SPG rating, Pay TV classification to start next year.
Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) Chairperson Mary Grace Poe-Llamanzares has told ZEN Otaku Honbu in an exclusive interview that the agency plans to fully implement the new classification system next year.
The full implementation of the system will include the Strong Parental Guidance (SPG) rating and implementation of the system on all platforms, which includes Pay TV Channels.
The new rating system was announced to the public through Memorandum Circular No. 05-2011 last August 15, 2011.
Local TV Networks has started implementing the new ratings system since October 04.
Under the new system, there are now four (4) classifications systems that will be given to a particular television programme. These are General Patronage (G), Parental Guidance (PG), Strong Parental Guidance (SPG), and Disapproved for Airing on Television (X).
Under the “G” rating, all programmes must be suitable for all audiences, and should not have any objectionable material.
“PG”, also called “Patnubay at Gabay” in Filipino, may contain “adult material that may be permissible for children to watch”.
The “SPG” rating, which will be known as “Striktong” Patnubay at Gabay, aims to liberalize the Parental Guidance rating by allowing more mature content to be aired from 09:00pm to 05:30am under the vigilant guidance of a parent or adult.
But the MTRCB chair clarifies, “(MTRCB’s) mandate is not to censor but to classify, based on age-appropriate classification.”
Poe-Llamanzares said that the aim of the new classification system is to guide the parents on shows being aired on television and at the same time teach them how to decide and fulfill vigilance in watching programmes.
She also stressed that the pictogram advisory will serve as a caution to viewers, particularly parents, about the content of the material and whether it is appropriate to younger audiences. “We are telling you that you need to be active in your child’s life as well,” she adds.
“You cannot depend on the government to cleaning up everything, because we all have our freedom. Adults have the right to watch what they want as well.”, she ended.
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