THE National Commission for the Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) recently formalized a landmark partnership that seeks to promote the growth and development of the country’s movie industry through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
Through this MOU, the NCCA, and the MTRCB mutually strive to promote the growth and development of the Philippine movie industry as a viable source of fueling the national.
As a representative of the Indigenous Peoples of NCCA’s National Committee on Cinema, I travelled to Quezon City last week to witness the said historic event and to also affix my signature as part of the alliance to help encourage Filipino producers and filmmakers to produce films of national relevance.
Held at the Nida Blanca Conference Room, MTRCB Building along Timog Avenue, we met our counterparts from the regulatory firm which include MTRCB Chief Maria Rachel J. Arenas, Board Member, Atty. Jeremiah Jaro, and OIC-Executive Director Atty. Ann Marie Nemenzo.
Our NCCA group led by National Artist and NCCA Chairman Virgilio Almario and Commissioner for the Arts Teddy Co was joined by fellow NCCinema council members Jose Antonio Garcia, Baby Ruth Villarama, Elvert Bañares, Archi Adamos, Vicente Nebrida, Rosanni Sarile, and myself.
Once the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the MOU is already finalized by the NCCA, all films that will be endorsed by the NCCA Committee on Cinema can be granted with a 70 percent discount in their MTRCB permit which is good for five years. The NCCA can likewise facilitate and issue Exhibition Permits in all NCCA-funded film festivals and other NCCA supported public screenings applicable for exemption.
In return, the MTRCB encourages members of the NCCA to hold Compliance Seminars like the Matalinong Panonood Seminar to its stakeholders to further propagate adherence of the industry with both of the agencies respective rules and regulations and goals.
NCCA Sub-Commissioner for Cinema Teddy Co said during our fellowship that the ceremonial signing of the MOU between NCCA and MTRCB is a significant achievement as it also a heartwarming gift to the Filipino film community this year that we are celebrating 100 years of Philippine Cinema since the first public screening of a Filipino movie happened in 1919.
To further empower the Filipino audience and help in the development of the film and television industries, both MTRCB and the NCCA, through National Committee on Cinema, envision a dynamic Philippine cinema that is creative and responsible, reflecting the Filipino people’s culture, needs, values and aspirations, both national and global, with a mission to harness resources towards the vision to benefit and uplift the Filipino cinema community.
Since its creation, NCCA has extended financial and economic assistance such as subsidies, artist funds, and social security to promote cultural development and protect artists and cultural workers. It has likewise extend recognition of artistic achievement through awards, grants and services to artists and cultural groups, which contribute significantly in the Filipino’s cultural legacy which I am also proud to say that my friend and wedding sponsor Eric de Guia better known as Kidlat Tahimik has been proclaimed as national Artist by NCCA.
It is therefore not remote that I will again be called by the NCCA Review and Classification or Endorsement Committee to sit in the review panel along with other members to classify, certify, and approve films following the procedure being implemented by the MTRCB. As for me and my fellow committee members, we do this on a voluntary basis as we really care for quality movies especially if these reflects true Filipino values. Mabuhay ang Pelikulang Pilipino!