MANILA—The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) clarified Saturday that the scope of the joint administrative order of the FDCP, Department of Health (DOH) and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) issued recently is the health and safety of the workers involved in the film and audio-visual production.
Undersecretary Liza Diño Seguerra, FDCP chair, explained in the DZRH Special On Saturday (SOS) program that the FDCP-DOH-DOLE Joint Administrative Order No. 2020-001 does not intervene in the freedom of speech and expression.
The FDCP-DOH-DOLE Joint Administrative Order No. 2020-001 provides guidelines on the health and safety protocols on the conduct of film and audio-visual production shoots.
Seguerra was reacting to some groups of film directors and actors that see the issuance of the joint administrative order to lead to the curtailment of the freedom of speech and expression.
“We are not requiring scripts. Hindi po tayo manghihimasok sa content. Gusto po lang natin malaman, nasaan po ang productions na ito, para po kung meron po tayong COVID, na sana po huwag naman mangyari sa isang production, madali pong matutulungan ng gobyerno,” she said.
(We are not requiring scripts. We are not interfering with the content. All we want to know is where these productions are so that if there is COVID, I hope this will not happen in a production, the government can easily help.)
Seguerra said the joint administrative order facilitates the conduct of contact tracing, coordination with the LGUs and identification of locations where the production has been in case of the detection of COVID-19 infection.
She said the framework of the joint administrative order covers the pre-production, production and post-production and gives guidelines on how activities are to be conducted wherein the production people are protected.
Seguerra said they have conducted 17 consultations with the stakeholders before the issuance of the joint administrative order that provide guidelines in the production of films and audio-visuals during the pandemic.
She said the film industry has already transformed into digital and it is no longer contained in the films for the cinemas but it is now done in different platforms.
“Films are made for streaming platforms; contents are made for the web and Internet. That’s the only reason why there is a mention of platforms,” Seguerra said.
She further explained that the mention of platforms in the joint administrative order pertains to the evolving landscape of the film industry and she iterated that the protocols they are setting pertain to the conduct of the business activity.
“Ang tinitingnan po nating protocols dito ay ang pag-e-ensure ng safety ng workers natin, mula sa pinakamataas at pinakamaliit nating workers sa isang production site. Pagpasok nila sa isang production site, meron po tayong engineering controls, may hand washing station, may hand washing facilities, may sign-in forms,” Seguerra said.
(The protocols that we see here is ensuring the safety of our workers, from the highest to the smallest of our workers in a production site. When they entered the production site, we have engineering controls, hand washing stations, hand washing facilities, sign-in forms.)
She said the regulatory provisions of the joint administrative order are presently in the existing laws and regulations of the DOH and DOLE and not from the FDCP.