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World Vision, in Partnership with DepEd, Strives to Address the Literacy Gap in the Philippines with “Brigada Pagbasa” Project

In celebration of the National Literacy Month this September and in preparation for November’s National Reading Month, World Vision Development Foundation in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) launches Brigada Pagbasa, a movement that seeks to enhance the reading skills of the Filipino children.

The project, an extension of the Brigada Eskwela campaign that promotes community participation in time for school opening, will bring together experts, change makers, policy-makers, and other stakeholders across all sectors from international and local agencies, as well as public and private organizations to spread reading literacy among Filipino children.

World Vision Philippines Executive Director Mr. Rommel Fuerte (left) and DepEd ESQ External Partnerships Service Undersecretary Mr. Tonisito M.C. Umali (right) forged their partnership to enhance the reading skills of the Filipino children through the Brigada Pagbasa program.

In photo (from left): Mr. Rez Salazar of DepEd Division of Camarines Norte, World Vision Philippines Executive Director Mr. Rommel Fuerte, DepEd ESQ External Partnerships Service Undersecretary Tonisito M.C. Umali, and Ms. Renita Abraham Ed.D. of DepEd Division of Camarines Norte.

To make this happen, World Vision, together with DepEd, is partnering with the National Library of the Philippines, National Book Development Board, GCash, Rex Bookstore, and E Net Philippines, and have also tapped TV and radio personality Joyce Pring to be the Ambassador for Brigada Pagbasa.

“Literacy, most especially amongst the children and youth, is one of the key factors that determines how well a country progresses in this rapidly-changing world. We have an unfortunate reality where some Filipinos, both young and old, are still struggling with their literacy skills,” said Mr. Rommel Fuerte, Executive Director of World Vision in the Philippines.

Based on a report by United Nations, the Philippines has the highest literacy rate at 97.95 percent among Southeast Asian countries such as Singapore, Brunei, and Indonesia. The literacy rate is 98.9 percent among females and 97 percent among males aged 15-24. 

TV and radio personality Joyce Pring is the World Vision Ambassador for Brigada Pagbasa.

DepEd ESQ External Partnerships Service Undersecretary Mr. Tonisito M.C. Umali (left) and World Vision Philippines Executive Director Mr. Rommel Fuerte (right) signed their commitment to raise literacy rate in the Philippines through the Brigada Pagbasa program.

DepEd and World Vision, together with their partners National Library of the Philippines, National Book Development Board, GCash, Rex Bookstore, and E Net Philippines, are one for children to promote literacy among Filipinos through the Brigada Pagbasa campaign.

While the literacy rate showed the country’s improvement from the past years, there is still a staggering number of children in the country who face literacy challenges. The remaining gap reflected in the study above shows that more work must be done to address this pressing issue.

“To become literate is an important component in the development of children, especially at this fast-paced, technology-driven age. Brigada Pagbasa aims to unleash the potential in every child,” said Mr. Rommel Fuerte, Executive Director of World Vision Philippines.

Brigada Pagbasa will fully commence this November at several communities across the Philippines to educate everyone the value of reading.

“This campaign is a life-long commitment for all of us, perhaps, until every child receives an opportunity to be educated and to develop his or her full potential,” Mr. Fuerte added. 09/20/2019 (Runner Rocky)


About World Vision
World Vision is a global Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.


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