Atty. Eugenio “Toto” Villareal introduced himself as the “bagong alagad” of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB).
The lawyer met with the press earlier today, December 10, at the MTRCB office on Timog Avenue, Quezon City, to discuss his upcoming plans as the new head of the MTRCB.
President Noynoy Aquino appointed Atty. Villareal to replace Mary Grace Poe Llamanzares, who gave up her post to run for senator in the upcoming elections.
Atty. Villareal is slated to serve the MTRCB until September 2013.
Meanwhile, PNoy re-appointed film director Emmanuel Borlaza as vice chairman.
In his speech at the MTRCB office, Atty. Villareal stated in part: “We believe that an empowered citizenry, well-informed and formed on contemporary Filipino values, will usher in a more vibrant entertainment industry—an industry marked by a dynamic, and yet candid, give-and-take between media and audience, between the value-oriented mother and the innovative TV network, between the media-sensitive barangay captain and his favorite movie producer.
The MTRCB hopes to be a catalyst for this exchange, even as it reiterates its resolve to help the industry attain not only self-regulation but true economic viability, if not prosperity as well.”
When PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) later asked regarding the implementation of the X rating of the MTRCB, he clarified: “Yung movies na [nabigyan ng] X rating, ide-declare lang namin na yun ay ‘X’ dahil yun ay part of classification.
"Sa pag-review ng movies, meron po tayong proseso.
"Merong first review at kung hindi sila natuwa, puwede silang umakyat sa second review at puwede rin sila pumunta sa Office of the President.
"Kapag hindi pa rin, puwede silang pumunta sa hukuman."
Atty. Villareal emphasized that the role of the MTRCB is to classify and not dictate on producers and filmmakers on what to show and what not to show.
“Hindi kami censor na may malaking scissors or gunting na pag dumating dito, ay guguntingin namin.
“Inaasahan po namin na bawat network at bawat producer ay batid po ang aming regulasyon at ang batas.
"Sasabihin lang po namin ay kung ang palabas ay G [General Patronage], SPG [Strong Parental Guidance], o kung ang movie ay R-13 or R-16.”
ON GRACE POE. In his speech, Atty. Villareal thanked Mary Grace Poe Llamanzares, the former head of the MTRCB for her numerous contributions to the movie industry.
“Kami po ay nagpapasalamat at sumasaludo sa aming dating chairperson na si Madam Grace Poe na siyang sumulong sa mga napakaraming reporma sa MTRCB sa maikling panahon.
"Nawa’y magpatuloy namin ang kanyang iniwan na legacy.
"Misyon po ng inyong MTRCB na palakasin ang tinatawag na ‘matalinong panonood’ ng pangkaraniwang Juan at Juana dela Cruz, lalo na ang mga magulang na may likas na karapatan na pumili ng nakaka-angkop na entertainment para sa kanilang mga anak.
"Batay ito sa tuntunin ng estado na hubugin ang karakter ng ating mga mamamayan sabay sa pagtaguyod sa tinatawag nating press freedom.”
MTRCB LAUNCHES FUND RAISING FOR TYPHOON VICTIMS. Atty. Villareal also promised that the MTRCB will enter a “new phase” as they implement the programs started during Grace Poe’s administration.
The new head pointed out that they will continue with programs currently being run by the agency.
“We have started and will continue to have ‘matalinong panonood’ road shows in various communities, schools and other institutions.”
He said that board members and staff went to various provinces to inform people about the new classification systems in television and movies.
They have already reached provinces such as Naga, Legazpi, Leyte, Bacolod, Davao, Palawan, Antique, Aklan and Cebu.
“Kasama po dito ang mga MTRCB deputies at LRCs—mga local regulatory councils—na pawang mga masisipag na volunteers. Walang mga suweldo, pero lubos ang pagtulong sa bansa.”
Aside from being a regulatory body responsible for the review and classification of movies and television programs, Atty. Villareal wants the MTRCB to play a more active role in the lives of Filipinos.
“Susuyod po kami sa Visayas at Mindanao sa iba’t ibang parte po ng Luzon pagdating ng Enero at Pebrero.
“In short, the MTRCB should be a part of the lives of all Filipinos, and not just a one-dimensional lonesome office in government, content in doing day to day administrative work.
“Minabuti ng aming board members at ng aming staff na mangalap ng mga kontribusyon para sa mga naging biktima ng bagyong Pablo, lalo na sa Mindanao at bahagi ng Visayas.
“Hinihiling namin sa mga deputies at sa mga LRCs na makipag-ugnayan sa aming opisina na samahan kami sa urgent campaign na ito.”