Upholding its duty to fight piracy and igniting the spirit of volunteerism, the Optical Media Board held the MMFF 2017 Cinema Monitoring Enforcement Activities from December 25, 2017 to January 7, 2018. Over 1,000 agents, volunteers and partner agencies collaborated in this effort to prevent MMFF movies from being illegally recorded and pirated.
Following the success of the same operation last year, this year’s impressive turnout of volunteers show how the general public has become more involved and vigilant in protecting Filipino movies. Aside from the OMB Agents, a total of 748 volunteers were deployed in over 300 cinemas in Metro Manila. As the MMFF movies were also supported by cinemas from other regions, the OMB expanded its cinema monitoring activities to Cavite, Baguio and Davao, with 170 volunteers. Tasked to guard the projection rooms and inside the theaters, agents and volunteers keep a keen eye out for any signs of illegally recording or taking photographs of any part of the featured movie, in violation of RA 10088 or the Anti-Camcording Act of 2010.
The immediate apprehension of a man who tried to illegally record “Ang Panday” in Tagaytay City further proves that vigilance and awareness of the law by the public and security personnel of cinemas is integral in the successful fight against camcording and piracy.
OMB Chair and CEO Atty. Anselmo B. Adriano expresses his gratitude to everyone who worked tirelessly in this operation. “The public has become more supportive of our campaign. Initial assessment shows that there are no posts and streaming of the the MMFF movies in social media. That itself is something we should all celebrate for. OMB is overwhelmed by the support of our agents, partner agencies and the volunteers, who worked even on Christmas Day. The full cooperation of the cinemas, assisting OMB in the execution of our enforcement activities is greatly appreciated. Taos pusong pasasalamat po sa inyong lahat. Tagumpay po nating lahat ito.”