Day 2: LCC Call for Papers

To officially begin the second day of the event, Jaro National High School Singing Trio entertained the participants with a production number. Dr. Merry Ruth M. Gutierrez, Professor III of the Philippine Normal University, discussed the Foundational Framework for Exemplary Community-based Literacy Programs and Engagement as Basis for Policy Development. This is in cognizance and response to the mandate of Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC) as a policy-making body for literacy, wherein PNU is an active member who spearheaded the said research project to develop a framework as standard for exemplary community literacy programs. This framework will also serve as a Monitoring and Evaluation tool for every community literacy program, and as a legal basis research-based database for national and local policies. She also disseminated instruments to validate the standards and performance indicators of the developed framework which was the result of a grounded theory research conducted last year by the proponents, to wit: Judy C. Bautista, Ph.D., Project Director and Lead Researcher; Merry Ruth M. Gutierrez, Ph.D., Project Co-Director; and Co-Researchers Heidi B. Macahilig, Ph.D., Sammy Q. Dolba, MA, and Al Ryanne G. Gatcho, MA.

Moreover, DepEd, through the LCC, facilitated the Call for Papers as a venue for presentation of the researches conducted on “Community-based Literacy Programs” and other literacy-related research studies. These studies were selected by the LCC Evaluation Committee based on criteria, assessing that they have relevant literacy policy recommendations on Inclusive Education, Literacy Learning and Instruction, Literacy Teacher and Program Development, and Literacy Governance.

The following are the list of winners on the Call for Papers. These researchers presented their research orally:

Title Author Region
Project ASPIRE: Active Stakeholders Participation and Involvement in Reading Enhancement of the Learners Dr. Carnila D. Simacon X
Attitudes, Awareness and Skills of Public School Teachers Towards Inclusive Education Dr. Michael E. Ecoben X
Assessment of Reading Anxiety and Oral Reading Fluency of Grade 11 Students: Towards Intervention Development Ms. Jane Charity Estrada-Madronero X
The Extent of Bullying to Alternative Learning System (ALS) Learners Ms. Florena M. Deuna
The Teaching of Mother Tongue as a Separate Subject: The Case of Marinduque Tagalog Dr. Annalyn Jawili-Decena NCR
A Comprehensive Approach Towards Functional Literacy for the Marginalized: The Case of Butuan City Mr. William Christian P. dela Cruz CARAGA
Workplace Literacy among In-Service Teachers Dr. Maria Azela Lopez-Tamayo IV-A
Flipped Classroom: An Instructional Strategy in Increasing the Performance of Hearing-Impaired Students in Science Ms. Hasima N. Salic

Ms. Amor C. Fajardo

Ms. Mariz Lynne C. Lao

Mr. Wilbert P. Docdoc

Financial Capability of Public School Teachers in the Philippines Mr. Jerick C. Ferrer NCR

These authors, together with the poster exhibitors, were recognized by the Literacy Coordinating Council members and Cebuana Lhuiller Foundation, Inc. during the awarding ceremony on LCC Call for Papers.  Through their implications, Mr. Nemesio O. Malatamban III, Supervising Legislative Officer II of the House of Representatives, integrated a synthesis of policy recommendations. Before the synthesis, the Jalandoni Memorial National High School amused the participants with their performance of the Dinagyang dance, a religious and cultural dance of Iloilo City. DILG Assistant Regional Director Maria Calpiza J. Sardua concluded the event with her closing remarks.

Day 1: LCC Awarding of Hall of Fame for Outstanding Literacy Program and Plenary Sessions I to V

LCC Awarding of Hall of Fame for Outstanding Literacy Program

This October 9, the 2019 National Literacy Conference with the theme, “Aligning 21st Century Literacies to Industry 4.0 through Research,” officially commenced through an Opening Program. The Entrance of Colors was executed by Ramon Avaceña National High School, followed by the singing of the Philippine National Anthem performed by the Iloilo City National High School Chorale. An Interfaith Prayer was invocated by Ms. Leila G. Valencia, Education Program Supervisor of the DepEd Iloilo City Division. Mr. Alfredo Villanueva, Executive Assistant IV of Deped Region VI, warmly welcomed the 2019 NLC Participants. Meanwhile, Ms. Ma. Gemma M. Ledesma, Regional Director of DepEd Region VI, delivered her welcome remarks and acknowledged the resource speakers and other Regional Directors, as well as the Assistant Regional Directors. After the delivery of remarks, LCC Secretariat Chief Enrico R. Mendoza stated the Rationale of Activity and introduced the participants per region. NEDA Director Maryanne E. R. Darauay introduced the keynote speaker Diosdado M. San Antonio, DepEd Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction and Chairperson of LCC. According to Usec. San Antonio, the challenge to teachers is to “go beyond the traditional notion of what a literate person is, [not only] one who is able to read and write, but to be equipped with Industry 4.0 skills.”

Dr. Alfredo E. Pascual, former President of the University of the Philippines and current President of the Institute of Corporate Directors, and Dr. Sherlyne A. Acosta, Educational Research Unit Head of SEAMEO-Innotech, talked about the “Prospects and Challenges on Literacy for Industry 4.0 and the Literacy Research Agenda.” These were followed by the discussions on “Aligning Research on Pedagogies vis-à-vis 21st Century” and “Strengthening Participation of Stakeholders in Literacy Governance,” which were tackled by Dr. Allan B. De Guzman, University of Santo Tomas Professor, and Anna Liza F. Bonagua, DILG Director of Bureau of Local Government Development, respectively. John Arnold S. Siena, Director IV of the National Educators Academy of the Philippines, Teacher Education Council Secretariat’s Executive Director Runvi V. Manguerra, and Dr. Gina O. Gonong, PNU Director for Research Center joined the panel discussion on “Capacitating Literacy Educators and Workers.” Said discussion was facilitated by Mr. Addie T. Unsi of E-Net Philippines.

