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Nueva Vizcaya mining firm grabs 3rd place in 2010 National Literacy Awards

by Ben Moses Ebreo

Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya (September 29) -- A mining firm based in barangay Runruno in Quezon town here was recently ranked third in the 2010 National Literacy Awards for Best in Literacy Program Implementation during the awarding ceremony in Baguio City.

Awarded was FCF Minerals Corporation for their implementation Accreditation and Equivalency Program and the Basic Literacy Program for adult learners in Quezon town.

The award was given by the Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC) through its chairperson, education undersecretary Rizalino Rivera at Teachers Camp last September 8 to 11, 2010.

FCF Minerals Corporation was one of the top five contenders for the program category participated by non-government organizations in the country.

Anchored on the Department of Education's (DepEd) Alternative Learning Systems, FCF's Literacy Program dubbed Bridging the Literacy Divide Among Marginalized Upland Communities.

"This award serves as our inspiration to implement and sustain our programs and projects aimed at the holistic development of our communities and to deliver our best services for the general welfare of the majority," expressed Engineer Rizaldy Palomaria, FCF Minerals Corporation regional manager.

Through the program, the mining company provided honoraria to Day Cate, elementary and high school teachers in all barangays of Quezon town including the implementation of scholarship program on mining-related courses and information technology for poor students.

The program components are 1.) Extension of the DepEd ALS program in response to the high drop-out rate among children aged five years old and above where salaries of teachers in Runruno are shouldered by the mining company, 2.) Provision of training/skills development program for adult members of the community such as livestock production, banana chips production, candy making, values formation and bridging leadership for community organizers, 3.) Sustaining strong partnership with the Tehnical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) through the program ? Re-integrating Skills for Employment Project (RISE) which involves the conduct of relevant training and skills development opportunities leading to their employment, 4.) Carrying out the Plan for Life program, institutionalized through the establishment of nurseries in schools and tree planting activities within the municipality, 5.) Implementation of the Day Care program in partnership with the various levels of local government and 6.) Sustainability of the program itself through the support of the Quezon town mayor Aurelio Salunat and the Municipal School Board (MSB).

The 2010 National Literacy Awards for Best Literacy Program Implementation with the theme "Community Development: A Shared Responsibility to Society through Functional Literacy," is in line with the priority agenda of the United Nations Literacy Decade (2003-2012).

It serves as an ardent call to take action to transform and use education as a functional literacy tool, not merely confined on reading, writing, comprehension and numeracy skills but to analyze things critically, exercise creativity and become effective and productive individuals in an expanding community amidst a rapidly changing world. (PIA NVizcaya) [top]

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