The Movie Workers Welfare Foundation (MOWELFUND) turned 48 recently.
It took the proverbial one step backward in 2020 due to the pandemic.
Nevertheless, the foundation continued with its mandate of providing health, welfare and film education benefits to its members and beneficiaries.
With strict protocols and lockouts in observance, Mowelfund, instead, brought regular benefits and “ayuda” to its members’ homes.
On more opportune occasions, it scheduled small gatherings to distribute cash gifts and groceries to members who could commute.
On the education end, the Mowelfund Film Institute conducted various webinars and online master classes in acting with Leo Martinez, directing with Joey Reyes, scriptwriting with Ricky Lee and cinematography with Raymond Red.
During the Covid interim, it successfully engaged in a joint realty project with developer Victor Consunji and Company.
The foundation has moved to its modest building and is completing the finishing touches, interior design and furnishing.
“We are installing equipment, technical provisions and amenities for classrooms, production facilities for a state-of-the-art 54-seat theatre. The Mowelfund Board, Execom and staff also completed a three-day strategic planning and team building session last month. Its endeavor laid concrete plans for a sustainable development program that will allow us to continue with our welfare and education mandates until and beyond 2024 when we shall commemorate our 50th year,” shared Chairman Boots Anson-Rodrigo.
The Mowelfund reiterated its gratitude to former President Joseph Estrada for his vision in founding the organization in 1974 to help provide medical and health benefits as well as film education opportunities to our marginalized movie industry workers.