ni Reggee Bonoan
WALANG nilabag na health protocol si Arjo Atayde base sa panayam ng attending physician niyang si Dr. Claudette Guzman Mangahas noong umuwi siya ng Maynila para idiretso ang sarili sa hospital.
Taliwas ito sa sinabi ni Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong sa panayam niya sa Regional News Group-Luzon noong Agosto 17 na naakusahan ang aktor na tumakas umano at lumabag sa mga health protocols ng siyudad.
Base sa panayam kay Dra. Mangahas ni Tessa Mauricio –Arriola ng The Manila Times, hindi nahawaan ni Arjo ang mga kasamahan niya dahil kaagad nitong ini-isolate ang sarili at bumiyahe pababa ng Manila mula Baguio.
Anang doktor, ”I talked to Sylvia [Sanchez, Arjo’s mom] and told her she had two options: the first was a work up and possible admission at a Baguio hospital or a transfer to Manila for work up and possible admission, with the provisions I indicated earlier.
“She chose the second one because of his preexisting conditions of chronic sinusitis and asthma and her fear that should Arjo become critical, he is so far away and she wouldn’t personally know the physician who will treat him.”
Sinunod lahat ni Arjo ang mga instruction na binanggit ni Dra. Mangahas at ng mga kasamahan nito sa pagbiyahe.
“In the same way that emergency care personnel in an ambulance would accompany a Covid patient in PPE (personal protective equipment), I was also very clear with my instructions—and which they carefully followed—to have Arjo in the back of the car alone, his companions in front of the car, with all of them wearing masks with no removal and all the windows open, driving strictly from Baguio straight to our hospital,” pahayag ng doktora.
Dagdag pa, ”It is impossible for any doctor of any COVID patient to go ahead with decisions without considering the family because this really imposes a traumatic situation on everyone.”
At saka binanggit ni Dr. Mangahas ang nangyari sa magulang ng aktor na sina Sylvia at Art Atayde noong magkasakit ng COVID kaya may trauma sa kanila ang nangyari sa anak.
“On a personal note, Sylvia and Art Atayde (mga magulang ni Arjo) both had COVID last March 2020, and Sylvia even suffered from complications of the medications.”
Nagkaroon ng heart block noon si Sylvia kaya nagdelikado ang buhay nito.
“COVID was a real scare for them, especially with the thought of leaving behind four children with their youngest only at 10 years old at that time if one of them didn’t survive the virus.
“Please understand that [Sylvia] only acted as a mother in her decision. Having suffered from COVID themselves, they are the last persons who would wish that others will go through the same experience. So clearly, there was no intention to breach any protocol, and more so expose others to COVID.”
Sa tingin ng doctor ni Arjo, hindi ito magiging malaking balita kung ordinaryong citizen lang ang aktor at hindi kukuwestiyonin ang desisyon ng pamilya na pauwiin siya ng Manila.
“We had a patient recently flown in from Laoag to receive treatment here and there were no allegations regarding breach of protocols,” sabi pa ni Dr. Mangahas.
Samantala, nagkalinawan na ang kampo nina Mayor Magalong at Feelmaking Productions production head, Ellen Criste nang magkausap sila sa pamamagitan ni Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) Chairperson Liza Diño.
Base sa post ni Chair Liza sa kanyang Facebook page nitong Sabado, Agosto 21, naayos na ang gusot.
“As FDCP has been informed of the incident with the Feelmaking Production in Baguio City, I personally reached out to Mayor Benjie Magalong to discuss the details and how we can help address the concerns.
“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.
“As regards to the case of Mister Arjo Atayde, the Mayor acknowledged the actions of his family to rush him to the hospital. 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. He also emphasized that while Baguio has been accommodating to film shoots, restrictions are in place to keep everyone safe and that must be strictly followed.
“This was a lesson learned for everyone and that while there may be lapses, it’s important to take accountability and it’s good that the production is coordinating closely with the City.”
Dugtong din ni Chair Liza na open na muli ang Baguio City for filming purposes, taliwas sa unang naging desisyon ng pamahalaang lungsod ng Baguio na isasara muna ito pansamantala. Idiniin lang na mas pagtitibayin ang close coordination ng LGU at nga mga film and labor agencies para hindi na magkaroon ng mga lapses in communication.
“Finally, and for me, isang napakagandang balita para sa ating sektor, Mayor Magalong asked me to share with the film sector that Baguio is still open to production shoots and that filming is welcome as long as coordinated properly with relevant agencies like FDCP and DOLE and most importantly, the City of Baguio.”
At makanabalik na ulit sina Arjo para ituloy ang shooting kapag magaling na ang lahat at dadaan sila sa RT PCR para malaya silang makaikot sa nasabing lungsod.
“He also said that should the Feelmaking production team choose to finish their production in Baguio, they may still do as long as details are properly coordinated with the City and compliance to protocols will be strictly observed.
“We hope that this addresses all matters related to the incident. Let’s all wish for Arjo’s fast recovery as he is still in the hospital being treated for covid-19.
“P.S. As of today, August 21, productions shoots are allowed under MECQ conditions as per DOLE-DTI-DOH JAO at 50 pax maximum per day.”
“Let’s all practice SAFE FILMING!”