“You ring it, we bring it.”
That will be the catchy tagline of a possible new delivery app, which might roll out soon. DingDong PH is a project that is still being developed by a group spearheaded by 39-year-old actor and TV host Dingdong Dantes.
Dantes, who is also the founding chairman of decade-old youth empowerment and advocacy group YES Foundation, hinted his plan to launch the new delivery app soon during an online forum called ‘Fireside’ (organized by Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra law firm). He revealed that the new delivery service will hire displaced workers from the movie and television industry, which has also been significantly affected by the ongoing community quarantine due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“’Yung riders na gagamitin natin, yung nawalan ng trabaho dito sa industriya namin (We will hire as riders those who lost jobs in the industry),” Dantes said.”That’s the number one rule. It has to have that. Everything else will follow.”
Based on the data released in the first week of June 2020 by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), up to 54% of employees in the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector have not been able to report back to work since the lockdown was implemented in March when all movie and TV productions had to be halted for safety concerns. Employees (estimated to be about 11,000) who are yet to be displaced due to the ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp shutdown are not yet accounted in the figure.
As of this writing, DingDong PH is yet to disclose further details. But the soon-to-be-launched app has already rolled out its own account in social media site Facebook, with about 1,800 followers to date.
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Dantes also revealed how he got the idea to develop a delivery app. The actor said he recently volunteered to deliver a set of flowers to a customer using his e-scooter bike. His wife, fellow actor Marian Rivera, keeps a home-based flower delivery business, which once had a problem when a delivery guy mistakenly delivered flowers to the wrong address and in transit destroyed the arrangement.
“Doon nagsimula ‘yung idea at lumawak na lang sya in the past week,” he said.