Representatives from the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board, better known as MTRCB visited the Western Mindanao State University on Friday, August 22 for a forum, discussing the basic functions of the organization to students from the Elementary, High School and College departments.
Several MTRCB Board Members spoke of the forum where hundreds of students registered and participated in the question and answer opportunity in between topics. The theme of the 2014 MTRCB forum was “Para sa Matalinong Panonood ng Pamilya nina Juan at Juana.”
Atty. Noel del Prado talked on the powers, functions and the basic guiding principles of the MTRCB including the monitoring of TV programs before they are aired, the classification and reviewing of movies to be screened and how the board reprimands celebrities according to their actions and misdemeanors while on air.
The Review Process and the Revised Classification Ratings for Television was, on the other hand, discussed by Ms. Francia Conrado. She narrated how the TV programs are classified according to theme and how these shows are labeled with: G (General Patronage), PG (Parental Guidance), SPG (Strong Parental Guidance) and X (Not for Public Exhibition).
As for the Classification Ratings for Movies, renowned Film Critic Mario Hernando was the resource speaker. He further discussed the other ratings of movies according to sensitivity of audiences including the R-13, R-16, R-18 and so on.
Jackie Aquino, daughter of former Senator Agapito “Butz” Aquino was among the representatives who visited the university. She answered the queries raised by the students, who according to her were exceptionally impressive.
The MTRCB Board Members were welcomed by the Vice President for Research, Development and Extension, Dr. Roberto B. Torres and the WMSU faculty and students at the Covered Court. (Mandy Dalugdug – PAO, WMSU)