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.