CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga — The provincial government, thru the Public Employment Service Office, provided emergency employment to about 600 musicians who were displaced due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This came after Oplan Saup Kabanda was launched to alleviate the plight of its 857 members who have lost their jobs due to the enforcement of community quarantine in Luzon.
Dennis Gabriel Bondoc, Pampanga Musician Group vocalist and coordinator, said the assistance given by Governor Dennis Pineda to local entertainers is really a big help, especially during this crisis.
“Isang inspirasyon ito lalo na sa ibang Banda Alyansa Chapters sa buong Pilipinas, dahil ang Pampanga ang kauna-unahang provincial government na tumugon at nagbigay ng mabilis na aksyon para sa lahat ng mga musikero at stage comedians ng Pampanga (This is an inspiration to other Banda Alyansa Chapters nationwide as Pampanga is the first provincial government to provide assistance to displaced musicians and stage comedians),” he said.
The beneficiaries were employed under the Tulong Pangkabuhayan sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers Program, a community-based package of assistance that provides 10 to 30 days of emergency employment to displaced workers, underemployed, and seasonal workers.
Governor Pineda, through Board Member Ananias Canlas, Jr., also distributed 130 packs of rice to Oplan Saup Kabanda members in the third district.
In support of the continuation of their online concert, Governor Pineda provided the musicians free studio in the Capitol Compound.
He also partnered with Converge ICT Solutions in providing free internet services to the said beneficiaries.
Bondoc, representing the displaced entertainers, appealed for support and assistance during the period of the community quarantine.
“Nananawagan po kami sa private sector partikular sa hotels, resorts, restaurant, and bar owners to support the local entertainers, especially us, who were displaced due to the pandemic (We appeal to the private sector particularly hotel, resort, restaurant and bar owners to support the local entertainers, especially us, who were displaced due to the pandemic),” he said.