House subcommittee level approved “Eddie Garcia Bill”.
“Eddie Garcia bill” or a bill seeking to protect workers from the entertainment industry had been approved at the House subcommittee level.
This, as the “Actors Occupational Safety and Health Standard Bill” or the House Bill 191 passed the subcommittee of the labor panel in the House of Representatives on Tuesday.
1-PACMAN party-list Rep. Michael Romero said in a statement that the “Eddie Garcia bill” assumed even “greater importance and significance”, adding that employers and workers throughout the creative industries could gain much from imposing this measure when it’s finally enacted into law.
Rep. Michael Romero was the stepson of Eddie Garcia.
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The said bill came after actor Eddie Garcia died last June 2019 after he tripped and fell on the set of a GMA Network series.
Under the House Bill 191, medical and safety personnel shall be deployed in all areas and workplaces during their working hours. The said bill also provided for mandatory personnel and production insurance coverage.
In addition, the corporation or producer should pay for the full hospital bill of its worker and for the eployee’s loss of livelihood until a worker was able to work again in the event of an accident on set.
Moreover, the measure also set the standard working hours – between 8 to 12 hours – for different age brackets.