WITH more than two months after the death of veteran TV and movie character actor and director, Eddie “Manoy” Garcia, labor group Defend Job Philippines reiterates call for the Duterte government to strictly implement the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Law and conduct a massive information drive to all stakeholders in various industries nationwide on work safety regulation concerns.
Garcia’s accident that took place in Tondo, Manila last June during his taping for his latest soap opera must serve as a strong reminder not just for companies in the broadcast and entertainment industry, but to the entire country as well, to ensure the holistic safety and welfare of their employees at all times and at all cost.
The statements were made following Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) National Capital Region Director Sarah Mirasol’s pronouncement at the House of Representatives’ budget hearing on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, saying that GMA network “failed to assign on-site safety and first aid personnel” and that the network “failed to submit an incident report within 24 hours after the accident.”
Dole also said that a meeting will then be held on Sept. 16, when a final resolution on the incident is expected.
“While we are one with the entire nation in mourning for the loss of one of the pillars of Philippine cinema, we urge our legislators to conduct thorough investigations, not just on the accident that led to the death of Garcia, but on how really sincere our local industries have been implementing occupational safety standards in their respective workplaces,” said Christian Lloyd Magsoy, spokesperson of Defend Job Philippines.
He added, “Manoy’s death must serve as an eye-opener for both the people in our government and in the private sector to strictly implement existing laws on occupational safety and health.”
Defend Job Philippines insisted that they are hoping that the death of Garcia will be a wake-up call for the present government to put the best interests of Filipino workers on top of its priority in terms of securing safe workplaces for all.
“Being the lead actors in nation-building, Filipino workers, like Philippine cinema’s ‘Manoy,’ deserve nothing but a red carpet treatment from their employers and from the State itself,” ended Magsoy.