GMA says it took immediate action after COVID-19 positive case

Leading broadcasting firm GMA Network Inc. said it took swift action after one of its newsroom staff tested positive for the coronavirus.

GMA issued the statement to dispel the allegations leveled against it by a group of employees seeking immediate action from the management including providing rapid testing for all newsroom staff.

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Management said contract tracing was done swiftly and thoroughly after they were informed about the situation.

” Those who had come into direct contact with the COVID positive worker were immediately placed on 14-day quarantine with pay. They shall also undergo rapid testing.

Even if not required by government, GMA has conducted free rapid testing for field personnel and committed to shoulder the cost of the confirmatory RT-PCR test of anyone who tested positive due to exposure in their line of work,” the network said.

GMA said all work areas are disinfected daily.

All personnel are also given face masks and required to practice social distancing at work.

“When Metro Manila was under enhanced community quarantine, GMA provided its workers with meals, both those in the office and in the field. This continued until our canteen was able to reopen to service our personnel. Hazard pay was also given pursuant to the provisions of our collective bargaining agreement. And with the lack of public transportation, GMA provided shuttle services to its workers which continues to this day,” it added.

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