Isinusulong ni Senate President Vicente Sotto III ang panukalang naglalayong mabigyan ng “comprehensive benefits package” ang media workers dahil sa kanilang “critical role… in shaping government policies and public opinion.”
Ilan sa benepisyo para sa media workers sa ilalim ng Senate Bill No. 1820 ay ang garantiyang regularisasyon makaraan ang anim na buwan at hazard pay sa mga mamamahayag na pisikal na nagrereport sa mapapanganib na lugar.
“At times when reliable and accurate information is crucial, such as today amid the menacing health impacts of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, media workers have set aside all fear and reason and have gone the extra mile to gather facts and figures to make the public fully aware of what is happening in their government and communities,” ani Sotto.
“They bridge and connect the people and their public leaders… Sapat lamang na pagtuunan sila ng pansin ng gobyerno at tapatan ang serbisyong kanilang ginagawa para sa ating bayan,” lahad pa nito.
Narito ang ilan pang impormasyon kaugnay ng proposal:
– Minimum compensation batay sa National Wage and Productivity Commission;
– Guaranteed regularization after “6 months of continuous employment,” including cases where “the employee is repeatedly engaged for shorter periods by the employer”;
– At least P500 hazard pay for each day a media worker is deployed to “work in dangerous areas” like war zones and typhoon-hit locations;
– Provision of safety gear during hazardous work assignments;
– Guaranteed overtime pay for workers who “render service beyond the normal 8 hours a day”;
– P200,000 death benefit for those who “perish in the line of duty”;
– Up to P200,000 disability benefit for those who “suffer total or partial disability…from any injury sustained in the line of duty”;
– Reimbursement of medical expenses up to P100,000 for those who will be injured in the line of duty.
“They own and govern the station, although they are not usually liable for the contents if so manifested,” pahayag pa ni Sotto.
“The public’s need for quality, informative news can only be satisfied when our media workers feel safe and secure while in selfless pursuit of news and information.”
Ang mga media company naman na bigong makapagbibigay ng P30,000 sa bawat empleyado ay pananagutin sa batas.