Sunday, October 07, 2018

Manila Standard Editorial : Redefining the elderly

Presidential Proclamation No. 470, s. 1994 declared the first week of October of every year as Linggo ng Katandaang Filipino (Elderly Filipino Week). The Manila Standard editorial in today's issue pays tribute to our elderly and their valuable contribution to our national development with this year celebration theme as “Kilalanin at Parangalan: Tagasulong ng Karapatan ng Nakatatanda Tungo sa Lipunang Mapagkalinga (Recognize and Honor [the Elderly]: Advocate Rights of Seniors Into a Caring Society).”

The fulltext of the Manila Standard editorial is reposted below to highlight the importance of this year celebration and to give our readers/researchers/librarians who view our posting a heads up that something about our elderly was recently published. Readers are advised to visit the original article/editorial for citation purposes, infographics, and the readers comment associated with this article. Thank you Manila Standard.


posted October 07, 2018 at 12:20 am

We take a meaningful break as we join the government and other agencies in the annual nationwide observance of Elderly Filipino Week which ends today.

This year’s theme—appropriate, with the number of elderly Filipinos projected to likely be over 8 million by end of 2018—is “Kilalanin at Parangalan: Tagasulong ng Karapatan ng Nakatatanda Tungo sa Lipunang Mapagkalinga (Recognize and Honor [the Elderly]: Advocate Rights of Seniors Into a Caring Society).”

With the observance, it is timely that we not just recognize the growing number and honor them by perhaps treating them to a sumptuous lunch or dinner today.

There is urgency for government and the lawmakers to revisit a pending measure in Congress which seeks to lower the age bracket for beneficiaries of the P100,000 incentive under the Centenarians Act of 2016.

At the same time, it is propitious to recognize and endorse that old age is not a handicap to leading productive lives even in the digital age.

With the projected number of seniors by end of this year, we find it apropos to redefine the positives the Filipino elderly have which can still enable them to contribute to a growing population.

Given the caring and affectionate culture of the Philippines, absent in other societies, the Filipino elderly remain as important as they were in their prime summers back—since they have so much to give intangibly, with their experiences through this valley that cannot be taught and have not been written in books that deal with social issues.

They have crossed what many call their majority of life path.

Which means they are senior in most of the respects in life: Tolerance, thinking, analyzing, understanding, and judging, among others.

We recognize and honor them today—like in any other day they are with us.

PDI Editorial : Wanted More Public Libraries

Wanted: More public libraries
Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:16 AM October 07, 2018


A 2017 Readership Survey by the National Book Development Board (NBDB) shows that, contrary to conventional wisdom, an overwhelming majority of Filipinos — 80 percent of adults, 93 percent of children — continue to read nonschool books.

These findings are a resounding validation of the need for more state-subsidized libraries across the country, where ordinary citizens, especially young people, can access books and publications at no cost to them.

Building such centers of learning — and sustaining them as adequately supported, well-furnished and easily accessible community hubs — seems the obvious way to make books more easily and widely available. Reading, after all, is fundamental to functioning well in society. Filipinos are hungry for books, and the more they are able to read (beyond social media), the better for the country.

Click HERE to read the complete PDI editorial. Thanks PDI.

Saturday, October 06, 2018

PC2018 Keynote Speaker: Christine Mackenzie

We are honored to have Ms Christine Mackenzie (IFLA President-Elect 2017-2019 / IFLA President 2019-2021) to be our Keynote Speaker for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2018 PLAI Congress. 

Registration is still ongoing!

We're still waiting for the CHED and DepEd advisories. Kindly wait for further updates!

PDI Article: What Attracts Filipinos to Read?

Ms Neni Sta. Romana Cruz, as NBDB chair shares some info regarding the conduct of the 2017 Readership Survey by the Philippine Statistical Research and Training Institute as against the previous readership survey conducted in 2013, 2017 and 2012 by SWS which were merely a rider suveys conducted "on the kindness of the benefactors and principal originators of the endeavor".

