DepEd Assistant Secretary Janir Ty Datukan Graces the LCC’s Midyear Performance Review

DepEd Assistant Secretary Janir Ty Datukan Graces the LCC’s Midyear Performance Review

June 28, 2024 – Quezon City. ASec Janir TY Datukan, Department of Education’s (DepEd) Assistant Secretary for Curriculum and Teaching – Education Assessment and Alternative Education joined the Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC) in its recently concluded 2024 Midyear Performance Review at the Great Eastern Hotel in Quezon City. In his inspirational message, ASec Janir underscored the role of the Council by saying that “there is a lot of work ahead, we have to dream big, we have to carry with us this burden, to really ensure that literacy gets to the grassroots level, especially to those people who are in need.”

The event which was held from June 25-28, 2024 aimed to assess the Council’s progress towards its implementation of programs and projects for the first two quarters of FY 2024; prepare for the Q3-Q4 activities of 2024; and build camaraderie among its LCC member representatives, Technical Working Group (TWG) and LCC Secretariat. Representatives from key organizations such as the Philippine Information Agency, Philippine Senate, National Economic and Development Authority, Philippine Normal University, and Synergeia Foundation participated in this three-day workshop.

Throughout the workshops, participants presented LCC’s accomplishments vis-à-vis the LCC Roadmap and Annual Implementation Plan and discussed how their respective agencies can better support the Council’s efforts. There was a strong commitment to strengthen collaboration among stakeholders, recognizing the importance of effective relationships in fulfilling the LCC’s mandate.

Another highlight of the workshop is the LCC Learning Session where the invited resource person from the Bureau of Curriculum Development, Ms. Mildred Zamar shared insights on the integration of the Madrasah Education into the K-12 curriculum, emphasizing the importance of inclusive reforms in the education sector. She also highlighted the significance of fostering a strong community with diverse personalities in the workplace. During her session, participants explored their unique personalities through a personality test and engaged in a teambuilding activity designed to underscore the value of unity amidst diversity.

Mildred B. Zamar

Supervising Education Program Specialist 

DepEd Bureau of Curriculum Development

Overall, the event was seen as insightful and productive, fostering a sense of camaraderie among participants while reaffirming their dedication to advancing literacy across the country.

Contributed by: 

Rossan C. Ignacio

Technical Assistant II

PIA Hosts the TWG Meeting

PIA Hosts the TWG Meeting on the Development of the LCC M&E System

Quezon City – The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) hosted the Technical Working Group (TWG) Meeting held on June 3, 2024 where the development of the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) System of the Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC) was discussed.

PIA’s Director-General, DG Jose A. Torres Jr., and DDG Katherine Chloe S. De Castro, the Deputy Director-General for Creative Communications and External Affairs graced the event with their valuable presence.

The TWG meeting focused on the review and discussion of the LCC’s draft M&E system document which was initially developed during a workshop conducted at the National Educators Academy of the Philippines (NEAP) in Malvar, Batangas last March 5 to 8, 2024. This draft includes the legal bases, context, and purpose of M&E, highlighting its pivotal role in universalizing literacy in the country. The resource persons also discussed the logic model and project life cycle, which serve as the foundation for crafting the M&E system. A mini-workshop was also facilitated in order to review the LCC’s 5 program pillars that feature the Council’s programs, projects, and activities and determine what needs to be monitored and evaluated. Initial workshop outputs were presented per program pillar where the resource persons provided feedback and tasked the participants to further refine their submissions. They also gave insights on how to specify the indicators and means of verification per project under each program. The operational terms in the Logical Framework such as inputs, activity, output, outcome, and impact were also discussed to paint a clearer picture of how the log frame works. Information from the LCC Roadmap and Annual Implementation Plan were also considered to be incorporated into existing outputs.

At the conclusion of the meeting, Mr. Enrico R. Mendoza, Head of the LCC Secretariat expressed his gratitude and commendation to all the participants for their significant contribution to the development of LCC’s M&E system, as well as the resource persons and the host LCC member agency, which will certainly create a positive impact on the LCC Secretariat’s overall service delivery. 

