FDCP NATIONAL REGISTRY
DISASTER / EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE AND RELIEF (DEAR) PROGRAM
The FDCP DISASTER / EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE AND RELIEF (DEAR) PROGRAM is a disaster-triggered funding mechanism of the Film Development Council of the Philippines that provides financial assistance to its stakeholders and is activated as a direct result of a major natural disaster. A major disaster means any typhoon, storm, flood, high water, wind-driven water or tidal wave, earthquake, drought, fire, public health emergency or other catastrophes as declared by the President that warrants government assistance to communities and individuals in the country. The DEAR Program is administered by the Film Development Council of the Philippines through the FDCP National Registry and is available to its duly registered members, subject to qualifications.
Based on the recommendation of the concerned Departments or Disaster Task Force, the President of the Philippines may declare a State of Calamity or equivalent and similar proclamations e.g. State of Public Health Emergency. The declaration identifies the major disaster which provides the full range of disaster assistance available under the law for the country.
In special cases like these, FDCP can activate its emergency funds. Disaster-triggered support may be made available to provide assistance or aid to its stakeholders who do not qualify for assistance under other programs of frontline government agencies.
DEAR ACTION! (For Displaced Freelance AV Workers)
A targeted program for disaster-affected freelance audio-visual (AV) workers who become suddenly unemployed or suddenly out of work as a direct result of a major disaster and are not eligible for government instituted benefits.
When a major disaster is declared by the President, DEAR ACTION! (For Displaced Freelance AV Workers) will be generally available to a displaced freelance individual registered under the National Registry for Audio-Visual Workers (NRAW) who worked, or was scheduled to work in the disaster area at the declared period of the disaster.
In cases where funding is insufficient to serve all eligible displaced workers, FDCP may prioritize low-income individuals.
Conditions of Unemployment
One of the following conditions of loss of unemployment or engagement from a company, or inability to perform services in self- employment must have occurred as a direct result of the disaster:
- The individual is unable to reach his/her workplace.
- The individual was scheduled to start work and the job no longer exists or the individual was unable to reach the job.
- The individual cannot work because of an injury or illness .
- The individual lost a majority of income or revenue because the employer or self-employed business was damaged, destroyed, or closed by the government either temporarily or permanently.
In order to qualify for this benefit, the individual must satisfy all of the following:
- The individual must have had at least five (5) work days of loss of employment or engagement during the declared dates of the major disaster.
- The individual’s engagement or self-employment must have been lost or interrupted as a direct result of a major disaster as declared by the President of the Republic of the Philippines.
- The individual must have been determined not otherwise eligible for regular unemployment insurance benefits under any Local or National Law such as from SSS, DOLE, LGU or from his/her own employer and similar agencies.
- The individual must prove that he/she is of low-income and receives around P20,000 or less a month, has a package rate of P20,000 or less per project, or whose talent fee is around P3,000 or less per day.
To file a claim, individuals who are suddenly unemployed or suddenly out of work as a direct result of the disaster should contact the Film Development Council of the Philippines National Registry.
Applications for DEAR ACTION! (For Displaced Freelance AV Workers) must be filed by an individual within thirty (30) days of the announcement of the activation of the DEAR Program through an FDCP Advisory released online and through mass media channels. Applicants must follow the instructions in the FDCP Advisory and file for an application based on the filing methods used by the Agency (i.e. in person, mail, telephone, or online).
Applicants are required to substantiate loss of employment or engagement or self-employment or to substantiate work that was to begin on or after the declared date of the disaster.
If documentary proof cannot be provided at the time the claim is filed, individuals have twenty one (21) calendar days from the time of application to meet this requirement.
- Copy of current membership to National Registry for Audio-Visual Workers (NRAW). As for non-members, applications may be lodged to NRAW concurrent with the DEAR application.
- Filled out DEAR ACTION! form (For Displaced Freelance AV Workers)
- Affidavit of Unemployment (Template available on the website)
- Copy of Latest ITR or Any Proof of Income
- Proof of Engagement that Accounts for at Least 7 Work Days of Cancelled/Suspended Work (During the Declared Period of the Disaster)
- Call Sheet
- Contract of Service
- Certificate of Engagement (click here for sample)
- Any Certification duly signed by the Employer/Producer
- Evidence of Unemployment (During the Declared Period of the Disaster)
- Emails regarding suspension of work
- Proof of cancellation, etc.
Failure to submit documentation within twenty one (21) days after the date of application will result in the denial of DEAR support and any benefits already paid will be considered overpaid. The applicant will then be required to repay any overpaid benefits to FDCP.
A one time flat rate cash financial assistance of Eight Thousand Pesos (P 8,000) tax-free will be made to a displaced freelance AV worker whose application has been approved.
Duration of Benefits
DEAR benefits are payable only for the dates that fall within the Disaster Assistance Period which is covered by a one time cash financial support.
Restrictions on Entitlement
DEAR benefits are not payable to individuals who are entitled to or qualified for regular unemployment compensation, waiting period credit or benefits from SSS, DOLE, LGU, their own employer, and similar agencies.
As the DEAR Program is a government fund and in the spirit of serving the community and stakeholders, the beneficiary must commit to rendering return service by participating in at least two (2) FDCP-led or supported event, activity or project as a volunteer worker or professional, serving in the capacity of their field. The service must be rendered for free within two (2) years upon the receipt of the assistance.
Declaration and Agreement
Each approved beneficiary worker of DEAR must sign a Declaration and Agreement with FDCP, agreeing and abiding to all the terms of the Program and certifying that all details of the application and documents submitted are factual and authentic.
For more information, please contact:
FDCP NATIONAL REGISTRY
TEXT HOTLINE +63 917 800 3227855 T.M. Kalaw St. Ermita, Manila
DOCUMENTS FOR DOWNLOAD:
- National Registry for Audiovisual Workers (NRAW) Application Form
- National Registry for Entertainment Press (NREP) Application Form
- DEAR ACTION! Fact Sheet
- DEAR PRESS! Fact Sheet
- DEAR ACTION! Application Form for FREELANCE AV Workers
- DEAR ACTION! Application Form for Companies
- DEAR PRESS! Application form for FREELANCE Entertainment Press Workers
- Sample Certificate of Engagemen for AV / Film workers
- Sample Certificate of Engagement for Press Workers
- DEAR ACTION! Affidavit of Unemployment
- FDCP DEAR ACTION! Advisory
- FDCP DEAR PRESS! Advisory