GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines – On September 5 to 8, 2023 the LCC conducted the Workshop on the Maintenance and Enhancement of the LCC Database System (Phase 1) at the National Educators Academy of the Philippines (NEAP) Region XII in General Santos City. The event brought together key stakeholders to bolster data management strategies aimed at advancing literacy development efforts nationwide. Participated by the representatives from the different Council member agencies, the LCC Secretariat, and resource persons, this activity aimed to review and enhance the structure, design, and content of the National Literacy Information System that is used to collect, store, and analyze critical data related to literacy.
During the opening program, LCC Secretariat head, Mr. Enrico R. Mendoza, highlighted the significance of data-driven decision-making in advancing literacy development in the Philippines. He stressed the importance of accurate and up-to-date information in formulating policies and strategies that address the evolving needs of learners and literacy program managers.
The workshop’s success signifies the LCC’s continued efforts to modernize its data infrastructure and align its strategies with current best practices in data management. By enhancing the National Literacy Information System, the LCC, its stakeholders, and partners are better equipped to monitor and evaluate literacy programs, allocate resources effectively, and drive positive change in the education landscape of the Philippines.
Phase 2 of the workshop is scheduled for conduct on September 25 to 28, 2023 in Cebu City.
Availability of relevant data and information plays a very important role in various aspects of literacy development in the Philippines, and the Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC) has a significant role in overseeing and facilitating efforts on this, through the development and maintenance of the National Literacy Information System (NLIS).
Below are the elements that detail the significance of the NLIS in literacy development in the Philippines:
Data Collection and Analysis. Databases are essential for collecting and storing data related to literacy rates, educational resources, and the population’s educational needs. The NLIS helps LCC’s stakeholders in organizing and analyzing this data, enabling policymakers and educators to make informed decisions. This data can include literacy rates, demographic information, school infrastructure, and the availability of teaching materials.
Resource Allocation. A complete and updated data collection system on literacy can help the government allocate resources effectively at the national and local levels. By having accurate data on literacy levels and educational needs, national government agencies and local government executives can allocate funds, teachers, and educational materials to areas where they are most needed. This ensures that resources are distributed equitably and efficiently, ultimately benefiting literacy development.
Monitoring and Evaluation. Databases and management information systems allow for the continuous monitoring and evaluation of literacy programs and initiatives. This helps identify what’s working and what needs improvement. Regular assessments can lead to adjustments in educational policies and strategies, leading to better literacy outcomes.
Targeted Interventions. With data-driven insights, the government and NGOs can design and implement targeted interventions to address specific literacy challenges. For example, if data shows that a particular region has a low literacy rate, targeted programs can be introduced to address the root causes, whether it’s lack of access to schools or specific language barriers.
Accountability and Transparency. Databases and management information systems contribute to accountability and transparency in literacy development efforts. Stakeholders can track the progress of programs and hold responsible parties accountable for their results, which can help ensure that resources are used effectively and corruption is minimized.
Policy Formulation. Accurate and up-to-date data is essential for formulating effective literacy policies. The government can use this information to set targets, create strategies, and enact legislation that promotes literacy development.
The Literacy Coordinating Council plays a vital role in the context of literacy development. It coordinates various government agencies, nongovernment organizations, and other stakeholders involved in literacy initiatives. It ensures that efforts are synchronized and complementary, avoiding duplication and fragmentation. It also participates in the formulation of policies related to literacy and basic education and it also provides recommendations and insights based on data and best practices to help shape effective policies. Moreover, the Council serves as an advocate for literacy development at both the national and local levels. It raises awareness about the importance of literacy and mobilizes support from government and civil society. The LCC may have a role in advising on the allocation of resources for literacy programs and initiatives. It ensures that funds are directed to where they are most needed and can have the greatest impact. It is responsible for monitoring and evaluating literacy programs and initiatives to assess their effectiveness and provide recommendations for improvement.
The NLIS is a critical tool for informed decision-making in literacy development, and the Literacy Coordinating Council plays a pivotal role in coordinating, advocating for, and overseeing efforts to improve literacy in the Philippines. Together, these elements contribute to more effective and efficient literacy development programs and policies.
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.
