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Bill that will grant protection to media workers pushed

July 18, 2019

THE head of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) and a party-list representative have joined hands to push for the passage of a bill that aims to address the concerns of media practitioners.

FOR MEDIA WORKERS Undersecretary Joel Sy Egco and Rep. Rowena Niña Taduran sign the Memorandum of Agreement to push a bill that would provide security of tenure for media workers. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Undersecretary Joel Sy Egco, PTFoMS executive director, and ACT-CIS party-list Rep. Rowena Niña Taduran are pushing for the passage of the “Media Workers Welfare Act.” The proposed law seeks equal protection and a standardized remuneration for media practitioners.

“We are proposing a Commission on Press Freedom and Media Security (CPFMS), which will handle media concerns, including claims that they do not receive salaries and other benefits on time,” Egco said at a news conference in Quezon City.

Reporters complained that some media entities do not pay their salaries on time or do not pay them at all.

“The problem is only the top 10 are giving the basic salaries to their workers,” said Egco, former chief of reporters and deskman of The Manila Times.

Taduran, a former reporter herself, vowed to eliminate contractual practices.

“I was a broadcast journalist for 29 years and a contractual one for 29 years,” she said.

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