The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) and the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts (NCCA) formalized its partnership on 16 January through a signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU)
Both of the agencies are strengthening their commitment to promote the growth and development of the Philippine movie industry as a driver in fueling the national economy.
In the MoU, films that are endorsed by NCCA’s National Committee on Cinema (NCCinema) will receive 70 percent discount in their MTRCB permit. Furthermore, NCCA is enabled to facilitate and issue exhibition permits in all NCCA-funded film festivals and other NCCA-supported public screenings applicable for exemption.
Led by MTRCB chief, Maria Rachel J. Arenas and National Artist and NCCA chairman Virgilio Almario, the new alliance intends to encourage Filipino producers and filmmakers to produce films of national relevance.
In return, MTRCB encouraged the members of the NCCA to hold compliance seminars (i.e. Matalinong Panonood Seminar) to its stakeholders to further propagate adherence of the industry with both of the agencies respective rules and regulations and goals.
The MoU signing event was held at Nida Blanca Conference Room, MTRCB Building, No. 18 Timog Avenue, Diliman Quezon City. Present during the signing were MTRCB board members Jeremiah Jaro and OIC-executive director Ann Marie Nemenzo, NCCA Commissioner for the Arts and NCCinema head Teddy Co, and NCCinema members Jose Antonio Garcia, Baby Ruth Villarama, Elvert Bañares, Archi Adamos, Vicente Nebrida, Rosanni Sarile and Joel Arthur Tibaldo.