Archive for November, 2006

            Library and information science graduates troop to Manuel L. Quezon University to take the Licensure Examination scheduled today, November 28 and tomorrow, November 29, 2006.  The examination is administered annually for those who would like to be licensed to practice the library profession in the country.

          The examination covers the following subjects: Library Management, including Laws related to Philippine Librarianship, Cataloging and Classification, Abstracting and Indexing, Information Technology, Collection Development, and Reference and Bibliography.

          The examination is administered by the Philippine Professional Regulation Commission-Board for Librarians with Mrs. Corazon M. Nera, Library Director, Lyceum of the Philippines, as Chairperson, and Mrs. Elizabeth R. Peralejo and Nora Conti, as Members of the Board.

          By Sunday, December 3 or the first week of December, result of the examination will be known. PLAI-NCR wishes the examinees good luck and looks forward to welcome them as members of the Association.


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          NCR Chair Salvacion M. Arlante, University Librarian of the University of the Philippines Diliman, reports the accomplishments for 2005-2006.

I.  Membership 

          There are 350 active members for 2005-2006.

II. Meetings 

          Sometime in August 2004, a Task Force called for NCR by Fe Robles, then PLAI President, was created composed of : S. Gonzales, A. Santos, S. Arlante, T. Moran, R. Tarlit, R. Rosali and M. Chavez to form the NCR Regional Council simultaneous with the preparations of the 13th Consal Local Organizing Committee. The Task Force on the first week of September  issued a call to a general assembly meeting of all NCR librarians at The National Library.  It was  attended by about 160 active members.  In this meeting, nominations to the NOMELEC, House of Delegates, Board of Directors and National Board of Trustees nominees.  Elected officers were:

               Elnora Conti
               Marlo Chavez
               Susan Pador
               Jesusa Manhit
               Belen Vibar
               Monalisa Leguiab
               Placida Limpin
              Teofila Manzanilla  

          HOUSE OF DELEGATES       
               Elvira Lapuz
               Florenda Mallari
               Milagros Santos Ong
               Flora Valmonte

          BOARD OF DIRECTORS        
               Salvacion Arlante, Chair
               Eva Brillo, Vice Chair
               Jocelyn Ladlad, Secretary
               Susima Gonzales, Treasurer
               Dante Perez, Director
               Fe Angela Verzosa, Director
               Miguel Cobaria, Director

               Susima Gonzales
               Salvacion Arlante
               Dante Perez
               Fe Angela Verzosa
               Eva Brillo

          During the National Book Week celebrations, the National House of Delegates chaired by an NCR member Atty.  Antonio Santos conducted the elections for the National Board of Trustees at the National Library.  The NCR Treasurer Ms.  Susima Gonzales was elected as PLAI President for which Fe Angela Verzosa took over her post at the NCR Regional Council as Treasurer.  S. Arlante and E. Brillo were elected to the National Board of Trustees for a one year term.

III. Activities

          As early as 2004, NCR officers were directly involved in the 13th CONSAL Local Organizing committees.  The PLAI President, as member of NCR, chaired the 13th CONSAL Executive Board.  Other officers and active members of NCR were assigned to the Local Organizing Committees:

Chairperson : Atty. Antonio Santos
Co-Chairpersons : Prudenciana Cruz
Salvacion M. Arlante
Secretary : Rosemarie Rosali
Asst. Secretary : Lilia Echiverri
Treasurer : Teresita Moran
Asst. Treasurer : Marlo Chavez

          The list of NCR members assigned to various working committees of CONSAL 13 is appended.

          On 12 October 2005, the NCR Board of Directors, House of Delegates and NOMELEC met at the UP Main Library to discuss the forthcoming elections for new set of officers for 2006.  In that meeting, it was agreed that NCR propose to the PLAI Board to defer elections of the regional councils and maintain status quo with a recommendation that the PLAI Board calls the House of Delegates to conduct a special convention in order to amend the By-Laws and the provisions on election. The proposal was unanimously approved by the PLAI Board members present.

