Resident psychologist needed for kiddie show


A SCENE from one of the episodes of the Sunday prime time program

“Goin’ Bulilit’ was in trouble and a child psychology expert was called in to intervene. As a result of a meeting called last week, the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) and ABS-CBN representatives came up with a joint resolution to address concerns raised by viewers over “disturbing” content in the children’s show.

Eugenio Villareal, MTRCB chairman, told the Philippine Daily Inquirer that the network would (1) appoint a resident child psychology expert, (2) set in place a post-review mechanism for at least three months, and (3) closely collaborate with the MTRCB.

In a statement, Bong R. Osorio, ABS-CBN’s head of Corporate Communications, confirmed that the resolution included consultation with specialists on proposed sketches or gags when necessary and posting of appropriate advisories or disclaimers before the show. Osorio explained, “These measures were formulated…to protect the best interests of the child.”

Last week, the board summoned network representatives to a “mandatory conference,” to discuss episodes of the show that “compromised the innocence of both child actors and child viewers.”

Religious insensitivity

In its own statement, the board pointed to scenes with “children [delivering] dialogue about inflicting harm on others, insulting one’s spouse, electoral fraud and committing crime.” The statement said there had also been instances of religious insensitivity.

The meeting was held on Monday. On Tuesday, Villareal said, the network submitted a proposal of remedial measures for the show as required in the resolution. The proposal is being evaluated by an ad hoc committee composed of board members Noel del Prado, Antonio Veloso and Carmen Musngi.

Candid, challenging


Villareal described the meeting as “candid and challenging…marked by the network’s desire to cooperate.”

For the first time, the panel was aided by a volunteer child psychiatrist provided by the Philippine Psychiatric Association (PPA), with which the board recently signed a memorandum of agreement.

A short advocacy video, with the theme, “what children see, children do,” was shown during the meeting.

MTRCB Chair Eugenio Villareal values children’s welfare. Kimberly de la Cruz

Villareal pointed out: “All that we do [in the MTRCB] takes into account the primacy in society of the best interest and well-being of children.”

He said the board sought “to promote authentic self-regulation [while] encouraging free expression and creativity” in the entertainment industry. “The board’s rating system is founded on the welfare of children… who are impressionable and not fully capable of critical judgment,” he elaborated.

On July 27, the MTRCB held a Family and Child Summit, where experts, educators and parents “expressed very grave concern” over the ability of children “to assimilate and imitate what they hear, see and experience in media.”  With a report from Allan Policarpio

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  • quirinomayer

    Going Bulilit should be stopped for not being funny at all. it is corny and ridiculous. I do not know why it is even aired.

    • archerfan

      kasi abs kaya ok lang. tsaka ang nagpapalakad nyan eh yung bobot ortiz na bayaw ni charo santos so yang pamilya na yan ang pinakamalakas sa station, halos katapat na ni lopez. kaya kahit wala kwenta mga programa nila sige lang ng sige.

  • boybakal

    Goin bulilit, Vice Kabayo….what’s going in ABS CBN.
    I think the Heads of this station need a psychologist and psychiatrist too.

  • GKLer

    There is just too much garbage on TV today. If anyone ever watched “Little House on the Prairie” in the 1980s, just compare that show (and the values it offered) to the garbage being put out today, even by Disney. I stopped cable TV service 4 years ago, and no I don’t even have an antenna.

    Local TV and cinema seriously lacks originality, creative writers, decent directors, talented actors. Just look at A-lister Bong Revilla – he can’t even act, he has that same emotionless face as if he just woke up, even during action scenes. Actors (specially young females) always have to be “paired” with some love interest by their handlers. What’s up with that? Don’t they have their own identities that can carry themselves?

    These same producers/directors/writers got used to glorifying rapists, murderers, criminals, crying children, battered women, adultery, unfaithfulness, etc… as themes in their movies and TV shows decades ago, so they carried over their production values to children’s shows. They are what makes Philippine cinema unbearable to watch.

    Advertisers should pull out of shows that promote negative values. Those that continue to do so, I’d boycott their products.

  • tristan marius

    how about “It’s Showtime”? basurang show din. first time ko manood through TFC when I visited my friend. walang magandang segment. lalo na yung ‘sine ko to’, hay, uminit ang ulo ko. walang entertainment value. masyadong boring, at sobrang hab ng walang kabuluhang kwento. wala kasing masyadong advertisers.

  • certainshadeofgreen

    The sad thing is that there are hardly any decent alternatives in local TV. I had initially thought that TV5 would be the one to break the current TV trends…but it turned out they produced even more garbage than ABS-CBN and GMA with shows such as Willing Willie and Face to Face. (Not that I’m generalizing, as I admit that there really are a few good shows too. Emphasis on “few.”)

    I’d have to say though that the current MTRCB’s doing a great job in regulating our TV shows. However, TV execs should do their part and actually produce more quality shows. And parents and guardians should also be educated enough in order to promote intelligent viewing. (As far as I know, MTRCB’s actually launching a nationwide campaign on “Matalinong Panonood,” which I hope would bear much fruit.)

  • athenapallas

    hay naku, puro sigawan at sampalan lang ng mga artistang walang karapatan ang laman ng TV these days. And worse, puro sila cosmetically enhanced and artificially fair-skinned courtesy of Belo, kaya lalong nakakabwiset lang manood ng TV.

    Gone are the days when actresses and actors could really act and perform with class and quality. Walang quality ang mga scripts wala ring quality ang mga performers.

  • BCon

    Sad to say, it is only ratings that networks look at when it comes to their decision making. Trash sells, then trash they will produce. Maybe 80% of TV audiences belong to the C & D crowd. Would they produce for the 20% A & B instead? Thank God, there is ETC & Jack City channel.

  • boybakal

    Goin Bulilit kids are getting wrong breeding.
    No more good manners and right conduct.
    Early education about money, money and money.
    Even Vice Kabayo became a star from no breeding or bad breeding.

    ABS CBN is really Goin Bulilit…..growing backward.

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