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booksA person who does not read has no advantage over a person who cannot read. (Mark Twain)

The National Book Development Board (NBDB) commissioned the Social Weather Stations to conduct a survey on the reading attitudes and preferences of Filipinos. This is the most comprehensive study on book readership in the country.

Conducted in 2003, 2007 and the latest in 2012, the NBDB Readership Survey is the most comprehensive study on the reading habits of Filipino adults.

The Readership Survey in 2012 reveals that 88% of Adult Filipinos read. 12% of Adult Filipinos read every day. 32% read at least once every week. 67% of non-schoolbook readers read Tagalog non-schoolbooks, 50% read non-schoolbooks in English, and 12 % in Cebuano.

The survey also revealed that those who watch TV and internet read more than those who do not watch TV and internet; 91% of non-schoolbook readers say that reading is a great leisure activity; and 88% of non-schoolbook readers say that books make excellent gifts. These figures tell us that we are now becoming a nation of readers.

The data say that the area where one lives would show an inclination towards reading Non-school books (NSB). NSB is the term used to describe books that are not prescribed, or are read voluntarily by the survey participants. For example, the overall decline in readers seems to have resulted from the decline in NSB Readership in the Visayas (96% to 87%) and Mindanao (92% to 87%) in the years 2007 and 2012 whereas in the NCR, the readership in 2007 was 99% down to 93% in 2012, while Balance Luzon was from 98% to 96%.

Data from Luzon show that it is more likely that those who live in urban areas read, but in the Visayas and Mindanao, the opposite seems to be true; more rural folk read.

The NBDB 2012 Readership Survey also shows that more and more Filipinos are beginning to read NSB at a much younger age, starting as early as 0 to 6 years old, with the majority of adult readers saying they started reading NSB between the ages of 7 to 12 years old. This underscores the vital role that parents, family, day care centers and pre-school teachers play in encouraging a love for reading.

Reading being an indispensable tool in the learning process have been a constant advocacy of the schools, SGCs, the LSB, and the Municipal Government of Dalaguete. This was emphasized during the series of SGC Workshops facilitated by the Synergeia Foundation. In effect, Synergeia looked for a partner institution to help Dalaguete and her schools. Grolier Scholastic came as a blessing.

The generosity of Grolier Scholastic International Inc., which provided for sets of books and a number of learning materials to the Elementary Schools in Dalaguete comes as one of the ways to promote and ensure that the love of reading is developed in our young.

Books and Learning Materials Received and Delivered

On May 25, the Municipal Government of Dalaguete in coordination with Ms. Chingkel Juan of Synergeia and Mr. Jojen Generoso of Grolier Scholastic, claimed books and learning materials at the Grolier Warehouse at Centro Maximo Bldg. at Jakosalem St. in Cebu City.

The Table below provides the information on the titles and quantities of the books and learning materials; as well as the recipient schools and the quantity they have received.

 

No.

Book Title / LEARNING MATERIAL & Description

TOTAL Quantity DONATED

 

Recipient SchoolS

Quantity DELIVERED TO SCHOOLS

1

Logico Maximo with 3 plastic boards – designed to help the development of children in terms of their thinking skills.

33 booklets

1

TUBOD, OBONG ES

11 booklets

1 board

2

MANTALONGON ES

11 booklets

1 board

3

PANAGUIKAN ES

11 booklets

1 board

2

Talking English – an English learning that promotes comprehension and improves speaking fluency.

8 sets

1

TUBOD, OBONG ES

1 set

2

CONSOLACION ES

1 set

3

PANAGUIKAN ES

1 set

4

LANAO ES

1 set

5

DUGYAN ES

1 set

6

TABON ES

1 set

7

ABLAYAN ES

1 set

8

BULAK ES

1 set

3

Phonics Fun – a leveled-reading program that emphasizes a phonics concept and build phonics skills.

6 sets

1

TUBOD, OBONG ES

6 sets

4

The New Book of Knowledge – an encyclopedia which provides information and knowledge about the world.

33 books

1

TUBOD, OBONG ES

33 books

5

Logico Piccolo – a board game which is designed to develop the skills of children in terms of visual discrimination, pattern awareness, sorting & classifying and etc.

6 sets

1

CONSOLACION ES

1 set

2

BALUD ES

1 set

3

LANAO ES

1 set

4

MANTALONGON ES

1 set

5

DUGYAN ES

1 set

6

AMONSAO

1 set

6

Fun Thinkers – an interactive learning tool designed to stimulate their brain power and foster their intellectual development.

3 sets

1

SACSAC ES

1 set

2

MANTALONGON ES

1 set

3

AMONSAO ES

1 set

7

Disney English with 30 DVDs – a fun way for children to learn the English language along with all their favorite Disney characters.

2 sets

1

CAWAYAN CES

2 sets

8

I wonder why – books that have intriguing information & fun facts which excite the reader’s curiosity & develop reading skills.

8 books

1

SACSAC ES

8 books

9

Family Flip Quiz – allows you to do the quizzes on your own, with a partner as a team, filled with photographs and illustration in every quiz, over 2,000 challenging and fun questions.

1 chart

1

BALUD ES

1 chart

10

Question and Answer – books that consist challenging questions with corresponding answers.

23 books

1

CALIONGAN ES

23 books

11

Flip the Flaps – books which consist of information with corresponding questions that will test your learning.

3 books

1

CALIONGAN ES

3 books

12

Junior Dictionary & Junior Thesaurus – a carrier of information that could improve the vocabulary of children

2 books

1

CALIONGAN ES

2 books

13

I Spy – books of rhyming riddles accompanying dazzling photographic challenges invite treasure seekers to find objects hidden.

8 books

1

CALERIOHAN ES

8 books

14

1000 things you should know about - books which offer a lot of information about the things around us.

10 books

1

BULAK ES

10 books

15

MORPHUN – Junior Model Construction

1 box

1

BULAK ES

1 box

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