DepEd Organizes Virtual Symposium on the 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines

The Department of Education has organized the Virtual Symposium on the 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines, in partnership with DepEd Region VII – Central Visayas and the Division of Lapu-Lapu City on May 7, 2021, via Zoom Teleconference and broadcasted live through the DepEd Philippines’ Facebook page.

The virtual symposium started with AVP highlights from DepED Region VII. This program was hosted by Mr. Mark Erwin Mabanao and Ms. Lavilla E. Ochea Oporto. Division of Lapu-Lapu City Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Wilfreda D. Bongalos, CESO V shared her welcome message to the participants of the symposium. DepEd Region VII Regional Director Dr. Salustiano T. Jimenez, CESO V also extended his warm greetings to everyone watching the symposium. He honored the education frontliners and emphasized what they do at DepEd Region VII. Dr. Jimenez assured that education will continue despite the pandemic. This was promptly followed by the history of Lapu-Lapu City shared by Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard Chan. Lone District of Lapu-Lapu City Congresswoman Paz Corro Radaza also shared a motivational message.

DepEd Undersecretary for Finance Annalyn M. Sevilla delivered her inspirational message on heroism and the spirit of humanity amid the pandemic. This was followed by another inspiring message shared by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines Chairperson Rene R. Escalante wherein he highlighted Christianity and Filipino values.

One of the highlights of the virtual symposium was the motivational address by the Department of Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones. Secretary Briones expressed her gratitude to the City of Lapu-Lapu for holding the said event and her DepEd family for supporting the event. She also provided insights on the real meaning of Bagani and how beautiful this word is. She also discussed the implications of this symposium wherein she presented the DepEd mandate as enshrined in the 1987 Constitution.

“The State shall protect and promote the rights of all citizens to quality education at all levels and shall take appropriate steps to make such education accessible to all.

In the first discussion entitled “Tagumpay at Pakikipagkapwa-Tao: 500 Taon ng Kagitingan at Tagumpay ng Pilipino”, De La Salle University History Professor Michael Charleston “Xiao” Chua shared his insights and lecture on the controversial Quincentennial Commemoration in the Philippines. Professor Chua also explained that there are different perspectives in the Quincentennial Commemoration: the 500th Anniversary of the Victory at Mactan, the 500th Anniversary of the Arrival of Christianity in the Philippines, and the 500th Anniversary of the First Circumnavigation of the World. In the second part of his lecture, he discussed Victory and Humanity as the theme of his discussion, wherein he highlighted Ferdinand Magellan’s circumnavigation.

DepEd Undersecretary for Legislative Affairs, External Partnerships and Project Management Service Tonisito M.C. Umali served as the second lecturer in the virtual symposium. Usec. Toni Umali presented facts and insights on the 500th Commemoration of the Victory of Lapulapu in the Battle of Mactan. He also further explained the Republic Act No. 10086 or the Strengthening People’s Nationalism through Philippine History Act.” Usec. Umali has reiterated the significance of studying the Philippine History and shared several Republic Acts relating to it.

An open forum hosted by Ms. Marigold J. Cardente and Mr. Quirico Sumampong was held after the presentation. Secretary Briones joined the discussion together with Professor Xiao Chua and Usec. Tonisito Umali. One of the issues addressed by Professor Chua was the different sides of Lapulapu’s story. He clarified that historians rely on documents but unfortunately, the only people who made documents about Lapulapu were Europeans. Professor Chua also urged everyone to verify whether the sources on the internet are credible and have citations.

Another issue raised was Lapulapu and the Cebuanos being Muslim as stated by one of the government officials during his speech. Professor Chua promptly addressed the issue, saying that he does not want to criticize the official as the latter is not a historian. He provided possibilities that maybe his staff was the one who made a research on Lapulapu’s religion. Professor Chua emphasized that according to his research, Humabon and Cebuanos eat pork while Muslims do not eat pork. Another evidence he presented include tattoos on the warriors’ body which is prohibited in Islam.

The virtual symposium ended with an inspirational message from Secretary Briones. She urged DepEd officials who have official business in Cebu to show courtesy to Lapulapu Shrine. Director III of the External Partnerships Service Dr. Edel B. Carag delivered her closing remarks wherein she expressed her gratitude to everyone who participated in the DepEd-organized virtual symposium.