The TWG Meeting was participated in by Ms. Ada Claudette Enriquez (House of Representatives), Ms. Josephine L. Babaran (Philippine Information Agency), Dr. Heidi B. Macahilig (Philippine Normal University), Ms. Evelyn Relor (Policy Research and Development Division, DepEd), Ms. Anna Lourdes Abad Falcon (Bureau of Alternative Education, DepEd). Resource Persons, Ms. Miriam Coprado and Ms. Jean Abad, facilitated the conduct of the mini-workshops. The LCC Secretariat organized and also participated in the said meeting.

The Department of Education and the LCC Secretariat extend their profound appreciation to the PIA for hosting this significant event!

Contributed by: 

Rossan C. Ignacio

Technical Assistant II

LCC Gears Up: Preparations Underway for the Upcoming 2024 National Literacy Conference


Attendees of the Planning Meeting for the 2024 National Literacy Conference (left to right): (1) Ms. Aurea Jean A. Abad, LCC-TWG Member; (2) Ms. Gemma R. Macatangay, DILG; (3) Ms. Maria Cristina Marquez, DepEd – Bureau of Alternative Education; (4) Ms. Josephine L. Babaran and (5) Mr. Sixto Paulo Agato of the Philippine Information Agency; (6) Mr. Adnan Ahmad, Senate of the Philippines; (7) Dr. Milwilda M. Guevara, Synergeia Foundation; (8) Mr. Enrico R. Mendoza, Head of the LCC Secretariat, (9) Ms. Rossan C. Ignacio, LCC Secretariat, and (10)  Ms. Marikka P. Mampusti of the LCC Secretariat, focal person for the conduct of the 2024 National Literacy Conference.

To commence the preparation for this year’s National Literacy Conference that will be held on September 3-6, the Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC) has convened its Technical Working Group (TWG) composed of the member representatives of the Council to draft the theme and objectives of the annual conference last May 16, 2024.

The National Literacy Conference aims to reinforce advocacy initiatives and expand the social mobilization network system on literacy. This Conference is one of the activities of the LCC being conducted annually in celebration of the annual Literacy Week, as stipulated in Presidential Proclamation No. 239, s. 1993 titled Declaring the Period from September 2 to 8 of Every Year as Literacy Week and the DepEd Memorandum No. 072, s. 2019 titled Annual Celebration of the Literacy Week.

The said meeting was attended by representatives from the LCC Secretariat and those coming from the member agencies of the Council, namely the Department of Education – Bureau of Alternative Education; Department of the Interior and Local Government; Philippine Information Agency; Senate of the Philippines – Office of Senator Sherwin Gatchalian; and Synergeia Foundation.

The meeting adjourned with an identified theme and sub-themes as well as possible resource speakers of the 2024 National Literacy Conference. Moving forward, the LCC Secretariat will finalize the output of the meeting which will be subjected to review and vetting of the member agencies. Once approved, a DepEd Memorandum providing the details for the conduct of the 2024 NatLitCon shall be issued. The LCC also anticipates the success of this year’s Conference with DepEd Region X as its host region.

Throughout the years, LCC’s National Literacy Conference has served as a venue for literacy keyholders to converse and partake in crafting policy recommendations that will improve the literacy situation in the country. As we live up to the Council’s mission, we believe that with your help, the goal of universalizing literacy in the country is within reach.

Contributed by: 

Marikka P. Mampusti

Project Development Officer II

LCC Secretariat staff participate in DepEd LINANG Kick-Off Activity

LCC Secretariat staff participate in DepEd LINANG Kick-Off Activity

The Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC) Secretariat staff actively participated in DepEd’s  “Learning Interventions for Navigating Advancements and Nurturing Growth (LINANG)” Program Kick-off activity, spearheaded by DepEd’s Bureau of Human Resource and Organizational Development Division (BHROD) on May 15, 2024 at the Bulwagan ng Karunungan, DepEd Complex, Pasig City, and livestreamed via MS Teams. The successful event aimed to launch DepEd’s course offerings for its Central Office teaching and non-teaching personnel, bearing the theme “Cultivate, Elevate, and Motivate.”

For the in-house LINANG programs for Fiscal Year 2024, 30 slots per batch have been opened for both permanent and contract of service personnel. The topics include:  Work Orientation on Values and Ethics; Training-Workshop on Completed Staff Work; and Advanced Communication Skills Workshop.

