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How do we create a local Literacy Coordinating Council?

The Overall Framework

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:

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.

2. Joint Circular No. 01, series of 2003
 
Signed by LCC Member Agencies’ the Department of Education (DepEd), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), and was issued as a supplemental provisions/ guidelines on the strengthening of local literacy coordinating councils/ literacy implementing units.
 
3. DILG issued Memorandum Circular No. 2007-155
 
Dated November 26, 2007 on the creation/ strengthening of local literacy coordinating council/ literacy implementing units.

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