Manila, Philippines - Congressman JV Ejercito yesterday at San Juan City showed to the media bill he drafted which seeks the protection and welfare of journalist.
House Bill No. 3160 or the 'Journalist Welfare and Protection Act of 2010' was passed by Ejercito last September 13. It seeks the creation of an atmosphere conducive to a productive and fruitful journalism work for journalist and covers all permanent, temporary, contractual and casual journalists employed by all existing media entities in the Philippines.
The bill also seeks the provision of comprehensive benefits of journalists which is at par with those enjoyed by the labor force, as well as motivate and encourage them to perform their duties better as truthful and responsible informers of people.
Stated in house bill 3160 was the formulation of a code of professsional conduct on journalist by the Press Secretary, in consultation with existing journalist organizations, within six months after the approval of the act.
"I drafted the bill in connection with the numerous disappearance of journalist and the Maguindanao Massacre during the previous administration. This would be a big help for our fellow journalists and media," Ejercito said.
Ejercito said that the bill has been drafted several years ago but had to finish other laws before it. The filing of the said bill and the issue of media's participation during the August 23 Manila hostage taking was coincidental.
Carlo Suerte Felipe, Manila Bulletin