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Tacloban City shortlisted as finalist in National Literacy Awards

Tacloban City (August 23) -- The City of Tacloban is among the five component cities which are included in the shortlist of finalists in the 2008 National Literacy Awards.

Members of the Literacy Coordinating Council, Dr. Minda Sutaria, Dr. Norma Salcedo and PIA Staff Director Emelyn Libunao, were in Tacloban City on August 14 in order to conduct on-site visit to the Literacy Programs of the City Government of Tacloban City.

The team made a courtesy call to Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez and was personally guided by Hon. Cristina Romualdez to the various literacy projects of the City Government.

Director Libunao said that the Literacy Coordinating Council is searching for Literacy Programs which will inspire all sectors to help reduce the incidence of illiteracy in the Philippines.

The 2008 National Literacy Awards is a project of the Literacy Coordinating Council and the Department of Education, in support of the National Government's commitment to achieve the United Nations Millennium Development Goal of reducing adult illiteracy by half in 2015, and consequently improve the quality of life of the Filipino.

Through the 2008 National Literacy Awards, the National Literacy Council hopes to mobilize all sectors of society, government agencies, non-government organizations, local government units and the entire society to promote and disseminate the importance of literacy to national progress and consequently inspire them to develop, implement and sustain literacy programs and projects throughout the country.

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

The National Literacy Awards 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.

For Region 8, the Regional Selection Committee nominated to the National Literacy Awards, the ALPS program of the 803rd Infantry Brigade as the Region's Outstanding Literacy Program nominee; Tacloban City for the city LGU award; Tanaun, Leyte for the LGU first to third class municipality award; and Bontoc, Southern Leyte for the 4th to 6th class municipality award.

The Regional Selection Committee is composed of the Department of Education Director as chairman, the Department of Interior and Local Government Director as co- chairman, and the Philippine Information Agency Regional Director, National Economic and Development Authority Regional Director and the President of an Academe, as members. The Coordinator is the Department of Education Regional Chief and the Secretary is the chief of the Alternative Learning System Division.

The Literacy Coordinating Council is an inter-agency body that is tasked to provide overall policy and program direction to the country's literacy development efforts committed to create and maintain an environment for the development and promotion of literacy skills geared towards the attainment of a literate Philippines. It is premised on RA 7165, An Act Creating the Literacy Coordinating Council, defining its powers and functions, appropriating therefore and for other purposes. (PIA 8) [top]

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