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

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

Celebrating Excellence, Recognizing Achievements: The 2023 Gawad Gintong LIYAB

Celebrating Excellence, Recognizing Achievements: The 2023 Gawad Gintong LIYAB

In a remarkable celebration of dedication and achievement, the Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC) Secretariat held the 2023 Gawad Gintong LIYAB on November 22, 2023, at the National Educators Academy of the Philippines (NEAP) Region IV-A in Malvar, Batangas. The event aimed to recognize the exceptional performance of the LCC Secretariat’s personnel and the unwavering support of Council member representatives in the successful implementation of LCC programs, projects, and activities throughout the year 2023.

The Gawad Gintong Liyab served as a platform to acknowledge the tireless efforts and contributions of the individuals who played a significant role in advancing literacy initiatives and programs of the LCC. The event not only highlighted the accomplishments of the Secretariat but also showcased the collective commitment of the Council member representatives to the overarching goals of the Council.

The theme for this year’s recognition rites is “Pagkilala sa Pagiging MATATAG sa Kabila ng mga Hamon.” This theme underscores the importance of acknowledging individuals who exhibit strength and perseverance in overcoming challenges, emphasizing the value of resilience as a commendable quality that empowers them to navigate and triumph over difficulties.


One of the key highlights of the event was the recognition of outstanding personnel within the Secretariat for their exemplary dedication to performing their tasks in the face of challenges of the year 2023. Awards were presented to those who demonstrated exceptional leadership, innovation, and commitment in their respective roles. Moreover, the Gawad Gintong LIYAB also provided an opportunity to commend the Council member representatives for their invaluable support in facilitating the successful execution of LCC programs, projects, and activities for the current year. Their collaborative efforts played a crucial role in ensuring that the Council’s vision for literacy and education was effectively translated into impactful initiatives. The Certificates of Appreciation were signed by Dr. Gina O. Gonong, Department of Education’s Undersecretary for Curriculum and Teaching and Secretary’s Permanent Representative to the LCC.

The event concluded with a renewed sense of enthusiasm and commitment among the awardees, Council members, and Secretariat personnel. The Gawad Gintong LIYAB not only celebrated past achievements but also served as an inspiration for future endeavors, inspiring all involved to continue working towards a more literate and educated society.

Gawad Gintong LIYAB is an initiative of the LCC Secretariat that is aligned with the provisions of DepEd Order No. 9, s. 2002 titled “Establishing the Program on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence (PRAISE) in the Department of Education.” LIYAB stands for the 5 Program Pillars of the LCC namely, Likha, Ilaw, Yaman, Aruga, and Buklod

representing Policy Research and Development; Advocacy, Social Mobilization, and Partnerships; Knowledge Management; Learning and Organizational Development; and LCC Localization, respectively.

Enhancing Organizational Excellence: LCC Conducts Staff Development Workshop

In today’s rapidly evolving professional landscape, training has played a crucial role in achieving organizational success. Acknowledging this important aspect of learning and development, the Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC) has organized a Staff Development Workshop for its secretariat and member representatives. This event took place from August 14 to 17, 2023 at the National Educators Academy of the Philippines (NEAP) Region XII in General Santos City and proved to be a transformative experience for all participants.

By investing in the skills, knowledge, and abilities of its workforce, the Council paves the way for improved performance, increased job satisfaction, and enhanced organizational excellence. Through this activity, the participants were able to gain the following:

1. Skill Enhancement. The workshop provided an avenue for participants to acquire new skills and enhance existing ones. These newfound skills will not only empower them to perform their current roles more effectively but also equip them to take on more challenging responsibilities in the future.

2. Knowledge Enrichment. In an era characterized by rapid information exchange, staying updated is paramount. Through the workshop’s informative sessions and discussions, participants were able to gain access to the latest trends, best practices, and insights, enabling them to make more informed decisions and contribute meaningfully to their organization’s success.

