By GLEE JALEA
June 26, 2019
The Trade Union Congress Party (TUCP) party-list called for an inquiry to find out if the media and entertainment industry are complying with the occupational safety law following the death of veteran actor Eddie Garcia.
“We are shocked and angered that such a thing can happen to someone of the stature of Mr. Eddie Garcia, but even more so it exposes how ordinary talents and ordinary workers in the entertainment industry are made vulnerable to the failure of management to comply with these occupational safety and health rules,” TUCP party-list representative-elect Raymond Mendoza said.
The 90-year-old actor broke his neck after a bad fall while shooting for a GMA television series in Tondo, Manila.
A video circulated online showed Garcia falling after tripping on a cable wire.
“This was an accident that was easily preventable. The station had no Occupational Safety and Health Officer present to ensure that the procedure and set-up for the shoot were safe. Equally troublesome, there was no stand-by medical crew present to attend to any emergency,” Mendoza said.
“The failure of the station to comply with such basic, rudimentary requirements demonstrates how poorly our actors and actresses, talents, extras, camera men, sound men and production crews are treated by the networks and production outfits, “ he added.
Mendoza said he would file a resolution asking on the concerned House panel to conduct an investigation to get to the bottom of the matter.
On Monday, Garcia’s stepson, 1-Pacman party-list Rep. Michael Romero said he would file a measure that seeks to ensure the safety of movie and television actors on set.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd had said that GMA Network might be penalized for failing to comply with the Occupational Safety Law.
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