The Philippine National Police performed a ceremonial destruction of counterfeit and pirated goods at Camp Crame in Quezon City on Friday, June 27,
Together with the member-agencies of the National Committee on Intellectual Property Rights (NCIPR), the PNP staged the destruction of fake goods such as pirated CDs and DVDs, shoes, eyeglasses, photocopies of reviewers, bags and other counterfeited goods which were seized from the past months? joint operations by NCIPR member-agencies.
?Counterfeiting and piracy are harmful to the Philippine economy and to the security and health of the local consumers. The activities can discourage foreign and local investments in the country and have been noted to result in job losses and foregone tax revenues.? said Ricardo R. Blancaflor, director-general of IPOPHL.
According to NCIPR statistics, there is an increase of 214.96 percent or P6.8-billion worth of total seizure from January to May this year than the P2.17 billion from the same period last year.
?Our desire to enhance the protection and enforcement of this multifaceted social setback will not be completely successful if not with the help of consumers. Let me remind the community that any kind of counterfeiting and piracy will never be legal. Purchase of counterfeit goods encourages people behind this unlawful activity to produce even more products because of the demand,? PNP director general Alan Purisima said.
In the PNP, P83.79 million worth of goods were seized through various police operations from January to May 2014. It is 297-percent higher than the P21 million worth of goods seized last year of the same period.
NCIPR is composed of different government agencies like IPO, Bureau of Customs, DILG, DOJ, PNP, Optical Media Board, Food and Drug Administration, National Book Development Board, NBI, Office of the Special Envoy on Transnational Crime, and National Telecommunications Commission.