By: Throy Catan
THE Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) for the first-time in history conducted a Media Literacy Seminar and Film Showing dedicated for Persons with Disabilities (PWD) at the E.T. Ona Auditorium of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) Diagnostic Center. The event was attended by members of the Kidney Transplant Association of the Philippines, led by its President Ms. Tess Prima. Also in attendance are dialysis and transplant patients with their family members supported by NKTI officials and staff.
The event was held to educate and empower the audiences, particularly the families about the plight of persons with disabilities and other disability-related concerns through the use of media and film appreciation.
The seminar was led by Chairperson Maria Rachel Arenas. Dr. Joselito Chavez, NKTI Deputy Executive Director for Medical Services delivered the welcoming remarks. MTRCB Board Members (BMs) discussed about the powers and functions of the Agency and the movie and television review and classification ratings and processes. The discussions were led by BMs Bibeth Orteza, Keats Musngi, Dennis Padilla, and Bogie Reyes.
The event was also attended by the following BMs: Mars Laguardia, Gloria Sevilla, Pam Macasaet, Atty. Gaby Concepcion, Atty. Ogie Jaro, Atty. Paolo Lim and Billy Andal.
The Human Organ Preservation Effort (HOPE) of NKTI or HOPE-NKTI also took part in the event by discussing about organ donation. Transplant coordinator, Ms. Ivy Lukban, RN stressed the organization’s tagline “Sharing is Caring” and saving other people’s lives by donating one’s organ. An organ donor card was also given to MTRCB Officials in support of their advocacies.
The concluding part of the Seminar was a film showing featuring a family-oriented comedy drama film, “Seven Sundays” directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina. Star Magic artist, Ms. Charlie Dizon showed her support by attending the event.