Jonnabel D. Escartin

LCC Concludes its Capacity Building Series for LGUs and NGOs with the Visayas Cluster

On May 17, 2021, the LCC Secretariat (LCCS) successfully concluded its series of orientation workshops in the Philippines with Visayas Cluster via Microsoft Teams. The Local Government Unit (LGU) and Nongovernment Organization (NGO) delegates from the said cluster took the opportunity to be capacitated on establishing exemplary literacy programs and projects at their local communities with the aid of the Foundational Framework and the Analytic Scoring Rubric developed by the LCC through the Philippine Normal University (PNU), the lead Council Member Agency for Research. Dr. Judy C. Bautista, Project Director of the said research project, covered the two pertinent topics while Dr. Boyet L. Batang and Dr. Leonora P. Varela moderated the discussion afterwards. Support and appreciation for the said literacy initiative poured out both from the MS Teams and online through DepEd’s and LCC’s  Facebook Pages.

During the open forum, one of the queries raised was on the legal basis for the establishment of local LCCs.  Mr. Enrico R. Mendoza, the LCCS Chief, mentioned that there have been legal bases issued as early as 2003 that encouraged LGUs in creating local LCCs. A DepEd Order entitled “Supplemental Provisions/Guidelines on the Strengthening of Local LCCs and Literacy Implementing Units (LIUs) was issued on March 25, 2003 as basis for the creation of local LCCs. (Reference: This issuance contained a copy of Joint Memorandum Circular No. 01, series 2003 made between and among DepEd, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), and NEDA. The DILG also issued its own Memorandum Circular No. 2007-155 also on the Creation and Strengthening of LCCs/LIUs. (Reference:

Mr. Mendoza expressed the LCCS’ willingness in providing technical assistance to LGUs in creating and strengthening of their local LCCs. He also happily informed everyone that a manual containing pertinent information is currently being crafted which is hopefully to be completed within the year. For the meantime, guidelines on this can be found at the LCC website:

The LCC head also thanked the LGUs for supporting the Department of Education and implementing their own literacy programs for the disabled, elderly, out-of-school youth and adults, as well as afterschool programs and learning opportunities at the barangay or municipal level that contribute greatly to the achievement of our country’s increased literacy rates.

During the discussions, Dr. Bautista clarified that the Analytic Scoring Rubric was not specific to an age or ethnolinguistic group. It was designed to be general and encompassing so that the tool will fit to whatever literacy needs the communities may have, whether for children or adults. Moreover, the research team is also in the process of drafting a policy based on the two (2) research projects and the Analytic Scoring Rubric. The team already had initial consultation meetings, including with DepEd’s ALS Task Force. The finalization and approval of the proposed national policy is anticipated to be completed within the year for the adoption of the framework and monitoring and evaluation tool at the grassroots level through DepEd’s Alternative Learning System. Dr. Bautista informed the participants that they may access the full technical reports at: or at the official website of the Philippine Normal University.

The LCC Secretariat would like to express its heartfelt gratitude to PNU, DepED Public Affairs Service (PAS), DepED Information and Communications Technology Service (ICTS), as well as to all LGUs and NGOs all over the Philippines who actively participated via MS Teams and Facebook, for making this event a resounding success!

LCC Secretariat Participates in a Webinar on Embedding Creativity in Education hosted by OECD

Recognizing the pivotal role of creativity in young people’s lives and their local communities, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), through the all-of-government Creative Ireland Programme – Creative Youth Plan, organized a webinar entitled “Embedding Creativity in Education: Ireland’s whole-of-government approach” on May 11, 2021, Manila time, via Zoom. The said platform served as sharing of resource persons’ invaluable insights and best practices as experienced by the Ireland government during the implementation of “creative learning.”

The entire session highlighted the importance of moving into the idea of creative learning among the schools and communities, and the significance of careful implementation in cultivating and assessing creativity and critical thinking of the young people. The shared inputs were situated at an Irish teaching and learning context.

