Marcos approves legislation to safeguard movie and TV industry workers, dubbed the “Eddie Garcia” law

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has recently signed a new law aimed at protecting the rights and well-being of entertainment industry workers in the country. The law, known as Republic Act 1196, was named after the late actor Eddie Garcia who tragically passed away in 2019 while filming a series.

This new law mandates that employers in the entertainment industry must adhere to minimum labor rights standards. Employers are required to provide workers or independent contractors with a detailed contract outlining work hours, job position, period of employment, compensation details, and other relevant conditions. Additionally, workers in the entertainment industry are now entitled to wage-related benefits, social security, government-mandated benefits, insurance, and overtime pay.

Furthermore, RA 1196 acknowledges the occupational hazards faced by entertainment industry workers and requires employers to comply with safety and health standards outlined in existing labor laws. The bill was met with approval from Olivia Lagman Romero, Garcia’s partner, who stated that this law fulfills Garcia’s lifelong goal of improving the lives of those working in the television and movie industry.

The House and Senate versions of this bill were both unanimously passed in early 2023 and 2024, respectively. This new law signifies a significant step towards ensuring the protection and welfare of entertainment industry workers in the Philippines.

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