Boots says Mowelfund ‘on sustained financial independence’ as it marks its 48th anniversary

Boots Anson Roa-Rodrigo at Mowelfund’s 48th anniversary celebration

Actress Boots Anson Roa-Rodrigo admitted that there have been a number of occasions by her 18 years on the helm of the Film Employee’s Welfare Basis (Mowelfund) when she did think about quitting.

“My work took a temporary toll on my health. It detracted from some film assignments and career moves, ergo, lost income opportunities,” Rodrigo, who’s at present Mowelfund chair, instructed Inquirer Leisure in an interview to debate the muse’s 48th anniversary.

“On a few occasions, I advanced personal funds and used up personal goodwill for the foundation’s operations and member benefits,” stated Rodrigo, who was Mowelfund president from 2002 to 2020.

“Our salaries across the board were below industry standards. Multitasking became the norm, as we were understaffed. Fundraising became de rigueur, to include even horse racing and celebrity poker, billiards and other otherwise nontraditional events for a foundation,” recalled Rodrigo, who retired as president at age 75, however was quickly after elected as chair when Marichu “Manay Ichu” Vera Perez-Maceda handed away in September 2020.

“But the fine examples of former president Joseph Estrada (Mowelfund chair emeritus) and Manay Ichu, and the staff in serving the industry prevailed. Plus, a social conscience dictated that since I was blessed in my career, it was incumbent that I paid back the industry through those who had less in the practice,” stated Rodrigo.

When she retired at 75, Rodrigo famous that “by then, Mowelfund was already on its way to financial stability. Today, it is working on sustained financial independence through its joint venture with [real estate developer] Victor Consunji,” she reported.

Throughout the COVID-19 interim, Mowelfund engaged in a joint realty challenge with Victor Consunji Growth Corp. In reality, Mowelfund has already transferred to its new constructing, which is now present process ending touches. It can quickly function school rooms, manufacturing amenities and a state-of-the-art 54-seat theater, Rodrigo reported.

Rodrigo and Mowelfund president Rez Cortez additionally lately signed a partnership with AKTOR: League of Filipino Actors by its board chair Dingdong Dantes, with the aim of recruiting new members “for a premium membership fee but with enhanced benefits capped by an insurance policy.”

Contract signing between officials of Mowelfund and League of Filipino Actors (AKTOR)

Contract signing between officers of Mowelfund and League of Filipino Actors (AKTOR)

AKTOR has an authentic membership of 150 practitioners who’re newly enrolled as Mowelfund members below the improved program, Rodrigo reported.

“A few years back, Mowelfund launched an enhanced and expanded membership campaign,” she recalled. “Today, my son, welfare director Joey Roa, was assigned to forge partnerships with organizations that would help achieve this membership program,” Rodrigo recalled. “First was the Sagip Tala project with the Film Development Council of the Philippines to offer extra assistance to needy and deserving film personalities, beyond their regular membership benefits. Second, a similar partnership with AKTOR.”

Platinum membership is now being provided to movie employees who can afford the next annual membership price with elevated monetarial quantities in the advantages, plus extra perks like reductions for on-line filmmaking courses or workshops, as effectively as private accident insurance coverage protection for one 12 months.

Rodrigo added that Mowelfund’s welfare and well being program stays closest to her coronary heart. “It provides for benefits like medical reimbursements, hospitalization, surgery, death, housing and livelihood, as well as subsidized film education,” she reported. “Through its 48 years, Mowelfund has served an accrued number of 4,000 members, now diminished through death and discontinued memberships.”

Rodrigo considers Mowelfund’s welfare program as “the crux, the raison d’etre” of the muse. Every member can declare medical assist within the quantity of P8,000 for a most of three hospital confinements per 12 months; surgical assist of P13,000 per 12 months for a serious surgical process (invasive or noninvasive); persevering with medicine within the type of drugs buy reimbursements (P5,000 most per 12 months); and funeral help of P35,000 to quick relations of a member who handed on to defray funeral prices.

On schooling, the Mowelfund Movie Institute provided in the course of the pandemic lockdowns its first on-line masterclasses by seasoned professionals, notably: Raymond Purple on cinematography, Ricky Lee on scriptwriting, Jose Javier Reyes on directing and Leo Martinez on performing.

In collaboration with the Nationwide Housing Authority and the San Jose del Monte Metropolis native authorities in Bulacan, 16 members have certified to avail of the housing challenge situated in Barangay Gaya-Gaya, San Jose del Monte, Bulacan. They underwent a collection of screenings and evaluations to satisfy the prescribed necessities.

As well as, current tie-ups with Potato Nook and Marispure Corp., house owners of Wholesome and Pure Water, provided no-franchising charges for members on the lookout for sources of extra earnings. INQ

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