Gatchalian wants to give MTRCB power to regulate video, online gaming

Gatchalian wants to give MTRCB power to regulate video, online gaming

By Liza Soriano

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MANILA — Senator Win Gatchalian wants to extend the authority of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) to regulate video and online games in order to protect children’s safety and well-being as they interact with new technology online and offline.

Gatchalian made this suggestion in Senate Bill No. 1063, also known as the Video and Online Games and Outdoor Media Regulation Act, which aims to reform Presidential Decree No. 1986, establishing the MTRCB.

“Habang patuloy na nagbabago at lumalawak ang paggamit natin sa teknolohiya, dapat din nating tiyakin na nabibigyan ng kaukulang proteksyon at paggabay ang ating mga kabataan, lalo na mula sa mga hindi magagandang impluwensya at epektong maaaring idulot ng mga teknolohiyang ito,” Gatchalian said

According to 2020 gaming statistics, 43 million players were responsible for the industry’s unprecedented growth in the Philippines and throughout Southeast Asia.

Of the country’s online gamers, 74 percent use mobile devices, 65 percent use PCs, and 45 percent use traditional consoles.

In 2019, the nation’s 43 million gamers spent $572 million on games. In terms of game revenue, this made the Philippines the 25th-largest market in the world and a major contributor to Southeast Asia’s overall games business.

Aside from video and online games, Gatchalian also proposes that the MTRCB regulate outdoor media, including advertising signs, Light Emitting Diode (LED) signs and billboards, ground signs, roof signs, and sign infrastructures. (ai/mtvn)

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