Senator Sotto encouraged Lisa Diño to suspend Joint Administrative Order No. 2020-001
Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III encouraged Film Development Council of the Philippines Chairperson Liza Diño to suspend the Joint Administrative Order No. 2020-001.
This, after the Department of Health, the Department of Labor and Employment, and the Film Development Council of the Philippines officially released a joint statement regarding the clarification and misconceptions on its Joint Administrative Order No. 2020-001.
Sotto — who was one of the framers of Republic Act 9167 which aimed at promoting the “development and growth” of the local film industry — wrote a letter to Diño, which was obtained by PEP, urging her to suspend the implementation of Joint Administrative Order No. 2020-001 until a “common” and “desirable” ground had been reached by the FDCP and all the stakeholders.
In addition, he claimed that the FDCP had no “legal authority” to force the audiovisual and film industry to follow the said guidelines just because the government allegedly gave no “regulatory powers and functions” to the FDCP.
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Moreover, Sotto said that the Joint Administrative Order No. 2020-001 seemed to add to the “burden” of film and audiovisual workers instead of helping them amid the pandemic. He also said that the “empowerment” – which was the mission of the Film Development Council of the Philippines in the film industry – had not been complied with.
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