Friday, August 19, 2011

FILCOLS at CHED's NCR Quality Assurance Team Orientation Meeting

Beverly W. Siy of FILCOLS made a short presentation at the Commission on Higher Education's National Capital Region Quality Assessment Team Orientation Meeting held last 18 August 2011 at the 2/F Studio Theater, HR Building, Central Colleges of the Philippines (Main Campus), 52 Aurora Boulevard, Quezon City from 1:00-5:00 p.m.

The meeting was graced by more than a hundred experts/educators from various fields and disciplines such as Engineering and Technology, Accountancy, Religious Education, Public/Office/Customs Administration, Information Technology Education, Teacher Education, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Tourism, Health, Maritime Education, Legal Education, Criminology, Management Related Programs, Humanities, Social Sciences, Communications and Science and Math.

Welcome remarks was delivered by Atty. Crispino P. Reyes, the president of Central Colleges of the Philippines. Participants were introduced by Dr. Sonia dela Cruz, Education Supervisor II of CHED. The statement of purpose was presented by Dr. Catherine Q. Castaneda, Director IV of CHED-NCR. Engr. Haydee C. Farrol explained the RQAT Evaluation Procedure. She is the Supervising Education Program Specialist of CHED. Dr. Remedios S. Ching, a member of RQA Team for Hotel and Restaurant Management, shared her experiences in the conduct of evaluation.

Beverly Siy delivered a short talk about quality education, copyright and intellectual property. Her talk was sort of a reminder for the members of the team on what to look out for when inspecting the educational materials that are being used by the institutions, the libraries and other facilities that are connected to intellectual property. She also enumerated the things that should be done so the educational institutions would be and would stay compliant when it comes to copyright laws and intellectual property laws of the Philippines.

After Ms. Siy, an open forum followed. While having merienda, the participants shared the issues and challenges they have encountered in performing their tasks. It was headed by Dr. Catherine Castaneda, Director IV of CHED. The forum was moderated by Ms. Liza Libertine Magana, CHED's Education Supervisor II.

Closing remarks was given by Dr. Lilian Enriquez, Chief Education Program Specialist of CHED.

Below is the copy of Ms. Siy's talk:

I am very honored to be here. I am Beverly W. Siy, Executive Officer of Filipinas Copyright Licensing Society, an organization of Filipino authors and publishers who fight for their rights as copyright owners. I was tasked by the FILCOLS Chair Dr. Isagani R. Cruz to present in this meeting.

We strongly encourage you to report to FILCOLS schools that violate the intellectual property laws.

IP law violators…

1. Have books in their libraries that are pirated versions of the original copies, book alikes or books in photocopied forms. Do not just count the number of the books. Marami ngang kopya, puro pirated naman. It is against the law.

IP law violators…

2. Do not pay anything to the copyright owners even if copyrighted materials are photocopied for classroom use. Example of this is the course packs usually recommended or compiled by the professors themselves.

Walang patumanggang photocopying. Walang patumanggang paggamit sa IP ng authors. And yet, authors don’t get anything. Namamatay nang mahirap ang mga manunulat. FILCOLS recommends ten centavos per page. Will these hurt the schools? The students? FILCOLS doesn’t think so. But this can mean a lot for our authors.

IP law violators…

3. Have pirated software installed in the computer system.

Operating systems na peke. Some schools even hire experts in software so that they can avoid buying the original products.

These are examples of dishonesty and thievery of intellectual property. Sad to say, pagnanakaw po. Magnanakaw po ang mga ganitong paaralan. At dapat lang silang parusahan accordingly.

FILCOLS recommends that:

1. QAT must check if educational institutions have their own IP policy. This policy will serve as a guide in settling disputes about ownership of copyright. It will help protect the products and copyrighted materials the research students and professors produce.

2. QAT must check if educational institutions have and support a student organization that will advocate respect for intellectual property and copyright. This will ensure that IP awareness in the campus will be kept mighty high.

3. QAT must check if educational institutions have signed up licensing agreement with FILCOLS to secure permit to photocopy a certain percentage of local and foreign copyrighted materials.

CHED, as the leading government agency for tertiary education, is pushing the frontiers of knowledge with materials that are not just culture-bound and progressive but also, and most importantly, legal. In 2008, it has signed a MOA with IPOPHL about respect for IP and copyright. Atty. Mark Robert Dy, a creative industry lawyer from IPOPHL, is with us today to answer your queries about IP laws, policy and more.

FILCOLS can provide you with support when it comes to awareness campaign and enforcement. FILCOLS conducts seminars and IP/copyright activities (IP Made E-Z which became popular as IP in the Age of Jejemon) all over the Philippines. In fact, on Sept 13, you are all invited to attend a seminar called Copyright: Empowering the Research University at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia. FILCOLS is a member of Anti-Book Piracy Coalition as well.

Legal culture must continue to boom and bloom. Most especially in the HEIs, the cradle of original ideas.

So check, check, check!
And monitor closely.

Through respect for IP and copyright, our academic research, writing and the tertiary education will continue to be world class. Truly madly deeply world class. And that is what both of us want. Truly madly deeply want.

Daghang salamat po.

Copyright of the short talk belongs to Beverly W. Siy. You are free to repost or publish this piece anytime anywhere as long as you are given written permission by the copyright owner. Email

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