Film and audiovisual (AV) workers can now register with their respective local government units (LGUs) for their vaccination after the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) simplified and expanded the A4 Priority Group for the country’s vaccination plan to cover private sector workers and freelancers who work outside their homes.
This was announced on Monday, June 7, during the NCR+8 Commitment Ceremony and Symbolic Vaccination of A4 Priority Group for the quick and efficient mass rollout of the vaccination program for A4 workers.
“With the start of our mass vaccination, the A4 priority category, our workers in both public and private sector, ill have an added layer of protection against the disease,” President Rodrigo Duterte stated in a video message.
Pursuant to IATF Resolution No. 114, the Implementing Guidelines for the A4 Priority Group involves three classifications with priority given to the NCR+8 areas of National Capital Region (NCR), Bulacan, Pampanga, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Metro Cebu, and Metro Davao for Phase 1 to be followed by areas outside the NCR+8 for Phase 2
According to the Department of Health (DOH) Department Memorandum (DM) No. 2021-0259, establishments, agencies, and organizations may provide A4 workers with proofs of eligibility such as, but not limited to, their company ID, contracts or permits, certificates of eligibility, or any proof of occupation.
“The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) welcomes the expansion of the A4 priority group, which makes our film and audiovisual workers eligible for vaccination. We have been lobbying for this since last year because vaccination is the key for the industry to properly resume its activities,” said FDCP Chairperson and CEO Liza Diño.
The national film agency has lobbied for the vaccination of film and AV workers to the IATF, DOH, and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). Diño continued, “The FDCP is willing to assist our workers should they need a proof of eligibility to be vaccinated under A4 priority group. Through the FDCP National Registry, we can issue a certification to all our registered film and audiovisual workers which they can use as proof of occupation. We thank the IATF for heeding our call to prioritize the safety and health of production workers in the workplace, which has its peculiarities and unique needs in terms of working setup.”
FDCP National Registry Workers can request for a certificate of registry from the FDCP to use as proof of occupation. For other film and AV freelancers who wish to register with the National Registry, kindly contact [email protected] or visit https://nationalregistry.fdcp.ph.
For more information:
IATF Resolution No. 114: http://bit.ly/IATFResolution114
DOH DM No. 2021-2359: http://bit.ly/DOHDM2359
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