ILOILO CITY (PIA) -- The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) calls for deeper respect to intellectual property (IP) by promoting the establishment and adoption of an Anti-Counterfeit and Anti-Piracy (ACAP) policy across local government units (LGUs) and universities in the country.
The ACAP policy encourages all government workers to be aware of the harms of counterfeiting and piracy to business, livelihood, and economy.
Part of this is to ensure that the policies and actions which government offices issue are compliant with the existing IP laws and regulations.
Supervising director lawyer Christine Pangilinan-Canlapan of the Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Office (IEO) cited that the ACAP started through the National Committee on Intellectual Property Rights (NCIPR), which they thought of levelling-off among LGUs and educational institutions as the government agencies “should live by example.”
In a press conference, Canlapan said that some provisions of the ACAP include the non- patronization of counterfeit and pirated goods, content, or products of government agencies.
Also, these institutions were advised to establish a security outpost to prohibit counterfeit products from entering within its vicinity.
Canlapan also clarified that the items will not be confiscated but rather just be deposited in the post.
Continuous conduct of capacity building training to LGU officials and employees will also be done to increase their level of awareness on IP, its significance, and benefits, said Canlapan.
“What we see from the national level is to trickle down to the LGUs and in turn to
educational institutions, which by far, the reception is good with the promotion of ACAP policy,” she stressed.
Currently, IEO is coordinating with the LGUs to promote, ask for their commitment, and help them draft their own ACAP policy customized for their respective offices.
To note, there is already a Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) memorandum issued in May 2022 regarding the adoption of an IP or ACAP policy in the workplace.
Meanwhile, the NCIPR, which IPOPHL leads as acting chair, is targeting to see 50 national agencies and 18 LGUs implement their ACAP policy by 2025. (JBG/AGP/PIA 6)