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PIA Press Release
2010/03/06

Literacy Coordinating Council launches 2010 National Literacy Awards

Tacloban City (March 6) -- The Literacy Coordinating Council irecently launched the National Literacy Awards for 2010 in order to inspire all sectors to help reduce the incidence of illiteracy in the Philippines.

This was emphasized by Dr. Norma L Salcedo, the head of the Literacy Coordinating Council Secretariat during the Orientation on the news guidelines and procedures of the National Literacy Awards held at the DepEd Regional Training Center on March 2.

The Orientation was attended by the Alternative Learning System coordinators in all the divisions of DepEd Region 8, representatives of local government units, the academe and the member agencies, the DILG which serves as the co chair of the Council, the Academe representatives and the Philippine Information Agency.

The National Literacy Awards has been made more meaningful with the fact that the country is keen on reducing the illiteracy rate by about 50 % in 2015 as embodied in the Millennium Development Goals, and the LCC is determined to support the government achieve such goal.

Dr. Salcedo said it has been demonstrated that literacy programs and projects can help alleviate poverty, provide livelihood, address social welfare needs, promote freedom and make education facilities more accessible.

The National Literacy Award aims to encourage the development and replication of innovative, creative and indigenous literacy programs and projects.

The NLA has two categories: the Outstanding Literacy Program Award and the Outstanding Local Government Unit Award.

The Outstanding Literacy Program Award shall be given 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.

The Local Government Unit Award shall be given 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.

The Local Government Unit Award will be given to one highly urbanized city, component city, municipal level Class A and Class B. Class A includes the first class up to third class municipalities while Class B includes the 4th class to 6th class municipalities.

The Regional Search by division will be conducted not later than March 26 to April 26, 2010. Announcement of regional winners will be on April 29, 2010. The Regional entries must be submitted to the Literacy Coordinating Council on or before May 6.

The conferment of the National Literacy Awards will coincide with the convention of the National Literacy Council on September 8-11, 2010. (PIA 8) [top]

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