After more than a year of planning and discussions, the Philippine Dispute Resolution Center signed on November 17, 2016 a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) at its office in Quezon City. Fittingly, the signing ceremony took place at the Adjudication Room of the MTRCB, where disputes were heard or resolved by the Board.
Under the MOU, PDRCI and MTRCB shall collaborate to:
design, recommend and implement an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) framework for the entertainment industry in order to provide stakeholders with a mechanism to resolve their disputes in a speedy, cost-effective and private manner; and
collaborate on and support any and all activities highlighting the benefits of ADR aimed at promoting amicable resolution of disputes, including but not limited to conducting seminars, lectures, road shows and other information dissemination, training, and capacity-building activities.
In his remarks before the signing, MTRCB Chair Eugenio H. Villareal expressed his wish that the ADR framework would be kept simple, citing the adage in writing “Keep it Short and Simple” (KISS), and that it should fit the needs of the parties “like water acquiring the shape of the bottle.” He said that engaging in ADR is the much better approach in dispute adjudication.
Chair Villareal added that MTRCB should continue to engage in “best practices” conferences, a form of ADR similar to mediation that the office evolved, where the parties were encouraged to suggest remedial measures in case of disputes or violations of MTRCB regulations. Finally, the MTRCB Chair invited PDRC to partner with MTRCB in the “Matalinong Panonood” (Intelligent Viewing) program.
In his brief response, PDRC President Gregorio S. Navarro gave a short history of the center from its early days as the Arbitration Committee of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry and how PDRC evolved into the leading arbitration center in the Philippines, with cooperation agreements with several leading regional and international arbitration centers.
Mr. Navarro also spoke on PDRC’s role in the enactment of the ADR Act of 2004 and its implementing rules and regulations. He narrated his own experience with KISS, as defined by a lawyer.
The MOU was initiated by PDRC Trustee Atty. Charlie Ho and MTRCB Board Member Atty. Jose Antonio K. Veloso, who started the ADR program in the MTRCB. They will collaborate in preparing the ADR framework for the entertainment industry.