Freelancers Protection Act, Artist Welfare Protection Act, Etc…

September 8, 2019Freelance Workers Protection Act

Rep. Jose Ma. S. Salceda filed House Bill 1527, which if passed will become the Freelance Workers Protection Act. Freelancers with income of below P300,000 will be exempt from tax, while those earning P300,001 to P10 million are required to pay a 10% rate. 


July 30, 2019Department of Culture Act of 2019

Recognizing the role played by the NCCA in implementing the cultural programs of the government despite the limited resources and the importance of the culture and the arts in the enrichment of the Filipino identity, this bill seeks to reorganize the existing NCCA into the Department of Culture, thereby ensuring its place in the priorities of the government.

[ DOWNLOAD PDF ] Senator Sonny Angara

July 11, 2019Freelancers Protection Act

This bill recognizes the potential contribution of the freelancing to the development of our nation and thus seeks to institutionalize the industry by providing protection and incentives to Filipino freelance workers. 

[ DOWNLOAD PDF ] Representative Alfred Vargas

April 3, 2019Creative Economy Roadmap

The Creative Economy Council of the Philippines (CECP) recently submitted to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Board of Investments (BOI) the Creative Economy Roadmap for more inputs before eventual acceptance and implementation.

CECP President Paolo Mercado identified advertising, film, animation, game development and design (specifically graphic and digital design) as among the five priority sectors to come up with specific action plans.


March 24, 2019Freelancers Protection Act

Sen. Bam seeks protection and incentives for freelancers. The bill is now pending in the committee on labor, employment and human resource development.

[ READ MORE ] Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam ” A. Aquino IV

Nov 7, 2018Department of Culture Act

Under the bill, the following cultural agencies will be placed under the new department:

– Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP)
– National Museum of the Philippines (NMP)
– National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP)
– National Library of the Philippines (NLP)
– National Archives of the Philippines (NAP)
– Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino (KWF)
– Intramuros Administration (IA)
– National Parks Development Committee (NPDC)
– Nayong Filipino Foundation (NPF)
– Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP)
– National Book Development Board (NBDB)
– Design Center of the Philippines 


April 24, 2018Artists Welfare Protection and Information Act

Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas, Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, has filed House Bill 5924 or “Artists Welfare Protection and Information Act”. 

The bill mandates the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA), in coordination with the Literacy Arts, Theatre, Film, Production Design and other groups, to create an Artist’s Welfare Office. 

The Artists Welfare Office will serve as oversight body to look after the welfare and protection of the Filipino artists.

[ READ MORE ] Representative Alfred Vargas 

January 4, 2018Barangay Micro Business Enterprise (BMBE) Law

Enacted in 2002, the BMBE Law aims to scale-up MSMEs – helping them drive the economy better – by giving them several benefits, such as tax exemption and market assistance, among others.


August 2, 2017Department of Culture Act of 2017

It is humbly submitted that with the creation of a Department, the various cultural offices and agencies of government will converge and unify to achieve and promote effectiveness and rationalization of organizational structures and functions. Ultimately, the State will be better afforded with a stronger resolve and equipped with better resources to promote and advance cultural education as a right and advance in the process cultural literacy among Filipinos. 

[ DOWNLOAD PDF ] Representative Evelina G. Escudero

March 28, 2017Freelancers Protection Act

Filipinos are increasingly going into freelancing as it has become an avenue to augment one’s income to sustain the increasing cost of living. Freelancers often agree to take on freelance work with below minimum wage pay and without any of the benefits provided by law. Thus, there is a need to pay attention to this growing sector. 

[ DOWNLOAD PDF ] Representative Christopher P. De Venecia

July 4, 2016Freelancers Protection Act

Let us waste no time in ensuring that they are not inconvenienced by red tape and that they are protected from difficult, even fraudulent clients. 

[ DOWNLOAD PDF ] Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam ” A. Aquino IV

May 7, 2015Artists Welfare Protection and Information Act of 2015

The United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) General Conference in 1980 adopted the Recommendations concerning the Status of Artist. As a standard-setting instrument, it aims to strengthen policies and measures around the professional, social, and economic status of artists, thus enabling them to work, create, and organize successfully in an enabling environment. It recognized that “the artists face increasing challenges and opportunities because they operate in a globalized and digital age, marked by economic and/or social transitions, shifting communication, trade and consumption trends, and rapidly evolving technologies.”

[ DOWNLOAD PDF ] Senator Grace L. Poe

July 27, 2009National Cultural Heritage Act of 2009

(a) Protect, preserve, conserve and promote the nation’s cultural heritage, its property and histories, and the ethnicity of local communities;

(b) Establish and strengthen cultural institutions; and

(c) Protect cultural workers and ensure their professional development and well-being.


2008 – Creative Industries Act of 2008

“Nurturing and exploitation (?!) of creative industries in our country through an effective national policy could really contribute to job creation, income generation and poverty alleviation. “

[ DOWNLOAD PDF ] Senate President Manny Villar

1992 – Republic Act 7356