“Ang pamilyang Pilipino ay haligi ng lipunan ngunit gumagalaw rin ito sa nasabing lipunan. Ang pagiging maalam at mapanuri ng pamilya ukol sa mga palabas sa telebisyon at pelikula ay dapat na umalingawngaw sa lipunan. Society after all is our larger family. The rating system will be nothing if the family and society will not be able to understand and use it well…We have to be on our guard…” were excerpts from the opening remarks of Chairman Toto Villareal. He encouraged everyone to pass on to their families and friends alike whatever learning they will bring home.
Chairman Toto Villareal acknowledged the participants of this summit coming from the different sectors and religious institutions. He emphasized that the family is the basic foundation of society and that we should uphold the dignity of the family, the human persons especially the children, the women and persons of disabilities, all under a culture of age appropriate and audience-sensitive entertainment. He welcomed the presence of the different special guests, the new volunteer board members and deputies from the RP Dragon Boat Team, from the Diplomatic Sector and the Executive Director of the Episcopal Commission on Social Communications of the CBCP, Rev. Fr. Joselito Jopson.
The summit marked the 29th anniversary celebration of MTRCB as Chaiman Toto unveiled the 2015 2nd Info-mercial of the MTRCB featuring Mr. and Mrs. Ryan and Judy Ann Agoncillo, which promotes the different ratings in the movie and television review. A tool created to develop parental awareness of the program with MTRCB as guide. It also empowers the parents to be the primary educators of their children. Mr. Jose “Joey” Reyes directed the info-mercial.
Chairman Toto thanked all of the stake holders and Board Members and Staff of MTRCB for a very successful event. He issued a final statement calling the attention of Law Makers, to pass direct laws for the MTRCB. Meanwhile, he reviewed the “sensitivity and self-regulations” that was discussed in the speeches and panel discussions can be applied in all forms of media. He reminded the contingents to be firm and to take a stand on issues relevant to our ideals.
The Diocese of Pasig Media Ministers attended the MTRCB 2nd Family and Child Summit dubbed as “Matalinong Panonood para sa Pamilya at Lipunan nina Juan at Juana” at the GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City last November 8, 2014. The Parish and School Media Ministers were tapped by His Excellency Most Reverend Mylo Hubert Vergara, Bishop of Pasig and Head of the Episcopal Commission on Social Communications of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), not only to animate media in the Diocese of Pasig but to help promote responsible viewership in movies and television as well.
An ecumenical prayer led by Rev. Fr. Arnold Abelardo (LRC), Pastor Dennis Sy (Victory Church Ecumenical Formator and Speaker), Bro. Rommel Sanvictores (Station Manager of INC Pilipinas), and MTRCB Vice Chairperson Emmanuel Borlaza started the program.
Representative Maria Leonor “Leni” G. Robredo talked about the role of the family in promoting responsible viewership in films and television.
“How do you censor? How do you classify all the information that is available for our children?” Congresswoman Leni asked the audience. She believes the MTRCB is doing its job fully well. But she continued to ask if MTRCB has sufficient authority or does it have the right regulations to control the information that are very much accessible to our children.
Then she suggested that we should give emphasis to the value formation in the family and said, “Quality time comes after quantity time. Presence of the parents is what is lacking now and we need to be on the same wave length of our children. Assimilation of action is more important than assimilation of words.” And she ended with “Practice what you preach and spend as much time with your children.” Her challenge is to come up with thoroughly studied measures that will regulate social media in the internet which so many children have access to. She pointed out that parents have the biggest responsibility in value formation.
Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” A. Aquino said that his goal is to come up with legislations in the senate and to support government agencies that are doing an exemplary job. He talks about the impacts of social media in the Filipinos. He emphasized that the role of families and institutions today are very important. We have to teach our children to be more critical with what they see, hear, and read. The family should be more protected and ready to analyze and discern information together. Finally he said, “The MTRCB should not do it alone and we should face the challenge together.”
MTRCB Board members Gladys Reyes, Alex and Judy Insay plus celebrity couple Paolo and Suzy Abrera dwelled on the topic “Family TV and Film Viewing” in a panel discussion that was facilitated by BMs Jackie and Kata.
First Placer Aira b. Magbanua of Manuel L. Quezon Elementary School, Second Placer Cynnikate Godinez and Third Placer Drandreb E. Angelitud both from Bagong Silangan Elementary School were awarded with cash prizes and certificates as winners of the MTRCB poster-making contest.
Children’s Film Festival contributors: Iran Embassy and Chinese Embassy representatives, Directors Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil and Ditsi Carolino were awarded with plaques of appreciation
Daniel Padilla, Kathryn Bernardo, EJ Falcon, Jovit Baldivino, Princess Velasco, Michael Pangilinan and Ms. Diva Montelaba were the guest celebrity entertainers of the day.
Board Members Jackie Aquino and Bobby Andrews hosted the morning session while Board Member Gabby Concepcion and Ms. Kata Inocencio hosted the afternoon event.
(By: Conrad Alvez)