2 Bicol LGUs bag literacy awards

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LEGAZPI CITY (11-Oct-2012/PNA) – The City of Tabaco in Albay and municipality of Bato in Catanduanes were both second prize winners under their respective categories in the 2012 National Literacy Awards (NLA) being given by the Literary Coordinating Council (LCC) to outstanding local government units (LGUs) every two years.

Emelyn Libunao, staff director of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) who chairs the NLA evaluation panel, lauded the LGU of Tabaco City for its teamwork with the Department of Education (DepEd) in coming up with one of the best literacy programs in the country.

With the comprehensive data from the Community-Based Monitoring System and DepEd’s Family Mapping Project, LGU-Tabaco and the DepEd Tabaco City Division fought side by side in its crusade against illiteracy, Libunao said in a statement released here Wednesday.

Libunao described LGU-Tabaco’s administration as a “bottom’s-up management” wherein the local government programs are anchored on the people’s needs and not on the local leader’s perception of what is best for them.

Tabaco placed second to the City of Balanga, Bataan under the award’s component city category.

Bato, Catanduanes, the 2010 champion in the class B municipal level category, on the other hand missed by a hairline this year’s championship trophy which went to Cuyo Island of Palawan.

In a separate statement, Bato Mayor Eulogio Rodriguez said settling in the second rank this year does not discourage him and his team from trying again in 2014 when another win would earn his town the Hall of Fame award that would qualify it to the International Literacy Awards.

The 2012 NLA was given during the conference and awarding ceremonies at Benitez Hall, Teacher’s Camp Baguio City last September 18 under the theme “Literacy for Life and a Sustainable Future: Learning Together in the 21st Century”.

During the occasion, Libunao said Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma emphasized Malacanang’s support in sharing the DepEd’s vision of a One Laptop Per Child program to address problems on literacy as well as climate change.

With the town having won first place in the same competition in 2010 and settling only in the second place this year, Rodriguez said he and the Bato Municipal Literacy Coordinating Council have unanimously committed to the continuance of the fight against poverty through functional literacy.

“Our next move is to push for the legislative support of the Sangguniang Bayan by enacting an ordinance supporting all literacy programs,” the mayor said.

The LCC, an inter-agency council created under Republic Act 7165 is composed of eight member agencies – the DepEd, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), PIA, Philippine Normal College, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), the Senate Committee on Education, the House of Representatives Committee on Education, and non-government organizations that are involved in literacy education.

This council serves as the overall advisory and coordinating body, which provides policy and program directions for all literacy endeavors in the country.

The Outstanding Local Government Unit (LGU) Award is given every two years to local government units, which promote literacy development and have successfully made an impact on their communities and their people’s quality of life. (PNA)

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