President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo created the Philippine Film Export Services Office in a two-pronged effort to promote local films in global festivals and markets and to encourage foreign movie and television producers to film their projects in the country.
The office, created thru Executive Order No. 674 which was signed by the President last October 30, shall be under the administrative and technical supervision of the Film Development Council of the Philippines.
The PFESO shall be headed by an executive directors and composed of representatives from the Film Academy of the Philippines, the Cinema Evaluation Board and one each from the movie and television sectors, as well as seven departments and bureaus of the government.
The government agencies involved are the departments of Tourism, Trade and Industry, Interior and Local Government and National Defense, and the bureaus of Customs, Internal Revenue and Immigration.
The executive order emphasized that it is a government policy to maximize the country’s comparative advantage as a location site for international movie and television production projects to generate income, promote tourism and enhance the image of the country aboard.
It also intends to enhance linkages and collaboration with foreign film producers and film bodies as well as integrate, simplify and streamline the requirements for foreign producers interested in doing location shooting here.
The Office is tasked to facilitate the institutionalization of a One-Stop-Shop System for Foreign Film/Television Production in the country.
The functions of the Office are as follows:
–Facilitate the promotion and marketing of the Philippines, as location site for the production of international films and television programs.
–Formulate and recommend an incentive package for foreign film/television companies interested in shooting films/television programs in the country.
–Assist foreign film companies in processing pertinent documents and various requirements relative to the production of international films/television programs in the country.
–Coordinate with various government agencies in assisting the entry and exit of foreign film/television producers, artists and production crew.
–Provide direct link between foreign production companies, producers, filmmakers and artists with local production manpower services, local artists, bit layers and technical crew and facilities.
–Utilize the services of tourism attaches abroad, through the Department of Tourism, in the promotion and marketing of Philippine locations sites/resources and local film production manpower.
–Perform such other functions as may be authorized by the FDCP Chairperson.