The Optical Media Board (OMB) conducts an information dissemination campaign against piracy at Palawan National School (PNS).

As part of its advocacy to educate students on intellectual property rights and piracy, the Optical Media Board (OMB) conducted on Wednesday an information campaign at the Palawan National School (PNS).

Office of the Chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of the OMB Kay Santos said they chose the PNS as the venue of their information campaign because of its large number of students at 2,700.

Santos said the agency noted the decreasing number of violations of Republic Act No. 9239 or the Optical Media Act of 2003.

Santos said their records show a 28.80 percent decrease in seized optical media products for a three year period covering  2016 to 2018.

“With the OMB’s sustained efforts on the fight against counterfeit and piracy, the following data shows that there is decrease in the proliferation of counterfeit Optical Media Discs in the market. As businesses has started complying with the OMB, less establishments are served with inspection orders,” an accomplishment report of the OMB showed.

In 2016 there was 2,938,750; 2017- 3,371,260; and in 2018- 2,092,367.

The law prohibits the “unregulated mastering, manufacture, replication, importation and exportation of optical media in all forms is inimical to economic growth and public interest.”

Puerto Princesa councilor Matthew Mendoza urged the public to patronize original works.

“Ako po personally I am an advocate of anti-piracy. Bilang isang artista at aktor, I strongly believe that there is a need to continue to raise awareness to the public with regards to counterfeiting… huwag po nating tangkilikin ang produktong pirated. Let us stop piracy! Lagi po nating tatandaan at itanim sa ating isip: Stop Piracy, Ngayon Na!”  Mendoza said.

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