March 23, 2018
DepEd Memorandum No. 053, s. 2018
Table of Contents
2018 NATIONAL LITERACY AWARDS
Bureau and Service Directors
Schools Division Superintendents
Public Elementary and Secondary School Heads
All Others Concerned
1. The Department of Education (DepEd), through the Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC), will hold the 2018 National Literacy Awards (NLA) in September.
2. Generally, the NLA aims to recognize best practices in literacy, which help alleviate poverty, provide livelihood, address welfare needs, promote freedom, and make education facilities accessible. The specific objectives of the NLA are to:
a. contibute to the realization of the goal of universalizing literacy in the Philippines by creating public awareness of and interest in the programs, projects, and activities addressing this concern;
b. sustain, expand, and institutionalize literacy efforts by motivating and recognizing individuals, institutions, and local government units (LGUs) through awards and appropriate recognition;
c. encourage the development and replication of innovative, creative, and indigenous literacy programs; and
d. bestow honor on and recognition to outstanding government and nongovernment organizations (NGOs) for their dedication, commitment, and contribution to the universalization of literacy in their respective communities.
3. The NLA has the following categories:
a. Outstanding Literacy Program—an award given to civil society organizations, private organizations and private educational/academic institutions, that have developed and implemented literacy programs, which have had positive impacts on learners and communities; and
b. Outstanding Local Government Unit (LGU)—an award given to LGUs that developed and implemented literacy policies, programs, and projects, which have positively created impacts on the quality of life of the people. The LGU category is divided into four subcategories: (i) highly urbanized city, (ii) component independent/component city, (iii) first to third class municipality, and (iv) fourth to sixth class municipality.
4. Selection of regional winners shall be conducted from April 16 to May 16, 2018. The list of regional winners must be submitted to the LCC Secretariat on or before May 31, 2018. Other details on the selection process, as well as the timetable are contained in the enclosed guidelines.
5. The DepEd regional directors and Alternative Learning System (ALS) regional focal persons who are designated members of the Regional Selection Committee (RSC) are enjoined to spearhead the nomination and selection process at the regional level. They are advised to apply the revised set of criteria and guidelines for selection, and follow the new schedule provided.
6. The NLA support fund shall be downloaded to all DepEd regional offices to enable the RSC to conduct relevant activities.
7. The following documents are enclosed for reference:
Enclosure No. 1 – 2018 NLA Timetable of Activities
Enclosure No. 2 – 2018 NLA Categories and Procedures
Enclosure No. 3 – 2018 NLA Guidelines on the Selection Process
Enclosure No. 4 – 2018 NLA Outstanding LGU Category Nomination Form
Enclosure No. 5 – 2018 NLA Outstanding Literacy Program Category Nomination Form
Enclosure No. 6 – 2018 Score Sheet Outstanding Local Government Unit
Enclosure No. 7 – 2018 Score Sheet Outstanding Literacy Program
For more information, contact the Literacy Coordinating Council Secretariat, 2nd Floor, Bonifacio Bldg., Department of Education (DepEd) Central Office, DepEd Complex, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City at telephone nos.: (02) 631-0567, (02) 631-0590, (02) 635-9996, or telefax no.: (02) 631-0579.
9. Immediate dissemination of this Memorandum is desired.
LEONOR MAGTOLIS BRIONES
2018 National Literacy Awards Timetable of Activities
|April 16 - May 16||Regional search/selection for the National Literacy Awards (NLA)|
|May 18||Announcement of regional winners|
|May 31||Deadline for submission of regional entries to the LCC Secretariat|
|June 8-25||Shortlisting and evaluation of entries by the Board of Judges (BOJs)|
|June 27||Deliberation meeting of BOJs and LCC Secretariat coordinators for the five shortlisted entries|
|July 4 - August 10||Ocular visit of BOJs and LCC Secretariat coordinators to the five (5) shortlisted entries|
|August 14||Final deliberation of winners by BOJs and LCC Secretariat coordinators|
|August 17||Report of BOJs to the Council on the NLA winners and the Special Award of Excellence in Literacy|
|September 4-6||National Literacy Conference and Awards|
LITERACY COORDINATING COUNCIL
2018 National Literacy Awards Categories and Procedures
The Department of Education (DepEd) and the Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC) will mobilize all sectors of society, government agencies, local government units and civil society organizations (CSOs) to promote and disseminate the importance of literacy in national progress and subsequently inspire them to develop, implement and sustain literacy programs and projects throughout the country.
Literacy programs and projects help alleviate poverty, provide livelihood, address social welfare needs, promote freedom and make education facilities more accessible. These could be developed and achieved through continuing coordination and capability building activities of various stakeholders and advocates.
