MANILA — ABS-CBN Corp and its 16 subsidiaries created over 24,000 jobs in 2019 alone, an official of the media giant told lawmakers Tuesday, as the company makes its case before Congress for a fresh 25-year broadcast franchise.
Mark Nepomuceno, former head of ABS-CBN corporate services group, said based on two Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) filings for the year 2019, ABS-CBN group of companies engaged and paid for the services of 24,275 individuals.
"So, ang total po nitong [2 reports] is 24,275. What is the significance of this number po? This number shows the number of jobs ABS-CBN creates within a year. So for the year 2019, ABS-CBN created 24,275 jobs," Nepomuceno said.
(So, the total of these is 24,275.)
Nepomuceno was referring to BIR Form No. 1604-E or "Annual Information Return of Creditable Income Taxes Withheld," and BIR Form No. 1604-CF or "Annual Information Return of Income Taxes Withheld on Compensation and Final Withholding Taxes."
"We submit two BIR reports annually that cover our headcount... So, for the entire group po, 'yung all 17 companies, 'yung 1604-CF showed that we had 8,809 regular and project employees. 'Yun pong 1604-E showed that we had 15,466 independent suppliers and contractors po," Nepomuceno said.
"The BIR reports showed the individuals and suppliers that were paid for the entire year of 2019," he added.
ABS-CBN officials are facing lawmakers for the 9th time Tuesday in a bid for a new franchise.
The House legislative franchises and good government panels are currently tackling the alleged labor laws violations of the network.
ABS-CBN has repeatedly said it was fully compliant with labor laws, citing the Department of Labor and Employment's final order of inspection dated January 28 this year.
ABS-CBN Corp. and its subsidiaries have a total of 11,071 employees, including those classified as independent contractors, as of December 2019.
Last May, ABS-CBN President and CEO Carlo Katigbak told senators in a hearing that they are "considering" to retrench workers by August if they fail to resume broadcast soon.
The National Telecommunications Commission shut down ABS-CBN last May 5, a day after its previous 25-year franchise expired, despite renewal applications that had been pending in the House of Representatives since 2014.
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