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R-XI nominees cop major prizes in literacy awards

By Mai Gevera

Davao City (14 September) -- All entries of Region XI that vied for the 2010 National Literacy Award won first and second place on their respective categories.

Held last September 10 in Baguio City, the National Literacy Awards declared Tagum City as a grand slam winner in the component city category for having won thrice in a row since 2005. It was then placed in the "Hall of Fame" making it an unbeatable champion of literacy.

Tagum City presented its achievements to the panel of evaluators by integrating literacy in all of the city's major thrusts as pushed by its local executive.

Tagum City mayor Rey T. Uy, having seen the importance of literacy in his governance, directed the integration of literacy in sustainable agriculture, expanded health service, economic development, and cultural development.

Davao City also won as first placer in the Highly Urbanized City category, while Sta Cruz of Davao del Sur won 2nd place in the municipality category A, and Cor Jesu College of Digos, davao del Sur won 2nd place in the literacy program category.

The Literacy Coordinating Council is a national policy-making, advisory, and coordinating body that provides over-all policy and program direction to the country's efforts to universalize literacy.

The Council consists of the Department of Education (DepEd), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Philippine Normal University (PNU), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Philippine Senate, Philippine House of Representatives, and NGOs involved in literacy education.

Among the literacy programs that were celebrated in the past are SAGIP KAPATID (Secure and Assist the Genuine Indigenous People through Knowledge and Application of Practical Approaches Towards Immediate Development) of Antipolo City which incorporated literacy to livelihood trainings for Dumagat communities, Project REY (Reading Empowers Youth) whose reading clinics turned a large number of children into readers in Tagum City, the Community Learning Center Project and the Barangay AID on Literacy of Tubungan, Iloilo which popularized reading among the poor and its indigenous people and the literacy program for unschooled adults and street children of Agoo, La Union. (PIA XI) [top]

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