Sa ika-154 na pagpupulong ng Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC), idiniin ng Philippine Information Agency (PIA) ang kahalagahan ng pagpapaigting ng adbokasiya ng literacy sa bansa. Inilatag ni Director General Jose A. Torres, Jr. ang mga hakbangin ng PIA upang tiyakin na maisasagawa ang mga natukoy na plano ng LCC sa pagpapalaganap ng kamalayan ng mga mamamayan tungkol sa kahalagahan ng pagpapaunlad ng literacy. Binanggit ni DG Torres sa kaniyang presentasyon ang mga naisakatuparan ng kanilang ahensya kabilang na ang papel na ginampanan nito sa pagbuo ng LCC Communication Plan, social media cards, video at radio commercials, kasama na ang media guesting ng LCC Secretariat sa mga Regional Kapihan ng PIA at sa iba pang partner media networks. Kasama rin sa kaniyang ibinahagi ang mga inisyatibong isasakatuparan pa ng PIA sa hinaharap. “Katuwang ang PIA sa pagsusulong ng adbokasiya ng LCC na Literacy for All,” pahayag ni DG Torres.
Ang ika-154 na pagpupulong ng konseho ay pinangunahan ni Vice President at Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Sara Z. Duterte, Chairperson din ng LCC. Ito ay ginanap noong Agosto 3, 2023 sa pamamagitan ng Zoom video conference. Kabilang sa mga dumalo sa nasabing pulong ay ang mga miyembro at kinatawan ng LCC na sina Congressman Roman T. Romulo ng House of Representatives Committee on Basic Education and Culture, Dr. Bert J. Tuga ng Philippine Normal University (PNU), Prof. Flora C. Arellano ng E-Net Philippines, Director-General Jose A. Torres, Jr. ng Philippine Information Agency (PIA), at Director Girlie Grace J. Casimiro-Igtiben ng National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). Kasama ring nakilahok sa miting na ito sina Assistant Secretary (ASec) Sunshine Charry A. Fajarda at ASec G.H. S. Ambat ng DepEd, Assistant National Statistician Adrian A. Cerezo ng Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), at iba pang panauhin na katuwang ng LCC.
Kabilang din sa mga natalakay sa naturang meeting ang pagrerepaso ng Functional Literacy, Education and Mass Media Survey (FLEMMS) ng PSA, pagbuo ng Literacy Journal katulong ang PNU, nominasyon para sa magiging bagong NGO member ng LCC, at iba pang mahahalagang paksa.
In a steadfast effort to illuminate the path to improved literacy rates in the Philippines, the Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC) has unveiled its comprehensive program, “LIYAB,” comprising five vital pillars aimed at fulfilling its mandate to universalize literacy in the country. The LIYAB program embodies the nation’s commitment to empower Filipinos through functional literacy and lifelong learning, and the first pillar, aptly named “LIKHA,” sets its focus on Policy Research and Development.
Under the LIKHA pillar, the LCC is resolutely dedicated to enhancing research and development efforts in the field of literacy. This involves harnessing the power of comprehensive data, in-depth studies, and expert analyses to inform and influence literacy policy and program development across the national and local levels of governance.
Currently, the LCC is undertaking the Research Study on the Development of Benchmarks for Adult Literacy Competencies. This study aims to review and consolidate international standards on literacy, culminating in the creation of a benchmark for adult literacy competencies. Such a benchmark is poised to become the cornerstone for policy recommendations, ushering in a new era of literacy advancement in the country.
At its core, the research study seeks to achieve four pivotal goals:
1) Redefining the Country’s Literacy Goals: By drawing upon global best practices and innovative approaches, the study endeavors to redefine the nation’s literacy goals. The envisioned goals will take into account not only the conventional aspects of reading and writing but also the ever-evolving demands of a knowledge-driven society.
2) Revising the Measure of Literacy in the Country: With the benchmark for adult literacy competencies as a guide, the LCC aims to reevaluate the existing metrics used to assess literacy rates in the Philippines. This revision will pave the way for a more accurate and comprehensive understanding of literacy levels, helping to identify areas that require urgent attention and intervention.