The fulltext of the article is reposted below to aid readers/researchers/librarians in the background information of the latest readership survey. Readers of this site are strongly advised to refer to original article at the PDI website for citation purposes, for new updates and for the comments of the readers (if any) as a result of the publication of this article. Thank you PDI.


By: Neni Sta. Romana Cruz - @inquirerdotnet 
Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:10 AM October 06, 2018

It is always a matter of curiosity to know how much our country reads, if at all. That it continues to crave books and reading materials despite the general problems of accessibility and affordability is amazing in itself. But we all know that, for any manner of meaningful long-term planning for both the government and the private sector, such information is absolutely necessary.

The National Book Development Board (NBDB), as the government agency mandated to conduct research on the book publishing industry to determine the reading habits and attitudes of Filipinos, commissioned an independent readership survey in 2017.

There have been previous readership surveys in 2003, 2007 and 2012, but these were rider surveys conducted by the Social Weather Stations. For the first time, the agency had an approved budget item that allowed it to run an independent survey, one no longer dependent on the kindness of benefactors and principal originators of the endeavor.

Leonor G. Reyes, the NBDB operations services director who oversaw the survey, highlighted the firsts in this survey, five years hence. This is the very first time the youth population was included as respondents; the survey had 112 questions compared to 70 in the past, and now included in its coverage digital, audio and e-books. There were dedicated questions on the types of  books acquired—second-hand books, brand-new books, e-books—as well as on other subjects, such as reading from different types of gadgets, e-book apps, fanfiction websites.

The NBDB was privileged to work with the Philippine Statistical Research and Training Institute, which had 2,400 survey respondents: 1,200 were 6 to 17 years old (youth); and 1,200 were 18 years old and above (adults). Textbooks were not included, as leisure reading was the focus. Respondents were asked about their reading habits for the period May 2017 to April 2018.  They were from rural and urban areas all over the country, except the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao because of prevailing security conditions then.

In selecting a national representative sample, the Philippines was divided into four geographic divisions—Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and National Capital Region. A sample of 300 households was selected from each of the groups for a total of 1,200, with each household having two respondents, an adult and a child. Six households from each selected barangay were chosen based on the 2010 Census of Population and Housing.

Dr. Dennis S. Mapa, project consultant  and dean and professor of the UP School of Statistics, presented the main highlights of the survey. What attracts Filipinos to read? In the order of ranking, both the adults (63.14 percent) and the youth (43.29 percent) chose “interesting topics.” For the youth, illustrations or pictures and “words used [that] are familiar or easy to understand” came next.  Television and Facebook are the youth’s main reading sources these days, with word of mouth as a third source. Newspapers and magazines made up a poor fourth source.

Seventy-five percent of the youth and 73 percent of adults are willing to spend only up to P199 for a foreign book, with a comparative number opting for only up to P99. These findings should have a bearing on the current deliberations in the Senate on the removal of the current tax incentives for industries, including the book publishing industry. It is some comfort that, at the first public hearing, Senators Miguel Zubiri and Juan Edgardo Angara categorically said they were not supportive of any taxes on books.

There is a wealth of information in the results that will guide the NBDB as it continues to strive to support book publishing and readership in the country. Its results will bear on the agency’s policies and strategies on capacity-building, content development and book promotion.

With the high interest of the 100-plus members of the audience at last week’s public presentation, I am certain that many researchers will be led to explore with greater focus other areas of literacy.

Neni Sta. Romana Cruz (nenisrcruz@ is chair of the National Book Development Board and a member of the Eggie Apostol Foundation.

Friday, October 05, 2018

ebook: Philippine Government Directory of Agencies and Officials

Philippine government directory of agencies and officials 2018 / Produced by Department of Budget and Management. San Miguel, Manila : Department of Budget and Management, 2018. 262 pages 

Filipino version of the directory is also available.

Filipiniana materials for our library. Download your copy.

