ACTOR-turned-politician and Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas has expressed full support to the measure that seeks to provide occupational safety standards for film, television and theater industry.
The House Bill 181 or the “Eddie Garcia Act” is being deliberated at the House Committee on Labor and Employment.
Not only famous stars and personalities will benefit from the measure but as well as bit players and crew members of the industry.
“Today, I wear my showbiz hat because I wouldn’t be where I am if I weren’t an actor. I was close to Tito Eddie Garcia as I worked with him in two projects. Siguro, ito na rin ang legacy niya sa atin kasi hindi lang ‘yong mga sikat ang masasama dito kundi ang mga trabahador ng pelikulang Pilipino o showbiz, ‘yong maliliit na manggagawa natin dito,” Vargas said in the committee hearing .
Garcia died after suffering a neck fracture after he tripping and falling while shooting for a television show.
“Ako, I’m concerned. ‘Yong mga sikat na artista, mga big time stars, siguro, they are okay pero they will also benefit from this [bill]. But I’m more concerned for the extras, for the utility people, for the contractual, kasi we don’t have job security at all. Kami, we are only good as our last project or our last call time and pack up,” Vargas stressed.