FDCP Liza Diño & FAP Vivian Velez finally agree on one common ground—to waive amusement tax in cinemas

FDCP Liza Diño & FAP Vivian Velez finally agree on one common ground—to waive amusement tax in cinemas

MANILA— Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) Chairman Liza Diño and  Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) President Vivian Velez have finally settled their differences and they now finally agree on one common ground, —the waiver of amusement tax in cinemas.

In the past, Vivian admitted that she and Liza clashed on some issues regarding how the FDCP is being run. As president of FAP, Vivian is also a member of the Board of Trustees of FDCP.

But Liza said she and Vivian have now found a “common ground.”

“We have our monthly Board of Trustees meeting, and that’s where we actually get the chance to talk,” Liza explained. “Hindi naman lingid sa kaalaman ng lahat na minsan, hindi talaga aligned yung… Hindi naman sa hindi kami nagkakasundo, pero she has reservations on some of the programs that we have.

“But we never stopped talking. And I think that’s super-important that the dialogue must continue, and kailangan na makarating kami sa common ground.”

Their communications this new year have always been positive. “Kasi, at the end of the day, alam ko rin naman na ang gusto talaga niya ay makatulong sa industry.

“Magkaiba lang kami ng pinanggagalingan, at magkaiba kami ng paraan kung paano namin ia-approach ito.

“Tuwang-tuwa po ako. I’m very, very humbled during our last group meet. Kasi siguro, dahil 2021, tapos lahat kailangan talagang magtulungan, e,” the FDCP chair related.

Liza revealed this during the virtual mediacon for the 5th Film Ambassadors Night (FAN 2021) last February 18,  Thursday, 3p.m.

FAN is an annual event spearheaded by FDCP since 2017. It recognizes Filipino film industry creatives, artists, filmmakers, and films of various formats that gained recognition from established international film festivals and award-giving bodies in the past year.

FAN is one of the most-awaited events of FDCP but during this time of pandemic, FAN 2021 will be on live streaming on February 28, Sunday, 8:00 p.m., on FDCP Channel.

This year, the filmmakers who will receive the award are Rafael Manuel and Lav Diaz for the A-Listers or those who bagged awards in prestigious A-List international film festivals as declared by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations(FIAFF).

For the actors category, recipients are Cristine Reyes for UnTrue, Ruby Ruiz for Iska, Elijah Canlas for Kalel, 15 Louise Abuel for Edward,  Isabel Sandoval for Lingua Franca, Alden Richards for Hello, Love, Goodbye, Lovi Poe and Allen Dizon for Latay, and the cast of Kaputol led by Cherie Gil, Alfred Vargas, Angel Aquino and Ronwaldo Martin.

Dingdong Dantes and Arjo Atayde are the television awardees who made it to FAN 2021 Actors list.

According to Liza, Alden Richards could have been included in the last year’s awardees.

Liza further added that it was Vivian who brought up in their FDCP board meeting that amusement tax be waived for the films being shown in theatres. This is likewise the wish of the members of the Philippine Motion Pictures Producers Association.

“And andami niyang mga suggestions, and I feel that she’s recognizing how we can all work together,” Liza expressed. “Kasi, in-open niya sa buong council iyong mga proposals niya on how we can further help the industry.

“So, isa sa mga ihinatag niya sa amin ay nagkaroon siya ng pakikipag-usap sa PMPPA, at ang meeting niya sa PMPPA ay yung waiving of amusement taxes.”

Vivian’s proposal is in line with the plans of FDCP.

Liza mentioned that last year, they had a separate set of meetings with a Metro Manila mayor who is their partner to create their respective ordinance for the waiving of the amusement tax for at least three years to cushion the impact of this pandemic.

“When Vivian shared this proposal sa board—because Metro Manila Development Authority is part of the board, at nandoon po sila sa meeting na iyon—specially, dito po sa aming BOT, mas nagkaroon kami ng way para idiretso na sa Metro Manila Council ang panukalang ito.

“So, ang ginagawa na ngayon ng FDCP is nagda-draft kami ng proposal to a resolution for our dear Metro Manila mayors, through the Metro Manila Council, to look into this possibility of supporting our producers—our film industry—for the next three years.

Liza said that this will help the producers and stakeholders in the movie industry to somehow cope with the pandemic as we know that this is the badly hit sector among the industries. They are hoping they will be given attention by Metro Manila mayors.

“And hindi po mangyayari ito kung walang ganitong klaseng pag-uusap,” Liza narrated.

Unity among stakeholders

Liza is ecstatic that unity among the industry stakeholders prevails this time. She admitted that she is always open and not to be affected personally.

“Kasi siyempre, kung ikaw, hinayaan mo yung personal na…Halimbawa, nagtampo ako, or masama yung loob ko, hindi magkakaroon ng pag-uusap.

“So, I’m just really happy na naging ganoon po iyong kinalabasan nitong aming mga meeting. I have a very, very optimistic view about what’s going to happen.

“We’re working talaga together as a group.”

One of the priorities Vivian proposed and agreed upon during their discussion in the board meeting is the vaccination against the COVID 19 for all the filmmakers and stakeholders.

“Nakakatuwa kasi, again, when our goal is for the betterment of the industry, yung goal is talagang nakatulong, nawawala yung sari-sariling sentimiyento o hindi pagkakaunawaan,” Liza concluded.(Evelyn C. Diao/MTVN)

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