MMDA chief recommends actress Ria Atayde as next spokesperson

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MMDA chief recommends actress Ria Atayde as next spokesperson
Photo of actress Ria Atayde
From Ria Atayde's Facebook page

MANILA, Philippines (Updated 2:01 p.m.) — Aside from being a TV actress, Ria Atayde might just put another feather in her cap — possibly as the next spokesperson of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

In a press briefing this Friday, MMDA chairperson Don Artes revealed that he personally vouched for Atayde, saying that she could do wonders for the government agency.

"I believe she can be an asset. That’s why I personally asked her," explained Artes in a mix of Filipino and English.

"I personally recruited Ms. Ria Ataye who graciously agreed. I submitted the application, endorsement to Malacañang for Ms. Atayde to be the spokesperson of the MMDA," he added.

Philstar.com sought the "Nag-aapoy na Damdamin" star's comment on the matter but she has yet to reply as of press time.

Atayde is the daughter of actress Sylvia Sanchez and sister of Rep.Arjo Atayde (Quezon City), who is also an actor.

"Insofar as qualifications are concerned, she's a communications graduate from La Salle. I think her work experience is suited for the spokesperson position. And her being a celebrity would be beneficial to the agency insofar as information dissemination is concerned," Artes said.

"This is the main job ng of being a spokesperson anyway. The bashing she got when she was hired as a model by a certain brand, she handled it very positively, confidently and I can say that she's an empowered woman needed by the agency," he added.

No mention of the MMDA's offer has been made on any of Ria's social media accounts.

The MMDA is no stranger to getting female celebrities as their spokesperson. Years ago, the agency hired 2014 Miss Philippines Earth candidate Celine Pialago as their spokesperson.

Pialago later on became part of the controversial National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict before being adopted by the Frontliners Ang Bida Party-list last 2022 elections.

Pialago did not secure a seat at the House of Representatives. — with reports from News5

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