World literacy has been a focus of UNESCO’s attention since its inception as
an international body. At a UNESCO International Conference in Udaipur (India) in 1982, the Declaration to “vigorously mobilize the resources and will to eradicate illiteracy before the end of the century” was framed. Thus, the eradication of illiteracy (EOI) by the year 2000 became a worldwide goal promoted by the UNESCO.
In 1990, the literacy movement was expanded by UNESCO in two ways: (1) by declaring this year as the International Literacy Year, and (2) the convening of World Conference on Education for All (WCEFA) in Jomtien, Thailand.
The Philippines, as a signatory to the 1990 Jomtien Document, initially concertized its participation in the EFA movement through Proclamation No. 480 which mandated the creation of an inter-agency National Committee on Education for All (NCEFA), the formulation of the Philippine Education for All Plan of Action and the preparation for the 1990 International Literacy Year.
In November 1991, Congress passed RA 7165 creating the Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC) to ensure that there is a body that will provide direction in the inter-agency EFA planning and implementation, specifically its component on the eradication of illiteracy. LCC is a national policy-making, advisory, and coordinating body that provides overall policy and program direction to eradicate illiteracy in our country.
The amendment of Republic Act 7165, a consolidation of Senate Bill No. 3573 and House Bill No. 6439, was finally passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on February 1, 2010 and February 3, 2010, respectively.
On May 27, 2010 the amended law was signed by the President of the Philippines as Republic Act No. 10122: “An act strengthening the Literacy Coordinating Council by amending Republic Act 7165, otherwise known as an ‘Act creating the Literacy Coordinating Council, defining its powers and functions, appropriating funds therfor and for other purposes.”
To provide policy and program directions for all literacy endeavors in the country.
Literacy Coordinating Council is the premier coordinating body in the country that promotes universalization of literacy.
The Literacy Coordinating Council is dedicated to uphold:
- L eadership for lifelong learning;
- I nnovation for inclusivity and integration;
- T ransformation;
- E mpowerment;
- R esponsiveness and compassion;
- A ctive communication, advocacy, and mobilization;
- C ollaboration, networking, and localization; and
- Y earning for social justice
Goals and Objectives
• To reach out to the nonliterates of the country;• To ensure that the learning needs of all young people and adults are met through equitable access to relevant and appropriate learning and life skills;• To create and maintain an LCC resource center for information exchange and dissemination;• To propose and promote programs and strategies relevant to the universalization of literacy;• To strengthen support structures for literacy at the local level;• To intensify advocacy activities and social mobilization network system nationwide;• To expand networking with stakeholders to generate resources in support of literacy programs, projects and activities; and• To draw and design an organizational structure and staffing pattern for the LCC secretariat based on the amended law.
Powers and Functions
According to R.A. 7165, s. 1991 as amended by R.A. 10122, the Council has the following powers and functions:
- Act as the overall advisory and coordinating body, providing policy and program directions for all literacy endeavors in the country;
- Engage the services, expertise and resources, including but not limited to, cooperation, assistance and support of appropriate government agencies or NGOs involved in literacy;
- Recommend strategies on the development of a mass movement for the promotion of life skills and education towards the universalization of literacy;
- Formulate measures on the monitoring and evaluation of the literacy situation in the country, including the establishment and maintenance of national data bank and information exchange and dissemination system to support literacy efforts at the national and local levels;
- Assist in identifying and adopting successful management schemes of literacy programs, and adopt measures to boost research and development work in literacy, by government agencies and NGOs involved in literacy work;
- Formulate policies towards maximizing public and private sector support and involvement on literacy programs, projects, and activities;
- Propose measures on how to organize and strengthen support structures for literacy at the regional, provincial, city, municipal and barangay levels; and
- Perform such other functions as may be necessary in furtherance of the purposes of this Act.
- Provide the Council with information on research findings and programs/projects outcomes for information and utilization in policy formulation;
- Provide technical assistance to local government units (LGUs), NGOs and other government organizations (GOs) on the sustainability of literacy efforts; and
- Issue sectoral policies/announcements congruent with LCC policies on the universalization of literacy.
- Issue appropriate issuances on the universalization of literacy congruent with that of the Council;
- Ensure the integration of literacy in all development plans, programs and advocacies at the local level through policy issuances and resolutions, among others; and
- Update the Council regarding activities undertaken which concern literacy endeavors in the community.
- Ensure the inclusion of literacy policies and priorities in the national and regional development plans;
- Assist in identifying possible sources of funds and other forms of support for literacy programs and projects;
- Advise the Council on related policies and development programs; and
- Provide technical assistance to the Secretariat as directed by the Council.
- Lead in supporting the advocacy efforts of the Council from the national down to the local levels; and
- Develop advocacy materials and programs that strengthen literacy endeavors intended for various target audience.
- Lead in mobilizing the academic community to support efforts to achieve universal literacy, including conduct of research on teachers’ KAVS in literacy skills development;
- Provide technical assistance to other members of the academic community on promotion of literacy; and
- Inform the Council on activities undertaken by academic community concerning literacy promotion.
- Develop linkages with the LGUs for community-based literacy development programs; and
- Impart insights to the Council regarding literacy efforts from civil society perspective.
- Formulate national policies and standards in terms of programs and policy directions on literacy;
- Assist in the review and/or amendment of existing laws/issuances for an effective system of literacy efforts; and
- Perform oversight function by investigating and evaluating the execution and effectiveness of laws, including pertinent implementing rules and regulations, the principal subject matter of which are within its jurisdiction, to determine whether such laws are being carried out in accordance with the intent of Congress and the necessity of proposing new or amendatory legislation.
A Secretariat that serves as technical support staff who attends to the day-to-day concerns of LCC as a coordinating, policy-making, and advisory body.
LCC Secretariat & Functions
- Develop criteria, guidelines, designs, and procedures for the preparation, appraisal, and monitoring of programs and projects on literacy;
- Monitor contracted program and project implementation and suggest modifications/changes when necessary;
- Prepare periodic annual targets and reports;
- Oversee the effective implementation of all literacy programs and projects and other related activities contracted to other agencies/organizations/groups;
- Provide technical assistance to literacy implementers relative to the different stages of the project cycle;
- Plan and coordinate secretarial, documentation, and editing requirements of the Council;
- Supervise the procurement of equipment, supplies, and materials required by the Council;
- Ensure that all required reports are encoded neatly and accurately and distributed promptly to intended recipients;
- Maintain an updated Management and Information System (MIS) on literacy programs and projects;
- Prepare/Draft policies on literacy for review and approval of the Council, before forwarding the same to the Office of the President for approval and signature; and
- Perform other duties as may by required by the Council.
Literacy Coordinating Council
Secretariat’s Policy on Quality
We, at the LCC Secretariat, commit to satisfy the Literacy Coordinating Council and its stakeholders by providing them with effective and efficient technical and administrative support in policy formulation and coordination of initiatives towards universalization of literacy in the Philippines, through our dedicated service, exuding the highest standard of excellence, professionalism, and integrity.
We endeavor to comply with all applicable requirements and strive to continuously improve our quality management system.