Finding new love “at the top”

Mukhang in-love na ulit si Angelica Panganiban. 

May bago na ba siyang inspirasyon?

May pinost kasi siyang picture sa kanyang Instagram account nitong Monday, na nakatalikod siya.

May kasama rin siyang isang lalaki na nakatalikod din habang nakatanaw sa ibaba ng isang gusali.

Ito ay ang Burj Khalifa, ang tallest structure sa mundo sa taas na mahigit 2,700 feet.

Ang caption ng ex ni Carlo Aquino sa picture ay, “At the top (smiling cat with heart eyes emoji) kakamiss!!!”

Hindi ti-nag ni Angelica ang lalaking kasama sa picture. Siguro para hindi makilala ang identity nito. 

Pero hindi kaya ito ay si Jared Leto, na kavideo-chat ni Angelica? May napanood kasi kaming video na kausap niya si  Jared. 

Nagpakilala siya rito bilang isang artista. Nagkita ba sila sa Dubai  nang mag-shoot siya roon ng movie with Coco Martin?

Sa google ay makikila si Jared bilang isang American actor ar singer-songwriter.

Gumanap na transgender woman sa Dallas Buyers Club (2013) na nagwaging Best Supporting Actor sa Academy Award, Golden Globe Awards at Screen Actors Guild Award.

Lead vocalist siya ng bandang Thirty Seconds To Mars.


FDCP helps freelancers 

At a time when almost everything is at a halt due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Filipino Audio-Visual industry is suffering from the suspension of work and cancellation of events as recommended by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease. 

While regular and contractual employees get to continue their tasks via alternative work arrangements and still get paid, most of the Audio-Visual (AV) industry workers are not as fortunate to have employment during the national state of calamity. 

These include freelancers—from talents, to production staff, and technical crew members who get paid on a “per day” basis, “no work, no pay” scheme, and have no direct employer to work for.

As the national film agency and whose stakeholders include audio-visual workers, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) created the Disaster/Emergency Assistance and Relief (DEAR) Program to assist its stakeholders during calamities and major disasters. 

This disaster-triggered funding mechanism of the FDCP came about as a response to the plight of freelance audio-visual workers who have been displaced by the Enhanced Community Quarantine and consequent State of Calamity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The DEAR Program will be implemented through the FDCP National Registry, which maintains the database of the different sectors of the audio-visual industry including AV industry workers. FDCP supports and protects the interest of National Registry members by offering services that provide assistance in accessing social services, skills development workshops and programs, and basic legal assistance and work opportunities.

Under the DEAR Program, the targeted support program DEAR for Displaced Freelance AV Workers will provide financial assistance to disaster-affected freelance AV workers who suddenly lost work as a direct result of a major disaster. 

This income support program aims to complement the CAMP program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) which covers private companies whose employees regardless of status (regular, contractual, project-based) can receive P5,000 in assistance.

As a newly institutionalized program under the FDCP, the DEAR Program will not be limited to the COVID-19 situation but for future declared disasters as well.

“The FDCP DEAR Program is not a one-off initiative. Though this was inspired by the COVID-19 crisis, we want to learn from this and make sure that the agency is better prepared in handling such cases in the future. As a permanent program of the FDCP, this disaster fund will be activated every time there is an emergency and a State of Calamity declared by the President,” said FDCP Chairperson and CEO Liza Diño-Seguerra.

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