3) Designing Interventions to Achieve Literacy Goals: Armed with data-backed insights, the LCC will craft targeted interventions to propel the country towards achieving its literacy goals. These interventions will be tailored to address specific challenges and will extend to diverse areas such as curriculum review for Basic Education and Teacher Education, as well as national and local literacy programs
4) Strengthening Curriculum and Literacy Programs: The study’s outcomes will serve as a driving force behind the transformation of educational curricula and literacy programs. Armed with the benchmark for adult literacy competencies, the LCC will collaborate with educational institutions and stakeholders to implement comprehensive enhancements, ensuring that learners are equipped with the skills required for success in the modern world.
The research study kicks off through a series of Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) in select Department of Education (DepEd) Regions across the Philippines. The inaugural session took place on July 13, 2023, in DepEd Region X, facilitated by the research team from the Philippine Normal University (PNU) and other partner higher education institutions, together with the LCC Secretariat, Regional Alternative Learning System (ALS) focal person, and personnel from the Schools Division Office of Cagayan de Oro City. Subsequent FGDs are scheduled to cover additional regions in the following weeks, extending until September 2023.
As the LCC continues its relentless pursuit of literacy excellence, the LIKHA pillar is set to become a beacon of knowledge, guiding the nation towards a future characterized by enhanced literacy rates and a more educated and empowered citizenry. As the research study on the development of benchmarks for adult literacy competencies unfolds, the nation eagerly awaits the transformative changes that lie ahead, heralding a new era of literacy-driven development.
In the pursuit of organizational success, careful planning and regular assessment play a pivotal role in driving progress and achieving goals. Recognizing this fundamental principle, the Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC) recently organized a Midyear Performance Review, which took place from June 13-16, 2023, at the National Educators Academy of the Philippines in General Santos City. The event aimed to evaluate the Council’s performance during the first half of the year, realign the implementation plan for 2023, and foster discussions on accomplishments and future directions. Representatives from various member agencies actively participated in the workshop, with activities facilitated by the LCC Secretariat and esteemed resource persons.
During the Midyear Performance Review, the LCC focused on evaluating its progress and fine-tuning strategies to ensure the eradication of illiteracy at the grassroots level. The Council aimed to leverage the collective efforts and expertise of its member agencies to develop effective programs and initiatives that address the literacy challenges faced by communities across the nation.
Throughout the workshop, the Council conducted comprehensive assessments of its performance, highlighting achievements, identifying areas for improvement, and addressing potential obstacles. By recalibrating the implementation plan for 2023, the LCC strives to optimize its resources and further enhance its impact on literacy promotion.
The workshop provided an invaluable platform for in-depth discussions among Council representatives, enabling them to share experiences, exchange knowledge, and explore innovative approaches to address illiteracy effectively. With the guidance of the LCC Secretariat and resource persons, participants engaged in constructive dialogue to forge a collective path forward.
The Literacy Coordinating Council remains committed to its mission of eradicating illiteracy. To learn more about the Council’s ongoing initiatives, accomplishments, and future plans, interested individuals are encouraged to visit the LCC website at [https://lcc.deped.gov.ph]. Additionally, the Council invites literacy advocates, supporters, and partners to engage with them on their Facebook page [@LiteracyCoordinatingCouncil]. For further inquiries, the LCC Secretariat can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, where they are ready to provide information and support related to literacy promotion efforts.
By fostering collaboration, strategic planning, and continuous assessment, the LCC aims to create a future where every Filipino has access to quality education and the ability to thrive through the power of literacy. Together, let us join hands in building a more literate and empowered nation.
Driven by its mission to extend a helping hand in strengthening the advocacy of literacy, the Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation, Incorporation which has been one of the reliable and longest-standing partners of the Literacy Coordinating Council—being the official benefactor of cash prizes for the Special Award of Excellence in Literacy category of the National Literacy Awards, met with the LCC Secretariat last March 22, 2023 (Wednesday) to fortify its partnership and discuss existing and future areas of collaboration.
“We believe in multi-stakeholder collaboration to further promote inclusive education and literacy in the country, and we focus our resources on these advocacies among others,” shared Mr. Jonathan D. Batangan, Executive Director of the CLFI, during the meeting. The said meeting was attended by Mr. Michael Joseph A. Torne, Mr. Enrico R. Mendoza, and Ms. Marikka P. Mampusti.