Additionally, a separate issuance will be released for External L&D Interventions (ELD) and the Post Graduate Certificate in Management for Education Leaders by the Asian Institute of Management (AIM).

Resource persons Ms. Cecille A. Anyayahan, Project Development Officer V, BHROD-Human Resource Development Division, and Mr. Audie B. Masigan, who discussed “Learning and Development for Self and Professional Development,” powerfully inspired the participants. They highlighted the importance of leadership in professional development and encouraged proactive participation in upcoming Learning and Development programs of the Bureau. Mr. Masigan emphasized leveraging these opportunities for professional growth and aligning with the Department’s quality standards.

The salient points on Leadership shared by Mr. Masigan are shown here.

Meanwhile, Ms. Anyayahan informed the participants of the rationale and purpose of the activity in accordance to DepEd’s mandate.

With this empowering activity, the LCC Secretariat staff are ready to embark on new skills development training that would better prepare them for the tasks at hand.

Contributed by: 

Rossan C. Ignacio

Technical Assistant II

ULAP Issues Resolution in Support of DepEd’s MATATAG Agenda and NLRP

ULAP Issues Resolution in Support of DepEd’s MATATAG Agenda and NLRP

Mandaluyong City – In support to the Department of Education’s (DepEd) MATATAG Agenda Bansang Makabata, Batang Makabansa, which seeks to enhance the basic education curriculum; improve the delivery of basic education facilities and services; promote learner well-being; and support teachers, the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) issued Resolution No. 007, s. 2024 titled “A Resolution Supporting the MATATAG Agenda and National Learning Recovery Program of the Department of Education.” This, after DepEd presented the said program during the 104th National Executive Board Meeting of ULAP held at EDSA Shangri La Hotel on April 5, 2024.

Director Leila Areola

Director IV of the Bureau of Learning Delivery, presented the National Learning Recovery Program of the Department of Education

The said resolution enjoins all local government units (LGUs) to actively participate in the implementation of the National Learning Recovery Program (NLRP), a program under the MATATAG Agenda, which aims to strengthen the learning recovery and continuity program of DepEd, improve the literacy and numeracy skills of learners, as well as accelerate the achievement of the education targets. LGUs are essential partners of the Department in localizing programs and projects, as well as initiatives supporting learners and teachers, and improving the quality of education at the local levels.

Through this resolution, DepEd hopes to work with LGUs on the implementation of the NLRP, with the following possible areas for collaboration: 

  • Provision of transportation services, snacks, and lunch to learners and teachers;
  • Creation of livelihood opportunities for parents whose children are enrolled in the National Learning Camp (NLC), or other NLRP-related activities;
  • Provision of school supplies and learning resources to learners and teachers;
  • Establishment of functional barangay libraries and reading centers;
  • Sponsorship of learner interest activities;
  • Implementation of community/home tutorial interventions;
  • Development of community-based literacy and after-school education programs;
  • Assistance to schools in setting up Learner Support Centers, which includes provision of incentives for volunteers;
  • Creation of parental support education programs;
  • Launching of advocacy campaigns to encourage parents to send their children to NLC and other NLRP-related activities; and
  • Establishment of rewards and recognition programs for parents and guardians, among others.

To ensure the realization of the objectives outlined in the NLRP, which includes the National Learning Camp and Catch-up Fridays, as well as the overarching MATATAG Agenda, DepEd, in collaboration with ULAP, advocates the adoption of this resolution by all LGUs in the Philippines. The Literacy Coordinating Council fully supports all efforts and initiatives aimed at promoting literacy development and quality education for all. Let us all work hand in hand to cultivate a brighter future for all Filipinos!

To download a copy of the resolution, kindly visit this link:

Contributed by: 

Jonnabel D. Escartin

Project Development Officer I

Malolos City, DepEd partner for its First Local Literacy Conference, Showcases Research and Initiatives

Malolos City, DepEd partner for its First Local Literacy Conference, Showcases Research and Initiatives

The Local Government Unit (LGU) of Malolos City, Bulacan in collaboration with the Department of Education Schools Division Office (SDO) of Malolos City organized its first-ever Local Literacy Conference cum Research Caravan last April 22, 2024, as part of the 3rd phase of the City’s Project I-REINFORCE. Themed “Empowering Communities through Literacy: Pathways to Inclusive and Smart City”, the event aimed to disseminate information on the initiatives addressing literacy issues, publicly showcase research outputs on literacy, and recognize LGU and SDO researchers who participated in the conference. A total of 14 research outputs were featured in the conference spanning various literacy areas including history and culture, information and communication, livelihood and employability, disaster resilience, sexuality, agriculture, and more.

