The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) is set to give out P4-million cash assistance to artists and cultural workers displaced by the coronavirus pandemic.

Under the “NCCA’s Assistance Program for Cultural Workers Under the State of Calamity,” around 800 beneficiaries will receive P5,000 each net of tax to help them during the extended quarantine period.

Freelance artists and cultural workers without regular income or with no benefits will be given priority.

Executive Council members of NCCA’s 19 National Committees representing the various sectors of culture and the arts were tasked to shortlist 35 priority beneficiaries who are required to submit a photocopy of their identification card, among other requirements.

The group Artists Welfare of the Philippines Inc. will also identify 135 artists in its network.

The deadline of submission of the recommended list of beneficiaries is on Monday, April 20.

Artists and cultural workers whose names were among the 748 applications submitted for the Labor department’s Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers or Tupad Amelioration Program are no longer covered by this assistance program.

Funded through the Commission’s “Arts Program as Quick Response for Natural and Human Induced Disasters,” the NCCA Assistance Program for Cultural Workers Under the State of Calamity was approved by the NCCA Board of Commissioners.

The NCCA is led by Arsenio “Nick” Lizaso as chairman, with Al Ryan Alejandre as executive director, Marichu Tellano as deputy executive director and Bernan Joseph Corpuz as supervising officer for administration.