December 6, 2022

Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong ordered the investigation of a group of actors conducting a film shooting activity in the Summer Capital after 10 of its members turned positive for the Covid-19.
The mayor said the group is composed of a hundred individuals led by actor Arjo Atayde. Ten members of the group, including Atayde, turned positive of the Covid-19 based on the result of the RT-PCR test conducted on Aug.15.
Magalong said the group was given a permit to stay and conduct its shooting since last month with the commitment that they will stay in a bubble – meaning no one should be going in and out of the city for the duration of the shooting.
They were already in the city since last month before the implementation of enhanced community quarantine in the National Capital Region.
“However, we found out that there were instances where crew members go home and come back to the city without passing through our triage so they are not tested,” the mayor revealed. He said the group also failed to comply on their commitment for a monthly testing.
“For some reason, Mr. Atayde left his group on Monday, Aug. 16, without informing us although I’m trying to reach out to him to instruct him on what to do with his group left in the city,” the mayor said.
He said the other nine members of the group who tested positive for Covid-19 were already isolated while the remaining 90 were already quarantined and well-guarded subject for swab testing in five days.
The mayor said the city will implement stricter monitoring of protocols for the next groups that will conduct their film shooting to ensure health measures and community quarantine guidelines are observed. – Jessa M. Samidan