FILM Development Council of the Philippines chairperson Liza Diño on Friday revealed that about 865,000 workers in the creative economy are affected by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to the audiovisual industry.
Diño made the revelation in a hearing of the Senate committees on finance and economic affairs as she explained that the audiovisual industry sector was the first to be canceled and is projected to be the last to recover because its operations involve mass gatherings.
She added that 70% of the workers in the industry are freelancers who must receive at least six months of cash assistance.
Earlier, Diño said the FDCP has reallocated P20 million of its fund to give P5,000 to P8,000 emergency subsidies to the affected workers but more funds are needed to cover them all in a sustainable manner.
"Ang laki po ang audiovisual industry and 'yun nga po dahil hindi kami nahahagip ng census studies ng PSA statistics, minsan po ay nakakalimutan yung aming pinagdadaanan at kalagayan ng mga nasa industriyang ito," she said.
Included in the said sector are workers in film, animation, TV, commercials, live events, and manufacturing of audiovisual equipment.