Mr. Enrico R. Mendoza, Head of the Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC) Secretariat, was invited to participate in the said conference where he delivered a speech commending the initiative of LGU Malolos, affirming that the LGU is on the right track towards ensuring a participative and research-based formulation and implementation of local literacy policies and programs. This is aligned with the Literacy Coordinating Council’s goal of eradicating illiteracy at the grassroots level. Mr. Mendoza, on behalf of the LCC also presented the Plaque of Recognition to LGU Malolos as one of the winners of the 2022 National Literacy Awards.

Honorable City Mayor Christian D. Natividad, Vice Mayor Migs Bautista, Schools Division Superintendent Leilani Samson-Cunanan, CESO V, Councilor Niño Carlo Bautista, and other key LGU and SDO officials were present during the conference.

Contributed by: 

Rossan C. Ignacio

Technical Assistant II

LCC and PNU Collaborate to Develop Benchmarks for Adult Literacy Competencies

LCC and PNU Collaborate to Develop Benchmarks for Adult Literacy Competencies

Marikina City- In line with the Policy Research and Development program of the Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC), a collaborative workshop was conducted on April 16-19, 2024 at the National Educators Academy of the Philippines (NEAP) National Capital Region (NCR), Marikina City. It was attended by the Philippine Normal University (PNU) Research team and selected personnel from the LCC Secretariat.

LCC is mandated to provide policy and program directions for all literacy endeavors to further universalize literacy nationwide. Hence, as a step forward, LCC through the PNU is currently undertaking research and development work titled “Research Study on the Development of Benchmarks for Adult Literacy Competencies.” It aims to assess international standards on literacy and develop a benchmark for adult literacy competencies as a reference for policy recommendations.  Dr. Heidi B. Macahilig, the Research Project Lead from the PNU led the discussion of the said study in this workshop.

One of the activities was to provide comprehensive and coherent indicators for each theme which is the different types of literacy such as the legal, sexual, environmental, health, technological, critical, computer, financial, socio-emotional, civic, ethical and moral, media and information, language, cultural, intergenerational, basic, digital, entrepreneurial, governance and news literacy. Dr. Macahilig and her research team focused on the abovementioned top 20 themes which is the result of the Focus Group Discussion (FGD) sessions conducted in 16 regions. Those themes will be further revealed vis-a-vis the specific indicators based on existing literature and anchored on the National Literacy Framework. These themes must serve as the basis for the development and validation of the Research Tool in the Phase 2 of the study.

Dr. Heidi Macahilig

Philippine Normal University

The participants have successfully discussed and consolidated the results of the FGDs relative to the conduct of the Research on the Development of Benchmarks for Adult Literacy Competencies Phase I. Dr. Macahilig shared the status update on the technical report document. Afterwards, they unpacked the different types of literacy relevant to adult learners to understand the indicators that constitute adult literacy. The two other objectives of the workshop were met- data analysis and determination of parameters in crafting the technical report. 

On the last day of the workshop, the research team presented the draft technical report outlining the research’s objectives, methodology, and findings. The final report will be submitted to the LCC Secretariat by the end of April 2024, for presentation to the members of the LCC at its next Council Meeting.

Contributed by: 

Edelweiss G. Villa De Gracia

Project Development Officer II

Literacy Coordinating Council Convenes for the Workshop on the Development of the M&E System

Literacy Coordinating Council Convenes for the Workshop on the Development of the M&E System

The Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC), through its Secretariat organized the Workshop on the Development of the LCC’s M&E System at the National Educators Academy of the Philippines (NEAP) CALABARZON. LCC member representatives and select participants from various sectors such as DepEd, LGUs, and NGOs were enjoined to meet the following objectives: 1) to present the DepEd Basic Education Monitoring and Evaluation Framework (BEMEF) and discuss its significance in the development and management of LCC’s programs, projects, and activities; 2) to develop the M&E framework for the LCC anchored on BEMEF; and (3) to determine the data requirements, including the tools to be utilized for the LCC’s M&E System.

