(JOURNAL NEWS) THE Senate has set in motion public hearings for the legislative measures filed by Senator Jose Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada promoting the growth and development of the local film industry.
Estrada expressed hope that his proposal for the establishment of the National Film Archive of the Philippines (NFAP) will gain momentum during the Second Regular Session of the 19th Congress.
“Two decades have passed since the enactment of Republic Act No. 9167, the law that directs the FDCP (Film Development Council of the Philippines) to establish a film archive, but the permanent facility for film preservation with sufficient storage space and proper equipment has yet to materialize,” said the senator, who was the first to file a bill in the upper chamber for the creation of the NFAP.
Stressing the need for the approval of his Senate Bill No. 1033, Estrada pointed out that many films, which serve as snapshots of the nation’s history and social realities, have not survived the test of time and have been left to decay and degrade over the years.
“In addition, notable works by our renowned filmmakers, including our national artists for film, have also been neglected and improperly cared for,” he lamented.
Citing data from the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), Estrada revealed that approximately 65% of the country’s vast cinematic heritage has been lost or destroyed.
“Whatever remains unarchived are exposed to daily damage and deterioration. It is also estimated that out of more than 8,000 movies shot on film, only around 2,000 have surviving copies,” the senator said.
“This bill aims to address this problem by creating NFAP which will ensure the protection and preservation of Filipino films that are part of our historical and cultural heritage,” Estrada said.
SB 1033 is scheduled to be discussed in a hearing on Monday, July 10, by the Senate Committee on Public Information and Mass Media, alongside two other bills authored by Estrada – Senate Bill Nos. 1032, and 2250.
SB 1032, or the proposed World-Class Filmmakers’ Incentives Act, aims to promote and support the production of high quality and globally competitive Filipino films through the provision of incentives and tax exemptions. On the other hand, SB 2250 proposes the institutionalization of a physical and online festival for new quality genre films and free screening of classic movies every September.