PURSUANT to the authority of the Council for the Welfare of Children to promulgate rules and regulations under Article 209 of Presidential Decree No. 603, and to protect every child employed in the movie, television, radio and entertainment industry against exploitation, improper influence, hazards and other conditions or circumstances prejudicial to his physical, mental, emotional, social and moral development, the following Rules and Regulations are hereby promulgated:
SECTION 1. Definition of Terms. - As used in these Rules and Regulations unless specifically provided otherwise:
a) "CHILD" refers to a child, minor, or youth below twenty-one (21) years of age; except those emancipated in accordance with law and subject to Article 9 of the Code. [Now amended by R.A. 6809 lowering the age of majority from 21 years to 18 years.]
b) "CODE" refers to Presidential Decree No. 603, otherwise known as the Child and Youth Welfare Code.
c) "COUNCIL" refers to the Council for the Welfare of Children, Office of the President.
d) "DIRECTOR" refers to the Director of the Bureau of Women and Minors of the Ministry of Labour. [Now the Bureau of Women and Young Workers of the Department of Labour and Employment.]
e) 'EMPLOYMENT" refers to the appearance, performance, or any work done by a child in the movie, television, radio, stage and the entertainment industry, including motion pictures or television programmes of whatever length; live, video-taped, or film commercials; still pictures; recordings.
SECTION 2. Applicability to Employment Contracts. - These Rules and Regulations shall be applicable to all employment contracts of a child employed in the entertainment industry.
SECTION 3. Employment of a Child. - The employment of a child shall not be allowed unless said employment is covered by a valid and written contract duly signed by the employer and by the parents or legal guardian of the child, containing the following stipulations:
a) that the parties shall protect the child against exploitation, improper influences, hazards, and other conditions or circumstances prejudicial to his physical, mental, emotional, social, educational, and moral development; and
b) that the employer shall furnish a copy of the contract as well as all amendments thereto to the parents or legal guardian and to the Director within fifteen (15) days from the execution thereof.
SECTION 4. Trust Fund. - It shall be the duty of the parents or legal guardian to set up a trust fund for the child.
SECTION 5. Duties of the Director. - It shall be the duty of the Director to see to it that:
a) these Rules and Regulations have been complied with;
b) the employment will not be inimical to the child's safety and welfare; and
c) the child will not be subjected to exploitation thereby.
SECTION 6. Involuntary Commitment of the Child. - The Minister of Social Services and Development [now Secretary of Social Welfare and Development] may, motu propio, or upon the recommendation of the Director, file a verified petition in Court for the involuntary commitment of a child who is physically or emotionally neglected under Title VIII, Chapter I of the Code or whose parent or guardian is found guilty of any of the crimes punishable under Articles 59 and 204 of the Code.
SECTION 7. Penalty. - A parent, guardian, producer, director, or other persons violating or causing the violation of these Rules and Regulations shall upon conviction, suffer the penalties provided in Article 210 of the Code.
SECTION 8. Separability Clause. - The validity of any provision of these Rules and Regulations shall not be affected by the declaration of the invalidity of any other provision or provisions thereof.
SECTION 9. Repealing Clause. - These Rules and Regulations supersede any other rules and regulations on the employment of children in the movie, television, radio, and entertainment industry.
SECTION 10. Effectivity Clause. - These Rules and Regulations on the Employment of Children in the Movie, Television, Radio and Entertainment Industry shall take effect upon their publication in a newspaper of general circulation in the Philippines.
(SGD.) HON. CLEMENTE S. GATMAITAN
Ministry of Health
(SGD.) HON. JUAN L. MANUEL
Ministry of Education and Culture
(SGD.) HON. BLAS F. OPLE
Ministry of Labour
(SGD.) HON. CATALINO MACARAIG, JR.
Ministry of Justice
(SGD.) HON. SYLVIA P. MONTES
Deputy Minister and Office-In-Charge
Ministry of Social Services and Development
(SGD.) HON. REGINA ORDONEZ-BENITEZ
Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court
(SGD.) DR. FE DEL MUNDO
Children's Medical Center of the Philippines
(SGD.) MAYOR ADELINA S. RODRIGUEZ
Council of Welfare Agencies of the Philippines
(SGD.) ATTY. ESTER DE JESUS
Published on November 25, 1978
Times Journal, Manila, Philippines
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