By Liza Soriano
MANILA — Senator Win Gatchalian has refiled a bill to achieve zero illiteracy nationwide.
“Ang pagsugpo sa illiteracy sa ating bansa ang isa sa mga pinakamahalagang hakbang upang matiyak na walang kababayan natin ang mapagkakaitan ng magandang kinabukasan. Upang maabot natin lahat ng ating mga kababayan, bibigyan natin ng mahalagang papel ang ating mga lokal na pamahalaan para sa epektibong pagpapatupad ng mga programa para sa literacy,” said Gatchalian.
Gatchalian’s Senate Bill No. 473 or the National Literacy Council Act renames the Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC) which was established by Republic Act No. 7165, as amended.
By repealing R.A. No. 7165, the Council will not only continue serving as the lead inter-agency coordinating and advisory body on the formulation and implementation of measures to accelerate the universalization of literacy rather, it will be strengthened and mandated to formulate a three-year roadmap incorporating strategies on how to achieve zero illiteracy, supported by relevant measurable targets and indicators and data-based interventions.
The proposal is to use local government units (LGUs) by appointing Local School Boards (LSBs) as de facto local literacy councils.
To guide its initiatives for achieving zero illiteracy in communities, LSBs will be tasked with developing a local roadmap anchored on the Council’s three-year plan.
LSBs will also be mandated to implement community literacy mapping activities at the local level through a community-based monitoring system, which is consistent with R.A. No. 11315 or the Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) Act. (ai/mtvn)