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PIA Press Release
2010/05/04

Region 1 ends search for Literacy Awards

By Jennilyne C. Role

San Fernando City, La Union (4 May) -- The Search for Literacy Awards in Region 1 concluded after the final deliberation of the Regional Selection Committee (RSC) convened last April 28 at the Department of Education ? Regional Office 1 (DepEd-R1), this city.

The RSC validated documents submitted by nine (9) participating local government units with outstanding literacy programs in their communities vying for the National Literacy Awards in different categories namely Most Outstanding City, Most Outstanding Municipality ? Categories A & B, and Most Outstanding Literacy Program.

Field validations to the areas were also conducted to check the veracity of the informations cited in the documents/entries submitted by the different participating local government units (LGUs) in the region.

"The purpose of this site/field validations is to determine whether to add-on or reduced the initial points/score given by the three (3) validators of the RSC composed of the Department of Interior and Local Government, National Economic and Development Authority and the Philippine Information Agency in the different indicators as stipulated in the rating sheet," Marianito Raquel, Chief of the Alternative Learning System division of the DepEd-R1 said.

For the Most Outstanding Program category, the program entitled, "Family Empowerment Through Christian Foundation for Poverty Alleviation with Sr. Mary Josephine Difuntorum as the project proponent of the municipality of Agoo, province of La Union, was adjudged as the best among the three entries in this category.

The program has a holistic approach that covers not only women and out-of-school youth which the other entries concentrated but rather it addresses the concerns of the whole family members, sponsoring education to children and providing livelihood to parents, including other members of the family with integration of moral values in all the different activities.

Other entries in the program category include "Functional Literacy Empowering Women in Society" headed by Milagros Buenafe and "Continuing Education Program for Out-of-School Youths and Out of School Adults" headed by Oscar Galang, of the municipalities of Binmaley and Rosales respectively, all of Pangasinan province.

The municipality of Mangaldan, Pangasinan excelled over Calasiao, also of Pangasinan for the LGU-category "A" with high impact results of the different literacy-initiatives of the LGU under the auspices of Mayor Herminio Romero.

Laoac, Pangasinan under the leadership of Mayor Antonio Abalos emerged as the best as against Agno, Pangasinan with a tight difference under the LGU-Category "B".

For the city category, Laoag of Ilocos Norte and Urdaneta of Pangasinan competed with Laoag emerging as the best with its multi-literacy programs with Mayor Michael Farinas spearheading the different programs.

New literacy innovations are being conducted year-round with sustained support from the LGU, private institutions, and other stakeholders.

All the adjudged regional winners in the different categories will be representing the region in the National Literacy Awards ? national search.

The search criteria includes planning and development - 15%, project management and implementation ? 40%, and impact ? 45%, with a total of 100%.

Purposely, it was conducted to support the national government?s commitment to achieve the United Nations goal of reducing adult illiteracy by 50% in 2015 and consequently improve the quality of life of the people. (PIA-R1/La Union) [top]

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