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.
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, 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