The Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA) has authored and published several books, articles, learning materials, and various prints for the past years. With the growing numbers of published materials, the FPA, through DED Myer G. Mula, pursued to establish a unique identity through the utilization of the International Standard Book Number (ISBN), International Standard Serial Number (ISSN), and certification by the National Book Development Board (NBDB) as a book publisher.


ISBN is a 13-digit code assigned to books, audiobooks, pamphlets, software, films, videos, and articles registered to the Philippine ISBN Agency under the National Library of the Philippines. It is the unique identifier for publishers which monitor clients’ consumption data of the published materials and ensure clients’ the validity of the specific item.


On the other hand, ISSN was developed after ISBN. It is an 8-digit code used to identify newspapers, journals, magazines, and periodicals both printed and electronic. It is specifically for continuing sources and serials. It is also registered to ISSN National Centre of the Philippines under the National Library.


These identifiers provide credibility to the publication, as it is also recognized by international standards although this should not be mistaken for copyrights. It also eases the archiving and cataloging, and abates search for materials. This is handy for updating files, establishing links between files, exchange of data, and claiming missing issues.


The FPA has registered 4 materials under ISSN:


  • Annual Report which is registered as 2815-1283 for Print and 2815-1291 for Online
  • FPA Journal of Activities which is registered as 2815-150X for Online
  • Articles (Online) which is registered as 2815-1674 for the website articles

 Likewise, the FPA was certified by the National Book Development Board (NBDB) as a book publisher for print and digital resources which will be valid until May 31, 2023. This certification will be used for the application of ISBN. The FPA is planning the ISBN registration for Communications Manual, Operations Manual, Training Manuals, FPA Guidelines and Directives, and pamphlets.###




National Library of the Philippines website, ISSN and ISBN

Written by: Wendycharlene B. Almasen | Published: 26 January 2022

  Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA) Online ISSN: 2815-1674
  Published by the FPA Information and Communications Team