LCCS Participated In The Futures Literacy Forum Held In Cebu City

June 22, 2022 | The Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC) participated to a Futures Literacy Forum entitled Futures Literacy as an Essential Competency for the 21st Century. The one-day gathering was held at Mezzo Hotel in Cebu City. It was a partnership between the Department of Education (DepEd), through its Education Futures Programme (Educ Futures) and UNICEF Philippines Office, along with the Futures Literacy team of the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France. The forum is part of the technical support from the UNICEF Philippines Office towards building the capacity of the DepEd to generate insights through futures thinking approaches and methodologies.

As stated in the premise, the very purpose of this event is to ignite understanding to the nature of the future and the role it plays in what we see and do. This intention enables us to have a better understanding on how and why we anticipate which leads to reveal the diversity, complexity, and novelty that lie in the future. Through Futures Literacy, we can factor in the uncertainty of the future into our processes to develop resilience and to reveal new insights for creative and innovative policy and decision-making.

The literacy forum consisted of talks from futures literacy practitioners and futurists that engaged participants into futures literacy thinking. There were also situated activities performed during the event that helped attendees attain a grasp of understanding towards possible scenarios in basic education and situations that can create learning disruptions in the future.

The Literacy Coordinating Council is one with DepEd’s intension of incorporating the idea of futures literacy into the awareness of the country’s governing body. With LCC’s mandate to reach out to the nonliterates of this nation, it is important to anticipate any changes that may emerge in the future; preparing for these situations and adjusting accordingly will help the organization sustain the literacy programs it continues to uphold regardless of the circumstance that may surface in the future.

Kean Aquino

Technical Assistant 1

DepEd Launched The DRRM Information System

June 20, 2022 | The Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC) enjoined the unveiling of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Information System (DRRMIS) held at 4th Floor of the Crowne Plaza Hotel at Ortigas, Pasig City.

With this proceeding, the Department of Education (DepEd) through the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Service (DRRMS), in cooperation with Save The Children Philippines and Prudence Foundation launched the DRRM Information System that featured three apps, namely: the RADaR App, the School Watching App, and the Comprehensive School Safety Monitoring App.

The very purpose of these apps is to ensure that students are kept in a safe learning environment and be prepared for any disasters or uncertainties that may arise around them.

As detailed in the presentation, the RADaR App is a web and mobile app designed to rapidly assess damages to a school after earthquakes, fires, typhoons, flash floods or other natural hazards. The application allows its users to report and identify areas that need assistance and estimate damages in affected areas.

The School Watching App (or SWApp), meanwhile, is both a desktop and mobile app that aims to promote school safety by actively engaging elementary and high school students in identifying hazards and risks in their schools which they can report to responsible officials through this app.

Finally, the Comprehensive School Safety Monitoring App is a mobile and web app designed to monitor schools’ initiative on CSS enabling environments and across the three pillars of the CSS Framework which include Safe Learning Facilities, School Disaster Management and Risk Reduction and Resilience in Education.

One of the objectives of the Literacy Coordinating Council is to ensure that the learning needs of all young people and adults are met through equitable access to relevant and appropriate learning and life skills. The LCC supports this initiative by the Department of Education through the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Service. We believe that achieving an equitable access to learning, first require making sure that students in their locality are safe from any uncertainties and without the help of these apps may lead to disrupt the population’s desire for literacy.  

Kean Aquino

Technical Assistant 1

LCC Visits SULADS for Special Award of Excellence in Literacy

On June 13-17, 2022, the Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC) through its National Literacy Awards (NLA) Board of Judges (BOJ) for Special Awards of Excellence in Literacy (SAEL) category conducted an onsite validation with SULADS, Philippines in Valencia City, Bukidnon.

Upon the arrival of the LCC validation team, Ptr. Ephraim Pitogo of SULADS, in collaboration with DepEd Regional Office X and Malaybalay City Schools Division Office prepared a simple welcome program at Loiza’s Pavilion in Malaybalay City where an initial presentation of SULADS’ literacy programs was showcased. It also featured sharing of inspiring testimonies from various groups, including program organizers, implementors, partners, and beneficiaries. On the next day, an Opening Conference was organized at Mountain View College at Valencia City, Bukidnon. This allowed the validation team to get to know SULADS’ literacy programs, people, and processes up close. During the said activity, deaf learners, Indigenous Peoples (IP) learners, selected DepEd focal persons, SULADS key officials and volunteers were present to share their experiences while being actively involved in the discussion during the Open Forum. Aside from the Opening Conference, the LCC Validation Team also spent the rest of the week by conducting ocular visits on some of the sites where SULADS’ literacy programs are being facilitated such as the SULADS Deaf Literacy Center located at Malaybalay City and SULADS Comprehensive High School for the LUMADS at Lumintao, Quezon.  The LCC validation team was also able to experience the challenges yet fulfilling hike SULADS teacher volunteers would normally do when visiting Brgy. Lumintao. Indeed, the richness of the culture, the warm welcome and hunger for literacy of the IP communities on the mountaintop would equal to none, especially after hearing all their stories of literacy and its impact to their lives.