Highlighting Day 1 of the 2019 NLC was the awarding of LCC’s Hall of Fame for Outstanding Literacy Program. The Hall of Fame Award was received by the Socio-economic Uplift Literacy Anthropological and Developmental Services (SULADS, Inc.), receiving a cash prize worth Php 100,000 and a Hall of Fame trophy. Dr. Ephraim L. Pitogo, President of SULADS, Inc., delivered his acceptance speech and appreciated DepEd and LCC for their overwhelming support and undying recognition of their program. SULADS, Inc., a non-government organization reaching out to indigenous people, is a three-time first place winner in the LCC’s National Literacy Awards.

Day 0: Billeting and Research Poster Exhibit

Day 0 of the 2019 National Literacy Conference.

The Department of Education (DepEd), through the Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC), is currently conducting the 2019 National Literacy Conference as stipulated under the DepEd memorandum No. 064, series of 2019. With the theme “Aligning 21st Century Literacies to Industry 4.0 through Research,” the conference aims to enhance implementers on the 21st Century Literacies, Industry 4.0 and Research on Literacy. Through this objective, one of the highlights of the event is the conduct of call for papers. The research studies currently presented in the conference from interested scholars, teachers, professionals and other researchers were ensured to have relevant policy recommendations about Inclusive Education, Literacy Learning and Instruction, Literacy Teacher Development, Literacy Program Development, and Literacy Governance. Below is the official list of poster presenters from different regions:

Title Author


Assessing the Financial Literacy of East II District Secondary Public School Teachers: Inputs to Introspective Educational Intervention for Financial Education Grace C. Cueva


Rubie M. Salva

Mary Jean L. Sungahid


TALKHANGG : An Inter-agency Campaign Regulating Entry of Learners to Computer Shops during Class Hours (Talk with Heads of Agencies Needed for Good Governance) Ms. Mary Joan J. Cajella


Margarita B. Enerio

William C. Agomana

Mauritia M. Donasco

Dinah Zoraida B. Zamora

Leah Lyn A. Lingatong


Competence of ALS Implementers in Utilizing Computers Darel D. Caubang
Guiding Guardians to Read: Improving and Tracking Learners’ Reading Performance with Parents and Guardians

Alexander Simagala

IV – A

Improving Pupils’ Academic Performance Through Strategic Child Defender Approach Nina U. Dumanon Leyson, PhD

Genevieve F. Fuentes

Simonette Y. Caylo


Utilization of Sci-Diary Worksheet as a Tool in Enhancing the Basic Science Process Skills: An After-School Extension Program

Nympha P. Rodriguez


Utilization of Localized Materials in ICT-Based Reading Intervention to Enhance Comprehension Skills of Selected Grade 10 Struggling Readers of Lakeview Integrated School (LIS) Jay Boy E. Evano


Alternative Learning System Key Performance Indicators: Their Relationship to the Alternative Modes of Instruction Noli B. Abrigo Jr., PhD


The above-mentioned literacy researchers were selected by the LCC Evaluation Committee based on certain criteria. There is also an exhibit for LGUs, academe, NGOs and DepEd as a platform for the exchange of experiences and good practices on literacy implementation. In addition to this, nine guests will also be presenting orally on the second day of the event.

The 2019 National Literacy Conference is currently happening today until October 10, 2019 at Punta Villa Resort, Arevalo, Iloilo City. The conference’s participants are from DepEd’s Central and Regional Offices and Schools Divisions, Local Government Units, and other Government and Non-Government Organizations.

About the 2019 National Literacy Conference

National Literacy Conference

In celebration of the annual Literacy Week as stipulated in Presidential Proclamation No. 239 entitled Declaring the Period from September 2 to 8 of Every Year as Literacy Week, the Department of Education (DepEd), through the Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC), in cooperation and coordination with other government organizations (GOs), local government units (LGUs), private organizations (POs) and nongovernment organizations (NGOs), will hold the 2019 National Literacy Conference with the theme “Aligning 21st Century Literacies to Industry 4.0 Through Research,” from October 8-10, 2019 in Arevalo, Iloilo City.

The Conference aims to:

a. enhance education leaders and workers’ knowledge on the 21st Century Literacies, Industry 4.0 and research on literacy;
b. present research studies on the 21st Century Literacies;
c. appreciate stakeholders’ participation in literacy governance;
d. gather policy recommendations relevant to the literacy research agenda; and
e. provide a platform for the exchange of experiences and good practices on literacy implementation.

Participants of this conference are:

Agency or Organization Expected Participants No. of Participants
DepEd Regional Directors or

Assistant Regional Directors

17 (one per region)
Regional NLA Coordinators or

Regional ALS Focal Persons

17 (one per region)
Schools Division Superintendents or Assistant Schools Division 34 (two per region)
Division Supervisors of ALS and

Formal Education

34 (two per region)
Education Program Specialist for


34 (two per region)
Full-time District ALS Coordinators 34 (two per region)
ALS Mobile Teachers 68 (four per region)
DILG LGU Officials (Mayor or Vice Mayor) actively implementing literacy programs 51 (three per region)
Barangay Chairperson actively involved in the universalization of literacy 34 (two per region)
Other Government and Non-Government Organizations Society Organizations (CSOs) including NGOs involved in literacy implementation 34 (two per region)
Heads and members of partner academic institutions 17 (one per region)
Researchers from Public and Private Higher Education Institutions 68 (four per region)
  Total 442 Participants (26 participants per region)