MANILA – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has been set to meet with the heads of television networks and production companies for the effective implementation of an eight-hour work limit for artists and production staff during tapings and shootings.
The Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) has drafted the directive and submitted it to DOLE, which in turn will discuss the proposed cut-off to concerned parties in the film and television industry, aiming to secure the welfare of workers in the said industry.
Should the eight-hour ‘normal hours of work’ need to be extended, the ‘maximum hours of work’ shall not exceed 14 hours in any 24-hour period, as stated under one of the provisions.
With regards to the ‘waiting time,’ (when employees are required and engaged by the network to wait and are not able to spend such time for own purposes), this too shall be included in the ‘working time.’
And aside from imposing a work limit, the directive has also sought for transportation means or allowances given to the workers to and from the set of tapings and shootings.
Welcoming the proposed changes, scriptwriter Ricky Lee emphasized that the welfare of the artists and production staff should always be a top priority.
“I think tama na magkaro’n ng cut–off ang mga actors. More than that, I think ‘yung mas tamang mindset which is mahalaga ang mga pelikula at TV shows na ginagawa natin, but in the end, mas mahalaga tayo,” Lee said in an interview with TV Patrol.
(I think it’s right for actors to have a cut-off. More than that, I think the better mindset is that films and TV shows that we do are important, but in the end, we are more important.)
It can be recalled that movie and television directors Wenn Deramas and Francis Xavier Pasion both recently died due to cardiac arrest. Their deaths have since been blamed to the ‘inhumane’ working hours in the industry.