Attendees of the Planning Meeting for the 2024 National Literacy Conference (left to right): (1) Ms. Aurea Jean A. Abad, LCC-TWG Member; (2) Ms. Gemma R. Macatangay, DILG; (3) Ms. Maria Cristina Marquez, DepEd – Bureau of Alternative Education; (4) Ms. Josephine L. Babaran and (5) Mr. Sixto Paulo Agato of the Philippine Information Agency; (6) Mr. Adnan Ahmad, Senate of the Philippines; (7) Dr. Milwilda M. Guevara, Synergeia Foundation; (8) Mr. Enrico R. Mendoza, Head of the LCC Secretariat, (9) Ms. Rossan C. Ignacio, LCC Secretariat, and (10)  Ms. Marikka P. Mampusti of the LCC Secretariat, focal person for the conduct of the 2024 National Literacy Conference.

To commence the preparation for this year’s National Literacy Conference that will be held on September 3-6, the Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC) has convened its Technical Working Group (TWG) composed of the member representatives of the Council to draft the theme and objectives of the annual conference last May 16, 2024.

The National Literacy Conference aims to reinforce advocacy initiatives and expand the social mobilization network system on literacy. This Conference is one of the activities of the LCC being conducted annually in celebration of the annual Literacy Week, as stipulated in Presidential Proclamation No. 239, s. 1993 titled Declaring the Period from September 2 to 8 of Every Year as Literacy Week and the DepEd Memorandum No. 072, s. 2019 titled Annual Celebration of the Literacy Week.

The said meeting was attended by representatives from the LCC Secretariat and those coming from the member agencies of the Council, namely the Department of Education – Bureau of Alternative Education; Department of the Interior and Local Government; Philippine Information Agency; Senate of the Philippines – Office of Senator Sherwin Gatchalian; and Synergeia Foundation.

The meeting adjourned with an identified theme and sub-themes as well as possible resource speakers of the 2024 National Literacy Conference. Moving forward, the LCC Secretariat will finalize the output of the meeting which will be subjected to review and vetting of the member agencies. Once approved, a DepEd Memorandum providing the details for the conduct of the 2024 NatLitCon shall be issued. The LCC also anticipates the success of this year’s Conference with DepEd Region X as its host region.

Throughout the years, LCC’s National Literacy Conference has served as a venue for literacy keyholders to converse and partake in crafting policy recommendations that will improve the literacy situation in the country. As we live up to the Council’s mission, we believe that with your help, the goal of universalizing literacy in the country is within reach.

Contributed by: 

Marikka P. Mampusti

Project Development Officer II

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