• IPOPHL anti-smuggling efforts gaining ground

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    The National Committee on Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) Director General Ric Blancaflor revealed record-breaking numbers with a total of almost P5.3-billion worth of fake and smuggled goods seized in the first half of the year.

    The amount reflects a 94.73-percent increase, almost double the amount of the seizures compared to the same period last year.

    Based on the July 2013 enforce-ment data alone, the joint National Bureau of Investigations-IPOPHL-Customs Enforcement operations had a total of P1.43-billion worth of seizures, mainly with the issuance of a warrant of seizure and detention (WSD) by Port of Manila District Collector Rogel Gatchalian—eventually setting a record for the highest total of seizures in a month in the history of the National Committee on Intellectual Property Rights (NCIPR).

    “The support of Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon and Collector Gatchalian was crucial in helping our agency attain this remarkable achievement,” Blan-cafor said.

    Raadee S. Sausa

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