The moderator, Mr. Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin, Senior Analyst and Deputy Head of Division in the OECD Directorate for Education and Skills, was joined by the resource persons namely: 1) Tania Banotti, Director of the Creative Ireland Programme; 2) Gary Ó Donnchadha, Deputy Chief Inspector, Department of Education, Ireland; 3) Tomás Ó Ruairc, Director of the Teaching Council, the professional standards body for teaching in Ireland; and 4) Di Fisher-Naylor, Director of Creativity, Culture and Education (CCE), an international foundation that leads creative learning programmes in schools.

During the discussion, it was emphasized by Ms. Naylor and Mr. Donnchadha that creative approaches and new teaching and learning strategies are first achieved by posing a precise, coherent and explicit definition of “creative learning,” including how it looks like. This concept might be abstract for others. There might be a confusion on the implementation if it is not well-defined by the administrators at the school level. Hence, the school administrators are challenged to conduct self-assessment and establish their priority needs in terms of integrating creativity in their curriculum and teaching and learning, as mentioned by Ms. Naylor. She also added that the current curriculum must be scrutinized to determine the starting point and that the spectrum of arts and creativity must be checked to embed creativity and other important skills into the curriculum. However, creative learning must not be limited to arts but may also mean bringing in data and correlating it with other learning areas such as physical education and foreign languages, among others, as expounded by Mr. Donnchadha. He said that investment on data enables one to improve it and provide opportunities for the administrators and implementers to track creativity.

Moreover, it was stressed out that policy frameworks relative to creative learning approach must be closely worked with the communities. It was reiterated by Ms. Naylor that the government must continue listening to the young people and invest on programs that will support teachers in their teaching journey. Mr. Ruairc noted that creativity is not just a destination but an entire process. It means fluidity of space. Teachers were stirred up to create their own space and to reflect their learning and creativity. In order to produce creative students, there must be creative teachers which is only attainable if there are creative communities.

To exhibit creative communities, children consultation meetings and active engagement of the communities, especially the parents, must be closely implemented and monitored. Through these strategies, the Irish government was able to discover new pedagogical approaches responsive to common learning challenges. In fact, some of the consultation meetings revealed the low participation of parents in cultivating creativity among the young people. As a response, the Irish government shifted into educating the parents on the value of education and the positive impact of nurturing creativity in their lives. It was explained that natural curiosity among children is as valuable as its shaping. Thus, the government must sustain an active dialogue with the young people and the communities and strategically embed creativity through evaluation of programs and adaptation of changes. The communities were also affirmed of its diversity and were highly encouraged to wander freely even if it means crossing curriculum boundaries.

At the end of the webinar, the resource persons reminded everyone that with the vision of delivering creative learning to every child across the land, the policy makers can only consider it successful once this purpose becomes a natural work for all.

Participating in such webinars enables the LCC Secretariat to broaden its perspective and update its current knowledge of issues and concerns experienced not only by the education sector of the Philippines but of the international community. By considering and studying the shared best practices of neighboring countries such as the Ireland, the Council may come up with policy recommendations that would elevate the literacy and socio-economic status of the nation.

LCC Secretariat Joins a Webinar on Human Mobility in the Post COVID-19 Recovery: Looking Beyond the Horizon of the Current Pandemic

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) held a special roundtable discussion entitled Human Mobility in the Post COVID-19 Recovery: Looking beyond the Horizon of the Current Pandemic, in partnership with the University of the Philippines – Centre International de Formation des Authorites et Leaders (UP-CIFAL) Philippines on April 29, 2021 via Zoom.

During his welcome remarks, Mr. Alex Mejia, Director of UNITAR’s Division for People and Social Inclusion, shared the objective of the webinar– to understand life after the pandemic. Mr. Mejia recommended changing the paradigm from problem to opportunity, from protection to empowerment through access to information and training. CIFAL Philippines Director Dr. Edna Co discussed migration challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on migrants and refugees during her inaugural remarks. She also shared that financial incapability is the main reason why migrants and refugees opted not to seek medical care in case of COVID-19 symptoms.

