News Release

Statement of Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar on the Approval by the House Committee of the Media Workers Welfare Bill

We welcome the approval by the House Committee on Labor and Employment, led by 1-PACMAN Party-List Representative Eric Pineda and House Assistant Majority Leader and ACT-CIS Party-List Representative Niña Taduran, of the pending Media Workers Welfare Act under House Bill 2476.

The pending Media Workers Welfare Act, the passage of which we, at the PCOO, along with the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) have strongly been pushing for, seeks to address the vulnerabilities of media workers by providing them security and protection and also uplifting their economic welfare, benefits, and skills.

This is a step forward towards fulfilling the commitment of President Rodrigo Duterte of ensuring that media workers in the country are secured and protected. It is also an advancement towards breaking the global stigma placed on the Philippines as being one of the deadliest and worst places for journalists and media workers in the world.