The LCC, being a coordinating body, puts forth on establishing meaningful and sustainable partnerships not only with government agencies but also with private organizations that relentlessly work on empowering and uplifting the lives of Filipinos through literacy. Being its main advocacy program, the National Literacy Awards underscores the importance of literacy in nation-building. It serves as an avenue for local government units and nongovernment organizations to have their best practices in literacy documented in the hopes that these will be institutionalized and replicated.
The CLFI commits to sustaining its advocacy on education and literacy and leads the private sector to intensify the support to LCC and continue to help the Department of Education in recognizing the award-winning initiatives of all LGUs, NGOs, and Civil Society Organizations. The LCC is thrilled to further strengthen the partnership between the two parties which will manifest in the 2024 National Literacy Awards.
Borne out of their intention to contribute to improving the literacy situation in the country by designing a reading program called “Bawat Isa Makakabasa,” the 1986 Summerhouse Publishing, an organization with a deep sense of commitment not only to Content Development but far greater the meaning and development solutions which would carry value towards transformation and nation building, extended an opportunity to the Department of Education to implement the said reading program.
“The “Bawat Isa Makakabasa” is a reading program that supports the call to increase the literacy rate of Filipino learners and emphasizes the significant role of education in nation-building through the establishment of public libraries and reading centers in all local government units,” Ms. Rellyn M. Nojadero-Luces, the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the 1986 Summerhouse Publishing shared during the meeting.
The program is responsive to the Every Child a Reader Program (ECARP), a national program that addresses the thrust of the Department of Education (DepEd) to make every child a reader at his/her grade level. It is designed to equip elementary pupils with strategic reading and writing skills to make them independent young readers and writers; and “Hamon: Bawat Bata Bumabasa (3Bs Initiative),” as well as the Department’s flagship agenda—MATATAG: “Bansang Makabata, Batang Makabansa.”The program is designed for learners across ages and grade levels—including Indigenous Peoples Education (IPEd).
The exploratory meeting with 1986 Summerhouse Publishing was attended to by various offices from the DepEd – Central Office, namely the Literacy Coordinating Council Secretariat, External Partnerships Service, Bureau of Learning Delivery, and Bureau of Curriculum Development to ensure that the requirements needed to facilitate the implementation of the program in full swing will be set. This objective was achieved by the 1986 Summerhouse Publishing by sharing the history, background, and goals of the publishing house, having a full demonstration of the “Bawat Isa Makakabasa” reading program, explaining the Quality Management procedures of the organization, showing a preview of the Learning Management System (LMS) platform intended for the implementation of the program, and explaining their Public-Private Partnership (PPP) program.
The meeting ended meaningfully by identifying the ways forward to formally establish a partnership between DepEd and 1986 Summerhouse Publishing. Additionally, to ensure alignment of the program with the curriculum standards and obtain quality assurance of the resources to be used in implementing the program, technical assistance coming from the Bureau of Curriculum Development, Bureau of Learning Delivery, and Bureau of Learning Resources will be provided.
Lastly, the Literacy Coordinating Council, through its Secretariat, commits to advocating for the program on the ground by introducing it to the local government units that have local literacy councils and are active partners of the Council in universalizing literacy in the country. The LCC, together with the DepEd, looks forward to building a partnership with organizations like 1986 Summerhouse Publishing that are eager to improve the literacy skills of Filipino learners. This goes without saying that it is the Council’s privilege to share the vision and journey to work toward the goal of universalizing literacy in the country.
Anchored on its goal to recover lost learning so that learners can return to or enroll into education at the level that suits their age and situation, the Catch Up Project of the World Vision is designed as a community-based intervention that is responsive to learners’ needs and context. The project intends to focus on catch-up learning to support most vulnerable children who experienced disruption and need a target intervention to ‘catch-up’.
Given its already established partnership, Mr. Geomel P. Jetonzo, Brigada Pagbasa Program Director of World Vision Development Foundation together with Prof. Flora C. Arellano of the Education Network (E-Net) Philippines, met with Mr. Enrico R. Mendoza, Head of the LCC Secretariat and Ms. Marikka P. Mampusti, lead focal person for the Advocacy, Social Mobilization, and Partnerships last February 9, 2023 to beef up the implementation and widen the reach of the program with the assistance of the Literacy Coordinating Council.
