Pinoy music

The House of Representatives approved the third and final reading of a bill that mandates Pinoy music in hotels, resorts, restaurants, tourist buses, and inbound international flights to the Philippines.

The approval of House Bill No. 10305 is the State’s policy to promote Philippine music under the 1987 Philippine Constitution. It states that it “shall give priority to education, science and technology, arts, culture, and sports to foster patriotism and nationalism, accelerate social progress, and promote total human liberation and development.”

Under the bill, inbound international flights and tourist buses must have 50% Pinoy songs on their playlist. Meanwhile, hotels, resorts, and restaurants must have at least 25%.

A PHP300,000 fine will be imposed on Airline companies failing to play the required music as their aircraft lands in the country. In addition, hotels, restaurants, and resorts will be fined PHP20,000 for every violation.

The bill defines the term Philippines music or Pinoy music as a composition, instrumental or with lyrics, that were originally composed, written, arranged, performed, or played by Filipinos. It also covers songs originally composed and written by Filipinos, whether the lyrics are in Filipino, English, or any Philippine regional language or dialect.

The House-approved bill will be sent to the Senate for its approval. Once the bill has taken effect, the Department of Tourism (DOT) will promulgate necessary rules and regulations for 60 days.

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