MTRCB launches ‘Usapang Responsableng Panonood at Parental Controls’

The RP (Responsableng Panonood/Responsible Viewership) Program of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) launched its first major face-to-face seminar into the pandemic. This December 6, 2022, “Usapang Responsableng Panonood (RP) at Parental Controls was successfully held at Luxent Hotel, Timog Avenue, Quezon City.

The RP Program is the brainchild of MTRCB Chairperson Diorella Maria “Lala” Sotto-Antonio and a result of the Board’s continued advocacy toward Filipino viewer empowerment through Media and Digital literacy.

MTRCB Vice Chairman Nathaniel De Mesa opened the event, giving thanks to the Agency’s partners from the Government, Private sector, Film and TV industry, Media practitioners, and most especially, Parent Teacher Associations who attended to show their support to the Board’s advocacy.

MTRCB Board Member Maria Carmen Musngi discussed the guidelines and considerations behind the MTRCB Television (TV) ratings, while BM Federico Moreno shared with the participants the parameters and process behind the MTRCB Film ratings, BM Moreno also unveiled the MTRCB’s newest infomercial for Philippine cinemas/theaters which will hit the big screen starting December 2022.

MTRCB Chairperson Lala Sotto-Antonio, in her presentation on Responsableng Panonood, highlighted the role of parents in rearing the children, impressing that MTRCB exists to provide necessary guidance through fair warnings through MTRCB ratings and classification, however, ultimately, the parents are the ones who have the responsibility to guide the children.

One of the event’s highlights is the discussion of Mr. Ruben Hattari, Netflix’s Southeast Asian Director of Public Policy which centered on Netflix’s in-app and web-based parental control features which aim to help parents manage their children’s viewing patterns and preferences.

In future iterations of the MTRCB Usapang RP at Parental Controls, the Board aims to collaborate with all other streaming Video-on-Demand (VOD) providers both local and foreign who are operating in the Philippines to highlight each VODs unique parental control features aimed to protect its subscribers.

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