3. Networking Opportunities. The event brought together individuals from different Council member agencies, with different diverse backgrounds and roles within their respective organizations. This activity facilitated the exchange of ideas, experiences, and perspectives, fostering a culture of collaboration and innovation.

4. Boosting Confidence and Morale. As participants acquire new skills and knowledge, their self-confidence naturally grows. This confidence would translate into improved job satisfaction and a positive work environment. High morale between and among the LCC Secretariat and the Council member representatives would surely lead to increased productivity and a greater sense of loyalty.

5. Career Advancement. The workshop’s focus on skill development and knowledge enrichment will undoubtedly open up new avenues for career growth. Participants will be better equipped to pursue higher roles within the organization, fostering a culture of internal promotion and progression.

6. Enhanced Problem-Solving. Through interactive sessions and group dynamics, participants were able to sharpen their problem-solving abilities. This will empower them to tackle challenges more effectively, contributing to a more agile and adaptive organizational culture.

7. Long-Term Organizational Benefits. While the immediate gains of the staff development are evident, the long-term advantages cannot be underestimated. The participants are now more than ever ready to take on future challenges in their roles and responsibilities, with more enthusiasm as they embark on contributing to the realization of LCC’s goals and objectives.

The workshop also featured the conduct of Training Needs Assessment aimed at identifying areas and needs for learning and development of the LCC Secretariat and Council member representatives. Future training and staff development programs shall be based on the results of this assessment.

The LCC appreciates the participation of the representatives from the House of Representatives, Philippine Information Agency, National Economic and Development Authority, and E-Net Philippines, alongside with the members of the LCC Secretariat and resource persons.

Launching of LCC Radio Program


The Philippine Information Agency undertakes media advocacy to promote the thrusts and programs of the Council. In line with this, a 30-minute radio program segment was aired at DZXB radio station in Zamboanga City to sustain the Council’s various programs in remote areas of the country where literacy rate is at its lowest.

Presently however, the Provincial Orientation Toward Universalization of Functional Literacy is deferred for assessment. Thus, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) strongly recommends the production of a regular radio program to sustain the presence of the Council and its various programs in remote areas of the country where literacy rate is at its lowest. 

The general objective of this radio program is to intensify advocacy and social mobilization promoting literacy endeavors through radio broadcast. The areas covered by the implementation of the said radio program are Zamboanga Peninsula and ARMM (BASULTA). 

On June 24, 2009, the LCC in cooperation with the PIA launched the radio program at the Marshan Garden Hotel, Zamboanga City with the Honorable Ramon C. Bacani, DepEd Undersecretary and LCC Chairman as first official guest of the maiden broadcast. The launching was also attended by local tri-media practitioners; regional DepEd officials; representatives from the National Economic and Development Authority; the academe; non-government organizations; and LCC Secretariat head Dr. Norma L. Salcedo and staff Ms. Marianne C. Centeno. 

The radio program entitled “Literasi Laban sa Kahirapan” is addressed to all stakeholders involved in fighting poverty by addressing the literacy problem of our society. 

During the launching, PIA region IX presented the radio program module. The presentation focused on the thematic title of the modules and radio program workplan which include the topics and flow of discussion of the program.

Radio Program


LCC believes that mass media is one effective way of improving the delivery of basic education, expand the reach of educational program sespecially in remote areas, and promote the cultural heritage of the country.

The Literacy Coordinating Council, in coordination with the Philippine Information Agency has planned to implement massive advocacy and social mobilization through its Literasi Laban sa Kahirapan advocacy radio program.

Literasi Laban sa Kahirapan

  1. Advocacy

    – An act of persuading people to bring about a voluntary change in judgment; to support a cause; and adhere to a belief that they may not hold before.

    – It is a deliberate and strategic use of information to influence decision-making.


– To change the perception or understanding of decision-makers on problems/issues.

– To influence their choice(s) in making decisions. 

