- Malacañang said the ABS-CBN workers affected by its closure may qualify for the government’s financial relief program for small and medium enterprises (SMEs)
- Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the affected workers may receive cash aid for two months from the government
- Malacañang had denied reports linking President Rodrigo Duterte with the network’s shutdown
Malacañang said the displaced ABS-CBN employees may receive cash aid from the government.
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said that the workers of ABS-CBN affected with its closure may qualify in the government’s financial relief program for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). He said the affected workers may receive cash aid for two months from the government.
Roque said while on a virtual interview on state-run PTV, “Dahil itong pangyayari naman po ay nawalan sila ng trabaho nang hindi naman nila ninais, hindi naman sila nag-resign, hindi naman voluntarily shut down ang ABS-CBN, baka maipasok po natin sila doon sa programa ng SMEs para makakuha po sila ng panandaliang dalawang buwan na ayuda.”
Under the government’s financial assistance for SMEs, workers may receive P5,000 to P8,000 depending on the region’s minimum wage.
Roque confirmed he is planning to discuss with Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III the situation of 11,000 media workers of ABS-CBN as the country continues to face the COVID-19 pandemic.
The National Telecommunications Commission had recently ordered ABS-CBN to stop its operations due to the expiration of its legislative franchise.
Malacañang had earlier denounced reports linking President Rodrigo Duterte to the network’s shutdown. Communications Secretary Martin Andanar called the accusations “erroneous.”
“This assertion is remarkably erroneous, lacks objectivity and scant in factual basis. Simply, a false narrative,” Andanar said in a statement.
Andanar reminded the public that the President already accepted the apology of ABS-CBN last year. “This thereby undermines any assumption that the President was behind NTC’s decision,” he said.