MANILA - ACT-CIS Party-list Rep. Rowena Nina Taduran has filed a bill that seeks equal protection, security, and benefits for media workers.
House Bill No. 2476, or the Media Workers' Welfare Bill, seeks to provide media workers additional benefits and security of tenure.
According to Taduran, a former broadcast journalist, it is high time for the members of the 18th Congress to pass a bill that will address the several complaints and grievances of media workers.
Objectives of the bill include ensuring that media workers be provided with comprehensive benefits at par with current benefits enjoyed by other employees.
The bill also identifies the coverage of media workers who will benefit from it once it becomes a law.
The Media Workers' Welfare Act also seeks to grant media workers with mandatory additional insurance benefits by the Social Security System (SSS) and the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) including death benefit, disability benefits, and reimbursement of medical expenses.
A Commission on Press Freedom and Media Security (CPFMS) will be created to safeguard media workers from all forms of attacks.
It will be headed by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) and composed of journalism organizations duly recognized by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) represented by their respective presidents. Forming part the body includes, the National Press Club (NPC); Philippine Press Institute (PPI); Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP); Press Photographers of the Philippines (PPP); Manila Overseas Press Club (MOPC); National Union Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP); Publishers Association of the Philippines, Inc. (PAPI); Federation of Provincial Press Clubs (FPPC); Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR); and the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communications (AIJC).
The CPFMS shall also promulgate a code of ethics of media workers, and hold activities aimed at upgrading the journalism profession.
Taduran appealed to her colleagues in media to participate in the series of public consultation and share their views on the proposal.