In a span of five days, the Film Academy of the Philippines and the Motion Picture Anti-Film Piracy Council received their first tranches of subsidies from the social fund of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Mr. Cerge Remonde (Fifth from Left), executive director of the Presidential Management Staff, hands over the social fund check of P1 million to Mr. Ric Camaligan, president of the Motion Pictures Anti-Film Piracy Council. With them in photo are (from left): William Lao, Atty. Rolly Dueñas, Marcus Ng, Remy Monteverde, Atty. Marietta Tamondong, Dominic Du, Atty. Espiridion Laxa and Wilson Tieng.
In both occasions, Presidential Management Staff Executive Director Cerge Remonde handed the checks representing the first tranches of the social fund subsidy to the heads of FAP and the anti-film piracy council.
First to receive a P1 million check was Engr. Roesholm Camaligan, the president of the council during a board meeting at the Highland China Palace at the Mall of Asia in Pasay City last Thursday, July 19.
Last Monday, July 23, it was the turn of FAP Director General Leo G. Martinez to receive a P1.5 million check at the Serye Restaurant at the Quezon Memorial Circle.
The 2007 subsidies—the second for FA and the first ever for the anti-film piracy council– were approved just two weeks earlier.
This good news was relayed to the two agencies through similar letters duly signed by Atty. Erlinda M.B. de Leon, special assistant to the president.
The amounts will be given to the academy in two tranches of P1.5 million each while the council will get its subsidy in three tranches of P1 million each.
The FAP and the council had their share of revenues from the Metro manila Film Festival slashed drastically in 2006. The FAP and the council were both getting 30 percent as their share of the filmfest earnings. The council’s share was slashed from 30% to a mere 5% while the FAP’ share was slahed from 30 % to 10%.
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.
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 timely endowment of the P3 million from the President’s social fund to 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 they have an ongoing 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.
For the current year, 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.