Under RA 10122, LCC is mandated to formulate measures for the Monitoring and Evaluation of the literacy situation in the country. Considering this mandate, LCC is also tasked to establish and maintain a data bank and information exchange system supportive of the literacy efforts at both national and local levels.  Thus, the LCC organized a platform where best practices could be shared and streamlined to forge a viable M&E System that would be instrumental in universalizing literacy in the Philippines. Certainly, Monitoring and Evaluation is a significant aspect of project management, therefore it serves as an enabling mechanism to determine the strengths and weaknesses, failure, and success of a program during and after the implementation process.

The Resource Persons who were invited to facilitate the workshop were Ms. Aurea Jean A. Abad and Ms. Miriam N. Coprado. On the other hand, Ms. Lia Angela Daus and Ms. Evelyn Ralor from DepEd Planning Service – Policy Research and Development Division gave a comprehensive presentation of Basic Education Monitoring and Evaluation Framework (BEMEF).  At the onset of the workshop proper, Ms. Abad led the participants in revisiting the LCC Blueprint for Action.  This is an action program for the attainment of the Philippines’ literacy goal: universalization of literacy in the country. It functions not only as a strategic framework in developing policies and implementing programs towards the eradication of illiteracy but also serves as a guide for other government agencies, local government units, and partners from the civil society who are considered concerned entities. Ms. Abad pointed out that the basic principles and general strategies of the LCC Blueprint for Action were adopted and suggested to various stakeholders and program partners in literacy work. The attainment of Sustainable Development Goal 4 which is to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all according to the United Nations was also included in the said framework. In addition, three elements are necessary to make this work and these are the following: 1)  detailed objectives and implementation strategies; 2) the resources not only financial resources and budgetary appropriations but also the human resources, equipment, technology requirements, technical know-how and expertise;  and the 3)  timeline of the implementation. Shortly after the very informative discussion, Ms. Coprado gave an overview of the Project Management Cycle. She also tackled important points relative to the development of a Monitoring and Evaluation System or M&E System.

The second day of the workshop began with a management of learning activity facilitated by the LCC Secretariat.  It was a joyous experience that infused the energy of the participants before the comprehensive presentation of the introduction to Monitoring and Evaluation by Ms. Coprado. She thoroughly explained the definitions, objectives, and relationship between the Logic Model and Monitoring and Evaluation. She also pointed out that monitoring and evaluation are two separate parts of Project Management, yet these are interrelated strategies to collect data and report the findings on how well the program is performing.

As the main agenda of the workshop, the right steps to undertake to develop a viable M&E System are as follows:

Step 1. Conducting a readiness assessment

Step 2. Choosing outcomes to M&E

Step 3. Selecting key indicators to monitor outcomes

Step 4. Establishing baseline on indicators

Step 5. Selecting results targets

Step 6. Monitoring for results

Step 7. The role of evaluation

Step 8. Reporting and using the findings

Step 9. Sustaining the M&E system within the organization

Ms. Daus and Ms. Relor discussed the BEMEF which was formulated and adopted as DepEd’s guiding document for its operating units across governance levels in the conduct of monitoring and evaluation. The said framework prescribes rules and standards that are supportive of the global and national commitments of DepEd. It also sets the guidelines for the effective and efficient implementation of its programs specifically in delivering basic education in the country which are also aligned in its development plan.

The final leg of the 3-day workshop was spearheaded by Ms. Josephine Babaran from the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) who facilitated the enumeration game.

Then, Ms. Czarina D. Abellonar, Project Development Officer III of the LCC Secretariat, facilitated the workshop for the formulation of the LCC M&E System. She divided the participants into two groups and assigned two pillars of development as part of the Roadmap of the LCC. Group 1 worked on Ilaw (Advocacy, Social Mobilization and Partnerships) and Aruga (Learning and Organizational Development), while Group 2 tackled Yaman (Knowledge Management) and Buklod (Localization of LCC).

