'Eddie Garcia Act' filed at House to protect entertainment workers

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 07 2019 02:05 PM | Updated as of Jul 07 2019 03:00 PM

MANILA - A congressman on Sunday said he has filed a measure seeking to protect workers in the entertainment industry following the death of veteran actor Eddie Garcia, who passed away after an accident during the filming of a television series.

The Actors Occupational Safety and Health Standard Bill or the "Eddie Garcia Law," was filed by 1-PACMAN party-list Rep. Michael Romero, Garcia's stepson.

Under House Bill 191, safety and medical personnel should be deployed in all workplaces and areas during working hours.

The bill also provides for mandatory personnel and production insurance coverage.

In the event of an accident on set, the corporation or producer shall pay for the full hospital bill of its employee and for the worker's loss of livelihood until he is able to work again.

The measure also sets standard working hours, between 8 to 12 hours, for different age brackets.

Should these be violated, the employer will face a fine of at least P100,000 per day until the non-compliance is corrected.

In case of subsequent offenses, the employer will be fined at least P1,000,000.00 per day and revocation of the franchise to operate.

The 90-year-old Garcia tripped and fell on the set of a GMA Network series last June 8 and it reportedly took time before he was brought to the hospital. He passed away on June 20.

Romero said he hoped that the incident will be "the last of its kind."

"GMA Network said it has been their protocol to have medical personnel and crew on standby whenever a production is performing. Nonetheless, that was not the situation on the day of Eddie Garcia’s accident," Romero said.

"A safety incident onsite can mean more than a retake, it can lead to huge losses of millions of pesos, a long production downtime or worst, even loss of lives."