The National Book Development Board (NBDB) will award a writing grant worth Php 200,000.00 each to seven (7) science scholars whose manuscripts were chosen among twenty-six (26) National Book Development Trust Fund applicants, under three (3) categories.

In November 2014, applications for the grants were opened to works under four (4) categories: local history and culture, food science and technology/organic agriculture/sustainable agriculture/agritourism, traditional/integrative/tropical medicine, and popular science. The following are the recipients of writing grants under the National Book Development Trust Fund program for the year 2015:

Food Science and Technology/Organic Agriculture/Sustainable Agriculture/Agritourism Category:

1. Title: Commercial Production of Organic Philippine Native Chicken
Author: Dr. Jaime Cabarles
Region: Region VI (Iloilo)

2. Title: Gusto Ko, Organiko!
Author: Ms. Prima Lou Imperial
Region: V (Camarines Sur)

3. Title: Street Food Safety: A Primer for Philippine Street Foods
Author: Dr. Eufemio Barcelon
Region: IV-A (Cavite)

Traditional/Integrative/Tropical Medicine Category
1. Title: Guidebook on the Proper Use of Medicinal Plants
a. Dr.Cecilia C. Maramba-Lazarte;
b. Dr. Nelia P. Cortes-Maramba;
c. Dr. Ernesta Quintana;
d. Dr. Romeo F. Quijano;
e. Ms. Jocelyn Palacpac;
f. Dr. Evangeline Amor; and
g. Dr. James Purificacion.
Region: NCR (Manila)

2. Title: Hilot: Revealing the Albularyo’s Ancient Secrets of Healing (tentative title)
a. Dr. Bibiano S. Fajardo; and
b. Ms. Louanne Mae L. Calipayan
Region: NCR (Pasig)

3. Title: ENT Tagalog Manual: Mga Karaniwang Sakit sa Ilong, Tainga, Lalamunan, at Leeg
a. Dr. Mariano B. Caparas;
b. Dr. Rene S. Tuazon;
c. Dr. Josefino G. Hernandez; and
d. Dr. Jacob S. Matubis.
Region: NCR (Manila)

Popular Science Category
1. Title: Demystifying the Filipino Inventions: Mga Konsepto ng Byolohiya sa Likod ng mga
Pagtutuklas (working title only)
Author: Mr. Carl Anly Ortiz
Region: V (Sorsogon)

Grantees under Local History and Culture category shall be announced in March 2016.

Through Republic Act No. 9521, the National Book Development Trust Fund (NBDTF) was established exclusively for the support and promotion of Filipino authorship and the completion of 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. The monetary award to authors/writers allows them to complete the writing phase of a book-length manuscript eligible for publication.

For inquiries, contact Ryan Esteban of the NBDB Secretariat at (632) 929-3887 or e-mail