Two sets of health and safety protocols for film, TV and audiovisual productions now exist: one drafted by the Inter-Guild Alliance (IGA), representing different sectors in the industry; and the other by the government, through a Joint Administrative Order (JAO) signed by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), Department of Health (DOH) and Department of Labor and Employment (Dole).
FDCP chair Liza Diño, in an interview with Inquirer Entertainment, admitted having had a “misunderstanding” with members of the IGA about the newly drafted health and safety protocols.
On May 19, the IGA, a community-based network representing different sectors in the film, television and advertising industries, made public 38 pages of health and safety protocols, which it “recommended to be implemented in the interim period that COVID-19 remains a threat.”
The protocols were drafted in consultation with the Director’s Guild of the Philippines Inc. (DGPI) and the Philippine Motion Pictures Association (PMPA).
On June 11, the FDCP released JAO No. 2020-001, on the “Health and Safety Protocols for the Conduct of Film and Audiovisual Production Shoots and Audiovisual Activities During COVID-19 Pandemic,” effective immediately and signed by Diño, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III and Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.