The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) issued Labor Advisory No. 4 series of 2016 which sets the working hours of movie and TV workers not to exceed eight hours a day.
DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz explained that movie and TV workers can now look forward to a “more caring and welfare-focused employment condition.” She added the department will require “strict adherence to labor and occupational safety and health standards.”
Baldoz clarified that “if they are required to work beyond eight hours, the maximum actual hours of work shall not exceed 12 hours in any 24-hour period.”
The secretary stressed: “Organizations must uphold the best interest of their human resources. Even machines need rest. If we ensure that our employees are in top shape, then we can expect their optimum work performance and efficient work output.”
DOLE Advisory No. 04 also stresses that the normal hours of work of elderly workers, or those aged 60 years and above, shall not exceed eight hours a day.
The advisory also states that adequate transportation facilities to and from the location or set must be provided to the workers.
Film Academy of the Philippines Director General Leo G. Martinez said that a delegation of officers from the Academy and the indie film sector met with DOLE officials last Monday, April 25 to discuss the draft of the Department Order that DOLE is expected to release on May 15.
Martinez said that DOLE will still receive suggestions for any revision, addition or deletion of the department order draft. He said he has given the guilds under the umbrella supervision of the Academy up to May 4, Wednesday, to submit the revisions.
Aside from Martinez, those who attended the meeting were Mike Sandejas, president of the Directors Guild of the Philippines, Inc. (DGPI); Rez Cortez, president of the Actors’ Guild; Issa Sebullen, president of the Screenwriters’ Guild of the Philippines; Joel Apuyan, president of the Assistant Directors and Production Managers Guild of the Philippines; and Ramon Ramos, corporate secretary of Philippine Motion Pictures Producers Association.
Actor Jericho Rosales and cinematographer Neil Daza and representatives from the indie film sector also attended the meeting.
DOLE Advisory No. 04 provides that movie and TV workers shall also be covered by Pag-IBIG, Philippine Health Insurance Corp., Social Security System, Employees’ Compensation Program and other laws.
Baldoz explained: “Their pay and related benefits, regardless of the nature of engagement, shall not be lower that the minimum standards under the Labor Code, as amended, and other laws, rules and regulations.”
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