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School-based mental
health club holds poll

Members of the Bacolod Federation of Lusog Isip Ng Kabataan Clubs and its Advisory Board elected their  officers for 2012-2013 during their  first monthly meeting  at the Philippine Mental Health Association Administration Building in Bacolod City, recently, a press release from the group said.

The LINK Club Federation officers are Ma. Shalain Florence Adle of the Negros Occidental High School, president; John Albert Pagunsan, La Consolacion College–Integrated School, vice president; Ma. Crystel Ann Alsado, Luisa Medel National HS, secretary; Glen Mark Gonzales, LHNHS, assistant secretary; Edcel Gonzales, Domingo Lacson NHS, treasurer; Ivy Grace Tingal, Bata NHS, assistant treasurer; and Jamille Genson, Bacolod Christian College of Negros, public information officer.

Elected as officers of the Advisory Board were Larry Alvarez of the Luis Hervias NHS, president; Gwen Lovella de la Cruz, BCCN, vice president; Madia Dajao, DLNHS, secretary; Lea Alameda, LMNHS, treasurer; Jumil Duran, BNHS, auditor; and Ma. Theresa Felisa Faeldonia of LCC as PIO. Marylou Saban of NOHS is the immediate past president, the press release also said.

The LINK Club Federation and Advisory Board officers were inducted into office by program officer Harold Villanueva and chapter executive manager Rose Jessica Octaviano, respectively.

LINK is a school-based mental health club organized by the PMHA for high school students to increase their involvement in the promotion of sound mental health in the community, the press release added.*

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MTRCB info
drive in city on

The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board  is conducting an information drive in Bacolod City to inform the public about the different ratings it is implementing for the protection of young viewers.

 The team will discuss updates on the works and accomplishments of MTRCB  under the administration of  former MTRCB chair Grace Poe Llamanzares, who resigned to join the senatorial race.

MTRCB Board members Jay Revestir, Carmen Musngi, Patricia Binungcal and Cecilia Nubla will also conduct a seminar for the Mass Communications students of the University of St. La Salle at 9 a.m. today.

Musngi said they have come up with new ratings for TV like SPG or Strong Parental Guidance, which is enforced with a higher degree of guidance for  the young viewers.

Revestir said these  improvements  have been implemented in the TV ratings that  they want to impart to other parts of the country so the audience  will  understand their importance. “If we understand these ratings we will be able to advise and guide our children better,” he said.

Musngi said MTRCB also added R-16, which falls between R-13 and R-18, for movie ratings.

The psychologist of the Board has found out  that there is a big gap between R-13 (2nd year students) and R-18 (college) so they  added R-16 for movies, she said.

Revestir said they rate movies based on their theme, language, sex and violence.

Television on buses and fast crafts are not exempted from the strict guidance of MTRCB. The Board will put up signages in public buses so only TV programs  rated G and PG will be shown. Anyone caught violating the law will be meted penalties ranging from P2,000 to P5,000 with cancellation of franchise.

Musngi said they have apprehended some violators in Manila and gave advisories to their managers so they will be aware and will be conscious of the films they choose.

From Bacolod, the team  will also conduct  information drives in Iloilo and in other parts of the country.*Niña Carmina Nidal

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