Senator Juan Miguel ‘Migz’ Zubiri donated P2 million to seed the housing program of the Nagkakaisang Manggagawa ng Pelikulang Pilipino in a meeting with officers of the NMPP and the DGPI at the Dulcinea restaurant last Tuesday, October 13.
In September last year, Sen. Zubiri also donated P2.5 million for the NMPP and DGPI’s scholarship program to help deserving kin of local film workers through four-year college courses.
The new P2 million fund assistance will enable NMPP and DGPI members to apply for Pag-Ibig membership. The senator assured he intends to allot these amounts yearly for the two programs.
Members of the board of directors of the NMPP and the DGPI attended the meeting with Sen. Zubiri. The NMPP officers included Director Joel Lamangan, NMPP president; Chairman Maning Borlaza, board director Rez Cortez, Josie Tagle, Baldo Marro, Raquel Villavicencio and Amay Bisaya. The DGPI officers included Chairman Mark Meily, Mel Chionglo, Tony Cruz, Gil Portes, Soxie Topacio and Edgardo ‘Boy’ Vinarao.
According to Director Lamangan, the NMPP and the DGPI will be seeking the assistance of the National Housing Authority under housing czar Rico Laxa regarding the housing project.
Director Tony Cruz who is on top of he scholarship program with Director Soxie Topacio meanwhile said that for this year, a total of 15 scholars benefited from the first P2.5 million fund assistance given by Sen. Zubiri in September last year.
Eleven scholars actually started four-year courses while four others attended Mowelfund workshops.
Director Lamangan said that the two programs will benefit the members of both the formal and informal guilds or organizations of movie industry workers.
The formal guilds are those affiliated with the Film Academy of the Philippines and include actors and actresses, directors, scriptwriters, cinematographer, production designers, editors, sound technicians, musical scorers, assistant directors and production managers.
The informal groups are made up of stuntmen, talents and extras, checkers, bookers, make-up artists, stillmen, legmen, lagaristas, dubbers, managers and even members of the entertainment or movie press.
For the scholarship program for the schoolyear 2010-2011, Lamangan said that the guilds and organizations will submit ten applications each for scholarships.
Like this year’s requirements, applicants in order o qualify must have at least 87% grade average on his fourth year high school graduation. He or she must also present admission tests and eligibility requirements.
Only the tuition fees shall be covered by the scholarship fund. A two-year or four-year college course is preferable in any state university or college. At least three of the scholars must take film school courses or allied courses, like mass communications, tri-media or creative writing.
The scholarships will be extended on a semestral basis provided the scholar is able to maintain the grade point average in passing his or her subjects.
The board of governors of the Film Academy of the Philippines passed a resolution last year to express its appreciation and gratitude, in behalf of the movie workers, to Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri for his generous P2.5 million support to the scholarship program.
Board Resolution 10a-2008 reads in part:
…the fund assistance from Senator Zubiri is being used to implement NMPP’s scholarship program for not only NMPP members but their immediate families as well, providing them educational opportunities that are otherwise rare to come into in a local film industry that is encountering its own difficulties;
…the fund assistance also makes possible the implementation of other projects that benefit the formal and informal film workers and their families creating avenue for the improvement of their quality of life;
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