Last April 24, 2015, a former regional field reporter from GMA Network posted a status on Facebook about regular employees that were let go by the network on short notice. In a report from MindaNews, those regional offices closed on Friday were GMA Network’s regional offices in Cagayan de Oro City, Bacolod City, Naga City, and Ilocos. The network also shut down all morning shows of its regional offices in Cebu and Davao cities.
In an official statement released April 25, GMA Network explained the reported layoffs and clarified that they are not closing any of its regional offices.
GMA Network’s Official Statement on Regional Stations
The strategic streamlining being undertaken by the Network is geared towards increasing ratings and revenues of all of its regional stations from more efficient operations.
We are not closing down any regional station. Pending completion of the study and recommendation of the Regional TV Review Committee, all the existing regional stations other than Cebu, Iloilo, Davao and Dagupan will be continued as satellite selling stations.
Though some regional programs in the morning and afternoon were cancelled, the afternoon news programs of Cebu, Iloilo, Davao and Dagupan remain and will be further strengthened.
As mentioned in our earlier statement, all affected personnel will be offered severance packages.
This undertaking is not connected to the impending talks with Mr. Ramon S. Ang.