The Department of Labor and Employment [DOLE] has released a decision ordering GMA Network and its partners to pay a fine amounting to P890,000 for violationg work safety standards in relation to the death of veteran actor Eddie Garcia.
The order stated the following: “Wherefore, premises considered, GMA Network Inc. and/or Atty. Felipe Enrique L. Gozon, Enhanz Aerial Photography and/or Alpha Premier Transport Services, Gapo Special Effects Services Inc., GMA 7 Employees Multipurpose Coop, Renteqaire Enterprises, CMB Film Services Inc., and Shoot Digital Video Co. are hereby ordered to pay, jointly and severally, the administrative fine in the amount of P890,000 for violation of Sections 14 and 15 Chapter IV of Department Order (DO) No. 198 and Section 6 Rule VII of DO 183 within 10 days from receipt thereof.”
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The said order was signed by DOLE-National Capital Region Director Sarah Buena Mirasol.
The late actor had an accident during the taping of Rosang Agimat. Because of a loose wire lying on the ground, the actor fell and sustained neck injury that caused his death.
GMA-7 on the other hand released the following statement after the DOLE decision was given:
“GMA Network has received the copy of the Order dated December 2, 2019 issued by the Regional Director of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) National Capital Regional Office. In response, the Network submitted an Appeal with the Secretary of Labor within the allowed period seeking to annul and reverse the said Order.
GMA will proceed with the necessary steps as soon as the DOLE resolves its appeal.”
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