– To change decision-making behavior. 

– As a strategy, advocacy makes use of a combination of methods, messages, and approaches to achieve its objectives.

– As a message strategy, attention is on: 

•   content of message/information 
•   language use 
•   organization of information 
•   the appeal 
•   the timing of the message delivery 

– Message appeals can be: 

•   emotional appeal 
•   motivational appeal 
•   moral appeal 
•   rational appeal 

II. The Radio Program 

– Dubbed as Literacy Laban sa Kahirapan, the radio program is addressed to all stakeholders involved in fighting poverty by addressing the literacy problems and concerns in our society. 

– Its main objective is to help bring about change. 

• traditional perception and understanding on the issue of literacy; 
• stakeholders’ decision-making and behavior towards literacy-related concerns in  our quest for peace and development and in the attainment of quality of life.

The radio program will be aired 
•   in the vernacular 
•   in a local provincial radio station 
•   for 30 minutes per episode, once a week 
•   for a total of 20 episodes in 20 weeks

– To popularize and entice more listeners the program will integrate a Q & A portion. Mobile phone loads will be awarded to the first texter (or group of texters) with the correct answer. 

– An inter-agency monitoring team will be established: 
•   to provide feedback and observations on the conduct of the radio program; give suggestions/recommendations on how the program can be enhanced further; 
•   to note, document, and report developments that may be of significance during the program review and for inclusion in the terminal report. 

III. The Radio Program Workplan 

– Every episode has a workplan (or “lesson plan”); a specific subject matter for discussion; and a set of objectives to be achieved. 

– The flow of discussion is scheduled; time-framed for time management purposes. 

– The workplan pre-specifies the Talking Points and the Advocacy Line for the program host (and co-host) to expand. 

– It is critical therefore, that the program host must have sufficient background readings and internalization of the subject matter. 

– While the radio program workplan contains the outline or skeletal frame of discussion, it is the program host who does the “fleshing-in” and leads in the spirited meat of discussions. 

– The radio program is therefore, in principle, “a live show.”

– Categorized under major subjects, the whole course is divided into eight modules, to include the introductory module. 

– As may be noted, some modules have only one episode; others have three to four episodes, bearing thematic subject titles. 

IV. Thematic Title of Modules 

Intro/Radio Program Overview 

1. Literasi Laban sa Kahirapan 

– Literacy in Context 

2. Defining Basic Literacy vis-a-vis Functional Literacy

  1. Simple Literacy Rates: Inferences from FLEMMS
  2. A Closer Look at Statistics on the OSs
  3. OSYs and the Philippine Placement Test (NETRC-DepEd) 

    – The Government’s thrust on Literacy

    6. In a nutshell: The Literacy Coordinating Council (RA 7165); The Functions of LCC and Member Agencies; The DepEd’s Alternative Learning System 

    – The National Literacy Conference and Awards 

    7. Theme: Literacy and Empowerment
  4. The NLA and Past Year’s Winners
  5. The Hall of Fame Awards

    – Mandates and Guidelines

    10. Proclamation No. 239; AO No. 324; Memo Circular No. 36
  6. Joint Circular No. 614; Procl No. 614; Other legal references
  7. Nat’l Service Training Program RA 9153

    – Local People in Literacy Programs

    13. The DepEd Alternative Learning System
  8. The LGU/NGO Literacy Programs (How to Organize one)
  9. The Literacy Workers in Our Midst (Mobile Teachers et al)
  10. A Look at Local Program Beneficiary(ies)

    – Indigenous Peoples in Focus

    17. Literacy Concerns and Activities of the NCIP
  11. Feature: An NGO Literacy Program for IPs
  12. Partner Agencies for People Empowerment
  13. Feature: An Indigenous OSY Speaks

    – Education For All (EFA)

    21. An Overview of Education For All
  14. A Round Table Discussion: Literacy for All

    23. Literasi Laban sa Kahirapan Program Highlights