MANILA, Philippines - Are "telenovelas" or "teleseryes" carrying child adoption themes giving wrong signal to the viewers?
Social Welfare and Development Secretary Dinky Soliman expressed concern that Filipino television series, particularly those that elicit adoption subjects, are providing "inaccurate" information to the viewers about adoption procedures.
She appealed to scriptwriters/producers of soap operas and telenovelas to highlight positive stories about adoption in their scripts and programs.
Aside from giving inaccurate information on the procedures of adoption, the DSWD chief said "sometimes, adoption is even portrayed negatively in teledramas showing adopted children being abused or maltreated by their adoptive or step parents and forced to do heavy chores in the orphanages."
"Mahalagang magkaroon ng pagpapaliwanag kung ano ang ibig sabihin ng adoption. Kailangan malinaw sa pag-iisip ng mga gumawa ng mga teledrama scripts na hindi kabawasan sa pagkatao ng bata na siya ay ampon," Soliman said. "Ang pag-aampon ay mahalaga dahil malaki ang inilalaang pagmamahal ng magulang sa kanyang batang inampon."
Movie Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) Chairperson Grace Poe Llamanzares said that "the media and entertainment industry can help bring about awareness and help educate the public about adoption."
"It is high time that the responsibility and benefits of adoption are highlighted, instead of negative stereotypes that are often associated with it," Llamanzares said.
Aside from the scriptwriters and producers of major television networks, adoptive families and representatives of child caring institutions also attended the forum to educate them on the importance of following the proper adoption procedure.