AUTHORITIES have seized a total of P9.5-billion worth of counterfeit goods from January to October this year, mostly branded apparel, shoes, slippers, bags, medicines and packed food items.
The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) said that the amount of fake or pirated goods seized by law enforcement agencies under the National Committee on Intellectual Property Rights (NCIPR) from January to October 11 this year has exceeded the previous record of P8.4 billion posted in 2011.
The seized counterfeit goods also included toiletries, spare parts and some medicines, IPOPHL director general Ricardo Blancaflor told the 4th Philippine Anti-Counterfeiting and Piracy Summit held at the Manila Marriot Hotel in Pasay City on Monday.
Blancaflor noted that there was a significant drop in counterfeit optical media products seized this year.
He attributed this year’s record haul of seizures to the improved coordination between member agencies of the government’s anti-piracy task force.
The official expressed confidence that IPOPHL’s goal of steering the country into adopting a culture of respect for intellectual property rights will happen in due time given the continuing efforts and commitment of the task force.
Blancafor assured that the Philippine government will not stop in its quest to curb piracy and counterfeiting in the country.