The Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM), Professional Artists Managers, Inc. (PAMI) and labor center Sentro ng mga Nagkakaisa at Progresibong Manggagawa (Sentro) asked lawmakers to consider the livelihood of affected workers and grant the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN during the House panel hearing held on June 30.
OPM president Ogie Alcasid said the group enjoined ABS-CBN in its plea for a renewed franchise as the network has been instrumental for many local artists to achieve their potential and help alleviate their families’ lives through its various programs and platforms.
“ABS-CBN provides music platforms to help local singers and songwriters to showcase their created content,” he said.
Professional Artist Managers, Inc. (PAMI) president June Rufino also sought the Congress’ consideration of the livelihood of its members and their families.
“It is our humble plea to the honorable franchise committee to find it in your hearts and consciousness the future of over 5,000 families who are dependent and hopeful for your affirmative decision on the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN,” Rufino urged.
“Without the production employment from ABS-CBN, a significant number of taxpaying Filipino artists will be burdened by their subsequent loss of income,” she added.
Meanwhile, ABS-CBN COO for broadcast Cory Vidanes shared how the network’s workers continue to support the company’s fight to renewal amid the fears of losing their jobs.
“Ang mga Kapamilya namin ay puno ng pangamba at takot para sa kinabukasan nila at ng kanilang pamilya. Pero patuloy po sila na nagdadasal, sumusuporta, at umaasa na marenew ang aming franchise para po makasigurado sa kinabukasan ng kanilang mga pamilya,” she said.
In the same hearing, Sentro proposed to include pro-worker provisions in the network’s franchise renewal and expressed that the threat of retrenchment among the affected workers is inhumane.
“Naniniwala po kami na dapat natin itong ituloy para pag-usapan din ang kapakananan ng mga kasalukuyang empleyado ng ABS-CBN Corporation. Ang magkaroon ng aabot sa 11,000 na manggagawa na humaharap sa pangamba sa kanilang kabuhayan sa gitna ng isang pandemya, sa aming pananaw, ay isang immoral, hindi makatao, at simpleng maling pangayayari,” Sentro campaign officer Benjamin Miguel Alvero said.
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