ILOILO City made it to the national selection process of the 2022 National Literacy Awards (NLA) after being hailed as Regional Winner, Outstanding Local Government Unit (Highly Urbanized City Category), endorsed to the Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC) by the Department of Education (DepEd) Regional Office.

Mayor Jerry Treñas said the recognition is a manifestation of the city’s growing reputation as educational center of the region.

He commended literacy personnel and partners for a job well done in strongly promoting the initiatives by working harder and exerting extra effort even as education suffered setbacks due to the pandemic.

NLA is a nationwide and biennial event that serves as LCC’s primary advocacy and aims to recognize the best practices in literacy carried out by local government units (LGUs) and non-government organizations (NGOs).

The Outstanding LGU category is given to those that have developed and implemented literacy policies, programs and projects that created positive and remarkable impacts on the quality of life of their constituents.

NLA 2022 specific objectives include:

1. Increase public awareness of the existing programs, projects, and activities of the literacy advocates working for the universalization of literacy;

2. Encourage the development and replication of innovative, creative, and indigenous literacy programs;

3. Sustain, expand and institutionalize literacy efforts by motivating, recognizing, and awarding individuals, institutions, and LGUs; and

4. Honor and recognize outstanding government and NGOs for their dedication, commitment and contribution to the eradication of illiteracy.

LCC is composed of DepEd, Department of the Interior and Local Government, National Economic Development Authority, Philippine Information Agency, Philippine Normal University, NGOs involved in Literacy Education, and Senate Committee on Education and House of Representative Committee on Basic Education and Culture. (PR)