IPOPHL brings IP to Cooperatives
From left to right: Mr. Giovanni Platero, CDA Deputy Executive Director; Mr. Rar Elevazo, CDA Executive Director; IPOPHL Director Carmen Peralta; Mr. Leo Losantas, IPOPHL Information Officer III; and Mr. Inocencio Malapit, Supervising Cooperative Development Specialist
Increasing awareness on intellectual property (IP) is one of the main thrusts of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL). As part of the initiative, IPOPHL conducted a basic orientation seminar for employees and officials of the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) on 14 November 2016 in Quezon City.
CDA is the lead agency for promoting the viability and growth of cooperatives in the Philippines. There are currently 25,610 registered cooperatives throughout the country which directly employ 520,758 persons and indirectly employ another 1.9 million individuals.
Through the collaboration between the two offices, CDA hopes to break barriers, level up the cooperatives and protect their IP rights. “We are serious in pursuing branding and protecting products of our cooperatives,” said CDA Executive Director Ray Elevazo. “We really have to protect the creation of our people and work together with other government agencies in building the country’s future,” he added.