The meeting covered Mr. Jetonzo’s presentation on the rationale of the program including its objectives, implementation strategy, approach, key design features. Mr. Jetonzo shared that the program serves as a first-aid solution that can be used by anyone who are interested to teach literacy in their respective communities, let it be the teachers, non-DepEd volunteers, student volunteers, and guardians of learners. One of the highlights of the meeting was the discussion of the potential areas for support of the LCC in scaling up the implementation of the program which includes increased involvement of the organization on LCC activities including its conferences, fora, and summits. LCC also commits to include the World Vision as one of its identified partners that local government units and non-government organizations can refer to should they initiate to implement a community-based literacy reading program to improve their literacy situation in the ground.
Now, more than ever, the LCC and its Secretariat reechoes its support to the Brigada Pagbasa program as it continuously works on the development of interventions that aid in lessening the learning gap through its literacy programs. Through this partnership, it is reaffirmed that it takes a village to raise a child, hence, villagers in the form of the World Vision are gladly welcome as one our allies in universalizing literacy in the country.
For local government units, nongovernment organizations, or anyone who wish to know more about the Brigada Pagbasa’s Catch Up Program (CUP), kindly visit the link: https://bit.ly/BrigadaPagbasa_CUP. Those who are interested to implement the Brigada Pagbasa CUP may reach out to the LCC Secretariat through email at email@example.com to facilitate smooth coordination with the proponent organization for potential collaboration.
Sa pangunguna ni Vice President at Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Sara Z. Duterte na siya ring Chairperson ng Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC), ginanap ang ika-153 na pagpupulong ng konseho noong Pebrero 2, 2023 sa pamamagitan ng Zoom video conference.
Kabilang sa mga tinalakay sa nasabing pagpupulong ang mga detalye na nagtatampok sa mga programa at gawaing ipatutupad ng LCC sa taong 2023, tulad ng mga update tungkol sa LCC localization, pagrerepaso ng Functional Literacy, Education and Mass Media Survey o FLEMMS, at iba pang mahahalagang paksa tungkol sa literasiya.
Ang nasabing pagpupulong ay dinaluhan ng mga miyembro at kinatawan ng LCC na sina Congressman Roman Romulo ng House of Representatives, Dr. Bert Tuga ng Philippine Normal University (PNU), Undersecretary Gina Gonong ng DepEd, Prof. Flora Arellano ng E-Net Philippines, Director Anna Liza Bonagua ng Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Assistant Director Edgardo Aranjuez ng National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Atty. Joseph Llames ng Philippine Information Agency (PIA), at Atty. Katryn Cadiente na kumatawan kay Senator Sherwin Gatchalian ng Senado. Kasamang nakibahagi sa miting na ito sina Assistant Secretary G.H. S. Ambat at Assistant Secretary Alma Ruby Torio ng DepEd Curriculum and Teaching strand, Assistant National Statistician Wilma Guillen ng Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), at iba pang mga panauhin mula sa ahensyang kasapi ng LCC.
Sa isang bahagi ng pulong, masayang ibinalita ni Representative Romulo ang may kaugnayan sa pagsasapinal ng panukalang batas sa pagtatatag ng National Literacy Council sa ikatlong pagbasa sa mababang kapulungan ng Kongreso sa pagitan ng Pebrero at Marso nitong taon.
Samantala, idiniin naman ni Dr. Tuga ng PNU ang kahalagahan ng papel ng mga lokal na pamahalaan sa pagpapaigting ng literasiya ng mga pamilya, partikular na ang mga kabataan na nagbalik-loob sa pamahalaan at kasalukuyang naninirahan sa mga relocation area. Bilang tugon, nangako ang pamunuan ng DILG na pagtutuunan nila ito ng pansin bilang kasapi ng resettlement government na handang magbigay ng serbisyo sa publiko.
Sinagot naman ni Assistant National Statistician Guillen ng PSA ang ilan sa mga katanungan sa pagrerepaso ng FLEMMS. Aniya, may mga hamon ang ahensya sa badyet para sa pagsasaliksik. Kasunod nito, nagpahayag ng suporta si Congressman Romulo katulong ang Senado upang matugunan ang pangangailangang ito.
Taos-pusong nagpapasalamat ang LCC Secretariat sa lahat ng nagpangyaring maging matagumpay ang pagpupulong na ito na ang layunin ay mapaunlad ang literasiya ng mga Pilipino.