National Printing Office

National Printing Office (NPO) is one of 3 Recognized Government Printers in the Philippines (together with Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and the Apo Production Unit). It was first established in 1901 as the Philippine Bureau of Printing. It is an instrumentality of the Government entrusted with the tasks of printing and binding routine Government publications, public documents, the Official Gazette, and other official forms.[3]

National Printing Office
National Printing Office (NPO).svg
MottoThe Leading Government Printer
FormationNovember 1901; 118 years ago (1901-11) as Bureau of Public Printing
1987; 33 years ago (1987) as National Printing Office
TypeRecognized Government Printer
Legal statusActive
PurposeTo continue to provide printing services to government agencies and instrumentalities
Region served
Francisco V. Vales Jr.[1]
₱10.38 million (2020)[2]


On 7 November 1901, the Philippine Commission enacted Act No. 296 to create the Bureau of Printing as the pioneer of the Philippine printing industry. Throughout its history, the Bureau has been placed under different government offices. It was initially under the Department of Public Instruction until 1918, when it was placed under the Department of Finance. In 1947, it was transferred to the Office of the President and nine years later in 1958, it was placed under the Department of General Services.

In 1986, under the presidency of Corazon Aquino through the virtue of Executive Order No. 285, the Bureau was merged with the printing unit of the Philippine Information Agency to form the National Printing Office. Through the same order, it was placed under the Office of the Press Secretary, which is today known as the Presidential Communications Operations Office and under which the NPO remains today.[4]

The first Director of the Bureau of Printing was John Sylvannus Leech. Under his term, the Apprenticeship System was adopted in the Bureau to train future printers in the agency's operations. Among the apprentices who benefited from this program was Pablo Lucas, who went on to be the first Filipino Director of Printing.[5]


The NPO has printing jurisdiction over the:

Together with other recognized government printers, the NPO is tasked with the printing of Accountable Forms and Sensitive High Quality/Volume requirements of the government. Besides the other jobs listed above, the NPO may also accept other government printing jobs, including government publications. However, these are engaged in a non-exclusive basis.[6]


The NPO is currently headed by Director Francisco V. Vales, Jr. He leads the following officials:[7]

  • Francisco V. Vales, Jr., Deputy Director
  • Engr. Neil L. Macaraeg, Acting Superintendent, and Acting Chief of the Engineering Division
  • Florante M. Fadul, Acting Assistant Superintendent
  • Yolanda B. Marcelo, Acting Chief of the Administrative Division
  • Adriano C. Gabriel, Acting Chief of the Financial Management Division
  • Buenaventura G. Gonzales, Jr., Acting Chief of the Production, Planning, and Control Division
  • Engr. Benedicto M. Cabral, Chief of the Composing Division
  • Teresita G. Carvajal, Acting Chief of the Photolithographic Division
  • Efren P. Villaluz, Acting Chief of the Press Division
  • Engr. Rolando L. Caluag, Acting Chief of the Sales and Management Division
  • Napoleon G. Gonzalez, Acting Chief of the Finishing Division
  • Jean Paul C. Melegrito, Chief of the Records Section
  • Joseph J. Ereno, Chief of the Cashier Section


  1. ^ "NPO Directory". National Printing Bureau. Retrieved 28 September 2019.
  2. ^ Aika Rey (8 January 2020). "Where will the money go?". Rappler. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  3. ^ "The Leading Government Printer". National Printing Office. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  4. ^ "Executive Order No. 285, s. 1987". Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines. 25 July 1987. Archived from the original on 31 March 2019. Retrieved 30 June 2020.
  5. ^ "History". National Printing Office. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  6. ^ "Functions". National Printing Office. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  7. ^ "NPO Directory | National Printing Office". Retrieved 14 July 2020.