BALON DAGUPAN NEWS
THE city is vying for another national award following its inclusion among four other cities in the shortlist for the National Literacy Award under the Independent Component City category.
This is the first time the city was included in the shortlist for the national level award after being adjudged as regional awardee for the second time since 2016.
The city government has launched several initiatives over the years that addressed literacy problems in the city.
One major project launched under Mayor Belen T. Fernandez is the college scholarship program. Since its implementation in 2013, the number of MBTF scholars had dramatically increased from 50 in 2013 to 1,345 scholars and have already produced 220 graduates, with 11 among them passing the state board.
The Alternative Learning System (ALS) program already produced 973 ALS completers from 2014 to 2016.
Project B.E.L.E.N. (Better Education for Livelihood ad Employment Needs) provided technical skills training to more than 500 individuals, including ALS completers, as means to enhance their probability of securing employment.
Other programs launched for the advancement of literacy in the city include the Children’s Summit, BTF DOES IT program, learning programs by city departments and infrastructure programs such as the construction of new school buildings, the Library Hub, Women’s Center and Teen Center among others. (Verdelle De Vera/ CIO)
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