PNA recognized in OMB anti-piracy awards

February 13, 2019, 7:31 am

MANILA -- The state-run Philippine News Agency (PNA) was recognized by the Optical Media Board (OMB) for its contribution to the anti-piracy and intellectual property protection drive.

The agency on Tuesday received the Banhay Award from the OMB for "ceaselessly" helping disseminate the latter's messages and advocacies.

"Effective collaboration of government, the private sector, and all other organizations is needed to address global piracy," PNA Senior News Editor Rom Dulfo said in an interview.

Dulfo cited the role of the news media in combatting piracy and violation of intellectual property rights.

"The news media, for one, plays a vital role since it has the capacity to help increase awareness on the negative impact of piracy,” he said.

OMB chairman and CEO Anselmo Adriano said the media's role is very important in curbing piracy and raising awareness on intellectual property rights.

"Marami pa rin sa ating mga kababayan ang hindi nakakaalam na maraming pinagbabawal patungkol doon sa paggamit ng pelikula o musika o software applications pati games na mayroong nagmamay-ari (Many of our countrymen still do not know of the many prohibitions with regard to the use of films, music, or software applications and even games where somebody owns it)," he said.

Adriano said the information campaign in raising awareness on intellectual property and against piracy shall be continuous with the help of media partners like PNA.

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles also graced the event and was also recognized for his efforts to help OMB.

Dulfo accepted the award on behalf of News and Information Bureau Director Virginia Arcilla-Agtay. (PNA)