PIDS and Bohol Provincial Government: partnership in launching the 1st PIDS Corner

In recognition of the need to make its research outputs more visible in the provinces, the Institute has recently embarked on its latest dissemination strategy: the setting up of PIDS Corners in provincial public libraries or in college/university-based libraries outside of Metro Manila.

The first PIDS Corner was launched at the Bohol Provincial Library in Tagbilaran City on July 27, 2006 with the full support of and in collaboration with the Bohol provincial government. The selection of Bohol’s provincial library as site was an excellent choice. After all, it was awarded as one of the Most Outstanding Libraries of the Philippines by the National Library during the celebration of the Philippine Public Libraries Centennial Anniversary on March 9, 2000. It is very well organized and maintained by its set of librarians headed by its chief librarian, Ms. Bonifacia Cloma, and fully supported by its provincial officials. It also contains a wide selection of reading materials that cater to various sectors in the province.More importantly, it is patronized by a large reading public, with an average of 300-400 readers a day.

During the launch, Hon. Amalia Tirol, Board Member of the Province of Bohol; Atty. Tomas Abapo, Jr., Provincial Administrator; and Dr. Josef Yap, PIDS President, cut the ceremonial ribbon to signal the formal opening of the Corner. Mrs. Mariquit Oppus, Chief of Staff at the Office of the Vice-Governor, and Atty. Abapo, representing the Office of the Governor, both gave messages on behalf of the Bohol provincial government while PIDS President Dr. Yap thanked them for fully supporting the setting up of the Corner. The PIDS website resources were also presented by PIDS OIC-Vice President Mario Feranil. In attendance were also the various municipal librarians from Bohol and the PIDS delegation consisting of Dr. Yap, Mr. Feranil, Director for Research Information Ms. Jennifer Liguton, Senior Research Fellow Dr. Gloria Pasadilla, Public Affairs Chief Dr. Edwin Martin, and other staff. Other guests from different government agencies and the private sector were also invited.
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