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Republic Act No. 8047
Book Publishing Industry Development Act
AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE BOOK PUBLISHING INDUSTRY THROUGH THE FORMULATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF A NATIONAL BOOK POLICY AND A NATIONAL BOOK DEVELOPMENT PLAN.
Section 1. Title. — This Act shall be known as the "Book Publishing Industry Development Act."
Sec. 2. Declaration of Policy. — It is recognized that the book publishing industry has a significant role in national development, considering that books which are its products are instrumental in the citizenry's intellectual, technical and cultural development — the basic social foundation for the economic and social growth of the country. Books are the most effective and economical tools for achieving educational growth, for imparting information and for recording, preserving, and disseminating the nation's cultural heritage.
Accordingly, it is hereby declared a policy of the State to promote the continuing development of the book publishing industry, with the active participation of the private sector, to ensure an adequate supply of affordable, quality-produced books not only for the domestic but also for the export market. For this purpose, the Government shall formulate, adopt, and implement a National Book Policy and a corresponding National Book Development Plan that will serve as the enduring basis for fostering the progressive growth and viability of the book industry.chan robles virtual law library
SECTION 3. Definition of Terms. — For purposes of this Act, the terms below shall be construed to mean, except where explicitly indicated or where the context clearly indicates otherwise, as follows:
Sec. 4. National Book Policy. — The National Book Policy shall conform to the policy provided for in Section 2 hereof and shall have the following basic purposes and objectives:chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
Sec. 5. National Book Development Plan. — The National Book Development Plan shall include the specific measures needed to realize the purposes and objectives of the National Book Policy.The formulation of the plan shall involve:chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
The National Book Development Plan shall have the following components and/or requisites:chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
Sec. 6. Registration of Entities. — Persons and enterprises engaged in book publishing and its related activities shall register with the National Book Development Board.
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Sec. 7. Governing Board; Composition; Terms, Powers and Functions. — There is hereby created a National Book Development Board hereinafter referred to as the Board, which shall be under the administrative supervision of the Office of the President. The Governing Board shall be composed of eleven (11) members who shall be appointed by the President of the Philippines.
The eleven (11) members shall be composed of:
The appointees to the Board shall be one of the three (3) nominees of the concerned nationwide organizations duly incorporated with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and with membership, whenever feasible, in all the cities and provinces throughout the country.
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The members of the Board shall elect a chairman from among themselves. The DECS representative in the Board shall be the ex-officio vice-chairman of the Board.
The members of the Board shall serve for a term of three (3) years: Provided, That no member shall serve for more than (2) consecutive terms. Provided, further, that the terms of the first appointees from the private sector shall be staggered thus: the first two (2) representatives of the private sector shall serve for three (3) years; the second two (2) for two (2) years; and the third two (2) for one (1) year: Provided, furthermore, That the appointee from the academe shall serve for a period of three (3) years and the appointee from training institutions shall serve for a term of two (2) years.chan robles virtual law library
The members of the Board shall serve and continue to hold office until their successors shall have been appointed and qualified. Should a member of the Board fail to complete his term, his successor shall be appointed by the President of the Philippines but only for the unexpired portion of the term.
No person shall be appointed to the Board unless he is a citizen of the Philippines, at least thirty (30) years of age, and of established competence and integrity.
For administrative purposes, the Board shall be under the Office of the President.
The members of the Governing Board shall receive per diem and such allowances as may be authorized for every meeting actually attended and subject to pertinent laws, rules and regulations.
Sec. 8. Powers and Functions. — The Governing Board shall have the following powers and functions:
Sec. 9. The Secretariat. — The Board shall have a permanent Secretariat under an Executive Officer, who shall be appointed by the Board.chan robles virtual law library
The authority and responsibility for the day-to-day management and direction of the operations of the affairs of the Board shall be vested in the Executive Officer. The Executive Officer shall be assisted by a Deputy Executive Officer. Both the Executive Officer and the Deputy Executive Officer shall be appointed by the President of the Philippines. They shall hold office unless sooner terminated in accordance with applicable laws.
No person shall be appointed Executive Officer and Deputy Executive Officer of the Board unless he is a citizen of the Philippines, at least thirty (30) years of age, and of established competence and integrity.
The Executive Officer shall have the following powers and functions:
The Deputy Executive Officer shall have the following powers and functions; assist the Executive Officer in the discharge of his powers and functions; act as Executive Officer during the Executive Officer's absence, sickness or other temporary disability; and discharge such other powers and perform such other functions as may be required by the Executive Officer of the Board.
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The structural and functional organization, compensation plan and the staffing pattern of the Secretariat shall be approved by the Board upon the recommendation of the Executive Officer. The Board may create, abolish, merge, or otherwise reorganize positions therein as may be necessary for the economical, effective and efficient discharge of its functions and responsibilities subject to the existing laws.
Sec. 10. Public School and Textbook Publishing. — The DECS shall consult with the Board in prescribing the guidelines, rules and regulations in preparing the minimum learning competencies and/or prototypes and other specifications for books required by public elementary and secondary schools.chan robles virtual law library
The DECS shall confine itself to:
The printing of public elementary and secondary school textbooks shall be done on a regional or provincial level, whenever economically feasible.