Mr. Alex Mejia, Director of UNITAR’s division for People and Social Inclusion presents the topic background and provides before and after facts on COVID-19 and human mobility

The University of the Philippines Professor and CIFAL Philippines Director Dr. Edna Co discusses the impacts of COVID-19 on Migrants and refugees

UN Women Regional Office of the Asia and the Pacific Humanitarian Advisor Ms. Maria Holtsberg is one of the webinar panelists wherein she presented the challenges experienced by women migrant workers during the lockdown period and its disproportionate impacts on them. She highlighted that more women have experienced job losses during the pandemic, which prompted new migration flows. She also noted the key emerging issues during these trying times including limited freedom of movement, termination of contracts, lack of social protection and health care, unsafe working and living conditions, and the increase in violence against them. Ms. Holtsberg provided recommendations for governments regarding the issues she presented, emphasizing full protection of human rights. She urged employers to extend the necessary support for migrant workers and their families.

UN Women Regional Office of the Asia and the Pacific Humanitarian Advisor Ms. Maria Holtsberg provides recommendations for governments to help protect and assist migrant workers worldwide

IOM Asia and the Pacific Senior Regional Migration Health Adviser Dr. Patrick Duigan addressed questions regarding migration challenges. Dr. Duigan shared the phases of mobility impacts and the travel measures issued worldwide from January to December 2020. He emphasized that migrants are the main drivers of the economy and that they are not problems but part of a solution. He also discussed the future of human mobility wherein it depends on a stronger internal coordination.

IOM Asia and the Pacific Senior Regional Migration Health Adviser Dr. Patrick Duigan addresses migration challenges queries and discusses the phases of mobility

The LCC Secretariat wishes to extend its deepest gratitude to UNITAR and UP-CIFAL for allowing us to be a part of this significant webinar which tackles crucial issues and concerns worldwide especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. It helped us further understand and appreciate how important migrant workers are in our society.

Jonnabel D. Escartin

LCC Organizes A Capacity Building Activity for Mindanao LGUs and NGOs

In pursuit of universalizing literacy in the country, the Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC) continues its series of Orientation Workshops on the Foundational Framework for Exemplary Community-Based Literacy Programs and Engagement. The Philippine Normal University (PNU), being the Council’s lead member agency for research, spearheads the capacity building on the standards and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) tool to the delegates of the Local Government Units (LGUs) and Nongovernment Organizations (NGOs) from Regions IX, X, XI, XII, CARAGA and BARMM.

Held on May 5, 2021 via Microsoft Teams with live streaming to DepEd and LCC’s Facebook pages, the research team composed of Dr. Judy C. Bautista, Dr. Merry Ruth M. Gutierrez, Dr. Boyet L. Batang, Dr. Maria Azela L. Tamayo and Dr. Leonora P. Varela led the orientation. The first two researchers served as the resource persons who thoroughly explained the developed foundational framework and M&E tool while the latter researchers moderated the discussions both in MS Teams and online via Facebook. The said two topics were known as the results of the Phases I and II of the DepEd LCC-funded research study on literacy conducted in 2018 and 2019 across the country.

During the open forum, various issues and concerns were raised by the participants. On the issue regarding the inclusion of the legal basis for indigenous peoples (IP) in the tool, Dr. Bautista clarified that since the analytic scoring rubric is aimed to be encompassing, it did not include specific groups, such as the IPs or other sectoral groups. However, different localities may do so especially if the programs developed within the community were geared towards them, as revealed by the needs assessment and analysis conducted. The said tool was designed to cater community literacy needs either in terms of majority or ethnolinguistic minority needs. Dr. Gutierrez also added, “No one is stopping you in including them (IPs). This instrument is not discriminating them but making them integrated to the whole community system we have… We appreciate all languages and it depends on your goals whether you include or exclude them in your planning of your programs.”

Mr. Enrico R. Mendoza, LCC Secretariat (LCCS) Chief, reiterated that the participants have the liberty to use the research-based framework and tool in doing self-assessment of their community-based literacy programs and familiarizing themselves with its contents and features for adoption in their respective local communities. He also said that the research team is currently in the process of drafting a DepEd Order and discussing it with the office of G.H. S. Ambat, DepEd Assistant Secretary for Alternative Learning System (ALS) Program and Task Force, for its proposed national adoption. Mr. Mendoza further expressed that the said framework and tool may also be used as basis in the development of the evaluation criteria for the conduct of LCC’s National Literacy Awards (NLA).

