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.
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.
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.
The Bureau of Human Resource and Organizational Development, through Human Resource Development Division (BHROD-HRDD) called for participants from the Central Office holding permanent positions to participate in the Batch 3 of 2021 Online Learning Program for Public Service Excellence: “Working Effectively in the New Normal.” The onboarding session was held on February 11, 2022 via Microsoft Teams. This initiative was made by BHROD headed by Atty. Anne Rachel C. Miguel, Director IV. The objective of the session is to orient the participants on the rationale, activity design and arrangements of the program.
Ms. Cecille A. Anyayahan, Project Development Officer V of BHROD-HRDD, graced the program and welcomed all participants from different bureaus and offices of DepEd. Ms. Anyayahan underscored that e-learning saves time and resources; leads to better retention; provides standardized learning; scalable; and offers personalization. She encouraged everyone to maximize the advantages of e-learning by levelling up their attitude and challenging themselves; disciplining themselves by being mindful of their time and preparation will also be useful. Participants who will complete the online learning course shall receive a certificate of completion.
This program is a self-directed offering, using online platform and content, aimed at helping LCCS and other DepEd personnel navigate the ever-evolving landscape of the new normal, preparing them to stay ahead of change, and become effective public servants during and in the post-pandemic period.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) concluded its series of webinars through a discussion on teaching, learning, and assessing 21st century skills in Thailand, which was held on October 8, 2021 via Zoom teleconference and broadcasted live via OECD Education and Skills Facebook page.
OECD Senior Analyst Stephan Vincent Lancrin discussed the main objective of their program, which is to bring projects and programs into scale, and eventually manage to change curriculum and practices at the system level, citing Thailand as an example.
Thailand Minister of Education Treenuch Thienthong delivered her welcome message, expressing her appreciation to OECD for inviting them to speak in their webinar. She highlighted the importance of not only learning from global perspective but also local experiences. Minister Thienthong mentioned a very challenging journey of Thailand due to COVID-19 with only limited natural resources.
Advisor on Competency-based Curriculum Dr. Sirikorn Maneerin discussed the timeline of how Thailand transformed into competency-based education in 2019. She mentioned Thailand’s efforts on National Education Reform plan. Dr. Maneerin recalled the strong demand of education reform in Thailand seven years ago, wherein important sets of education reform committee have been set up in the country. She also shared the six core competencies being implemented in Thailand curriculum—self-management, higher order thinking, communication, teamwork collaboration, civic literacy, and sustainable coexistence with nature and science.
Thailand Research Fund founding director Professor Vicharn Panich emphasized the significance of systemic research as it plays a vital role in the success of education. He also mentioned the Equitable Education Fund (EEF) in Thailand and its very strong information system, which works in many ways. Prof. Panich also added the important pilot projects on education system reforms supported by Thailand’s EEF.
Equitable Education Fund Deputy Managing Director Dr. Kraiyos Patrawart highlighted the importance of having strong evidence, knowledge-based reforms, as well as participation on international networking such as OECD. He also shared Thailand’s new approach to education system reform with multi-levels reform mechanisms. Dr. Patrawart shared Thailand’s national and area-based approach on education reforms, including partnerships with various Civil Society Organizations.
OECD Director for Education and Skills Andreas Schleicher discussed competence-based examples and how they differ per country. He also mentioned the challenges that may be encountered in piloting education reforms in various OECD countries.
The LCC Secretariat wishes to express its gratitude to OECD for engaging us on its series of webinars on education issues, systems, and reforms across the world. It inspired us more to explore and draw lessons from other countries and how they have moved from idea to implementation in fostering and assessing creativity and critical thinking, which may be applied in the education system in the Philippines.
The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) organized another webinar discussion on whether socio-economically advantaged students were better equipped to deal with learning during COVID. It was held on October 4, 2021 via Zoom teleconference and broadcasted live via OECD Education and Skills Facebook page.
OECD Director for Education and Skills Andreas Schleicher discussed how the pandemic took a massive toll on education, explaining the rate of lost instruction days and the quality of learning outcomes around the world. Schleicher also showed the distance learning solutions schools have offered during 2020-2021, citing online meeting platforms as the main medium of learning.
Schleicher highlighted the countries’ efforts in ensuring the effectiveness of distance learning wherein providing subsidized devices, as well as providing flexible and self-paced platforms became their top priority. Some countries have also improved access to infrastructure for learners and remote areas, as well as supporting learners with disabilities. Other countries have encouraged interactions between teachers and their students and/or parents during school closures in 2020.
He also discussed students’ self-efficacy, learning goals and motivation, wherein more than 80% of students showed self-efficiency in attaining their learning goals. Schleicher shared a survey on students’ readiness to learn and reading performance.
OECD Paris Senior Analyst Miyako Ikeda explained the importance of trying and finding a way to overcome challenges instead of fearing failure which is applicable not just for children but for all ages.
During the open forum, Schleicher was asked about motivational methods in learning during the pandemic, where he emphasized that technology can make learning more engaging for students. He also explained some factors why technology is helpful in making learning more interactive.
Schleicher highlighted that technology will become better than humans at delivering quality education as we live now in the modern period and people are slowly adapting to new technologies.
The LCC Secretariat expresses its appreciation to the OECD organizers for engaging us in another thorough discussion tackling the issue of education. It helped us become more socially aware on how to prepare students despite the hardships of learning during the COVID-19 crisis.
The Department of Education, through the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Service (DRRMS), organized a three-day Psychological First Aid (PFA) Training for its Central Office employees from September 8-10, 2021 via Zoom.
