The National Book Development Board is the government agency mandated to develop and support the Philippine book publishing industry. Created by RA 8047 or the Book Publishing Industry Development Act in 1995.
Major Areas of Concern

  ♦  Enhancing the Competitiveness of the Book Industry
  ♦  Developing and Supporting the Creative Sector
  ♦  Strengthening the NBDB
  ♦  Enhancing Textbook Quality Procurement
  ♦ Enhancing Local and International Markets for Philippine Books


1. Create conditions conducive to the development, production and distribution of books, especially the acquisition and adoption of

    state-of-the-art technology, equipment and machineries on book publishing.
2. Obtain priority status for the book publishing industry.
3. Ensure an adequate, affordable and accessible supply of books for all segments of the population.
4. Promote book readership especially among the young and neo-literates, through programs promoting literacy and good reading habits,

    book fairs and exhibits and an efficient nationwide system of libraries and reading centers especially in the rural areas.

5. Promote development of indigenous authorship and of translations among various language groups in the country.
6. Promote the translation and publication of scientific and technical books and classic works in literature and the arts.
7. Promote effective distribution of books in the domestic as well as in the international markets through an efficient and reliable postal and

    transport delivery system.
8. Promote the concept of intellectual property ownership and protect the rights of authors and publishers by strictly enforcing copyright laws

    and providing legal assistance to authors and publishers in suits related thereto.
9. Promote, whenever appropriate, the use of recycled/waste paper and other inexpensive local materials in the manufacture of books to

    reduce the cost of such locally produced books. Ensure the country's commitment to the UNESCO principle of free flow of information and

    other related provisions as embodied in the Florence Agreement and in other similar agreements.

NBDB, in the second year of implementation of the National Book Development Plan, Initiatives towards becoming a Publishing Hub in Asia, continues to work hand in hand with the private sector and non-government organizations for a stronger and globally competitive publishing industry.

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