Ms. Susan M. Carandang of the National Economic Development Authority served as one of the BOJs for the SAEL category of NLA. Other members of the BOJ are Mr. Addie Unsi of The Asia Foundation and Atty. Katryn Cadiente from the office of Senator Sherwin T. Gatchalian. The BOJ members were accompanied by the LCC Secretariat (LCCS) staff composed of Mr. Enrico Mendoza, Ms. Czarina Abellonar and Ms. Jem Beryline Bualat.

The LCCS would like to take this opportunity to extend its gratitude to SULADS Philippines through Ptr. Pitogo and his team, DepEd RO X, the IP communities, partners, and other individuals who actively participated in and assisted the validation team during the entire duration of the field visit.

The final list of NLA winners, inclusive of the SAEL and regular NLA Search, will be revealed during the conduct of the 2022 NLA Awarding Ceremonies. Final details on the said upcoming event will be announced through a formal communication and through the LCC’s official website at and Facebook page at:

Jem Beryline S. Bualat

PDO II / LCC Secretariat

The Council Approves the LCC Resolution on the Adoption of the National Literacy Framework

On June 27, 2022, the Council convened for the 150th LCC Meeting held at the BCD Conference Room, DepEd Complex in Pasig City. Mr. Zaldy I. Masangkay, Division Chief of Bureau of Local Government Development, representative of Dir. Annaliza Bonagua of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), presided over the meeting, DILG being the Co-Chairperson of the Council.

One of the highlights of the said meeting was the approval of the LCC Resolution on the Adoption of the National Literacy Framework, an output of the study conducted by the research team of Dr. Heidi  Macahilig of the Philippine Normal University (PNU). With the Council’s issuance of this Resolution, additional reference and evidence-based data and information are now made available for the revision and enhancement of the Functional Literacy, Education and Mass Media Survey (FLEMMS) survey tool, K-12 curriculum education, teacher education curriculum, and design of curriculum for localized and contextualized literacy advocacies and activities at the grassroots level. (Link to the NLF’s Technical Report:

Meanwhile, the Council commended the LCC Secretariat for its competence, effectiveness, and efficiency in facilitating the conduct of LCC programs and projects implemented during the first two quarters of the year despite limited work force, funds, and other challenges met during the pandemic. They also expressed their high hopes on the success of upcoming activities of the Council for the remaining quarters of 2022, and beyond. 

As for the National Literacy Awards, updates in the conduct of the regional search were discussed, as well as the latest information on the onsite validation of entries for the Special Award of Excellence in Literacy category.

The 150th LCC Meeting was attended by Mr. Zaldy I. Masangkay of the DILG, Ms. Josephine L. Babaran of Philippine Information Agency, Ms. Susan M. Carandang of National Economic and Development Authority, Dr. Heidi B. Macahilig of PNU, and Mr. Enrico R. Mendoza, Ms. Czarina D. Abellonar, Ms. Jem Beryline S. Bualat, Ms. Marikka P. Mampusti, Mr. Ryan Rondrigo, Ms. Jonnabel D. Escartin, Mr. Kean Osmund F. Aquino, Ms. Ma. Teresita C. Manlolo and Mr. Wilfredo A. Catangui of the LCC Secretariat.

Literacy Coordinating Council meetings are held every quarter of the year and the next meeting is set to be conducted  in September.

Jem Beryline S. Bualat



The DepEd International Cooperation Office, in partnership with the Literacy Coordinating Council, organized a regional workshop for the “Project iLearn: Supporting Media and Information Literacy through Education in ASEAN” on May 16-19, 2022 at Tagaytay Country Hotel, Tagaytay City.

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Education program specialists and other representatives from various bureaus and services of the Department of Education Central Office participated in the first leg of the said workshop which aimed to develop school-based campaign on media and information literacy (MIL) to promote peace, education, values of moderation, and combat fake news. The regional workshop also aimed to become an avenue of learning for relevant stakeholders and inspire ideas on what could be the possible content of the MIL materials to be developed by the Department.

