MANILA, Philippines – Some 865,000 workers in the audiovisual industry have been displaced by the impact of the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in the country.
Filipino Film Development Council (FDCP) President Liza DiÃ±o revealed this Friday during the joint hearing of the Senate Finance and Economic Affairs Committees.
Since the sector involves mass gatherings such as theater and concert operations, its operations were the first to be canceled due to the outbreak of the disease, and they will be the last to recover, said DiÃ±o.
She pointed out that a recent finance ministry survey showed arts, entertainment and recreation topped the list of sectors hardest hit due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Since 70% to 80% of the industry are freelancers, DiÃ±o added that they would need at least six months of cash assistance.
“We were the first to be canceled and we are going to be the last to collect the kasi as well, this is a mass gathering yung amin pong industriya,” she said.
The FDCP has already reallocated 20 million pesos of its funds to extend financial assistance of 5,000 to 8,000 pesos to freelancers affected by the pandemic.
DiÃ±o, however, said the agency would still need more funds to unlock a second wave of cash assistance.
“The audiovisual industry and the census statistics of PSA are known, but are also known and known to nasa industriyang ito,” she added.
(The industry is very large and sometimes we are not included in the census PSA statistics. Sometimes we are overlooked.)
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