2019 was a good year for the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB).
Chairperson Rachel Arenas said the board accomplished their goals in reaching out to viewers through their Matalinong Panonood seminars and nationwide family summit programs that promote media literacy.
“We had a successful summit. Our pilot program, Matalinong Panonood, was very effective and successful also because we evaluate them dun mismo. We also see, and our board members go, because there are so many questions about what they don’t understand when they watch films and TV programs,” she related.
They will continue to reach out to more Filipino families, especially those who live in far-flung areas, barangay by barangay, in line with their mandate to aid local viewers to properly understand and select media content.
The board also launched “MTRCB Uncut” last year. The online show, promised Chair Rachel, is different from its TV version, aired a few years ago.
“It’s something more fun, no-holds barred interview with people we’ve worked with, as well as stars and directors. We also have guests that we are going to interview in a couple of months that I think you’d be interested to watch,” she said.
With the rise of digital entertainment, Chair Rachel said the MTRCB has also started discussion with video on demands (VOD) companies.
“We’ve had initial talks with them, mga video on demand, like Netflix, iWant, Disney, Fox.
We’ve said we’re going to have guidelines for them. Hindi naman namin sila papahirapan but initially I want them to register with us para we know they’re out there. Wala naman silang opisina dito, except iWant,” she said.
“I said that we should work together. We will give them our guidelines, i-review nila. I made it clear that we won’t make it difficult for you, they said naman that they will adjust to our own guidelines.”
She appreciates the immensity of the undertaking, and calls for cooperation among all agencies that can help with the task.
“At least we need to do something, hindi pwedeng pababayaan na lang. because we cannot police all of them. We have to start somewhere,” she said.
“We have to be more coordinated, maganda lahat kami andun para we are on the same page.”