New regulation in Philippines requires Closed Captions to promote full access to TV contents for persons with hearing disabilities

A new legislative measure in Philippines will require television stations and producers to add Closed Captions to their programs in order to allow persons with hearing disabilities to have full access to their contents. The new law is called “An Act Requiring All Franchise Holders or Operators of Television Stations and Producers of Television Programs to Broadcast or Present their Programs with Closed Caption Options” and will take effect 15 days after its publication.

According to Senator Grace Poe, the chairperson of the Senate Committee, “One of the objectives of this legislation is to provide our people with hearing disabilities access to news, entertainment and information in promoting their welfare.” The measure intends to reinstate the country’s commitment with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities from 2008.

Some of the exceptions to the regulation include franchise holders or operators on public service announcements that are shorter than 10 minutes, programs shown from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. and programs that are textual in nature. Another relevant case for exemptions is whenever compliance would be economically burdensome for TV operators.

Further regulations for the new law will be created by the National Telecommunications Commission in collaboration with the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board.

Additional Sources: GAATES