Example of which are scholarships for members and delegates, housing projects, free legal services, medical and burial benefits, livelihood services and other forms of assistance.
–To uplift the morale, image and credibility of media and movie workers.
–To develop policy advocacies and serves as the voice of the media-movie industry in the higher councils of government.
–To invest its funds or undertake revenue, business and/or income generating and/or self-liquidating projects for members.
–To foster camaraderie and oneness among media/movie workers to ensure success in initiating programs and projects.
Officers of other movie industry guilds and unions had expressed support to the new alliance, like the Nagkakaisang Manggagawa ng Pelikulang Pilipino (NMPP), the Directors Guild of the Philippines (DGPI), the Philippine Motion Picture Directors’ Association (PMPDA), the Katipunan ng mga Artistang Pilipino sa Pelikula at Telebisyon (KAPPT), the Production Designers Guild of the Philippines (PDGP), and others.
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