By Miriam P. Aquino, PIA 1, La Union
SAN FERNANDO CITY — Evaluators from the Literacy Coordinating Council have completed validating the literacy program of Agoo, one of three towns seeking the seal of excellence under the national literacy program.
The literacy award recognizes outstanding local government units that have made inroads in raising the literacy of communities and become vehicles for progress.
Other towns vying for the excellence seal are the local governments of Antipolo in Rizal and Tagum in Davao.
Dr. Milagros Ibe, a University of the Philippines professor who led the validating team, said the group looked into Agoo’s literacy programs ranging from leadership management, sustainability, human resources, financial resources and ordinances supporting the literacy program.
Agoo has been a literacy Hall of Fame awardee since 2009 and a holder of the 2009 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Confucius Prize for Literacy.
The town was a national champion for Most Outstanding Local Government Unit for first to third class Municipal Category in years 2004, 2005 and 2008.
Mayor Sandra Y. Eriguel, said that the town has made a commitment to support its literacy program and make it a collective concern.
Elizabeth Shiela M. Milo, Agoo’s LCC coordinator, presented the town’s existing Literacy program which runs from 2010-2016.
Project areas visited include the town’s alternative learning system, accreditation and equivalency, technical-vocational training center, family basic literacy program, Pagsasarili mother’s craft literacy course, among others.#