          On 4 August 2006, the NCR Board called for a general assembly at The National Library for nominations to a new set of officers for 2007. Nominations were accepted for NOMELEC members, House of Delegates and Board of Trustees.  Proposals from the body to prolong the nomination period to accommodate further nominations via telephone, fax and email until 18 September 2006 to be handled by the holdover NOMELEC body was approved.   On 9 October 2006, the NCR Board, House of Delegates and NOMELEC met at the UP Main Library to finalize the election guidelines and consolidate nominations with acceptance from the nominees.  It was agreed to call for a general assembly in preparation to the general assembly and  elections set for 11 October 2006. Elected were the following:

                 Marlo Chavez
                 Teresita Moran
                 Rebecca Jocson
                 Helen de Castro
                 Mona Lisa Leguiab
                 Angelita Timbangcaya
                 Corazon Garcia

                 Rodolfo Tarlit
                 Salvacion Arlante
                 Fe Abelardo
                 Lilia Echiverri
                 Belen Vibar
                 Nora Claravall
                 Jocelyn Ladlad

          HOUSE OF DELEGATES      
                 Shirley Nava
                 Elvira Lapuz
                 Florenda Mallari
                 Mila Santos Ong
                 Linda Tayona
                 Loreto Garcia
                 Cecilia Guevarra

                  Salvacion Arlante
                  Fe Abelardo
                  Rodolfo Tarlit
                  Belen Vibar
                  Susima Gonzales

          On 08 November 2006, the NCR chair called the newly elected NCR Council members to a meeting at The National Library. Elected officers for 2007 are:       

Chairperson : Lily Echeverri
Vice Chairperson : Belen Vibar
Secretary : Jocelyn Ladlad
Treasurer : Fe Abelardo
Auditor : Nora Claravall
Directors : Rodolfo Tarlit
Salvacion Arlante

          A good number of PLAI NCR members attended the conference on “Mainstreaming Values of Libraries, Librarians and Information Professionals in Knowledge Societies” held at the Manila Hotel on November 21-23, 2006.

IV. Projects

          To be launched during the Fellowship Night celebrations are two significant projects of NCR, namely: Scholarship Grants for Elementary and High School pupils and Adopt a Public School Library. Also to be launched is the online version of the PLAI-NCR Council Newsletter.

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At the General Assembly of the PLAI –NCR Council held on October 24, 2006 at the National Library Auditorium, the following were elected to the Board of Directors: FE E. ABELARDO (National Library), SALVACION M. ARLANTE (U.P. Diliman), NORA J. CLARAVAL (UPILIS), LILY ECHIVERRI (U.P. Diliman), JOCELYN M. LADLAD (DLSU), RODOLFO Y. TARLIT (U.P. Diliman), and BELEN M. VIBAR (UA & P). At a meeting on November 8, 2006 at the Conference Room of the National Library, the following officers were elected in the presence of the NCR Council NOMELEC, Mrs. MARLO C. CHAVEZ and REBECCA JOCSON: LILY ECHIVERRI (Chairperson), BELEN M. VIBAR (Vice-Chairperson), JOCELYN M. LADLAD (Secretary), FE E. ABELARDO (Treasurer), NORA J. CLARAVAL (Auditor), and SALVACION M. ARLANTE and RODOLFO Y. TARLIT (Directors).

At the same General Assembly, the PLAI-NCR Council members elected their nominees to the PLAI National Board of Trustees: Fe E. Abelardo, Salvacion M. Arlante, Belen M. Vibar, Rodolfo Y. Tarlit and Susima L. Gonzales. Also elected were the Members of the NOMELEC: Marlo Chavez, Teresita Moran,  Rebecca Jocson, Helen de Castro, Mona Lisa Leguiab, Angelita Timbangcaya, and Corazon Garcia; and HOUSE OF DELEGATES:  Shirley Nava, Elvira Lapuz, Florenda Mallari, Mila Santos Ong,  Linda Tayona, Loreto Garcia, and Cecilia Guevarra.  

The officers of PLAI-NCR Council for 2007 will take their oaths of office at the dinner culminating the National Book Week celebration at the Villa Immaculada by Tamayo’s Catering in Intramuros, Manila on November 29.

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The PLAI-NCR Council launched two important projects at a dinner held at the Villa Immaculada by Tamayo’s Catering, Intramuros, Manila, on November 29, 2006. The dinner is the culminating activity of the weeklong celebration of the National Book Week.

