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NBDB Call for applicants for Deputy Executive Director

The National Book Development Board is looking for qualified applicants to be its Deputy Executive Director.
Deputy Executive Director III
Salary Grade 27
Office of the Executive Officer

Powers and Functions

1. Assist the Executive Officer in the discharge of her powers and functions.

2. Act as Executive Officer during the Executive Officer’s absence, sickness or other temporary disability.

3. Discharge such other powers and perform such other functions as may be required by the Executive Officer or the Board.

CSC- Qualification Standard
 Bachelor’s Degree
 3 years of Supervisory experience
 Career Service Executive Eligibility (CSEE)/Career Executive Service (CES)

Other Qualifications  
          Experienced/interest in book publishing and allied industries
          Bachelor of Laws graduate or lawyer an advantage, but not necessary
 At least 30 years old and of established competence and integrity
Applicants may submit their resume to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on or before April 15, 2015.  
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Call for Nominations: The 34th National Book Awards

The National Book Development Board (NBDB) and the Manila Critics Circle (MCC) are calling upon all NBDB-registered publishers to submit their nominations for the National Book Awards 2015. 

Nominated titles in Filipino and English published within 2014 are eligible for the award.  As in previous years, a third language is included for nominated titles in the Literary Division. This year, Ilonggo/Hiligaynon and Kinaray-a books published within the last three calendar years (2012-2014) may be submitted.  

Among the changes in the NBA’s Nomination/Selection Criteria are the addition of the Essays Category in the Literary Division and the splitting of History and Journalism into two separate categories in the Non-Literary Division.  Translation, a new category added last year, covers “a book translated from one language into a Philippine language, English, or Spanish; or from one Philippine language to another Philippine language.”  

The winner of each category, except Publisher of the Year, will receive a cash prize of P15,000, which will be awarded to the author or book designer.  Moreover, special awards will be given to the winners of the National Book Awards.  These include Juan C. Laya Prize, Alfonso T. Ongpin Prize, Iñigo Ed. Regalado Prize, Cirilo F. Bautista Prize, Philippine Literary Arts Council Prize, Elfren S. Cruz Prize, and Komisyon sa Wika ng Filipino Prize.

To download a copy of the rules, click on this link

Deadline of submission of entries is May 30, 2015. Books mailed from outside Manila will be accepted if postmarked May 30, 2015.

Four Filipino Authors Receive 200K National Grant To Publish Books
(First posted on the Choose Philippines website)
 Article and photos by Christa I. De La Cruz 
From the skies to the seas, from spiritual beliefs to human experiences, the Filipino mind is always in search of mysteries to solve and share.

In the Philippines, research works are often published as a couple of pages in a university publication, limiting both its authorship and readership to the academe. 

As a resolution, the National Book Development Board (NBDB) — a government agency mandated to be the lead catalyst for building a culture of reading and authorship as well as an environment for the growth of the book publishing industry towards making it globally competitive — initiated the National Book Development Trust Fund (NBDTF).
The NBDTF was founded in March 2009 by virtue of Republic Act No. 9521. It authorized the creation of One Hundred Fifty Million Pesos (P150,000,000.00) trust fund under the NBDB to support and promote Filipino authorship and to complete local manuscripts or research works for publication, especially in Science and Technology, and in subject areas where locally authored books are either few or non-existent.  
Kota Buku delegates meet Philippine publishers for international KL book fair

Delegates from Kota Buku—one of Malaysia’s leading agencies for book development—recently visited Manila to invite Philippine publishers to participate in the Kuala Lumpur Trade & Copyright Centre (KLTCC) 2015, which will be held on April 15-16 at the Seri Pacific Hotel.

The National Book Development Board (NBDB) organized the meeting to link Philippine publishers and authors to their ASEAN counterparts and to open new opportunities for local publishing outfits to connect with global players.

According to Hasri Hasan, Kota Buku senior manager, the KLTCC is one of the biggest events in Asia Pacific for copyright and content trade. Now on its 6th year, KLTCC 2015 will coincide with the Kuala Lumpur International Book Fair 2015, which will be held on the same dates and venue. 
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