The National Literacy Awards (NLA), held every two years, is a major activity of LCC in its effort to recognize individulas, institutions, and local government units with outstanding literacy programs in their communities. It is also in line with the United Nations' Literacy Decade goal of reducing illiteracy by 50 percent by 2015.
The NLA particularly aims to contribute to the realization of the goal of universalizing literacy in the Philippines by creating public awareness and interest in the programs and projects 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 and recognition to outstanding individuals and government and nongoverment organizations for their dedication, commitment and contribution to the universalization of literacy in their respective communities.
The Awards has two main categories - Outstanding Literacy Program and Outstanding Local Government Unit. The outstanding literacy program award is given to a literacy program implemented by a nongovernment or civic organization or academic institution, which has evident positive impact on the learners and the community. The program should have contributed to the transformation of learners into productive and more responsible community members.
The outstanding local government unit (LGU) award on the other hand, is given to a local government unit which has developed policies, programs, and projects conducive to literacy development and which programs have efficaciously made a positve impact on the barangays and the quality of life of the people.
The outstanding LGU category is subdivided into the following:
- Highly Urbanized Cities
- Independent Component and Component Cities
- First to Third Class Municipalities (Class A)
- Fourth to Sixth Class Municipalities (Class B)
On May 6, 2010 the LCC Secretariat received a total of 48 regional entries to vie for the NLA. The said entries were endorsed by the Secretariat to the Board of Judges for the shortlisting process. The top five nominees have been chosen and evaluated during actual onsite validation in July.
Following are the list of top five nominees:
Outstanding Literacy Program
Region II - FCF-RLF Literacy Program:
Bridging the Literacy Divide Among
the Marginalized Upland Communities
V - Education for Life
St. Louise de Marillac Foundation
IX - Centers for Social Concerns and Development
Zamboanga del Monte
X - Sumpong Literacy Program
Malaybalay City, Bukidnon
Outstanding Local Government Unit
Highly Urbanized City
Region IV-B - Puerto Princesa City
Mayor Edward S. Hagedorn
VIII - Tacloban City
Mayor Alfred S. Romualdez
XI - Davao City
Mayor Sara Z. Duterte
XII - General Santos City
Mayor Darlene Antonio Custodio
CARAGA - Butuan City
Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante Jr.
NCR - Pasay City
Mayor Antonino G. Calixto
Independent Component and Component City
Region III - Balanga City
Mayor Jose Enrique S. Garcia, III
X - Malaybalay City
Mayor Florencio T. Flores, Jr.
XI - Tagum City
Mayor Rey T. Uy
V - Sorsogon City
Mayor Leovic R. Dioneda
VI - Cadiz City
Mayor Salvador G. Escalante, Jr.
Municipal Level Class A
Region I - Municipality of Mangaldan, Pangasinan
Mayor Hermino A. Romero
III - Municipality of Plaridel, Bulacan
Mayor Anastacia C. Tristan
IV-A - Municipality of Rosario, Batangas
Mayor Felipe A. Marquez
V - Municipality of Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte
Mayor Ricarte R. Padilla
XI - Municipality of Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur
Mayor Joel ray L. Lopez
Municipal Level Class B
Region I - Municipality of Laoac, Pangasinan
Mayor Silverio D. Alarcio, Jr., CEO VI
II - Municipality of Ballesteros, Cagayan
Mayor Violeta T. Unite
CARAGA - Municipality of Tubod, Surigao del Norte
Mayor Cristina Hemady R. Arcillas
VIII - Municipality of San Julian, Eastern Samar
Mayor George N. Erroba
V - Municipality of Bato, Catanduanes
Mayor Eulogio R. Rodriguez
Winners for each category from first to fifth place will be awarded cash prizes and trophies courtesy of LCC and National Bookstore. The first place winner will likewise receive a presidential trophy. The awarding ceremony will be held during the Literacy conference on September 10, 2010 at Baguio Teachers Camp, Baguio City.