DRRMS Director IV Ronilda Co discussed the significance of this training to all personnel and emphasized the need to provide a PFA trainer and support in each office. Training facilitators from various regions in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao joined the webinar for the three-day event.
DRRMS Project Development Officer IV Mr. Orlando Barachina thoroughly explained the legal bases and mandate of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management as well as its basic terminologies. He also shared the vulnerability of the Philippines in terms of hazards.
Meanwhile, Professor Yeng Gatchalian, RPsy served as the first resource speaker wherein she highlighted the importance of giving remote PFA to colleagues and friends during the COVID-19 pandemic. She urged everyone to put his or her heart on the training and provided insightful messages that would help training participants to further broaden their knowledge not only on PFA, but to the whole mental aspect. One of the highlights of Prof. Gatchalian’s presentation was her discussion on the three Action Principles: Look, Listen, and Link wherein she encouraged everyone to understand the person’s situation, perceived dangers and needs. She also added that listening attentively is important when talking to a person. Prof. Yang emphasized the need to enhance sense of control, support good personal choices, and encourage seeking support. For the second core action Listen, Prof. Yang reiterated that empathy is way different from sympathy and that people can show their warmth through showing attention, affirmation, and by using a calm tone. As per the third core action, Link, Prof. Gatchalian, reminded to always ask if further help is needed and to always check on the person.
On Day 2 of the PFA training, the participants listened again to Prof. Gatchalian’s topic entitled “On Grief and Loss.” Her talk dealt with the encompassing meaning and varied manifestations of grief to people. She explained that grief is not limited to death but a reaction to any form of loss, including jobs, loved ones, etc. She reminded everyone that all feelings are valid, including grief. Everyone is entitled to emotions; however, it is the behaviors that entail with it that must be carefully observed. She elaborated as well that grief may be coped with not but stopping it but by letting oneself go through with it. Other topics she covered were the three models of grief, type of griefs, difference of grief and depression, and grief counselling.
Afterwards, she proceeded on the “self-care.” She shared practical ways on how one can take care of his/her overall well-being especially as PFA providers. She introduced the ARMS method which stands for Aware, Recognize, Manage and “Salamat.” She encouraged everyone to be aware of or reset his/her baseline, if applicable, and establish awareness of stressors. Next, start recognizing the difficulties and accept that it is okay to have a trial and error. Once done with these, it is the time to manage behaviors and routines and take time to recharge and switch off from work from time to time. Lastly, she urged everyone not to forget saying “salamat” and appreciating even the most little things in life.
Aside from the informative and enlightening discussions facilitated by Prof. Gatchalian, other activities held on the second day of the training were the role-playing of PFA providers led by the national PFA trainers, and the monitoring and evaluation tool being used by the DRRMS relative to the conduct and completion of PFAs in DepEd, covered Ms. Amina Aisa Boncales of DRRMS.
On the last day of the training, the participants went through an Art-based Kumustahan Session spearheaded by MAGIS, an invited group of psychologists and facilitators who carried out different activities focusing on grief and loss. On this session, the participants were able to experience different ways of relaxing one’s self, express their thoughts and emotions involved in grief and loss through the Mask Making Activity and share themselves and support one another through the break-out session. During the debriefing, the participants were reminded that all emotions are valid and must be acknowledged. Grief may linger for the longest time but it can also co-exist with love, strength, joy, beauty and gratitude along the way.
The 3-day training was concluded with the reading of the poem entitled “today, perhaps” by Therese Jose and Dr. Co assuring all participants that relative trainings and kumustahan sessions are in place to ensure the overall well-being of the employees are prioritized.
The Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC) holds its 146th LCC Meeting on June 28, 2021 virtually via Microsoft Teams. Chaired by Department of Education (DepEd) Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction Diosdado M. San Antonio, the meeting was participated in by Council members, representatives, resource persons, and the LCC Secretariat.
One of the main agenda items discussed during this quarterly meeting is the adoption of the research output developed by the Council through its lead member agency for research, the Philippine Normal University (PNU), on the Foundational Framework and Analytic Scoring Rubric for Exemplary Community-based Literacy Programs and Engagement. It may be recalled that LCC Secretariat, together with PNU researchers recently conducted a series of orientation workshops to capacitate the Local Government Units and Nongovernment Organizations on how to utilize the said framework and tool to ensure that the literacy programs implemented at the local level (city, municipality, and barangay) are effective and exemplary. The said capacity building activity was held virtually in three clusters: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
Another important matter considered during the Council meeting is the approval of the theme and objectives of the 2021 National Literacy Conference (NLC) which is set to be conducted in September to celebrate the National Literacy Week as stipulated under DepEd Memorandum No. 72, s. 2019. The theme for this year’s NLC is “Literacy Learning Innovations in the New Normal Towards Sustainable Development.” This annual event aims to present the current literacy situation in the country; share practices on addressing challenges and opportunities in literacy education; and present research studies on literacy education during the pandemic, as well as policy recommendations on the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4.
Furthermore, updates on House Bill No. 9157 on the proposed enactment of the National Literacy Council Act were also presented. Salient features of the bill include renaming the Literacy Coordinating Council; expanding its powers, functions, and membership; creation and providing funds for Local Literacy Councils, and institutionalization of the National Literacy Awards, among others.
Accomplishments of the LCC for the first semester, as well as the upcoming activities for Quarters 3 and 4 of FY 2021, among other matters, were also highlighted in this meeting.
The LCC Secretariat wishes to thank all LCC members, representatives, and resource persons for the successful conduct of the 146th LCC Meeting.
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.
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.