Sunday, April 28, 2024


LAS Piñas Rep. Camille Villar has filed two measures at the House of Representatives that will provide additional social safety nets for journalists and a seed fund that will provide the Philippine movie industry with the needed sources to produce world-class films.

Under proposed House Bill No. 6543, Villar seeks to provide disability, health and hospitalization benefits to all practicing journalists. The bill also mandates the Social Security System and the Government Service Insurance System to create a special coverage for freelance journalists, specifically when they are assigned to cover war zones, conflict-stricken areas, and calamity affected places.

“Mahalagang pangalagaan natin ang ating mga mamamahayag, lalo na iyong mga naka-assign sa mga delikadong lugar. Tinataya nila ang kanilang buhay para makapagbigay ng napapanahong balita pas ra sa mga Pilipino kung kaya’t nararapat lamang na bigyan natin sila ng proteksyon at dagdag na benepisyo para sa kanilang sakripisyo,” Rep. Villar said.

Rep. Villar also filed House Resolution No. 451 that will create a seed fund for grant of additional funding to the local movie industry to encourage filmmakers to come up with more quality films that could compete in the international arena.  Through the proposed legislation, the government will give the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) funding support so it can work with industry stakeholders to develop new marketing strategies to further bolster the Philippines’ chance in being recognized in international film festivals like the Academy Awards.

“Securing a nomination, win or even a shortlist from foreign award-giving bodies like the prestigious Oscars will further cement the Philippines’ reputation as home of world-class talents and quality movies, thus potentially opening more employment and livelihood opportunities for Filipinos,” Rep. Villar said.

Both measures are pending in the committee level.

Aside from being a public servant, Rep. Villar also holds the position of President and CEO of AllValue Holdings Corporation, the retail arm of the Villar Group of Companies that handles AllDay Supermarket, AllHome, and Coffee Project, and has received various accolades from this role.

In 2022, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business in Las Vegas recognized AllHome Builds and bestowed it the Bronze Award for Community-Involvement Program of the Year for Women-owned or Women-led Organizations. It also feted Rep. Villar with the Government Hero of the Year award for her work during the COVID-19 pandemic. She was also named Female Executive of the Year, a Silver Awardee in Asia, Australia, and New Zealand for her expertise as president and chief executive officer of AllValue Group.

Recently, Rep. Villar joined the partnership launch between Advanced Media Broadcasting System (AMBS) and ABS-CBN Corporation.  The new partnership will bring up-to-date news and iconic entertainment programs to Filipino audiences via ALLTV available on Channel 2 on free TV, cable and satellite TV across the country.

Rep. Villar obtained her MBA from IESE (Instituto de Estudios Superiores de la Empresa) Business School in Barcelona, Spain, one of the world’s best business schools, and studied Business Management at the Ateneo de Manila University.

She is a mother of two – Tristan and Cara. 

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