THE government seized a record P6.2 billion worth of fake goods in the first quarter of this year, according to the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL).
The amount is P1.6 billion shy of the P7.8 billion counterfeit products confiscated by law enforcement agencies for the entire 2013.
IPOPHL Deputy Director General Allan Gepty attributed the record haul to IPOPHL’s allies— government agencies under the National Committee on Intellectual Property Rights.
Gepty, who oversees the inter-agency task force, said the seizure in the first quarter of the year is the highest ever in the country’s history. He added that IPOPHL’s enforcement and visitorial powers under R.A. 10372 or the amended Intellectual Property Code, was a great factor in strengthening the government’s campaign against counterfeit products.
IPOPHL Director General Ricardo Blancaflor reiterated his goal of steering the country into adopting a culture of respect for intellectual property rights.
Blancafor vowed that the Philippines will not stop addressing the worldwide problem of piracy and counterfeiting.