President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has approved the allocation of P3 million pesos from her social fund for the Motion Picture Anti-Film Piracy Council.
Just two weeks earlier, the President also approved an allocation of P3 million for the Film Academy of the Philippines.
This good news was relayed to Anti-Film Piracy Council President Roesholm Camaligan in a letter dated July 4, 2007 which was duly signed by Atty. Erlinda M.B. de Leon, special assistant to the president.
The amount will be given to the council in three tranches of P1 million each. This is the first allocation that the social fund has approved for the council since the council’s share in the Metro Manila Film Festival was slashed from 30% to a mere 5% effective the year 2006.
It will be remembered that President Macapagal-Arroyo first approved a P3 million subsidy from her social fund in 2006 to help the Film Academy stay afloat in the face of budgetary difficulties brought about by the substantial slash in its share from the filmfest earnings.
The 2006 social fund subsidy, together with the P1.35 million share the academy received as its share of the Metro Manila filmfest earnings, kept the FAP going for the entire year.
The FAP was getting its 30% share of the filmfest earnings for the past several years before 2006. This was drastically cut to 10% two years ago, setting off the budgetary constraints that hobbled the academy.
The timely endowment of the P3 million from the President’s social fund tp the Anti-Film Piracy Council is envisioned to enable the council to assist the government in informing the public of the President’s programs and projects geared towards supporting the Filipino film industry through the eradication of film piracy.
Mr. Camaligan explained that the council is now involved in a nationwide anti-piracy campaign which targets pirates filming movies being shown in cinemahouss with the use of sophisticated video cameras or even cellphones.
Meanwhile, FAP Director Martinez assured that the infusion of the P3 million social fund subsidy will take care of the Luna Awards which will have its silver anniversary this year.
He added that the academy must still find other ways and means to generate funds to make the 25th year anniversary of the Luna Awards meaningful and to be able to implement ongoing and planned academy projects.
Meanwhile, the Academy has already received a total of P1.3 million as its share of the film festival earnings in three tranches– namely P800,000 given on March 9, P300,000 given on May 28 and P200,000 given on July 9.
The anti-piracy council received P650,000 as its share from the filmfest earnings.