The literacy rate of some of the municipalities of Surigao del Norte has increased because of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).
This was the finding of the National Advisory Committee (NAC) Technical Working Group (TWG) during the four-day validation held recently to assess the implementation of the livelihood opportunities and other projects implemented by the different government agencies in the region under 4Ps.
According to DSWD Assistant Secretary Camilo Gudmalin who presented the group’s evaluation findings, the TWG has found out that the literacy rate of elementary pupils and high school students have increased because the dropout rate has also decreased.
He added that because of the 4Ps, the parents are now seriously sending their children to school for they already have allowance for their fares and even snacks during break time.
“With this, DepEd is outstanding in providing education for all,” he added.
Gudmalin is confident that with the K-12 and Indigenous Peoples’ Education Program (IPED), the literacy rate of Filipino children including the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) and Children in Conflict (CIC) will also increase tremendously “hence this convergence initiative should be given policy support and funding,” he said.
In other developments, it was found out that the schools in some municipalities of Surigao del Norte are located far from the IP community.
Because of this, the NAC-TWG through A/Sec. Gudmalin said the DepEd and other concerned agencies and local government units should support for the establishment of schools in these communities.
Source: (Simplicia C. Cebreros, DepEd Butuan City Division/PIA-Agusan del Norte)
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