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Books for Asia in the Philippines

The Asia Foundation's Books for Asia Program has distributed over 13 million books and journals to public and private institutions across the Philippines since 1954. Books for Asia donates books to all three of the island groups - Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao - addressing the resource needs in 14 of 17 regions of the country. Read program overview.

Status of Education in the Philippines

Whereas the Philippines used to have one of the best education systems in Asia and continues to boast a high overall literacy rate of 93.3 percent, the quality of and access to education has deteriorated in recent decades due to declining investment, mismanagement, and population growth, currently at 92.7 million. Literacy rates are much lower in the south. In the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao, for example, literacy is 23 percent below the national average. English is required in secondary schools across the country.

Current Focus

Books for Asia Philippines donates more than 140,000 new books and journals donated by American publishers to nearly 2,500 organizations each year, with an emphasis on providing basic textbooks and supplementary reading materials to elementary and high schools; collections for university law schools and business programs; and resource materials to nongovernmental organization. More than half of all distribution is in Mindanao, an area that has been wracked by sectarian conflict and separatist movements for decades. Improving access to quality education is fundamental to long-term peace and development in this southern part of the country.

Read more about The Asia Foundation's work in the Philippines.



Reynald Ocampo
Assistant Program Officer

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