Many celebrities are blaming the stressful environment and long working hours on the set of television shows for the death of directors Uro de la Cruz, Wenn V. Deramas and Francis Xavier Pasion. In line with this, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis Baldoz has released an advisory that regulates the working hours of movie and television workers.
The Labor Advisory No. 4 series 2016 that was released on April 28 is oriented not just towards movie and television workers, but elderly workers and children as well.
It provides that the actual working hours for film and TV industry shall not exceed eight hours in a day.
However, in case the worker needs to work beyond the eight hours, “the maximum actual hours of work shall not exceed 12 hours in any 24-hour period.”
Baldoz announced in a press statement that the working hours regulation is expected to safeguard the health and well-being of the workers.
“If we ensure that our employees are in top shape, then we can expect also their optimum work performance and efficient output.” She explained.
The advisory also sets the normal hours of work for elderly workers – those aged 60 years old and above – to eight hours a day.
The employment of children will be governed by the provisions of Republic Act No. 9231, which eliminates the worst forms of child labor and ensuring stronger protection for the working child.
Furthermore, the labor advisory requires TV and movie companies to issue social welfare benefits to their employees. The clause states, “Without prejudice to established company policy, or collective bargaining agreement, or other applicable employment agreement, workers/talents in the industry shall be covered by Pag-IBIG, PhilHealth, SSS, Employees' Compensation Program, and other related laws.”
For the health and safety of workers, the advisory includes provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Standards “to ensure safe and healthful working conditions for all workers/talents” as well.
Lastly, the advisory also includes the waiting time and the transportation and accommodation if the worker or talent works “on location/set.”