Malacañang has delegated to the secretary of education the power to exercise oversight function over the Film Academy of the Philippines and the Film Development Council of the Philippines.
This was contained in Executive Order No. 513 which was signed by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo last March 10.
This was an offshoot of an inquiry of FAP Director General Leo G. Martinez during a meeting with the President where he brought up the problem of the Academy having
no government official of cabinet position whom they can address problems to be brought to the President’s attention.
Director General Martinez said that the problem was brought about when the Department of Education, Culture and Sports was trimmed down to the DepEd. During the same meeting, the President advised that financial assistance intended for the Academy—such as those coming from congressional officials– may be routed through the DepEd.
Reprinted hereunder is Executive Order No. 513:
EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 513
DELEGATING TO THE SECRETARY OF EDUCATION THE POWER TO EXERCISE OVERSIGHT FUNCTION OVER THE FILM ACADEMY OF THE PHILIPPINES AND THE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL OF THE PHILIPPINES
WHEREAS the Film Academy of the Philippines and the Film Development Council of the Philippines was established pursuant to Executive Order No. (“EO”) 640-A, dated 05 January 1981, primarily to give due recognition, awards, distinction, appreciation and other forms of reward for significant efforts and accomplishments for the improvement and development of the motion picture art and science in the country;
WHEREAS, the Film Development Council of the Philippines, on the other hand, was created pursuant to Republic Act No. (“RA”) 9167, to establish and implement, among others, a Cinema Evaluation System in accordance with the criteria specified therein;
WHEREAS, the Film Academy of the Philippines was placed under the now defunct Filipino Motion Picture Development Board created pursuant to EO 640-A (s. 1981), while the Film Development Council of the Philippines is placed under the Office of the President pursuant to Section 2 of RA 9167;
WHEREAS, the Film Academy of the Philippines and Film Development Council of the Philippines are offices subject to the executive power of the President as provided for under Section 1, Article VII of the Constitution under Section 11, Chapter 3, Book II of Executive Order No. 292, otherwise known as the “Administrative Code of 1987”;
WHEREAS, Section 17, Article VII of the Constitution provides that the President shall have control of all executive departments, bureaus and offices and shall ensure that all laws be faithfully executed;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GLORIA MACAPAGAL-ARROYO, President of the Republic of the Philippines’, by virtue of the power vested in me, do hereby order;
Section 1. Delegation to the Secretary of Education. The power of the President under Section 17, Article VII of the Constitution and as administrative head of the Government to exercise oversight function over the Film Academy of the Philippines and the Film Development Council of the Philippines is hereby delegated to the Secretary of Education.
Section 2. Repealing Clause. All other executive issuances, rules and regulations or
parts thereof which inconsistent with the provisions of this Executive Order are hereby repealed, amended or modified accordingly,
Section 3. Effectivity. This Executive Order shall take effect immediately.
DONE in the City of Manila, this 10th day of March in the year of our Lord, two thousand and six.
Signed by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
and Executive Secretary Eduardo R. Ermita