ICYDK, actor Arjo Atayde and nine members of his production crew tested positive for COVID-19 while filming a movie in Baguio City. Shooting was put on hold after Baguio City mayor Benjamin Magalong ordered an investigation into the film crew over a possible breach of protocols. Five days since the news broke out, Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) Chairperson Liza Diño revealed the issue has been resolved.
"Mayor Magalong informed me himself that the Feelmaking Productions team has been closely coordinating with the City of Baguio already through producer Ellen Criste and that matters have been settled," Liza posted on Facebook August 21, Saturday,
She added, "This was a lesson learned for everyone and while there may be lapses, it’s important to take accountability and it’s good that the production is coordinating closely with the city."
Liza also mentioned that the mayor has come to understand the decision to rush Arjo to a hospital in Manila,
"Any worried parent would react the same but at the same time, he reiterated the importance of compliance to the protocols set by the government to ensure the safety of the community."
Moving forward, the Feelmaking Productions team has been given the go-signal to resume production in Baguio.
"Baguio is still open to production shoots and filming is welcome as long as it is coordinated properly with relevant agencies like FDCP, DOLE, and most importantly, the City of Baguio. Should the Feelmaking Productions team choose to finish their production in Baguio, they may still do as long as details are coordinated with the city and compliance to protocols will be strictly observed."