To boost the capacity of the UB academic community, the Research & Development Center organizes seminars and invites speakers to share useful information about research and extension.
UB R&DC hosted Rocky Jake Ngalob, National Commission for Indigenous Peoples-Cordillera Administrative Region’s (NCIP-CAR) Information Officer, and Jeanne Dangkeo, Intellectual and Property Office of the Philippines-CAR and Region 1’s (IPO) Field Operations Specialist, to share relevant institutional know-how, last July 5, 2019 at the UB Centennial Hall.
Ngalob discussed the processes of the Free, Prior, and Informed Consent, following NCIP Administrative Order No. 1, series of 2012. Ngalob describes FPIC as a “Filipino value” akin to “knocking on somebody’s door and asking for permission before you come in.” As such, the FPIC process is an important research component that reflects the researchers’ respectful regard of the study participant/s. Ngalob reiterated the decisive role of the indigenous communities in matters involving their consent. Commenting on an earlier version of this report, Ngalob added that “the NCIP merely facilitates the FPIC process making sure that it reflects, among others, the IPs’ right to self-determination. [The] right to give clearance and/or consent is lodged to the IPs and not NCIP.”
Meanwhile, Dangkeo gave an overview of the IPO’s mandate following R.A. 8293 of 1998 or “An Act Prescribing the Intellectual Property Code and Establishing the Intellectual Property Office, Providing for its Powers and Functions.” The IPO satellite offices, like one based in Baguio, protect the rights of artists, inventors, and innovators from the regions. Intellectual property rights cover patent, trademark, utility model invention, industrial design, and copyright, especially of creations beneficial to the people. Dangkeo emphasized the importance of registering creative outputs, inventions, and designs so IPO can work with creators throughout the Intellectual Property Cycle (Creation, Protection, Commercialization, and Enforcement).
The seminar on FPIC and intellectual property rights was attended by the UB faculty and support group. The R&DC aims to capacitate the UB community in conducting responsible and relevant research activities, including the NCIP process and the intellectual property cycle.
The R&DC aims to capacitate the UB community in conducting responsible and relevant research activities, including the NCIP process and the intellectual property cycle. | By Jes Paquibot – R&DC Innovation Staff