Following the presentations, Mr. Enrico R. Mendoza, Head of the LCC Secretariat, provided his insights about the participants’ inputs such as the adoption of best practices in at least 3 years, maintenance of the National Literacy Information System (NLIS) including the utilization rate of the page and content; reconstitution of the Local Literacy Coordinating Council (LLCC) membership due to change of leadership; assessment of the functionality of the LLCC and investment of LGUs to determine the functionality of the LLCC; lobbying for policy development regarding the establishment of LCC as a mandated body and gather policy recommendations and consider literacy development as part of the education development in the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) awards. Moreover, he recommended more engaging advocacy materials and encouraged the Philippine Information Agency to disseminate information through radio initiatives and the like.

In conclusion, Mr. Carlo Niño R. Claro, Education Technological Program Specialist from World Vision, a development partner of the LCC in its quest for eradication of illiteracy and universalization of literacy, shared his impressions about the workshop. He reiterated the importance of a robust M&E system: a strong Monitoring and Evaluation System that is crucial for tracking the program’s progress. He asserted that it is significant in identifying areas of improvement and ensuring the effectiveness of the Philippine literacy programs. He also stressed that collaboration among the council members, government agencies, NGOs, and local stakeholders is a key element to forge a more comprehensive approach to literacy development. Lastly, he highlighted the value of the impact of the program more than the outputs which pertains to the satisfaction rate, efficiency, and effectivity of programs that lead to holistic transformational development of the community and the lives of the family and children beneficiaries.

Day 3 (10)

Indeed, the dedication of LCC to develop a comprehensive M&E system is a vital significant step forward. Mr. Mendoza immensely thanked all the participants for their valuable contributions in his closing remarks. “M&E is not an enemy… Rather, it is a friendly tool that may be used in tracking development and performance results… I urge everyone to keep the flames of commitment burning as we passionately advocate for literacy nationwide,” he said. The workshop came to an end but has definitely marked a sense of optimism and a renewed sense of purpose to all the participants who are now equipped to build a better future for our countrymen.

Mr. Enrico R. Mendoza, LCC Secretariat, delivers his closing remarks.

Contributed by: 

Rossan C. Ignacio

Technical Assistant II

LCCS Takes Part in the Curriculum and Teaching Learning Session 1 of the Department of Education

LCCS Takes Part in the Curriculum and Teaching Learning Session 1 of the Department of Education

The LCC Secretariat participated in the  Curriculum and Teaching (CT) Learning Session 1 held on March 21, 2024, at the Discovery Suites Manila, Pasig City. This activity aims to equip select specialists and personnel from the Department of Education  (DepEd) CT strand with the knowledge and skills needed in evidence-based decision and policy-making, as well as provide them a space for learning and reflection.

DepEd Assistant Secretary Alma Ruby Torio delivered the statement of purpose for this event where she also shared her motto to encourage the participants, “As long as you know your end goal, you can do what you think is right.”

Afterward, DepEd Undersecretary Gina O. Gonong of the CT strand welcomed all  participants in this new space for learning and summoned them “to be aware of the changes in the field, the results of studies so we can be responsive to develop strongly evidence-based (education policies and programs).” She also mentioned the two important considerations for any organization- people and ideas. She encouraged them by saying “We make ourselves, our country, and our learners better.”

The first session titled the “Results of the National Learning Camp Assessment (NLCA)” was discussed by Professor John Pegg of SiMMERR National Research Centre. The NLCA aimed to extend a process of improving learner achievement and to strengthen teaching effectiveness in 3 targeted subjects, namely Math, Science, and English.  

Alma Ruby C. Torio

Assistant Secretary for Curriculum 

and Teaching, 

Curriculum Development, Learning 

Resources, and Learning Delivery

Gina O. Gonong

Undersecretary for Curriculum and Teaching

The report on the pre and post-test assessments was delivered and the student ability scores, and question difficulty scores were also shared by Professor Pegg.  The participants of the NLCA were more than 900,000 Grades 7,8,9 and 50,000 teachers. Professor Pegg used the Rasch Modelling Statistical Technique for the students’ pre and post-test analysis, a process applied for large-scale analysis. He also highlighted the main insights from the said analysis:

