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More kids in Tabaco City are able to go to school.

The city government was able to address 16.3 percent of its basic education gap in 2008. By 2010, only 3.3 percent of the elementary children population is in need of basic education.

It was not surprising that the City Government of Tabaco won the regional search for the Outstanding Local Government Unit Award and will vie for the 2012 National Literacy Award to be held on 17-21 September 2012.

The Outstanding Local Government Unit (LGU) Award is given to local government units which promote literacy development and have successfully made an impact on their communities and their people’s quality of life.

The 2012 National Literacy Award entry of the City focuses on education as the leading strategy for human development.

With the comprehensive data from the Community-Based Monitoring System or popularly known as CBMS and the Family Mapping Project of the DepEd, the LGU-Tabaco and the DepEd Tabaco division joined hands in its crusade against illiteracy.

The CBMS is a system of collecting and processing of information to identify priority programs of the local government through the participation of the members of the community.

These education initiatives were: (a) Love On Wheels; (b) classroom and school building project; (c) textbooks and supplementary books for day care, pre-school, elementary and secondary schools; (d) Guro Magtuturo: SEF-funded Teachers; (e) Sentrong Kabuhayan Skills Training Center; (f) Enhanced Alternative Learning System (ALS); (g) Nutri-Pan sa Pamayanan in partnership with ABS-CBN Bayan ni Juan Project; (h) Fresh Milk Feeding; (i) Training on Parent Education on Health and Youth Development with POPCOM.

Hon. Krisel Lagman-Luistro summed up these projects into one local battle cry: Talubo Tabaco! The city’s drive for growth anchored on the principles of good governance and people’s participation.

“As a local leader of the fourth class city, I am humbled by the thought of ordinary people doing extra-ordinary things extra-ordinarily well,” expressed by the City Mayor in her executive summary closing statement of the local government entry for the 2012 National Literacy Award Outstanding Local Government Unit.

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