MOU for Chinese Corner at City Library forged PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 14:02

Mayor Beng Climaco Monday formally entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the National Library of the Philippines (NLP) for the establishment of a Chinese Corner project at City Library.
The mayor signed the MOU with NLP Director Atty. Antonio Santos during rites held at the City Library, during which several books were also turned over to the city. Also signatories in the MOU were Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, Dolores Carungui and Librarian IV-Emilia Natividad.
The opening of the Chinese Corner project at the City Library is a result of the International Cultural Agreement entered into by the Philippine Government and the People’s Republic of China where both countries will exchange publications, reference materials for each other national library and other institutions.
Under the MOU, the NLP is to provide, through China Hanban and other donors, with books and other library materials relevant to the needs of the Chinese corner project; conduct capacity building programs to the librarian in sourcing for donors of books and other library materials and conduct related activities to the library staff for their professional growth and development.
The City Library on the other hand, is to provide an initial investment, a space to house the corner within the library; appoint a librarian to be in charge of the operation of the corner; assume full responsibility over all books and other library materials allocated by the NLP.
The NLP is the repository of printed and recorded cultural heritage of the country and other intellectual literary and information sources and spearheads bilateral agreement in terms of libraries for access to these resources for people’s intellectual growth, citizenship building, life-long learning and enlightenment. It is mandated to affiliate public libraries throughout the country which are essential repositories of knowledge and information for the educational, spiritual, cultural, economic and social development of the community.
Also present during the signing and turn-over ceremonies Monday were Councilors Kim Elago and Luis Biel III and students and teachers from the Zamboanga Chong Hua High School, Avalokitesvara School and St. Joseph School. — Sheila Covarrubias