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National Literacy Awards
Won by Translators Association of the Philippines

Two prestigious National Literacy Awards were won in 2003 by the Translators Association of the Philippines (TAP), a partner with SIL. These awards were presented by the Literacy Coordinating Council and Department of Education September 5, 2003, in Tacloban City of Central Philippines.

Lynne Pina, Outstanding Literacy Program
Lynne Pina, Outstanding Literacy Program

Receiving first place for Outstanding Literacy Program was Lynne Pina, who works among the Central Subanens in Mindanao. Mrs. Pina was able to start literacy classes in a village where no one else was allowed before. It was a taboo for the people to pronounce the letter m. Mrs. Pina solved the problem by telling them not to read the letter. By suggesting this, she gained the confidence of the community.

Jocelyn Monje, Outstanding Literacy Worker
Jocelyn Monje, Outstanding Literacy Worker

Jocelyn Monje, who works among the Binukid people also in Mindanao, was awarded second place for Outstanding Literacy Worker. The success of her program is due to the integration of livelihood projects and health education. This program is called Heath Education and Literacy Program (HELP), and many Binukid families have benefited from it.

TAP won these awards because of the participatory aspect of the programs. Not only does TAP train lay literacy supervisors and facilitators from the community, but also the organization works hand in hand with the Non-Formal Education Coordinator and Chief, and with the Local Government Unit locally and regionally. The Local Government Unit endorsed the nomination of these women who work in literacy.