As part of its mandate to respect and inculcate the concept of intellectual property ownership, the National Book Development Board (NBDB) participated in the recently held Intellectual Property (IP) Youth Camp in Cebu City last August 19-20, 2015. Organized by the Intellectual Property of the Philippines (IPOPHL), this program aims to create a globally competitive Philippines by encouraging the youth to be creative, innovative, and respectful of Intellectual Property Rights.

On its third year, IPOPHL brought the youth camp to Cebu to expand the reach of the program. There were about 40 participants who attended the event from science and technology and private secondary schools in Cebu province.

Executive Director Graciela Mendoza-Cayton shared an inspiring message about the country’s book industry and the importance of reading with the students. In her speech, Ms. Mendoza-Cayton encouraged the students not just to read Filipino-authored, books but also to write in support of the industry and to establish a pool of creators.

The NBDB supports programs that campaigns for the development of the Copyright sector, specifically the book industry. These programs include World Book and Copyright Day held annually on the 23rd of April, copyright clinic for NBDB-registered stakeholders, and the launch of book champions and IP ambassadors.

Participants of the 3rd IP Youth Camp take their oath as Young IP Advocates

Related articles:
World Book and Copyright Day 2015: http://rappler.com/life-and-style/arts-and-culture/90722-akda-nbdb-world-book-copyright-day

Philippines celebrate World Book and Copyright Day: http://choosephilippines.com/do/events/2847/nbdb-world-book-copuyright-day/