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REPUBLIC ACT NO. 7743 - AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF CONGRESSIONAL, CITY AND MUNICIPAL LIBRARIES AND BARANGAY READING CENTERS THROUGHOUT THE PHILIPPINES, APPROPRIATING THE NECESSARY FUNDS THEREFORE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
Section 1. Declaration of Policy. — It is hereby declared the national policy to promote the moral and intellectual well-being of the people: elevate the literacy level of every Filipino to the end that illiteracy is eradicated by the end of the century; and recognize the vital role of knowledge and information in nation-building by establishing public libraries in every congressional district, city and municipality, and reading centers in every barangay throughout the Philippines.
Sec. 2. Establishment of Public Libraries and
Reading Centers. — The National Library in coordination with the
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) shall undertake
the establishment of additional public libraries to serve all
congressional districts cities and municipalities in the Philippines
and reading centers in every barangay except in cities or
municipalities where there are existing public libraries or in
barangays where there are existing reading centers: provided, that the
establishment of such libraries and reading centers shall be based on
the development program of the National Library, in coordination with
the development council of each city or municipality and in the case of
the barangay reading centers in coordination with the respective
barangay councils: provided further, that where these public libraries
and reading centers already exist the National Library shall continue
to upgrade the facilities thereof.
Sec. 3. Role of the National Library. — The National Library shall provide the standard set of reference books and other materials such as but not limited to encyclopedias, dictionaries, maps and globes upon the establishment of the libraries. The National Library shall continue to supply the public libraries with the other books, non-book materials, equipment supplies and other appropriate and relevant reference and reading materials taking into consideration the needs of the community concerned.
Sec. 4. Site. — The establishment of the public libraries and reading centers shall be an integral part of the development plan of each local government unit: provided, that barangays shall provide the site for barangay reading centers.
Sec. 5. Period of Implementation. — The overall
national plan of implementation shall cover initially a period of five
(5) years: provided, that those congressional districts, cities and
municipalities with no existing public libraries as well as barangays
situated in remote, isolated and rural areas, shall have priority in
the allocation of resources.
Sec. 6. Functions of the Public Libraries and
Barangay Reading Centers. — The public libraries and barangay reading
centers shall have the following functions:
Sec. 7. Appropriations. — The amount necessary to carry out the provisions of this Act shall be included in the General Appropriations Act of the year following its enactment into law and for the next five (5) years; thereafter, the local government units shall undertake the maintenance of public libraries and reading centers while the National Library shall continue to provide reading materials and supplies to the said libraries and reading centers.
Sec. 8. Submission of Reports. — Within ninety (90) days from the approval of this Act, and at the end of every calendar year thereafter the Director of the National Library shall submit progress reports to each House of Congress on the implementation of this Act.
Sec. 9. Rules and Regulations. — Within sixty (60)
days from the approval of this Act, the National Library, in
coordination with the DILG and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA),
shall promulgate the implementing rules and regulations.
Approved: June 17, 1994