The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) revised its classification ratings for television programs effective last Wednesday, October 5.
Under Memorandum Circular No. 05-2011, the classification ratings for television programs will be revised as follows: General Patronage (G), Parental Guidance (PG), Strong Parental Guidance (SPG), and Disapproved for Airing on Television (X).
MTRCB Chairwoman Grace Poe-Llamanzares said MC No. 05-2011 was promulgated by the Board on August 25, 2011 after a series of public consultations and information campaigns with the different stakeholders in the television industry.
The salient features of MC 05-2011 are as follows:
–Full-screen written and verbal advisory of the program’s classification rating is shown for at least (10) seconds immediately before the opening credits.
–Standard 3D Animation/Motion Graphics of the program advisories for uniformity in all television broadcast.
–A standard pictogram advisory is superimposed on screen all throughout the airing of the program.
–Pictogram advisory is color-coded: Green for G, Blue for PG and Red for SPG.
Chairwoman Poe-Llamanzares extended the Board’s appreciation and thanks for the full cooperation and support of the TV industry stake-holders, especially the executives of the different television networks and their legal and creative teams who provided inputs and assisted the Board’s Committee on TV Classification Rating.
The Board’s Committee is composed of Board Member Gabriella R. Concepcion, as Committee Head, and Board Members Noel R. Del Prado, Eugenio H. Villareal, Milo M. Sogueco, Jose Antonio K. Veloso, and Eric Henry F. Mallonga, as Committee Members.
Meanwhile, the Board has decided to extend the validity period of the existing deputy cards until further notice. The cards expired on Sept. 30.
The issuance of the new deputy cards for the year 2012 will have to wait for the impending approval of the new film classification ratings which will be included in the primer for the deputies.
The MTRCB, thus, issued Memorandum Circular 08-2011 to extend the validity of the deputy cards.
Chairwoman Poe-Llamanzares explained the extension of the validity is meant to avoid disruption of the monitoring duties of the deputies as mandated by law.
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