PANGASINAN, Sept. 23 (PIA) – Alaminos City bagged the fourth place in the National Literacy Awards contest – Component City category during the Literacy National Awards held in Baguio City on September 19.
City Information Officer Toots Orfinada said aside from the trophy awarded to the city government, Alaminos also went home with P40 thousand cash prize to be used for literacy programs and projects in the city.
Front runner in the category is Balanga City in Bataan,1st place; followed by Tabako City in Albay,2nd place; Tuguegarao City in Cagayan,3rd place,; and Malaybalay City in Bukidnon, 5th place.
Secretary Sonny Coloma of the Presidential Communications Operations Office was the event’s keynote speaker. He said the national government, through the Department of Education, continues to work hard in pushing for the attainment of ‘Education for All’ to make more Filipinos functionally literate.
On July 9 this year, the evaluation team of the Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC) came to Alaminos City to validate the literacy programs of the city which include Bright Child, Batang Plaza, E-Van, E –Kawayan, Scholarship Program , Literacy Mapping, and Project ADAM (Anti-Drug Abuse Movement).
Emelyn Q. Libunao of the Philippine Information Agency served as the chairperson of the board for the component city category. Other members of the national evaluating team include Dr. Milagros Ibe of the University of the Philippines and Dr. Ethel Agnes Valenzuela of Seameo-Innotech together with Dr. Norma Salcedo, head of the LCC secretariat, and Teresita Manlolo, also of LCC.
The DepEd, thru the LCC, organized the National Literacy Conference and Awards to recognize outstanding individuals or organizations and local government units for the commitment, dedication and contributions to literacy programs in their communities. (JCR/VHS-PIA 1 Pangasinan)