ABS-CBN Chief Content Officer and Maalaala Mo Kaya host Charo Santos-Concio is optimistic about the 12 midnight cut-off that is already being implemented in the tapings of most of their Kapamilya shows.
In an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other media reporters earlier today, Sunday, May 29, at the press conference of Maalaala Mo Kaya's 25th anniversary, she said that it has been a long time since they wanted to implement changes in the working conditions of the people involved in TV production.
She said, “Oo naman, kasi for the longest time naman, we’ve been wanting to improve the working conditions, di ba?
“And yun na nga, sa Maalaala Mo Kaya, from two taping days, it went to three, sometimes four days and we’re trying to meet to the best of our ability.
In fact, it can be remembered that it was in her drama anthology Maalaala Mo Kaya where the implementation of the cut-off started.
Recently, Doble Kara actress Maxene Magalona shared in her Instagram account that they are already following the 12-midnight cut-off in their tapings.
Starting today, our entire #DobleKara production will always have a midnight cut off which is going to be so good for everyone's health and well-being! We will all get an ample amount of sleep and still be productive the next day. So happy to be home this early! Thank you, ABS-CBN and @dreamscapeph! ?????????
However, the former ABS-CBN president also noted that there are still some unforeseen circumstances that might continue to pose hurdles to their production schedules and might still cause unjustified extensions of their recommended working hours.
“There are so many variables beyond our control and sometimes accidents happen.
“There are certain things that happen na hindi mo naman gusto and minsan you go beyond the working hours,” she explained.
However, she reiterated that the network is doing its best to continue improving the working conditions of the production people—including the actors, the staff and crew.
“But the intent to always improve on the working conditions is there, and we will continue to do our best to make sure na maging magaan para sa lahat.
“Hindi lang para sa artista kung hindi lalung-lalo na sa production people and technical crew na naiiwan pa after the director has screamed, 'Pack up,'” she concluded.