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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau



08 April 2021 08:05:47 PM

With various industries shifting to digital media amid the pandemic, the Special Committee on Creative Industry and Performing Arts on Thursday delved into the issue of online piracy that was rampant during the 2020 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF). The investigation was prodded by Chairman Christopher De Venecia (4th District, Pangasinan) through House Resolution 1588. At the onset, Film Director Quark Henares, head of Globe Studios, reported that the MMFF was hit with a 90-percent decrease in sales last year. He said this could be linked to the sudden shift to online streaming, lack of star vehicle, as well as the presence of online piracy. The panel then requested for the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to submit its marketing plan as well as to look at and address the possible gaps in the event’s promotional initiatives. De Venecia then reaffirmed the committee’s commitment to partner with other government agencies and provide solutions to issues encountered by creative industries. With this, he assured that legislators would lobby for additional funding under the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to acquire a system or technology for cybercrime detection. Meanwhile, the committee approved the committee report on the substitute bill to House Bills 4692, 6476 and 8101, providing for the promotion and development of the Philippine creative industries. The measure would establish the Philippine Creative Industries Development Council, which would create and implement a development plan that would strengthen the intellectual property rights regime as well as provide support and incentives for the sector.