MANILA, Philippines – The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) is set to formally launch its revised classification ratings for television programs on Wednesday, October 5.
MTRCB's Memorandum Circular No. 05-2011 states that the new TV ratings will be the following:
- General Patronage (G)
- Parental Guidance (PG)
- Strong Parental Guidance (SPG)
- Disapproved for Airing on Television (X)
"MC No. 05-2011 was promulgated by the board on 25 August 2011 after a series of public consultations and information campaigns with the different stakeholders in the television industry," MTRCB said in a statement signed by chairperson Grace Poe Llamanzares.
MTRCB said the program advisories were designed "to empower parents to exercise caution and vigilance with the viewing habits of their children."
Under MTRCB's MC No. 05-2011, a full-screen written and verbal advisory of the program's classification rating must be shown for at least 10 seconds immediately before the opening credits.
Other requirements include:
- a standard 3D animation/motion graphics of the program advisories for uniformity in all television broadcast
- a standard pictogram advisory superimposed on screen all throughout the airing of the program. The pictogram must be color-coded: green for "G," blue for "PG" and red for "SPG."
"Specifically on 06 October 2011, there will be a simultaneous broadcast of the prescribed 3D Animation/Motion Graphics of the program advisories of 'G' and 'PG,'" MTRCB said.
"The actual implementation of 'SPG,' however, is deferred until further notice from the board and after a successful information campaign on the significance of the already existing classification ratings," it added.