THE House of Representatives has approved on second reading House Bill 7290 that expands the composition of the Advisory Committee of the National Council for Children’s Television (NCCT) to include a representative from the National Youth Commission (NYC).
The bill amending Section 6 of Republic Act No. 8370, otherwise known as the “Children’s Television Act of 1997”, aims to ensure that 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 Advisory Committee also includes as members representatives from seven other agencies namely the executive director of the Council for the Welfare of Children; head of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts 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 Regulation Branch; and a representative from the NYC.
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 PANA; 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 NTC.
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.