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Search for National Literacy Awards on

By Jonnie H. Buenaventura

Tacloban City (5 March) -- In support of the National Government commitment to achieve the United Nations goal of reducing adult illiteracy by 50% in 2015 and consequently improve the quality of life of the Filipinos, the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC), mobilize all sectors of society, government agencies, non-government organization, people's organization, local government units, and the entire civil society to promote and disseminate the importance of literacy programs or projects throughout the country.

It has been demonstrated that literacy program or projects can help alleviate poverty, provide livelihood, address social welfare needs, promote freedom and make education facilities more accessible. It is likewise believed that through them, closer coordination among agencies can be developed and continuous capability building for literacy workers can be achieved.

According to Dr. Norma L. Salcedo, National Head, Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC), that numerous stakeholders and advocates of literacy and continuing education presently conduct literacy projects nationwide to address our present problem of literacy.

Dr. Salcedo further added that these literacy workers and organization or institutions truly deserve special recognition for their devotion and dedication towards the campaign against illiteracy.

For this reason, the LCC launched National Literacy Awards to recognize the stakeholders significant contribution and bestow honor on these literacy workers, said Dr. Salcedo.

This award category is divided into two, the Outstanding Literacy Program Award, this shall be awarded to a literacy program being implemented by a non-government or civic organization, academic institution, which has evident positive impact on the learners and the community. The program should have contributed to the transformation of learners into productive and more responsible community members.

Outstanding Local Government Unit Award, this shall be awarded to a local government unit (city or municipal government) which has developed policies, programs and projects conducive to literacy development and which have efficaciously made a positive impact on the barangays and the quality of life of the people.

Accordingly, the Outstanding Local Government Unit Award shall be subdivided into Highly Urbanized Cities (HUCs); Independent Component and Component Cities; 1st to 3rd Class Municipalities and 4th to 6th Class Municipalities to ascertain their differences in terms of financial and logistics capabilities.

A Regional Selection Committee shall be organized to screen the awardees before joining and vying for the National awards which shall composed of Chairman, Regional Director of Department of Education (DepEd); Co-Chairman, Regional Director of Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG); Members, Regional Director's of Philippine Information Agency (PIA), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and Academe which is the President of Leyte Normal University (LNU); and a Coordinator which come from DepEd Regional Chief, Alternative Learning System (ALS) Division.

Big prizes and citation awards from the President of the Republic of the Philippines and have a chance to represent the Philippines from foreign search on literacy awaits the national awardees.

Nominations and selections of regional winners shall be conducted not later than March 26 to April 26, 2010. Announcement of regional winners will be on April 29, 2010 and must be submitted to the LCC secretariat on or before May 6, 2010, the National Literacy Awardees will be on September 8-11 during the National Literacy Conference. (PIA-8) [top]

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