The brand new chairman of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), Rachel Arenas, charmed the entertainment press when she met them for a casual interview recently.
She was accompanied by her famous socialite mother Baby Arenas during the media get-together “upon the request of Tita Lolit Solis who is a good friend of my mom,” she said.
Rachel confessed that her mom, also her movie-buddy, is her most avid supporter.
While she used to be known mainly as the daughter of Baby Arenas, her three-term stint as legislator in the third district of Pangasinan and as volunteer at the Board of Governors of Red Cross for 15 years, have rendered a shift in the identification. “Today, my mom is also sometimes referred to as the mom of Cong. Rachel,” she said candidly.
Rachel said she was officially informed of her appointment at MTRCB over three weeks ago. Her relationship with Pres. Duterte has been cultivated through charitable works she did in Davao as part of Red Cross. She adds that her family goes a long way back with then Mayor Duterte. “In my political career, I have worked with three presidents already. It is a privilege to be working for the fourth this time and to contribute to the entertainment industry,” she said.
She has started reviewing Memorandum of Agreements and existing projects at her new post and she admits there is still so much to do and learn. “I am still getting to know the people there. I have yet to meet the board. But I can tell you now that the programs and projects of the past MTRCB board will still be implemented. Alam naman natin na pinag-aralan nila ang mga ito. Kung maganda naman, bakit natin babaguhin? I respect the wisdom of the previous board,” said the youngest MTRCB chairman to occupy the post.
Offhand, the chairman who describes herself as “moderately liberal” in her views noted the need to keep up with global trends in technology. “The industry has evolved so much and there is a real need to keep up,” she said. She also wants the MTRCB to have a charitable arm.
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Website for OFWs
A new website called pinas.com has been created for the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW).
Juancho Robles says it is his passion project. He used to work as auditor in Saipan, Guam and Hawaii for many years and he knows the travails and challenges of being an OFW, as well the needs of an overseas worker, by heart.
“We have set this up mainly as an advocacy for our kababayans who toil and labor away from their families. We want to make things easier for them, and help them achieve their goals for their families,” he said.
Pinas.com is the go-to site for OFWs answering practically every area of their concern. The salient features of it are: OFW Resources – which answers every question that a Pinoy worker asks, from the time he applies for a job or visa to his place of work up to the time he lands and works abroad; “Itanong Mo Kay Attorney” deals with legal matters that often plague an OFW; “Napakasakit Kuya Rudy” is a narrative of the situations often faced by an OFW with his family and work; and “Balik Pinas Tayo” which will provide ideas for an R and R experience to better plan their vacations.
It also has a service feature where the OFW can practically function and attend to the needs of the family like he is home – grocery shopping, paying bills, paying tuition fees, arranging transportation, sending gifts or flowers during special occasions, and so much more just by clicking the “Kabayan Box,” “Regalo Padala,” “Service Ni Juan,” and “VIP Hatid Sundo.”