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House approves Eddie Garcia Act and this is what this bill is all about.

EDDIE GARCIA ACT – The House of Representatives has approved and passed the proposed Eddie Garcia Act on Tuesday, a bill named after the late veteran actor.

Veteran actor Eddie Garcia was ultimately put in critical condition after meeting an accident while shooting television series Rosang Agimat. A video of the veteran actor tripping over a cable wire amid work circulated online and the absence of a medical team when this happened has angered many people.

Eddie Garcia Act
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And at the age of 90, placed under DNR or do not resuscitate order from his doctor as agreed by his family, the iconic actor died. Now, in honor of one of the greatest actors of the industry, a bill was filed at the House of Representatives and it was named after him.

It is the House Bill 7762 or the “Eddie Garcia Act”. On its third and final reading, the bill received a nod and unanimously passed during the lower chamber’s session. The House of Representatives gave the nod with members voting 235-0-0.

The act for the “protection and promotion of workers’ welfare in the film, television, and radio entertainment industry”. The bill requires occupational safety and health officer for the assessment of workplace or production set. This is to prevent any potential hazard.

Also, if passed into law, all employers must indicate the following in a contract:

  • Job position and status;
  • Job description;
  • Period of employment;
  • Details of compensation and other benefits;
  • Authorized deductions, if any;
  • Hours of work and proportionate additional payment for overtime hours;
  • Board, lodging, and medical attention;
  • Code of conduct;
  • Grievance mechanism for the employee;
  • Employer’s policies; and
  • Any other lawful condition agreed upon by both parties

Moreover, with the law, entertainment industry worker must work 8 hours per day and extended to a maximum of 12 hours. Working hours way over the indicated 8 hours stated above will be subjected to overtime pay. Upon hiring, the workers will be covered with benefits such as Social Security System, the Pag-ibig Fund, and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation

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