I. Statements of Policy
1. Student access to textbooks. The Department shall endeavor to provide one textbook per pupil (elementary) and student (secondary) in all public schools nationwide, provided that this shall be, at the minimum, the same title textbook per class or school, per subject.
2. Textbook quality. The Department shall provide only textbooks that pass the evaluation and quality production standards of the Department. The Department shall oversee a textbook evaluation process that includes the expert judgment of accredited academicians, educators, education administrators, and textbook and curriculum specialists. The evaluation process shall protect the identity of evaluators while making the results of the evaluation wholly transparent to all interested parties.
3. Textbook development. The Department, through the Instructional Materials Council Secretariat, shall establish the necessary textbook standards to guide the local textbook industry in the development of new instructional materials. The Department shall use such standards in working with the local textbook industry through the National Book Development Board on a textbook development program towards improving the quality of Philippine textbooks.
4. Textbook procurement. The Department shall procure quality textbooks from the textbook industry following accepted Government procurement laws and regulations and through national competitive bidding rules undertaken by the Department's National Bids and Awards Committee (BAC). The Department shall adopt a procurement system that allows for the following flexibility and ensuring the widest range of participation by private textbook publishers.
4.1 Textbooks by subject shall be purchased for the entire student population every five years following a published schedule.
- During the year of universal purchase (for the subject), the Department shall conduct open competitive bidding for titles. Press this link for the full <<statements of policy>>.