Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) Chairman Tirso Cruz III asked the government to support the entertainment sector of the country by having better funds and laws to protect them. This comes after the proposition of a lawmaker to ban Korean dramas in the country due to its supposed effects on Filipino viewers.
In a statement released by Tirso to ABS-CBN News reporter Mario Dumaual, he urged the government for stronger support for the film industry.
“It is high time to boost and improve the quality of our local productions by getting tangible support from our government. We need strong funding and subsidies to produce world-class content, enhanced laws that would further protect local productions, and even reinforcement of film curricula in the early stages of academic learning,” he shared.
The 70-year-old actor shared that the film industry of the country is barely surviving as it has been facing multiple challenges over the years.
“The Philippine film industry has been facing serious challenges for many years, especially amidst the effects of pandemic. While we understand the deep sentiments of Senator Jinggoy Estrada in his desire to protect the Filipino film workers, there are various proactive solutions to help strengthen the entertainment sector,” he continued.
During the budget deliberation of the FDCP, the lawmaker commented that he already thought of banning Korean dramas as it has been affecting the livelihood of Filipino artists. Different showbiz personalities have come forward and shared their opinion on the comment made by the Senator.
Meanwhile, Tirso welcomes all the help that could be given to his office. The chairman added that South Korea has seen tremendous growth in their entertainment sector due to the public support the Koreans have.
“The offer of help in developing our film industry and future collaborations are badly needed and most welcome. There is so much to learn and we look forward to a bright path ahead for all of us,” Tirso said in the statement.
Tirso was appointed as the new chair for FDCP back in July by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.