Great news! According to GMA News Online,
“Artists, such as those engaged in visual and performing arts, may soon enjoy the same benefits being enjoyed by regular workers in the country should a bill filed by Iloilo Rep. Niel Tupas Jr. becomes a law.”
“For an individual to become an accredited artist, one must be a Filipino citizen, at least 18 years of age and possesses experiences in the different art disciplines or forms such as Literary Arts of which he/she has authored five poems or two short stories (Literary Arts); has participated in five dance productions or five music productions; five theater performances; five film performances; has built five structures (Architecture); has mounted five exhibits (Visual and Design Arts) or has managed at least five productions or programs.”
The bill will ensure that Filipino artists will have government benefits such as PhilHealth, SSS, Pag-IBIG, as well as medical assistance and hospitalization.
We really hope that this materializes very soon. It’s high time that our artists get the rights and benefits that have been long overdue.