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The DECS shall within a period of not more than three (3) years from the effectivity of this Act phase out its elementary and secondary textbook publication and distribution functions and shall support the phasing in of private sector publishers to assume these functions here. For its part, the Board shall monitor and conduct an annual evaluation of the progress of the shift of functions from the DECS to the private sector.
Sec. 11. Participation of Private Publishers in the Public School Textbook Program. — Guided by the minimum learning competencies for the elementary level, the desired learning competencies for the secondary level, and other specifications prepared by the DECS, publishers shall develop and submit to the DECS those syllabi and/or prototypes and manuscripts or books intended for use in the public schools for testing, evaluation, selection and approval.
Upon approval of the manuscripts or books, publishers shall produce and supply the textbooks as ordered by the DECS.
Sec. 12. Incentives for Book Development. — Persons and enterprises engaged in book publishing and its related activities duly registered with the National Book Development Board shall be entitled to the applicable fiscal and non-fiscal incentives as provided for under Executive Order No. 226, otherwise known as the Omnibus Investment Code, as amended, subject to the qualifications and requirements set by the Board of Investments (BOI): Provided, That book development activities shall always be included in the Investment Priorities Plan (IPP).
In the case of tax and duty-free importation of books or raw materials to be used in book publishing, the Board and its duly authorized representatives shall strictly monitor the quality and volume of imported books and materials as well as their distribution and the utilization of the said imported materials.chan robles virtual law library
The Board shall also recommend to the proper prosecuting agencies any violations of the conditions of the duty-free importation.cralaw
Books, magazines, periodicals, newspapers, including book publishing and printing, as well as its distribution and circulation, shall be exempt from the coverage of the expanded value added tax law.
Sec. 13. Implementing Rules and Regulations. — The Board, in consultation with the BOI, Bureau of Customs (BOC), and other appropriate agencies from the private and government sectors, shall issue guidelines and prescribe rules and regulations for Sections 6, 10, and 12 within one hundred twenty (120) days after the effectivity of this Act which shall be published in two (2) newspapers of general circulation. A copy of such guidelines, rules, and regulations shall be furnished the Congress of the Philippines.
Sec. 14. Penalties. — Any person who violates any provision of this Act or the terms and conditions of the rules and regulations issued pursuant thereto, or aids or abets in any manner any violation shall be subject to a fine not exceeding One hundred thousand pesos (P100,000.00) or imprisonment of not more than five (5) years or both, at the discretion of the court.
If the violation is committed by a juridical entity, it shall be subject to a fine not exceeding Five hundred thousand pesos (P500,000.00).The president and/or officials responsible therefore shall also be subject to a fine not exceeding Seven hundred thousand pesos (P700,000.00).
In addition to the foregoing, any person, firm, or juridical entity involved shall be subject to forfeiture of all benefits granted under this Act.
The SEC shall have the power to impose administrative sanctions as provided herein for any violation of this Act or its implementing rules and regulations.
Sec. 15. Transfer of Assets, Properties, Funds and Liabilities. — Assets, properties, and liabilities of the Instructional Material Corporation (IMC) and the Instructional Material Development Center (IMDC) under the DECS shall be transferred to the National Book Development Board.
Sec. 16. Appropriations. — For the initial operating expenses of the Board and the Secretariat, the amount of Five million (P5,000,000.00) pesos is hereby appropriated to be charged to the Office of the President. Thereafter, it shall submit to the Department of Budget and Management its proposed budget for inclusion in the General Appropriations Act.
Sec. 17. Transitory Provisions. — Within a period of one hundred eighty (180) days after the approval of this Act, the Board shall be constituted to start its operation.
All other government offices having the functions similar to those of the Board shall then cease to perform such functions. These functions shall henceforth be deemed transferred to the Board.chan robles virtual law library
This notwithstanding , the DECS shall maintain an office and staff to perform functions specified herein relative to its participation in the government textbook program.
Employees of the IMDC and the IMC who are not hired by the Board and/or who do not opt to remain with DECS or are laid off as a result of the implementation of this Act, within the transition period provided herein shall be entitled to gratuity at the rate of one and one fourth (1 1/4) month's salary for every year of service in the government or a fraction thereof on the basis of the highest salary received, in addition to the retirement and/or gratuity, benefits or pensions under R.A. No. 6656 and other existing Retirement Laws. Unexpected funds of the IMDC and of the IMC shall revert to the Board, after reserving the amount necessary to pay the benefits of those separated or retired from the service.
Sec. 18. Separability Clause. — If any part or section of this Act is declared unconstitutional for any reason whatsoever such declaration shall not in any way affect other parts or sections of this Act.cralaw
Sec. 19. Repealing Clause. — Executive Order No. 492, series of 1991, as amended; except as herein indicated is hereby repealed. All other laws, decrees, rules, regulations and other administrative issuances or provisions thereof which are contrary to or inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.
20. Effectivity. — This Act shall
take effect after fifteen (15) days following its publication in the
Gazette or in any newspaper of general circulation.
Approved: June 7, 1995
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