The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) successfully held its much anticipated 4th MTRCB Family and Child Summit (FCS 4) on December 3 at the Siena Hall, Siena College of Quezon City.
The aim of the MTRCB Family and Child Summit (FCS 4) is to provide the audience with a holistic experience of indigenous culture and to make the attendees more aware of the resounding call for sensitivity towards Indigenous Peoples (IPs) and Indigenous Cultural Community (ICCs) in society and media. Most importantly, participants were also made aware that each individual has the inherent responsibility and power in promoting and supporting this cause through “Matalinong Panonood.”
Hundreds of students, academicians, formators, media practitioners and members of IPs and ICCs actively participated in the event.
The cumenical prayer was led by Father Arnold Abelardo, Ustadz Mohamad Cana and Brother Erwin Galapon. MTRCB Chairperson Eugenio “Toto” Villareal officially opened the summit with his inspiring opening address.
Commissioner Gwendolyn Pimentel-Gana from the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) talked on “Indigenous People’s Rights.”
A short introduction of “Oyayi TV,” a child-friendly program, was given by Luis Gatmaitan from the National Council for Children’s Television (NCCT). He encouraged the large number of youths present to be more engaged in educational local shows.
Erwin Caliba from the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) directed his discussion towards the call for inclusion in and sensitivity for IPs and ICCs.
In the true spirit of community collaboration with MTRCB’s stakeholders, an Act of Commitment from TV Networks with the theme, “Ang MTRCB at ang Media Tungo sa Pagsulong ng Kamalayan Para sa Katutubo sa Pamamagitan ng Matalinong Panonood” was formalized as the summit reached its conclusion. Participating the pledging ceremony were ABS-CBN Integrated Corporate Communication Head Kane Erorol Choa, GMA First Vice President for Program Management Jose Mari Abacan, and TV5 TV Traffic Manager Richard Dunque.
The awarding of winners for the MTRCB’s On-The-Spot Poster Making Contest was also held during the event.
MTRCB Board Member Bibeth Orteza gave the closing remarks, followed by a music video on the awareness campaign for the Lumad titled “Salupongan” directed by Carlos Siguion-Reyna.
Hosting the event were Xian Lim, Gretchen Ho, Nathaniel De Mesa, Gladys Reyes-Sommereux and Robert Andrews.