GMA says immediate action taken after employee tests positive for COVID-19, talents group disagrees

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 18) — An employee of GMA Network has tested positive for COVID-19 and the Talents Association of GMA (TAG) is slamming the media company for its “slow response” concerning the matter.

“There is a clamor among workers for the company to shoulder mandatory rapid testing for all newsroom staff, but so far they have been told that top management has allegedly yet to make an announcement,” TAG said in a statement.

On the other hand, the network said Saturday that they have done immediate contact tracing efforts and other necessary actions after finding out the situation.

“Those who had come in direct contact with the COVID positive co-worker were immediately placed on 14-day quarantine with pay... The work areas were thoroughly disinfected on top of the daily disinfection being done,” GMA said.

They also confirmed that they have conducted free rapid testing for field personnel, and are “committed to shoulder the cost of the confirmatory RT-PCR test” of anyone who will test positive due to their exposure in line of work, their statement read.

TAG said that GMA is providing the rapid tests to regular employees and some project employment contract workers, yet they claimed that it is still to be provided for newsroom staff.