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Monday, December 23, 2019


Andanar calls for media workers to support passage of Media Workers' Welfare Act

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar called for support from the members of the press for the passage of Media Workers’ Welfare Act during his media engagement in Baguio City on Friday, December 20, 2019
BAGUIO CITY, Dec. 22 -- It’s high time for media workers to take winning the side of their own welfare, said Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar on Friday as he called for support on the passage of Media Workers’ Welfare Act.

“Ang panawagan ko sa inyong lahat, sa lahat ng kabaro natin, tingnan ho natin yung posibilidad na supportahan yung Media Workers’ welfare act (I am calling for everyone to look into supporting the Media Workers’ Welfare Act),” said Secretary Andanar, a former broadcaster, during a media engagement in Baguio City on Friday.

Secretary Andanar said that the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) has vowed to support the proposed bill submitted to Congress early this year and sponsored by the ACT-CIS partylist.

“Kung kaya niyong magpapanalo ng kosehal, kayang magppanalo ng mayor, vice mayor, congressman, senador, presidente eh bakit tayo di natin kaya ipanalo sarili natin? (If you can elect councilors, mayors, vice-mayors, congressmen, senators, presidents, why are we not able to get a win for ourselves?),’” he said.

The PCOO chief said that the proposed bill will help address the economic vulnerabilities of media workers, especially in some provinces where broadcasters have meager opportunities to earn. He also mentioned journalists who take on blocktiming.

“Yung mga kabaro po natin sa ibang mga lugar, sa ibang probinsya po ay napakataas ng economic vulnerability (For our fellow media, in other places, in provinces, have high economic vulnerability),” Secretary Andanar said.

“Sila ay nagiging blocktimer, pag nagblock time sila, kukuha sila ng supporter, sponsors, more than often ay politiko po yung sponsor. Kung uutusan sila politiko na titirahin yung kabilang kampo. Magagalit, mabu-bwisit. Eh, kung hindi ka madaan sa usapan eh bala ang katapat (They become blocktimers, they look for supporters, sponsors, more than often the sponsors are politicians. If the politicians ask them to criticize an opponent. They become angry or annoyed. If it cannot be talked over, they'll just shoot you),” he added.

The PCOO chief further said that the bill is comprehensive, covering not only the general welfare, but also ensuring capacity in the availment of housing programs, regular employment, job security, and health benefits.

“This administration is working very hard to protect every media worker in this country who is threatened, and also to go after the criminals who have assassinated or killed other media workers,” he said. (PCOO)