More than 5,000 workers of the Movie and Television Review and Claffication Board (MTRCB) have been accused of “Sleeping on the Job” by the Commission on Audits (COA).
State audtiors said in a 2014 report which was recently released, said that ‘very few’ deputies have even been submitting reports – a requirement by the agency’s rules.
The more than 5,000 employees referred to as “deputies” are granted authority to visit cinemas or theaters to check if regulations are in place – those regulations include ratings restrictions and other laws set forth by MTRCB.
A major perk of being an MRTCB deputy is being allowed to watch movies for free as they exercise their duties and responsibilities.
As “deputies” are obligated to give reports and their activities on a roster twice a month, the COA has now found that most are not even doing that.
In 2014 alone, deputies for the industry handed in less than one percent of their duty rosters, many months were far less than 1%.
To top it off, the MTRCB has failed to even analyze any report that it even received in 2014, only summarizing them to determine the number of inspections carried out.
“There was no analysis made as regards the violations noted, age bracket, sector to which the reporter belongs, frequency of reporting, among others. We also noted that there were no concrete steps undertaken to compel the board deputies to submit the required reports and that there was no penalty imposed upon default,” state auditors stressed.
The COA basically said that if the reports are not analyzed, then the usefulness of the deputies in reporting the matter is useless – making the deputies in some form or another worthless.
The COA has demanded that MTRCB address the issue and develop new policies and procedures on the monitoring and review of those responsible for reporting infractions and issues within theater and movie establishments.
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