Vol. XX No. 42

December 27, 2000

Virac, Catanduanes


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Major Developments


Local schools to get 76,166 books

Six publishing firms have started the delivery of nearly 80,000 textbooks and teacher's manuals to elementary schools and high schools scattered all over the island province of Catanduanes.

Of the total 76,166 books allocated for the Division of Catanduanes by the Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS), only 7,722 are intended for the 31 secondary schools, with tbe bulk of 68,444 books earmarked for the use of elementary pupils and teachers. The total number is also broken down into 73,295 textbooks and 2,871 teacher's manuals.

The list was furnished by Jay C. Fernandez, executive director of the Instructional Materials Council Secretariat based in Pasig City, in a letter to Virac Mayor Jose U. Alberto II after the latter requested textbooks for the Catanduanes National High School through then Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Manuel Roxas II.

Fernandez said the DECS is currently implementing the nationwide delivery of about 8 million "new generation" textbooks procured under the CY 1999 budget. He added that, based on the schedule provided by suppliers, schools in the Bicol region started receiving new textbooks beginning the third week of November this year.

Fernandez revealed that by the middle of 2001, another round of delivery of about 30 million textbooks will be implemented under the 2000 budget. The five publishing firms who will be making deliveries to Catanduanes are FNB Educational, Inc., J.C. Palabay, Rex Bookstore, SD Publications and Watana Phanit.




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