These stakeholders and advocates conduct literacy activities nationwide to address the problem of illiteracy. Their commitment and dedication prove strong and unwavered even in the face of challenges. To recognize their efforts and significant contribution, the Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC) launched the National Literacy Awards (NLA) in 1994. The NLA is given every other year and highlights the celebration of the National Literacy Week.
- Contribute to the realization of the goal of universalizing literacy in the Philippines by creating public awareness of and interest in programs, projects, and activities addressing this concern;
- Sustain, expand, and institutionalize literacy efforts by motivating and recognizing individuals, institutions, and local government units through awards and appropriate recognition;
- Encourage the development and replication of innovative, creative, and indigenous literacy programs; and
- Bestow honor on and recognition to outstanding government and non-government organizations for their dedication, commitment, and contribution to the universalization of literacy in their respective communities.
Outstanding Literacy Program Award
The Outstanding Literacy Program award is given to civil society organizations (CSOs), private organizations and private educational/academic institutions that have developed and implemented literacy programs that have had positive impacts on learners and communities.
Outstanding Local Government Unit Award
The Outstanding Local Government Unit award is given to LGUs that have developed and implemented literacy policies, programs and projects, which have positively created impacts on the quality of life of the people.
The Local Government Unit categoiy is divided into four sub-categories: highly urbanized city; component, independent/component city; first to third class municipality; and fourth to sixth class municipality.
Distribution of Nomination Forms
The Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC) will distribute the nomination forms to all DepEd regional offices (ROs) that will in turn disseminate to division offices and interested CSOs, private organizations, and private educational/academic institutions.
Information Awareness Campaign
The DepEd Secretary shall issue a memorandum to all regional offices, requiring all division and district supervisors to disseminate the information regarding the awards to interested LGUs, CSOs, private organizations, and private educational/academic institutions.
LCC shall make an announcement about the awards through its website (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Literacy Coordinating Council fb page.
Regional Selection Committee
Step 1 – Organization of Regional Selection Committee
A Regional Selection Committee (RSC) shall be organized as follows:
Chairperson – Regional Director, Department of Education (DepEd)
Co-Chairperson – Regional Director, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)
Regional Director, Philippine Information Agency (PIA)
Regional Director, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)
President, Academe (State University/College) ALS Focal Person, President
- The Coordinator shall have no voting capacity. Only the Chairperson can vote to break a tie.
- The Coordinator must document all stages of the selection process for submission to the LCC Secretariat together with the documents of the winning entries.
Step 2 – Selection
The RSC shall evaluate all entries in the five categories submitted by the different schools divisions and select the top three nominees per category (using the prescribed individual score sheets) from which the respective final regional nominees/finalists will be selected.
Step 3 – Project Site Visit
The RSC shall conduct an on-site validation of the top three nominees/finalists for further verification of their programs. Interviews with the concerned literacy implementer/s shall likewise be administered.
Step 4 – Selection of Final Regional Nominees/Finalists
The RSC shall select and submit individual rankings for the three regional nominees/finalists for each category. The entry with the highest rank shall automatically vie for the national awards.
Step 5 – Submission of Regional Entries
The RSC shall submit the winning entries to the LCC Secretariat according to the set guidelines on or before the closing of office hours of May 31, 2018. Entries submitted beyond the due date shall no longer be accepted.
The following must also be included in the submission:
- Individual score sheets of RSC members duly signed by the rater and countersigned by the RSC Chairperson.
- Documentation of all stages of the selection process signed by the Coordinator and countersigned by the Chairperson.
National Selection Process
- A Board of Judges (BOJs) shall be formed consisting of three members per category.
- Each member of the BOJs shall review the entries and select the five finalists using the criteria set for the category.
- The BOJs for each category shall meet to discuss the winning points of the five finalists.
- The BOJs shall conduct site visits to the five finalists per category for validation. These include interviews with project managers, local officials, beneficiaries, community members, and other concerned stakeholders.
- The BOJs shall rank the five finalists for each category based on the results of the review and on-site validation for endorsement to the Council. LCC shall keep the results strictly confidential.
- The LCC members shall declare and award the winners during the National Literacy Conference and Awards in September 2018.
For inquiries, all concerned may contact:
Ms. Marianne C. Centeno
Literacy Coordinating Council Secretariat
Department of Education
2th Floor, Bonifacio Building, DepEd Complex
Meralco Avenue, Pasig City
or contact/e-mail at:
tel. nos.: 631-05-67; 635-99-96; 631-05-90
e-mail: marianne. centeno002@deped. gov. ph
Guidelines for the National Literacy Awards shall also be available on the
LCC website: http: / /lcc.deped.org.ph.