The film and entertainment production industry in the country is under near-total shutdowns in order to curb the spread of COVID-19, causing thousands of crews and personnel laid off at short notice with little or no financial support.
With this in mind, Kapuso royalty Dingdong Dantes has decided to come up with a project that will employ displaced workers from the entertainment industry as riders—a proof that hope can come in many different shapes and forms. (Read: Here’s How You Can Help Jeepney Drivers Affected by the Lockdown )
The 39-year-old Kapuso actor and TV host shared his plans of launching a delivery app with fellow stars Rico Blanco, Matteo Guidicelli, Drew Arellano, and Nico Bolzico during a session with “fireside,” an online forum organized by Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra law firm.
Dingdong said that the new delivery app, which will be called “Dingdong,” aims to have a social impact as it plans to hire displaced workers from the movie and television industry. (Read: Gubat QC Hires Tricycle Drivers To Deliver Food Amid Quarantine)
“’Yung riders na gagamitin natin, ’yung nawalan ng trabaho dito sa industriya namin,” Dingdong says. “’Yun ‘yung magiging social impact niya later on. That’s the number one rule: it has to have that. Everything else will follow.”
Although Dingdong didn’t talk about the other details of the app, he was glad to mention the story behind it. According to him, it started when his wife Marian Rivera and her home-based flower business encountered some delivery problems. (Read: Prank No More: House Bill to Penalize Cancelled Food Delivery Orders)
“My wife has this flower business … home-based siya,” Dingdong explained. “Mayroon siyang kliyente na kailangan pagdeliver-an. Eh nagkamali ng pinto, nasira pa.”
At the last minute, Dingdong jumped on his e-scooter bike and volunteered to deliver the flowers to the client himself. “Doon nagsimula ’yung idea at lumawak na lang siya in the past week,” the actor added.
The actor even joked that the tagline of his new app will be, “You ring it, we bring it.”
Both Dingdong and Marian have been active in helping and supporting communities that are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dingdong was able to help over 3,600 families by giving them food packs amid the global health crisis and also helped Filipino jobseekers secure online jobs during the quarantine. (Read: Bea Alonzo, Vhong Navarro prepare 500 meals for stranded UP students)
Marian, on the other hand, donated bags of breastmilk to help fellow mothers nurture their babies amid the spread of the coronavirus in the Philippines.