Solons want media outlets airing or publishingpositive advocacies given tax incentives
Lawmakers are seeking the granting of tax incentives to broadcast and print media that devote time and space for gender equality, human rights, environmental protection, family values, patriotism, transparency and accountability, national peace and unity and other positive advocacies that heighten public awareness and responsiveness.AKO!icol "artylist #eps. $hristopher $o and #odel !atocabe raised the tax incentives proposal through %ouse !ill &'(&, noting that broadcast and print media have been proven to be effective avenues of and alternatives to education and knowledge transfer to the population.)hey further noted that media serves as a means to reshape behavior especially of the younger members of the population.$o said the importance of media in national development is enshrined in the $onstitution under Article **, +ection '&, which provides that )he +tate recogni-es the vital role of communication and information in nationbuilding.$o said their proposal also adheres to +ection // of Art. ** that provides )he +tate values the dignity of every human person and guarantees full respect for human rights.*t also adheres to +ection /' of Art. ** that )he +tate recogni-es the sanctity of family life and shall protect and strengthen the family as a basic autonomous social institution. *t shall equally protect the life of the mother and the life of the unborn from conception. )he natural and primary right and duty of parents in the rearing of the youth for civic efficiency and the development of moral character shall receive the support of the government.!atocabe said their proposal likewise complements other sections of Art. ** namely0 +ections /1 2role of youth in nationbuilding34 /& 2role of women in nationbuilding34 /5 2right to health of the people34 /6 2right of the people to balanced and healthful ecology34 /( 2priority to education, science and technology, arts, culture, among others34 '' 2rights of indigenous cultural communities34 '1 2encouragement of nongovernmental, communitybased sectoral organi-ations34 and '( 2maintaining honesty and integrity in the public service3.%ouse !ill &'(&, now pending at the %ouse committee on ways and means chaired by #ep. 7iro 8uimbo 2'
9istrict, 7arikina $ity3 provides that all broadcast facilities shall hereby be required to allocate a minimum of three minutes airtime a day, and all print
NR # 3469MAY 17, 2014