In its continuing effort to recognize quality books and supplementary materials, the National Book Development Board (NBDB) will launch its Highly Recommended Supplementary Materials List on November as the country celebrates the Philippine Book Development Month. “Almost two hundred titles were submitted a week after we announced the call for nominations,” said Ma. Asena Galang, officer of the agency’s Accreditation and Incentives Division (AID) which serves as the coordinator for the upcoming list.
This is the first time NBDB will release such a list that aims to
recognize quality books and supplementary materials written and
published by Filipinos. NBDB and its partners headed by the Department
of Education (DepEd) and the Network of Outstanding Teachers and
Educators (NOTED) want to inform the members of the academe that
excellent books and supplementary materials for various academic
subjects and levels are in existence and just need to be brought to the
attention of buyers. This list is also expected to help publishers in
their pursuit of excellence in producing quality content for books and
The said list will include materials that have undergone strict
evaluation by members of the NOTED, an honor society composed of all the
winners of Metrobank Foundation’s Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT)
since 1985. NOTED is committed to foster creativity and academic
excellence at all educational levels and to contribute to the solution
of education, social and cultural problems of national and international
concerns. NOTED has a total of 306 members from the elementary,
secondary, technical-vocational and higher education levels since it was
founded in 1997.
All the materials in the list will be exhibited in an academic book
conference on 12-13 November 2012. The conference is organized by the
NBDB and it will feature the best speakers and the latest trends in the
publishing industry and education sector. SM Megatrade Hall is the
tentative venue. Around two hundred authors, school teachers,
publishers and other members of the academe will grace the event.
The academic conference and the exhibit aim to equip the participants
with sufficient knowledge to incorporate textbook development in
support of DepEd policies to shift to K-12 (from K-10), including the
teaching in the mother tongue of the respective regions (at least from K
to Grade 3), to build capacities of stakeholders especially focusing on
public school teachers, small publishers and universities within
technological developments in publishing; and to discuss relevant issues
and concerns/address identified gaps seen by stakeholders, the NBDB
and the DepEd.
NBDB has been administering book awards to support and ecourage the
production of quality books and materials in the Philippines, such as
the National Book Awards, National Children’s Book Awards and NBDB
For details, please call Miss Asena at 920-9853 or check the www.nbdb.gov.ph.
Reposted with permission from panitikan.com.ph. Photo by Alvin J. Buenaventura.