The Social Welfare Institutional Development Bureau (SWIDB) initiated the registration of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as a Book Publisher for both digital and printed materials. The registration which was received by the representatives of the Department on 6 February 2023, will remain effective until 30 June 2024. This is a milestone for DSWD to be recognized as an author of books on social welfare and development contributing to nation building.
The registration was undertaken as part of establishing the Department’s intellectual property management system. As publisher, the Department’s knowledge products may be issued with unique bibliographic reference numbers known as ISBN (International Standard Book Number) or ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) by the National Library of the Philippines, to further strengthen ownership of the intellectual properties produced by the Department.
The registration also provides readers another access point towards identifying DSWD published knowledge products.
As a registered publisher, the Department can avail of privileges from the National Book Development Board (NBDB) such as the tax and duty-free importation of books or raw materials for book publishing, access to NBDB’s official publication, surveys and research materials, and assistance with publishing and copyright concerns. The Department will also be recognized and added in NBDB’s Online Registry.