In his latest column at the Philippine Star, Isagani R. Cruz describes the National Book Development Board (NBDB) as “one of the most hard-working government agencies.”

Dr. Cruz, a former Education undersecretary and founding chair of the Manila Critics Circle, saw for himself how the agency “works very hard and very efficiently” in the management of the recent National Book Awards, and in the “very visible results of their various projects” as it fulfills its vision to make the Philippines a publishing hub in Asia.

NBDB led the nationwide celebration of the 12th Philippine Book Development Month with innovative events like the Marathon Reading of Noli Me Tangere. The agency provided LRT commuters a taste of Philippine poetry through the “Tulaan sa Tren” project. The Board also continues to urge legislators to pass into law the “National Book Development Trust Fund” to support Filipino authorship nationwide.

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