The new executive director of the Film Development Council of the Philippines, Briccio Santos, conferred with several film industry officials to discuss the possibility of reorganizing the council into a Philippine Film Commission.
Present during the meeting, held at the Kimpura Restaurant at the Greenhills Shopping Center in San Juan, last Friday, October 29, were Leo Martinez, director-general of the Film Academy of the Philippines and FDCP board director; Joel Lamangan, president of the Nagkakaisang Manggagawa ng Pelikulang Pilipino; Emmanuel Borlaza, newly-appointed deputy chairman of the Movie and Television Rating and Classification Board;
Carlitos Siguion-Reyna, Rez Cortez, Manny Morfe and Raquel Villa-vicencio, NMPP board directors; Gil Portes, Jose Carreon and Ellen Ongkeko, officers of the Directors’ Guild of the Philippines, Inc.
Lamangan informed Santos that a bill drafted by a joint NMPP-DGPI task force has already been filed with their respective committees in the Senate and the House of Representatives.
Sen. Jinggoy Estrada filed the senate version while actor Rep. Dan Hernandez filed the House bill. The two committees which will consider the bills are headed by Sen. Gregorio ‘Gringo’ Honasan and Rep. Ben Evardone of Samar.
The bill centralized film development programs under the new Film Commission which will sll grant tax rebates for films rated by the Cinema Evaluation Board but will als provide fund endowments for deserving fil projects.
The bill seeks to transform the local film industry to be an economic partner in national development.
Santos announced during the meeting that he has been elected vice-president in the association of film commissions in Asia. Those attending the meeting were unanimous in holding an ASEAN film festival in the country.
Santos and Lamangan agreed that they will attend the committee hearings on the bill whenever the Senate or House committee will invite representatives from FDCP, NMPP, DGPI, FAP and other film-related agencies from government and the private sector to discuss the bill.
They also agreed to lay the groundwork for a film summit to be attended by stakeholders and film workers early next year in cooperation with the Fair Trade Alliance which has been drafting a road map for the film industry in coordination with the FAP and the Intellectual Property Office.