Survivor USA is shooting its 27th season in the picturesque Palaui island in Cagayan province.
Rachel Rabanal, a community leader in Santa Ana, Cagayan, said the filming of the popular reality TV series generated employment for local residents. The number of people employed for the production of the TV series is expected to increase until August.
The Survivor TV series produced by Mark Burnett and hosted by Jeff Probst will film in Anguib beach, Pozo Robo and Gotan, all parts of Cagayan Special Economic Zone and Freeport in Santa Ana.
It is the show’s third straight filming in the Philippines. The 25th and 26th seasons were shot in Caramoan Islands in Camarines Sur.
Rabanal said more than 140 people were initially hired in April during the show’s planning stage, while the other workers had monthly contracts. Local residents were hired as unit workers, watchmen, guards, drivers, art workshop workers, tribal council members, marine guides, suppliers and catering crew. She said employees were given above-minimum wage salaries and free meals.
The filming also created livelihood opportunities for the Palaui Island Environmental Protectors’ Association, as well as various resorts in the island where the crew were billeted.
Palaui Island has been declared as a protected area under the National Integrated Protected Areas System (Nipas) Law. It was chosen as the next Survivor setting because of the pristine beauty of its beaches.