Aside from these, the involvement of the Parents-Teachers Associations (PTA) was raised during the session. It was mentioned by one of the participants that the PTA is very much willing to get involved in the said endeavor and may even request budget from the LGUs, as necessary. Mr. Mendoza shared that LCC has been engaged with PTA through DepEd’s External Partnerships Service (EPS) in the series of PTA Forums that it conducted in recent years in various regions of the Philippines. He said that one of the topics discussed by the LCCS is the importance of parental support in the teaching and learning process, as well as the important roles that parents play in ensuring that lifelong learning happens not only inside the classroom but also at home. LCC welcomes the support of all partners, including PTAs, because it wanted to apply the whole of society approach in universalizing literacy in the country. The Secretariat will explore possible partnerships with PTAs in mobilizing the parents to eradicate illiteracy in the Philippines.

Another suggestion raised was on the possibility to consider LCC programs as one of the indicators of the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG). Mr. Mendoza guaranteed that this concern will be brought up to the concerned office of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) for their consideration.

The orientation workshop was concluded with the LCCS Chief, along with the research team, appreciating the presence of all literacy mobilizers, including the DepEd ALS implementers, who participated in the virtual convergence. Likewise, the participants and netizens happily concurred the activity as “inspiring and very informative.” They thanked the LCCS for facilitating such a meaningful and relevant activity. They also congratulated the LCCS for achieving another milestone through the development of the standards and analytic scoring rubric for exemplary community-based literacy programs.

To watch the recorded video of this event you may visit .

The last orientation workshop is bound to happen on May 14, 2021 via MS Teams which will cater delegates from the Visayas Cluster. To register, please click this link .

LCC Spearheads the Capacity Building Activity for LGUs and NGOs on Ensuring the Effectiveness of Community-based Literacy Program Management (Luzon Cluster)

With the aim of ensuring the effectiveness of literacy program implementation at the community level, the Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC) through its lead member agency for research, the Philippine Normal University (PNU), conducted the first Orientation Workshop on the Foundational Framework for Exemplary Community-Based Literacy Programs and Engagement for Luzon Cluster. The said event was participated in by various local chief executives, literacy administrators, implementers, workers and advocates representing the Local Government Units (LGUs) and Nongovernment Organizations (NGOs) from Regions I, II, III, IV-A (CALABARZON), IV-B (MIMAROPA), V, and NCR.

Dr. Judy C. Bautista and Dr. Merry Ruth M. Gutierrez of PNU discussed the Foundational Framework and the Analytic Scoring Rubric or the M&E tool while Dr. Boyet L. Batang, Dr. Maria Azela L. Tamayo and Dr. Leonora P. Varela moderated the discussions among the participants. Held virtually via Microsoft Teams, the said capacity building activity was also livestreamed via DepEd’s Facebook Page and Youtube account on April 29, 2021.

The next leg of the orientation activities will be happening on May 4 and 14, 2021 for Mindanao and Visayas clusters, respectively. The LGUs and NGOs from these clusters are cordially invited to attend.

LCC Secretariat Participates in IDI’s Global Policy Series on Quality, Equity and Inclusion in Education: Post Pandemic Response

The International Development Institute (IDI) in Washington, DC organized a free webinar presentation and discussion on Quality, Equity and Inclusion in Education: Post-Pandemic Response held on April 15, 2021 via Zoom. This webinar was attended by global audiences from different countries. A distinguished panel addressed the issue on the significant effects of COVID-19 pandemic to students and learners around the world such as closure of schools, the disruptive effects to education and unprecedented including wide range of challenges, best practices, success issues, and opportunities across the education landscape. The distinguished presentors shared their practical advice and effective pedagogical strategies of sustaining a high quality and inclusive learning environment online in the context of the pandemic.

Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, Former Federal Minister of Education and V.P., World Bank underscores that universal access to education is achieved making sure that nobody is left behind.

Prof. Chandra Bhushan Sharma, Indira Gandhi National Open University, and Former Chairman of National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) shares that students who can afford to have access on the latest technology will also have access to the best teachers.