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The conduct of Project iLearn enabled different Ministries of Education and relevant regional organizations within Southeast Asia to present their best practices in relation to school-based media and information literacy. One of the best practices shared by Thailand is their action research on learning management and developing model media to promote media literacy to solve violence and sexual problems among youth. Several best practices have been highlighted by Lao PDR including the use of newspaper, television, radio, as well as website in teaching media and information literacy across their institutions.

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The next steps of this event would be the creation of a technical working group and setting of a working timeline for the discussion and exchange of knowledge on how to develop the school-based program centered on media and information literacy. A series of writeshops will be organized in the coming months to develop and finalize the workplan and other pertinent documents which will be consequently presented at the regional (ASEAN) level.

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The Literacy Coordinating Council wishes to extend its appreciation to DepEd International Cooperation Office for involving us in their initiatives that will further equip and empower learners with the knowledge and understanding to enable them to become critical thinkers who are able to analyze, utilize, and disseminate information wisely. Through its partnership with ASEAN, the Department hopes to strengthen its advocacy in combatting misinformation and disinformation not only schools but also in the local communities.

Jonnabel D. Escartin

Technical Assistant II

LCCS Visits the National Winner of the SAFE-CI Most Learning-Focused ALS CLC

June 15, 2022

While facilitating the conduct of the onsite validation for the 2022 National Literacy Awards in Region X, the LCC Secretariat had a privilege of having a brief visit to the Malaybalay City ALS CLC, the 2020-2021 National Winner of the Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Curriculum and Instruction or SAFE CI. Not only the CLC is award-winning and highly commendable, but also the ALS teachers, Division and Regional ALS focal persons, as well as their DepEd officials. Congratulations! We sincerely appreciate your outstanding contributions to the universalization of literacy in the Philippines.

LCC Secretariat

Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation, Inc., Rallies Behind the Literacy Coordinating Council in Universalizing Literacy Through the 2022 National Literacy Awards

Pursuant to its legal mandate to assist in identifying successful management schemes of literacy programs, adopt measures, and boost research and development work in literacy by government agencies and non-governmental organizations involved in literacy work, the Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC) has launched the National Literacy Awards in 1994 which gives out award and recognitions to outstanding local government units and non-government organizations that carried out best practices which helped in alleviating poverty and providing livelihood opportunities, among others.

In 2009, the LCC has decided to give out for the first time the highest literacy award entitled Special Award of Excellence in Literacy (SAEL) that is given to Hall of Fame awardees—first placers of the regular search for outstanding local government units and literacy programs who maintained their ranks for three years.

Aside from the national recognition and plaques the SAEL awardees have received from LCC, the Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation Inc. (CLFI), a non-stock, non-profit charitable represented by its President, Dr. Jean Henri D. Lhuillier has went above and beyond by serving as the official benefactor of cash component of said highest literacy award. This has paved way in cementing the partnership between the LCC and CLFI in its pursuit to universalize literacy in the country through the National Literacy Awards.

At the present time and in line with the preparation for the 2022 National Literacy Awards, the LCC and CLFI has revisited its long-standing partnership and has come into an agreement on the sponsorship of the LCC for the awardees of the Special Award of Excellence in Literacy leading to the provision of the CLFI of a total of Php300,000 for the designated recipient/s of the SAEL category for the 2022 NLA.

Photo taken during the virtual meeting of LCCS and CLFI last March 24, 2022, via Zoom

The LCC takes this opportunity to sincerely express its gratitude and appreciation for the unfaltering support of the CLFI to the endeavors of the Council. Beyond the sponsorship, the LCC believes that partners like CLFI plays a pivotal role in intensifying efforts to universalize literacy in the country. The LCC would also like to seize this chance and invite potential partners to heed to the call for more allies in rallying with the LCC in the universalization of literacy. Should you be interested, kindly reach out to LCC through or through its Facebook page, Literacy Coordinating Council.

Now, more than ever, we need all the support that we can get as we all strive to build a better Philippines by creating and sustaining literate environments.