  1. Pedagogical Innovation- Adoption of the Science of Learning Framework illustrated a progressive approach to education
  2. Collaborative Culture- Sharing of best practices and peer-to-peer support
  3. Engagement and Variety- Feedback concerned the engaging and diverse lesson activities indicating that the program can engage student’s interests
  4. Curriculum Integration- Camp offers opportunities to integrate innovative teaching and learning methods
  5. Educational Equity- By focusing on key skills and understanding previously encountered in the curriculum, the program had the potential to address educational disparities
  6. Professional Development

In a nutshell, the results of the pre and post-assessments show that 1 year of teaching is equivalent to 3 months of learning, therefore the problem with curriculum and teaching needs to be addressed. Teachers must work smart and gain collaborative expertise which means that they need to support each other. As per the recommendations, he enumerated the salient points such as: 1) extend the National Learning Camp; 2) support schools with poor internet; 3) integrate evidence-based effective teaching and leadership into learning; 4) uniform data collection and training; 5) provide feedback and computing power; 6) analyze socio-economic factors in National Learning Camp; 7) build Data Science expertise; 8) establish data insights group; and 9) maximize National Learning Camp Database for Informed Decision-Making.

The next session focused on “Language Mapping and Assessment in Region VIII” and was discussed by Dr. Ricardo Ma. Nolasco and Mr. Antonio Igcalinos of ABC+ Research Team funded by USAID. To improve literacies, it is a vital step to map languages. The research was conducted in Cebu area in Region 7.  The reasons why language mapping is significant are as follows:

  • To determine the language that should be used for instruction within the school community per geographic area;
  • To inform teacher placement for teacher-student language match;
  • To identify the gaps in available teaching and learning materials;
  • To produce local data and evidence for decision-making; and
  • To provide Early Grade Level (EGL) programming with better tools to generate local data and evidence to make investments in EGL work.

The 3rd Session tackled the research conducted by Dr. Nikolee Marie-Serafico-Reyes from the Philippine Normal University, the title of which is “June or August: Which School Year Calendar Opening Is More Conducive to Learning?” 1,096 teachers participated in the said research and 85.9% of them prefer school year to start in June due to the following factors: 1) climate and weather considerations and health for students; 2) the results of the qualitative data analysis showed that the teacher- respondents’ reasons preference were family, health, and vacation; 3) comparative analysis with ASEAN countries; and 4) South East Asian countries with shorter and almost the same number of school calendar days as Philippines performed exceptionally.  As a result, she recommended June as the opening of the school year while for internationalization purposes, the SEA countries’ model whereby the start of the fiscal year is also the opening of the school year, may also be considered. She concluded that there must be at least 2-3 years of gradual transition for this shift, shorter breaks, shorter current or next school days, and a law that may supersede RA 7797.

After that, Dr. Dorothy Tarol and Ms. Ria Cereno from the DepEd Bureau of Learning Delivery conducted a lecture for Basic Filipino Sign Language Session 1. Under RA 11106, Filipino Sign Language is supposed to be used as a medium for deaf learners. She taught the participants the actual handshape, palm orientation, location, movement, and non-manual signals. The participants enjoyed the lively lecture of Dr. Tarol.

The final segment of the learning session was facilitated by the delegates from the East China Normal University’s Seminar on Capacity Building of Basic Education for the Philippines led by Dr. Edward Jimenez. The said seminar was spearheaded by the Ministry of Commerce, Republic of China and International Council for Teacher Education, Faculty of Education, East China Normal University (ECNU) last October 23 to November 7, 2023. 2 DepEd Directors and 12 Specialists participated in the said study visit. Dr. Jimenez echoed China’s poverty alleviation program, education policy and strategies, Teacher Professional Development (TPD), inclusive education, and educational planning among many others. The salient insights particularly on ‘Curriculum’ include strengthening curriculum development research and data gathering as leverage for curriculum enhancement and examining the ‘strides and slides’ of the Philippine basic education as regards curriculum intent and content which is quite strategic in the upcoming implementation of the new curriculum. In light of his rich discussion, the Philippine delegate team came up with the consolidated recommendations:

  • Maintain if not strengthen the humanistic paradigm as the basis of the Philippine educational development for this is the way of the future.
  • Revisit, re-examine, or recalibrate the education plans (short term e.three years) medium term i.e. five years, and long term i.e. ten to fifteen years) to strategically position or reposition the Philippine Basic Education.
  • Work towards creating a stronger and more effective education system that equips its learners for the challenges of the 21stcentury through continuous collaboration, thoughtful research, and adaptation.
  • Ensure that the true essence of inclusion of learners with disabilities (LWDs) is intensified in regular schools rather than mere integration which is a shallow attempt at inclusivity.
  • Basic education may adopt two educational pathways depending on the academic achievements and interests of the students.
  • Life-long learning/education shall be strengthened and shall cut across basic education to higher education.