Ms. Nina Weisenhorn, Advisor in Education in Crisis and Conflict for USAID identifies seeing opportunities to strengthen education and support system particularly to those struggling teachers to re-engage in education pathways.

The LCC Secretariat wishes to extend its deep gratitude to the IDI organizers for this invitation by raising awareness on how to build back more resilient education systems that facilitate quality education for all, and addressing equity and inclusion in education.

Czarina D. Abellonar

LCC Secretariat Participates in a Series of Online Training on Leadership Program for Education Authorities

The International Development Institute (IDI), in cooperation with USAID, conducted a Leadership Program for Education Authorities (LPEA) participated in by various educators from different countries, including DepEd officials and education specialists from the Philippines. This five-day course with the theme “Improving Learning Outcomes at the School Level Post-Pandemic” was held on March 29-April 2, 2021 via Zoom. It strengthened capacity of senior education officials at the federal and provincial levels in countries in South Asia and East Africa. The objective of the course is to build their leadership capacity to better understand the new reality; revisit and reevaluate their existing plans and develop new strategic directions; set newly calibrated vision and goals; build capacity to collect and analyze data, prioritize and assess and plan to overcome implementation challenges, including political economy challenges; and monitor and evaluate their performance towards set goals. The program is designed for both policy makers and officials involved in the day to day implementation of education programs at the federal and provincial levels. Some of the lecturers from IDI who have in-depth knowledge on education, leadership and interest in empowering communities, also shared their expertise on their respective topics.

Dr. Arun R. Joshi presents the Settings Goals and Strategy for the Post-Pandemic Context
Mr. Jonathan Kassa talks about Health and Safety Protocols during disruptive times
Ms. Kerin Hilker-Balkissoon presents extensively her experience on incentivizing Teachers, Staff, Parents, and Students.
Prof. Padmanabhan Seshaiyer shares his experience on Innovations in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning as well as Decision Making with Data.
Dr. Robert Hessler in his 35 1/2 years in public education showcases his experience in School Leadership during disruptive times

The course was designed to expose and equip education policy makers and implementation authorities with the analytical, leadership, and management skills needed to effectively handle their responsibilities and continuously drive reforms in these fast changing and challenging environment. The program provided the participants from the Philippines, Romania and Ghana with an opportunity to learn directly from global experts, policy leads, and practitioners.

The LCC Secretariat wishes to convey its deepest gratitude to USAID and IDI for the privilege and opportunity they have given to all their participants who participated in this program in increasing their leadership effectiveness amidst this crisis.

Czarina D. Abellonar

Impacts of the New Normal on Mental Wellbeing: A Discussion with Teachers and Learners

On March 24, 2021, the DepEd’s International Cooperation Office (ICO) facilitated the first day of the second session of the webinar series of 2021 ASEAN and SEAMEO, with the theme “Impacts of the New Normal on Mental Wellbeing: A Discussion with Teachers and Learners” via DepEd-ICO and DepEd PH respective Facebook Pages.

The theme of the activity was in congruence to ASEAN Declaration on Culture of Prevention (CoP), Development of the ASEAN Work Plan on Education 2021-2025, and the SEAMEO 7 Priority Areas. The said event is also in line with Brunei Darussalam’s theme for its ASEAN Chairmanship this 2021, “We Care, We Prepare, We Prosper.”

During the Opening Program, it was emphasized by Director Margarita Consolacion C. Ballesteros of the DepEd-ICO that, “While policy recommendations are important for the education sector, the strategic shift in mental health policy is just as equal. In order for both sides to be successful, we must apply a whole-of-society approach to promote, protect, and care for the mental health of everyone. Building a community to provide support and conducting more research need to be part of the recovery and advocacy efforts as well.”

Esteemed speakers for the said event included Mr. H.E. Kung Phoak, Deputy Secretary General for ASCC, ASEAN Secretariat; Mr. Mark Airon P. Creus, Principal of Juliano C. Brosas Elementary School, Division of General Trias City; Ms. Jenelle Babb, Regional Advisor on Education for Health and Wellbeing UNESCO Asia and the Pacific; Assoc. Prof. Vongdeuan Osay, Deputy Director General of the Department of Teacher Education, Ministry of Education and Sports, Lao PDR; Dr. Sandra B. Tempongko, Deputy Coordinator of SEAMEO TROPMED Network; Ms. Ronilda Co, Director IV of DepEd Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Service; and moderated by Mr. Angelito R. Cortez, Jr., RGC, Supervising Education Program Specialist from DepEd Bureau of Learning Delivery.

