President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo recently signed Executive Order 885 “MODIFYING THE RATES OF IMPORT DUTY ON CERTAIN IMPORTED ARTICLES AS PROVIDED UNDER PRESIDENTIAL DECREE NO. 1464, AS AMENDED”, exempting imported books from customs duties.

The President signed EO 885 in response to last year’s protests against the Great Book Blockade. Early last year, the NBDB led local booksellers and book lovers in objection to the Department of Finance’s Department Order 17-09’s or the Clarificatory Guidelines on the Duty-Free Importation of Books which imposed customs and duties on imported books that entered the country.

The elimination of duties on books is aimed to promote and strengthen the development of education in the Philippines.

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