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House OKs bill on composition of advisory body for children's TV
13-March-2018, 02:40:40 PM


The House of Representatives has approved on second reading House Bill 7290, seeking to change the composition of the Advisory Committee of the National Council for Children’s Television to ensure the NCCT is advised properly and prudently by the appropriate agencies in the formulation of national policies pertaining to children’s television programs and broadcasts.

The bill seeks to amend Section 6 of Republic Act No. 8370, otherwise known as the “Children’s Television Act of 1997”, so that there shall be created an Advisory Committee which shall assist the NCCT in the formulation of national policies pertaining to children’s broadcast programs and in monitoring their implementation.

Members of the Advisory Committee per the bill shall be the following: Executive Director of the Council for the Welfare of Children; Head of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Committee on Cultural Education and Information; President of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas; President or Executive Director of the Philippine Association of National Advertisers; Director-General of the Philippine Information Agency; Chairman of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board; a representative from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) Regulation Branch; and a representative from the National Youth Commission.

The present members of the Advisory Committee as provided by RA 8370 are the following: Executive Director of the Council for the Welfare of Children; Chairman or Executive Director of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts; President of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas; President or Executive Director of the Philippine Association of National Advertisers; Press Undersecretary/Officer-In- Charge of the Philippine Information Agency; Chairman of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board; and a representative from the National Telecommunications Commission.

Rep. Christopher de Venecia, principal author of the bill, said the Advisory Committee should assist the NCCT in ensuring that quality television programs are offered to Filipino children for their empowerment and holistic development.

De Venecia said various studies and researches have shown the following negative effects because children cannot discriminate between what they see and what is real: violence and aggressive behaviour; sexuality; academic performance; body, concept and self-image; nutrition, dieting and obesity; and substance use and abuse patterns. (WBundang)

 
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