P1.47 billion in pirated materials seized

THE Optical Media Board (OMB) has confiscated pirated materials worth P1.47 billion nationwide as of October.

Lawyer Anselmo Adriano, chairman of OMB, who led the information campaign against piracy at the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos on Monday, November 6, said the amount of the confiscated pirated discs and other items could still increase until the end of the year.

Last year’s yield of pirated items reached P1.49 billion.

With the increased efforts in enforcement, the number of stalls selling pirated items decreased by half, he added.

The volume of stocks being sold was at least reduced particularly in the areas of Bacolod and Iloilo after two years, Adriano said.

Adriano said over Aksyon Radyo Bacolod they have been going around the Philippines to ask support from the public, particularly students and local government units (LGUs), to help their campaign against piracy.

“We would want to visit other places as often as we can but due to budget limitations, we cannot do so," he added.

Adriano urged the public to help by reporting directly to them through their hotlines or via social media, adding that the LGUs can also help them in monitoring businesses in their respective areas.

“Nobody will sell pirated items if people won't also buy,” he said.

Adriano said that one of the challenges the OMB is facing is the lack of offices supposedly to be created in a specific area of operation.

He said that after they conduct an operation in a particular area, violators resume selling pirated items because there is no OMB office established in the place to monitor them.

There is one regular office located in Quezon City.

Adriano said he is still hopeful that an extension office will also be established in Bacolod and other areas.
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