The Great Philippine Book Blockade of 2009
There has been a lot of clamoring for justice recently when social networks spread this article by Robin Hemley, where he posted that local customs tax importation of books, when apparently there shouldn’t be as this is a violation of the Florence Agreement the country signed. As a regular person, I didn’t actually know that books shouldn’t be taxed, growing in a country where almost everything is.
Here’s a link to a video to explain the issue in less than five minutes.
Many books of most genres are greatly affected by this. And quoting my friend Alex who summed up it well,
Administrators should let this sink in – these books are making our students read again. Deprive them of that motivation and surely, we’ll find ourselves more illiterate as a society.
For the time being, we are making a lot of noise in twitter, using the #bookblockade hash tag, and spreading the word via other means. So far, there are already a couple of officials who heard our plea. But we still need more.
Please help spread the word.
For further reading please see: The Great Book Blockade of 2009: Timeline and Readings and We, the People: As Readers.