MTCRB explains movie, film ratings to Baguio students

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

THE Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) informed students of different universities in Baguio City about their functions and revised classification rating for television and film.

Three board members of MTRCB were present on the said event: Jackielyn Aquino-Gavino, Mario Hernando and Jay Revestir on its first regional forum: “Para sa Matalinong Panonood ng Pamilya nina Juan at Juana” at University of the Philippines.

Before Baguio City, the group already visited different schools in Naga, Legaspi, Davao, Leyte, Iloilo, Cavite, and Palawan.


“We are here because we want to reach out to more people and let them know more about our ratings. Some people kasi haven’t heard of MTRCB and ‘yong iba naman po don’t even know the meaning of MTRCB. It’s different kasi if nandoon po kayo ng personal. So, we want to reach out and tell everybody what MTRCB does and how all of you can help us,” said by Jackielyn Aquino.

The forum is mainly focused on the powers and functions of MTRCB, as well as the revised classification ratings for television programs, films and publicity materials. The MTRCB’s main function is to review and classify all these materials before they can be publicly exhibited.

According to Jay Revestir, the MTRCB do not censor but simply classifies. All kinds of materials that fall into motion pictures, television programs and publicity materials are subjected to prior review and classification before they can be publicly exhibited.

“Kaya may tinatawag na MTRCB dahil pinipili nito ang mga pelikulang hindi pwedeng panoorin ng mga bata at sa pwede ring panoorin ng mga matatanda,” said Mario Hernando.

Last year, the MTRCB added another classification for both television programs and films: Strong Parental Guidance (SPG) for television and Restricted – 18 (R-18) for films.

The SPG may contain more serious topic and theme that may not be suitable for children to watch and needs a greater parental guidance.

The R-18 is only for those 16 years old and above and there are no restrictions on themes as long as it age-appropriate.

Classification ratings for television programs were General Patronage (G), Parental Guidance (PG) Strong Parental Guidance (SPG) and Rated X; for films are General Audience (G), Parental Guidance (PG), Restricted-13 (R-13), Restricted-16 (R-16), Restricted-18 (R-18) and Rated X; and for publicity materials must always for General Audience (G).

Aside from informing the public on what MTRCB does, the forum will also encourage people to help implement its rules and regulations.

“Kailangan naming ng tulong ng iba. Kami lang po siguro ang nakikita ninyo pero we really need cooperation of everybody. Lahat po ng 18 yrs. old and above. Lahat po kayo. If you see something na hindi karapat-dapat or know cable stations na nagpapalabas ng medyo malalaswa, pwede pong i-report to us. Kung you have younger siblings, cousins at home, you can actually help us by teaching them. Kayo po ang magtuturo sa kanila kung anong dapat at hindi dapat panoorin. So, you should also do your own responsibility at home kasi were only acting as the second parent,” said Aquino-Gavino. (Vanessa Inomis)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 18, 2013.

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