By: Emme Rose Santiagudo
ILOILO City topped the recently concluded National Literacy Awards and Philippine Bike Awards 2018.
The city was adjudged second runner-up in the 2018 National Literacy Conference and Awards (NLCA) of the Department of Education (DepEd) under the Outstanding Local Government Unit (LGU) Highly Urbanized City Category.
Mayor Jose Espinosa III received the award on Sept 6 at the Hotel Supreme Convention Plaza in Baguio City.
“First time kita nag-intra kag we were able to get the third highest award sa bilog nga Pilipinas. Nagapasalamat kita sa aton mga employees, sa private sectors, kag DepEd, especially sa mga maestra naton sa alternative learning system kag iban pa gid na kaupod sa aton mga literacy programs sa siyudad,” Espinosa said.
Theme “Inclusive Literacy through Integrative and Innovative Partnerships,” the NLCA is a venue for implementers of literacy programs and projects to share their experiences and to recognize their best practices.
Aside from recognizing literacy champions, the event also aims to showcase and explore valuable practices on partnerships for inclusive literacy, successful partnership approaches for others to replicate, mechanisms for networking and linkages, and policy recommendations related to promoting collaboration for inclusive literacy.
Iloilo City boasts some of its literacy programs such as the alternative learning system, vocational-technical training through the Technical Institute of Iloilo City (TIIC), and the Kahublagan sa Barangay para sa Lapnagon nga Kahandaan (KABALAKA) which is a also banner project of the city government on Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM).
Meanwhile, Iloilo City was also hailed as a “Bike Friendly City” in the Philippine Bike Awards 2018.
Iloilo City Youth and Sports Development Office head Moises Salomon Jr received the award in behalf of the city government at the World Trade Center, Manila on Sept 9.
The award giving body recognized the city for its sustainable bike programs, supporting the biking community and promoting environmental awareness
According to Espinosa, he will continue to encourage the use of bicycle among Ilonggos and support the biking community in the city.
“Ang mga contenders didto halin sa mga dalagko nga cities pero nakita nila ang consistency naton sa sini nga program kag mga infrastructure nga ginhimo naton, kag sige sige naton pag-promote naton sa biking community sa Iloilo para man makabulig sa clean air act para ma-lessen ang mga vehicles nga maguwa diri sa aton kag gin-encourage naton biking sa siyudad sang Iloilo,” said Espinosa.
The city has been advocating the use of bicycles as an alternative means of transport through bike festivals and trade shows every year.
The Iloilo City is still eyeing two more national awards this year which is the Galing Pook Awards 2018, where the Iloilo River initiative was also a finalist and the Seal of Good Local Governance Awards (SGLG) of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).