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PIA Press Release
2008/10/08

Educate least privilege, Uy asks fellow officials

by JMD Abangan

Tagum City (8 October) -- City Mayor Rey T. Uy asked fellow government officials to look into the lives of the least privilege and help them "find a much better future" through education.

He made the call after the ceremonial turn-over of plaques of the National Literacy Awards given by Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo P. del Rosario at the Bulwagan ng Lalawigan.

Tagum City grabbed the 1st place of this year's National Literacy Awards for the component city category while St. Mary's of Tagum got the second prize for literacy program category and its worker, Virginia Cordovez got a special citation as the Best Literacy Worker.

Other Davao Region winning entries to the National Literacy Awards were Davao City which grabbed the first place in the highly urbanized category and the municipality of Laak which got the third place in the municipal level category A.

More than just building schools, Uy said "literacy is giving people the education they need to ensure a much brighter future".

In a separate interview, Maflor Dingal, focal person of the Regional Literacy Coordinating Council of the Department of Education (DepEd) 11 Tagum City beat six other entries to the National Literacy Awards for the component city categories.

Other contenders were the cities of Tuguegarao, Calamba, Sorsogon, Tacloban, Kidapawan and Surigao.

Among those cited as the winning edge of Tagum City were its literacy mapping covering individuals of 10 years to 80 years of age, its literacy coordinating councils organized in 23 barangays, Project REY (Reading Empowers Youth), its mobile literacy van and its music literacy program.

"Tagum City was able to maintain and sustain its literacy programs with the collaboration of 20 non-government organizations," Dingal said.

Though not included as among the winning factors of Tagum City, the "Palengke Eskwela" was one of the literacy projects which the city government maintained and sustained.

"The national evaluators had already seen this kind of project before but Tagum City was able to sustain it," Dingal said.

The Palengke Eskwela is a literacy class done every Friday afternoon for out-of-school children working at the Tagum City Public. (PIA) [top]

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