Among the discussions were the mental health issues experienced both by the teachers and learners during the transition to online and/or blended learning, impacts of the COVID-19, sharing of policies and initiatives proven to be effective in the local communities benefiting the learners, parents and teachers across select ASEAN countries, including the Department of Education in the Philippines.

The dialogue on the said webinar series will continue until tomorrow, March 25, 2021 which is still to be broadcasted in DepEd-ICO’s and DepEd PH’s Facebook Pages. Anticipated topics to be covered are the continuation of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and blended learning on the mental health of learners, recommended coping mechanisms, and sharing of experiences relative to mental wellbeing of teachers, parents and learners.

The LCC Secretariat ensures to participate in national meetings and webinars which tackle crucial issues and concerns in the country such as the mental health of teachers, parents and learners amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. By doing so, it broadens the Council’s perspective allowing it to come up with relevant policy recommendations in a holistic approach.

Orientation Activities for the National Adoption of the Foundational Framework and Analytic Scoring Rubric for Exemplary Community-Based Literacy Programs and Engagement

As a response to LCC’s mandate on policy formulation, through Dr. Judy C. Bautista of the Philippine Normal University, and his research teams, conducted the Research Study on the Foundational Framework for the Exemplary Community-Based Literacy Programs and Engagement through its Phases I, and its Validation during the Phase II in 2018 and 2019, respectively. As a result, the LCC was able to come up with a foundational framework, and analytic scoring rubric which will both serve as guides to every Local Government Unit (LGU) in the country in establishing, and monitoring and evaluating exemplary community-based literacy programs and projects.

During the 143rd LCC Meeting held on October 22, 2020 via Microsoft Teams, it was agreed upon that a DepEd Order policy shall be crafted for the national adoption of the said research outputs. As part of the next steps, the research team is also opt to provide a series of orientations to the whole country in preparation for the implementation of the relevant policy.

In connection with this, the LCC has prepared orientation activities for Clusters Luzon, Mindanao and Visayas on April 29, May 5 and May 14, 2021, respectively. The target participants for the said activities are the focal persons of various LGUs and Nongovernment Organizations (NGOs) on literacy, especially those which actively participate and partner with the local communities.

The said nationwide orientation activities aim to: 1) capacitate the local chiefs and focal person of literacy at the local level on establishing exemplary community-based literacy programs in their respective communities; 2) orient the concerned key persons on literacy on the rubric to be adopted for the monitoring and evaluation of community-based literacy programs and engagement; and 3) strengthen partnership and linkages among various literacy stakeholders.

All interested participants must register through their designated Google Form link found below, earlier or at least three (3) days before the scheduled activity. It is also mandatory to secure a Microsoft Teams account by signing up for free through and installing its application prior to the conduct of the event. It is important to use the same registered email address in the registration form in signing up for the MS Teams to ensure that the participants’ credentials will be recognized by the system, and to provide them the relevant meeting link. In order to receive a Certificate of Participation, the participants are required to accomplish the evaluation form to be posted by the LCC Secretariat after each orientation activity within the timeframe given. Please take note that the distribution of certificates is targeted to be accomplished within two (2) to three (3) weeks from the date of each conduct. All orientation activities will be simultaneously streamed through DepEd and LCC’s Facebook Page during their respective dates.

For queries and more information, your staff may contact Ms. Jem Beryline S. Bualat, Project Development Officer II, via e-mail addresses: and/or


Luzon Cluster: April 29, 2021 | 9:00 a.m.

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Deadline of Registration: April 26, 2021 (adjusted date)

Mindanao Cluster: May 5, 2021 | 9:00 a.m.

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Deadline of Registration: (May 2, 2021)

Visayas Cluster: May 14, 2021 | 9:00 a.m.

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Deadline of Registration: May 12, 2021 (adjusted date)