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Highlights of the 2017 NBDB Readership Survey

Dr. Dennis Mapa, dean of the UP School of Statistics, and his team conducted a readership survey on behalf of the NBDB from May to June 2017, and covered a total of 2,400 respondents nationwide, except for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. He presented the results of the 2017 NSDB Readership Survey last September 28, 2018 at Luxent Hotel in Quezon City. 

Click HERE to view/download the ppt of Dr. Dennis Mapa showing the highlights of the readership survey.

Ang Aklatan ay Para sa Lahat

Zarah C. Gagatiga's talk on inclusion and diversity in library services and programming
will be on October 6, 2018 at the J.Rich Building.

Here's the link of the updated registration form --

For more details, e-mail

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Seminar-Workshop: Quezon City Library Consortium

Rappler article: 2017 Readership Survey

Posted below is the fulltext of the article appearing at the Rappler website about the result of the 2017 Readership survey of the NBDB done with the UP School of Statistics. Reposted here in the tradition of library "news clipping" of important news about a certain topic to aid researchers/readers/librarians on the hot topic of the day. Readers are advised to refer to the original article for any updates or any reader comments posted to this article. Thank you Rappler.

Sofia Tomacruz
Published 8:55 PM, October 01, 2018
Updated 3:30 PM, October 02, 2018

Only 1 of 10 Filipinos aged 18 years and above borrows books from libraries, according to the 2017 National Book Development Board readership survey

MANILA, Philippines – The 2017 National Book Development Board (NBDB) readership survey showed that majority of Filipinos are not aware if there is a library near their residence – only 1 out of 10 does.

The sad truth is you hardly see a library in your barangay (village).

Dr Dennis Mapa, dean of the School of Statistics of University of the Philippines, said only 11% of Filipinos aged 18 years and above borrowed books from libraries. Mapa and his team conducted the readership survey on behalf of the NBDB.

“You have a low level of awareness in particular, so if you borrow a book, for example, where do you borrow it? Baka walang barangay library (maybe there’s no barangay library),” Mapa told Rappler on the sidelines of a forum on the survey’s results Friday, September 28.

Mapa said awareness of libraries was particularly low in the barangay level, with only 12% of respondents answering they knew of the presence of a library in their area.

Meanwhile, less than half of Filipinos in cities and municipalities had no clue. Results showed about 41%, or 2 of 5, were aware if any sort of library was present nearby where they lived.

As a result, majority of Filipinos were more likely to purchase or acquire books by borrowing from families, relatives, or friends. Such was the case for 37.74% of respondents 18 years old and above.

Following this option, Filipinos were more likely to have received books as gifts or by buying it themselves from bookstores.

Why this matters: NBDB Chairperson Flor Sta Romana Cruz said libraries are important in ensuring all Filipinos have access to books. (READ: How community libraries can change lives)

NBDB Chairperson Flor Sta Romana Cruz said libraries are important in ensuring all Filipinos have access to books.

“That (libraries) would answer the question of acessiblity, availability, affordability. If they cannot afford, at least they can go to their barangay-level library,” Cruz told Rappler.

But whether or not access was linked to individual’s awareness or the actual presence of a library would need further research, Cruz and Mapa said.

Data from the National Library of the Philippines showed there were about 1,416 libraries affiliated with the government agency as of 2016.

Meanwhile, Cruz suggested local government units should also consider funding the construction of libraries as social spaces and venues of learning for its residents. 

The NBDB readership survey was conducted from May to June 2018 and covered a total of 2,400 respondents nationwide, except for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. –

Monday, October 01, 2018

Museums and Galleries Month

Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 798 s. 1991, the month of October of every year is Museums and Galleries Month.

The theme “Showcasing Cultural Diversity for Development and Peace” acknowledges the role of museums and galleries in promoting respect for cultural diversity which is a vital component of development and peace and in building a high trust and resilient Philippine society.

Learn more:

Info source: NCCA fb page post.