The Film Academy of the Philippines’ board of governors will convey to Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim a FAP resolution expressing appreciation and gratitude for the city executive’s move to reduce the amusement tax on local films from 15% to 10% on gross income during a courtesy visit scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, November 13.
The FAP delegation will be headed by Director General Leo G. Martinez and Chairman Espiridion D. Laxa, together with the presidents of all the guilds under the academy’s umbrella.
Board Resoltuion 08A-2007 reads in full:
A RESOLUTION THANKING MAYOR ALFREDO LIM FOR HIS DECISION TO REDUCE TO 10% THE AMUSEMENT TAX ON LOCAL FILMS IN THE CITY OF MANILA
WHEREAS, the Filipino Film Industry is a dying business due to over-taxation amounting to 30% amusement tax nationwide, except in Quezon City where it has been abolished effective January, 2007, and in Manila where it has been reduced to 15% since about five years ago;
WHEREAS, Mayor Alfredo Lim of the City of Manila, in order to help save the local film industry from finally dying largely due to overtaxation, is determined to have rthe amusement tax on locally produced films reduced fom 15% to 10% on gross income consistent with his desire to save the local movie business from collapse when he was the Chairman of the Senate Committee on local government;
WHEREAS, the survival of the local film industry is needed to preserve its life of 91 years now as it started in 1916 and protect the means of livelihood of the numerous movie artists, technicians and workers;
WHEREAS, the film industry has demonstrated and proven its value as
a developer and promoter of culture especially in the propagation of our national language;
WHEREAS, in order not to minimize the subsidies of the beneficiaries of the annual Metro Manila Film Festival Philippines, we request that the foresaid 5% reduction shall exempt the amusement taxes collected during the ten-day period of the Festival herein mentioned;
NOW THEREFORE, WE from the Filipino Film industry hereby express appreciation and gratitude to Mayor Lim for his decision to have the amusement tax on Filipino films reduced to 10% on gross income.
Aside from Martinez and Laxa, the other signatories to the resolution are guild presidents Wilson Y. Tieng (MPDAP); Joel Apuyan (AD/PM); William Mayo (PMPDA); Jeorge Estregan (KAPPT); Jesus Navarro (UFEGP); Pablo Gomez (SGP); Isagani Sioson (FSC);
Josefino Cenizal (UFIMDAP); Rolando Ruta (MPASPI); Manny Morfe (PDGP); Zahn Garduce (OSFILM); Johnny Delgado (AWF); MOWELFUND Executive Director Boots Anson-Roa; Chairman Manuel Nuqui (PMPPA); FAP Deputy Director-General Jesse Ejercito; and advisers Eddie Romero and Robert Arevalo.