LGU Dumingag implements "Genuine Peoples Agenda" program
Pagadian City (Nov. 10) -- Upon assumption into office three years ago as the new Municipal Mayor of Dumingag, Hon. Nacianceno Pacalioga, Jr. together with the members of the municipal council made a study to assess the concrete situation of the people in their town. They found out that the biggest problem among their constituents is poverty. Although Dumingag is classified as a 2nd class municipality but still it faces a widespread poverty problem.
In an interview with PIA staff this week, Pacalioga said, with the findings, we decided to prepare a comprehensive program of government ? a program of Dumingag to eradicate poverty and to transform the situation of our communities in the municipality by way of providing livelihood to its people.
One strategy to eliminate poverty is to educate our people, especially those residing in the rural barangays where majority of them don't know how to read, write and count, Pacalioga said.
We believe that with proper education this will help us in our efforts to free them from the bondage of poverty, this is the reason we called this program as "Genuine People's Agenda," a literacy program.
Under our literacy program we have the "Adult Literacy" which we named it "0 Literacy Program." We have also program intended for the native (lumad) children known as the Early Childhood Development Program (ECDP), Pacalioga enumerated.
What we did is simple, because we want that all our people will be able to read, write and count. We made an inventory of all our constituents who are illiterate. And we found out that there are 1,116 illiterates residing in Dumingag. We even found out in barangays Labagon and Saad who has even more illiterate than literate, Pacalioga said.
Immediately thereof, with the coordination of the Department of Education (DepEd) Alternate Learning System (ALS) in Dumingag and the Chairman Sangguniang Bayan (SB) Committee on Education to prepare a plan to form an organization called "Learning Facilitators." And we also identify those who have higher level of education in the barangay but unemployed. We train them, so that after their training we will deploy them to the barangays to handle literacy classes with the hope of eradicating the problem of illiteracy in our municipality, Pacalioga explained.
Pacalioga said, in the first year of our implementation, more than one half of those who attended literacy classes have graduated in the literacy program. To date, there are only three barangays left with on-going classes to finish the three modules and this will end our "O Iliteracy Program" which means that every residence of Dumingag knows how to read, write and count.
Dumingag was nominated as the "Most Outstanding LGU" in the implementation of literacy program for 2009 and represented Region IX in the annual selection at the national level. (pia9/zds/cal) [top]