The University Planning and Development Office (UPDO) and the Office of the Director of Instruction and Quality Assurance (DIQA) in cooperation with Mutya Publishing House Incorporated held a Textbook Writing Seminar and Workshop for Tertiary Level Teachers on January 13, 2017 at the Center for Teaching Excellence. The event was attended by West Visayas State University (WVSU) professors who are also textbook writers and members of the University Instructional Materials Evaluation Committee.

“We’re looking at 2017 to be a very progressive year because more books will be published. Not only will these books be circulated on print, they will also be available digitally” prides DIQA Director Dr. Alona Belarga. “This seminar is very important because we will be trained on how to make textbooks and instructional materials while observing and abiding certain laws on publishing and copyright”. The Director also reminded everyone how publishing textbooks can greatly boost a professor’s institutional rank citing the National Budget Circular’s (NBC 461) Common Criteria Evaluation (CCE). “For every published book: original, edited, or compiled, copy righted and or published within the last ten years, an author will get 3 to 7 points, as a reviewer 1 to 4 points, as a translator 1 to 4 points, as an editor 1 to 3 points, and as a compiler 1 to 2 points”. She likewise added that points are also subject to other factors such as the level they’re made for (tertiary, high school, elementary, etc.), as well as their publication distribution target whether it be local, national, or international.

 

Lawyer, teacher, author, and consultant of Mutya Publishing House, Inc. Atty. Rolando A. Bernales was the occasion’s resource speaker. He began his lecture by telling the crowd of educators how incredibly profitable book writing is “lawyering pays for my gas, teaching pays for my bills, but textbook writing puts food on the table and finances my travels”. He goes on to discuss the reasons why people publish books in the first place. “First, we produce books because it facilitates teaching. Textbooks aids both teacher and student to be more effective as these become their basis for their lessons. Second, we want to immortalize our thoughts as authors, that’s why, we write. Third, there is that desire to contribute to the wealth of literature basing on one’s specific discipline. Fourth, is for the purpose of upgrading our credentials. Book writing can strengthen professional advancement no matter what career path you’re in. And lastly being an author provides you with periodic earnings from book royalties for example, thus making it a legitimate source to earn a living”.

 

Atty. Bernales discussed Plagiarism citing Republic Act No. 8293 or the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines. He also differentiated it with Copyright Infringement as these two can sometimes be interchanged. Quoting from Salao’s book published in 2008, he explains “Plagiarism is concerned with the unearned increment to the plagiarizing author’s reputation that is achieved through false claim of authorship. On the other hand, Copyright Infringement is a violation of the rights of the copyright holder, when material is used without the copyright holder’s consent”. He further states that while both terms may apply to a particular act, they emphasize different aspects of transgression.

 

In the afternoon, the audience had a fun yet insightful workshop wherein they were made to apply their learning from that morning’s discussion. He also gave pieces of advice on how to be a successful author of textbooks while still abiding the law.

 

UPDO Director Dr. Wilhelm P. Cerbo was proud of the overwhelming response brought about by the seminar-workshop. “During one of my academic travels, I was fortunate to meet Mr. Jerome Katipunan who happens to be the Vice President of Mutya Publishing House Incorporated. He encouraged me to conduct a training on bookwriting in the University  to be sponsored by the Mutya Publishing, Inc. Holding seminars like this is very important because we are made aware of the writing aspect, the legal aspect, and the teamwork that goes with publication. Also, here in WVSU we want to continuously improve our teaching process by creating textbooks and instructional materials which can greatly benefit our students”.