Over 9,600 artists received cash assistance from NCCA

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 5) — The National Commission for the Culture and Arts (NCAA) said it has given aid to thousands of artists whose livelihood was affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

In an interview with CNN Philippines on Wednesday, NCCA Chairman Arsenio “Nick” Lizaso said over 9,600 members have received one-time emergency cash aid.

He said there were around 10,500 individuals registered with the commission who really needed the help

"The assistance is still going on," he added.

Lizaso, who will serve as NCCA chairman from 2020 to 2022, said artists were severely affected because a lot of them were freelance workers, meaning no-work, no pay.

"Kainakailangan po talaga namin magtalaga ng cash assistance para matulungan ang displaced artists all over the country," he said.

[Translation: We really need to set aside cash assistance to help displaced artists all over the country.]

He said they received aid applications from dancers, painters, writers, and visual artists, among others, and are still looking to help around 23,000 people.

However, he said all applications are closely evaluated to make sure there are no duplications.

Lizaso said the NCCA was still accepting applications for aid.

Earlier, the NCCA said it has set aside P76.8 million to provide assistance to cultural workers and artists affected by quarantine restrictions because of the global pandemic.

Watch the interview here.