Marikka P. Mampusti

Project Development Officer II

May 30, 2022

LCC Releases the Technical Report on the National Literacy Framework

Cover Page of the recently completed Technical Report on the National Literacy Framework spearheaded by the Philippine Normal University

On May 5, 2022, the Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC) Secretariat released via the National Literacy Information System (NLIS) the digital copy of the LCC’s Technical Report on the National Literacy Framework (NLF). Spearheaded by the Philippine Normal University, the Council’s lead member agency for Research, the research team composed of Dr. Heidi Macahilig, Project Director and Researcher, and Mr. Michael James Edpao, Researcher, conducted a study that developed an overarching framework of literacy skills and competencies that Filipinos need to develop and be equipped with for 21st century living. The definition of literacy which was included in the report was in the context of the Filipinos vis-à-vis the age of FIRe (fourth industrial revolution), and capabilities needed for 21st century living.

Dr. Heidi Macahilig presenting the National Literacy Framework to the Council during the 149th LCC Meeting on March 29, 2022 via Microsoft Teams

During the 149th LCC Meeting, the Council declared that this research output is essentially valuable for policy formulation in the country’s education system and literacy governance. Copies of the said report were also provided to DepEd’s Bureau of Curriculum Development, and the Philippine Statistics Authority for their consideration respectively on the relative curriculum review and crafting of the survey tool for the next conduct of Functional Literacy, Education and Mass Media Survey (FLEMMS).

Geared towards the universalization of literacy, the Council comes up with various programs, projects and activities, which aim to cater to the emerging and diverge literacy needs of the country. This includes the conceptualization and conduct of a wide array of research studies on literacy; thus, the NLF, being one of them.

In connection with this, the LCC Secretariat would like to extend its gratitude to all concerned DepEd Regional and Schools Division Offices, Alternative Learning System Focal Persons and teachers, persons-in-charge of literacy programs from Local Government Units and Nongovernment Organizations, learners, and other relevant education stakeholders nationwide for sharing their expertise and participating in this important research endeavor. Hence, the LCCS would like to congratulate everyone for making this milestone possible and for bringing us all closer to the eradication of illiteracy in the country.

Technical Report on the National Literacy Framework released via LCC’s National Literacy Information System

The Council continues to yearn for research initiatives and forging of partnerships with different stakeholders. It strongly believes that by having a rich data on literacy will yield into better and relevant policy recommendations.

To view and get a copy of the technical report, please visit this link.

Be updated with LCC’s programs, projects, and activities through the LCCS’ official Facebook account and LCC website

Jem Beryline Bualat

Project Development Officer II

May 6, 2022

LCC’s 5 Program Pillars

In pursuit of achieving zero illiteracy in the country, the Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC) has been continuously improving its systems and processes, including program management.

In line with this, as provided for under Office Memorandum no. OM-LCC-2022-002, the LCC Secretariat instituted the program pillars that  serve as foundations in developing and managing the Council’s projects and activities on literacy, as mandated by law. Consequently on March 29, 2022, during the LCC’s 149th council meeting, the Secretariat launched the five (5) Program Pillars “LIYAB” which stands for Likha, Ilaw, Yaman, Aruga and Buklod.

This acronym, which in English means “blaze” represents the flame that is being symbolized in the LCC’s official logo. Each program pillar resonates the core function of the Council through its Key Result Areas namely, Policy Research and Development; Advocacy, Social Mobilization and Partnerships; Knowledge Management; Learning and Organizational Development; and Localization of LCC.

For further information, kindly refer to the attached infographics.

Jem Beryline Bualat


LCC Secretariat Participates in the Deepening Session on Gender and Development

The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), in line with its provision of proactive technical assistance to the education sector, conducted a Deepening Session on Gender and Development for Program Implementers on March 23-25, 2022 held via Zoom. The session’s objective is to level off the understanding of participants on GAD concepts and core messages to increase the capacity in promoting GAD in their area of jurisdiction. This online session was participated in by the Three Key Implementing Agencies (KIAs) from the PCW, DepEd and TESDA.

Atty. Kristine E. Yuzon-Chavez, Executive Director, Philippine Commission on Women delivers her welcome message.
Ms. Pamela C. Susara, Supervising GAD Specialist, PCW, presents the training overview.

A non-graded pre-test was administered by Ms. Joenna Tabu-Tattao, PCW Resource Person, to determine level of knowledge of participants on basic GAD concepts, GAD and mandates, gender mainstreaming and gender-based violence.

The GAD online training session seeks to achieve gender equality as a fundamental value. Government agencies are urged to have a GAD program to which at least 5% of their General Appropriations Act (GAA) total budget should be allotted.

LCCS and other education stakeholders’ participation in this activity will increase appreciation on gender mainstreaming as a strategy in achieving a gender fair education and understand GAD mandates and its relevance to education sector.

Czarina D. Abellonar

Project Development Officer III