How do we create a local Literacy Coordinating Council?
In line with the overlying philosophy of RA 7165 creating the Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC) which solicits the total commitment of all sectors from the national to local levels, corresponding cascading mechanisms responsible for planning and management are suggested:
- National Mechanism: The Literacy Coordinating Council
- Regional Mechanism: The Regional Literacy Coordinating Council
- Provincial Mechanism: The Provincial Literacy Coordinating Council
- Municipal Mechanism: The Municipal Literacy Coordinating Council
- City Mechanism: The City Literacy Coordinating Council
- Barangay Mechanism: The Barangay Literacy Coordinating Council
The organization, composition, and functions of these mechanisms are in accordance with the overall thrust of RA 7165 which is community-based planning and management of literacy projects, multi-level, inter-agency, and multi-sectoral.
There are two levels of organizational coordination – national and regional. Actual planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation tasks are at the provincial and municipal levels. The latter mechanisms are called the Provincial and Municipal Project Implementing Units (PIUs).
There are two suggested workflows: a) bottom-up approach which begins at the community level, leading up to the national level which is the Literacy Coordinating Council; and b) pursuant to the provisions of the 1991 Local Government Code, the PIUs enjoy autonomy and can link directly with LCC.
Every local government unit is suggested to have PIUs in the barangay, municipal, and provincial levels composed of local officials and representatives of organizations and associations from both government and non-government sectors. These units will be responsible for the overall planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of literacy programs and projects. They will also take charge of resource generation, advocacy and social mobilization, and networking/linkaging.
Legal Bases for the Creation of Local LCCs
1. Administrative Order No. 324
Signed by Former President Fidel V. Ramos on April 15, 1997, mandating all concerned government agencies (GAs) and local government units (LGUs) to adopt the LCC Blueprint for Action as framework or guideline in developing policies and implementing programs and projects related to literacy.