The Scholarship Project aims to provide matriculation fees, other school expenses, including book and transportation allowances to poor and deserving incoming sixth grader and incoming fourth year student in public schools in Metro Manila. Grant is Php 5,000.00 for the elementary level and Php 8,000.00 for the high school level.

The Adopt-A-Metro Manila Public High School Library is aimed at improving a public high school library’s learning resources such as books and other reading materials and making its processes and services more responsive to students needs through the application of modern technologies. The project hopes to solicit not only funds, books and other learning resources but also computers and other technologies that may help improve the services and operations of the library. Materials will be properly cataloged through a computerized cataloging system with OPAC and a computerized circulation system. Library staff will also be trained in these new systems.

These projects were conceived as a result of PLAI-NCR’s realization on the sad state of Philippine education today: limited learning resources from chairs to textbooks and other reading materials, the absence of trained teachers, the imbalance of government funding and student population growth, and some other pressing matters. As education is viewed as a saving grace for a brighter future for the young and as a primary national concern, these projects are seen to improve the current education scenario.

Mrs. SALVACION M. ARLANTE, the outgoing PLAI-NCR chairperson, presented the projects and called on librarians and friends to be counted in this partnership for education. She stressed that we are all stakeholders in the nation’s development and education remains our most vital social concern. She enjoined everyone to invest in our nation’s future TODAY.

Librarians and friends responded enthusiastically as shown by pledges which reached around Php 30,000.00. Among the donors were: MARLO C. CHAVEZ (San Beda College), Php 5,000.00; REBECCA JOCSON (Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila), Php 2,000.00, RODOLFO Y. TARLIT (UP), Php 2,000.00. Later, Mrs. Arlante also pledged Php 5,000.00.

Also launched is the online version of the PLAI-NCR COUNCIL NEWSLETTER.

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PLAI-NCR members on parade.

Now on its 72nd year, the National Book Week (November 24-30) celebration commenced with a fun-walk/parade held at the Luneta area on November 24 at 7:30 in the morning. Participants included members of the different library associations and students and teachers of elementary and high schools in Metro Manila. The fun-walk/parade showcased popular children’s book characters as well as dances in the Philippines. These are depicted in very colorful costumes and floats with school children and high school students participating enthusiastically.

The parade was followed by a formal opening program held at the National Library Auditorium to usher in the weeklong celebration whose theme is “Bata, Bata… Halina’t Magbasa.” The theme highlights the PLAI, the National Library of the Philippines and the country’s library and information professionals’ commitment to inculcate among our young a lifetime habit of reading.

As contributions to the National Book Week, the different library associations held lectures and fora designed to upgrade knowledge and skills of the library and information professionals:

PATLS LIS Wizard, TNL Auditorium, November 22 Re-learning Children’s Literature, TNL Auditorium, November 24 TNL Story Telling Sessions, TNL Children’s Library Section, November 25

UPLSAA Pamana ni Lola Basyang: Writing and Illustrating Stories for Children, TNL Auditorium, November 27

PLAI Puppet Show, Pasig City Library, November 28

PAARL Resource Generation and Funding for Libraries, TNL Auditorium, November 29

Chaired by EVA B. BRILLO, Library Director, St. Scholastica’s College, Manila, and co-chaired by the Assistant Director of The National Library, Mrs. FLORA VALMONTE, the weeklong celebration culminated with a dinner held on November 29 at the Villa Immaculada by Tamayo’s Catering in Intramuros, Manila. The dinner was highlighted by the launching of the Scholarship and Adapt-A-Public High School Library Projects of the PLAI NCR Regional Council with Mrs. SALVACION M. ARLANTE, Chair of the NCR Regional Council doing the honors of explaining the projects, at the same time enjoining all concerns to support such projects. Awards were granted to the following: Atty. ANTONIO M. SANTOS (Special Award), PRUDENCIANA C. CRUZ (Special Award), LOURDES V. SORIANO (Cirilo B. Perez Award), and THELMA S. KIM (Severino Velasco Award).

(Check this site’s GALLERY to see more pictures of this event.)

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