After the House of Representatives passed its version of the bill, Media Workers’ Welfare bill’s counterpart measure was also filed in the Senate.
Senate Bill 2021 or the proposed Media Workers’ Welfare Act was filed by Senator Ramon Revilla Jr.
This seeks to promote and improve the social and economic well-being of media workers, including their living and working conditions.
SB 2021 seeks to provide media workers minimum compensation of not less than the applicable minimum wage rate prescribed by the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board.
This also entitles media workers of overtime pay and night shift premiums as other forms of compensation based on Presidential Decree 441 or the Labor Code of the Philippines as amended, and other related laws.
The proposed measure also seeks to cover media workers by e Social Security System (SSS), the Home Development Mutual Fund or the Pag-IBIG Fund, and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation benefits.
Contributions will be jointly shared by the employers and workers.
SB 2021 also provides a P500 per day hazard pay for media workers who are required to physically report to work in dangerous areas, isolated stations, disease-infected areas, or other occupational risks to life as determined by the Department of Labor and Employment.
The media workers should likewise be provided with safety gears during their coverage in dangerous areas.
It also provided that employers should give P300,000 death benefit to those who died in line of duty, P250,000 disability benefit, and up to P150,000 medical insurance for each media worker.
Under the bill, media workers will also be considered regular after six months of its employment. The said period may be computed cumulatively if the employee has repeatedly engaged for shorter periods of work in the company.
SB 2021 also seeks to create a News Media Tripartite Council which will serve as “a link” among various stakeholders to provide a platform where media workers and the employers may agree upon mutually-beneficial policies.