During the Closing Program, one of the three participants who was chosen to share their impressions on the workshop was Mr. Enrico R. Mendoza, the Head of the LCC Secretariat. He created a positive and invigorating atmosphere with his remarkable Filipino Sign Language expressing a depth of gratitude towards the CT strand for organizing this learning session.

Contributed by: 

Rossan C. Ignacio

Technical Assistant II

LCC Welcomes Dr. Milwida Guevara, the New Member of the Literacy Coordinating Council Representing the Network of NGOs

LCC Welcomes Dr. Milwida Guevara, the New Member of the Literacy Coordinating Council Representing the Network of NGOs

Dr. Milwida M. Guevara

President and Chief Executive Synergeia Foundation

Image by Ateneo de Manila via

In a historic moment during the 156th Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC) Meeting held on February 15, 2024, the official welcoming of Dr. Milwida M. Guevara marked a significant milestone for the Council. Dr. Guevara, President and Chief Executive Officer of Synergeia Foundation, was confirmed as the new member of the LCC representing the network of Non-Government Organizations (NGOs). The confirmation came through a Council Resolution highlighting LCC’s commitment to fostering collaboration and inclusivity in the pursuit of literacy development.

Presided over by the Chairperson of the LCC and Secretary of the Department of Education, Vice President Secretary Sara Z. Duterte, the meeting brought together the heads and representatives of the different Council member agencies, including key figures and experts in the field of literacy to deliberate on strategies and initiatives for advancing the nation’s literacy goals. 

Dr. Guevara’s addition to the LCC is particularly noteworthy due to her extensive experience and dedication to literacy initiatives. As a representative of  and dedication to literacy initiatives. As a representative of the Synergeia Foundation, an organization recognized for its commitment to education and community development, Dr. Guevara brings a wealth of knowledge and insights to the Council.

Dr. Guevara’s addition to the LCC is particularly noteworthy due to her extensive experience and dedication to literacy initiatives. As a representative of the Synergeia Foundation, an organization recognized for its commitment to education and community development, Dr. Guevara brings a wealth of knowledge and insights to the Council.

Hon. Sara Z. Duterte

Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines

Secretary of the Department of Education

One of the key responsibilities entrusted to Dr. Guevara as a council member is to develop linkages with Local Government Units (LGUs) for community-based literacy development programs. This role underscores the importance of collaborative efforts between the government and non-governmental entities in addressing literacy challenges at the grassroots level. Dr. Guevara’s expertise in forging partnerships and her deep understanding of dynamics in governance and financing will undoubtedly contribute to the success of these programs.

Additionally, Dr. Guevara is expected to provide the LCC with valuable insights from the civil society perspective. This role acknowledges the critical role that NGOs play in implementing literacy initiatives and ensures that the Council benefits from a diverse range of perspectives in its decision-making processes. Dr. Guevara’s presence is a testament to the LCC’s commitment to inclusivity and holistic approaches to literacy development.

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Vice President and DepEd Secretary Hon. Sara Z. Durete together with the LCC, LCC Secretariat and other Representatives from other Agencies

As the nation faces evolving challenges in providing quality education, having a representative with Dr. Guevara’s background is crucial for steering the LCC towards effective and relevant policies and programs. The collaborative efforts of the LCC, bolstered by the expertise of its newest member, promise to create lasting impacts on literacy development in the Philippines.

During the said meeting, the Council also recognized the significant contributions of Prof. Flora C. Arellano of E-Net Philippines, the outgoing Council member, who dedicated over three years of service to the LCC.

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Prof. Flora C. Arellano

Board Member of E-Net Philippines

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Rossan C. Ignacio

Technical Assistant II