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Regional Mechanism: The Regional Literacy Coordinating Council

It is suggested that every region establishes a Regional Literacy Coordinating Council (RLCC) with a composition similar to the LCC, to include representatives from the following regional offices, agencies, and sectors: Department of Education; Department of the Interior and Local Government; Philippine Information Agency; National Economic and Development Authority; education committee of the Regional Development Coordinating Council (RDCC); the academe, and non-government organizations.

The composition and membership of the RLCC may vary, depending on the sectors which may be called upon to be partners in the effort. However, if similar mechanisms exist in the region, it is suggested that these be used and their functions expanded to include literacy concerns.

Similar to the LCC, the members of the RLCC shall annually elect a chairman from among themselves. They shall likewise meet regularly and may convene special meetings to take up urgent concerns upon the call of the RLCC chairman. A regional secretariat is also suggested to be installed to handle documentation and other program support functions.

General functions of the RLCC
  • Formulate regional policies and directions responsive to the local context;
  • Review program proposals and projects being implemented by PIUs in coordination with the monitoring units of  PIUs;
  • Assist PIUs in resource (human, financial, and material) generation including identification of possible donors for programs/projects such as policy and action research, training, and learning materials acquisition or development;
  • Manage funds for region-based projects;
  • Undertake social mobilization and advocacy to ensure success and sustainability of the programs;
  • Provide technical assistance in project development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, social mobilization and advocacy, and such other needs and demands identified by PIUs in the region;
  • Help LGUs resolve problems on project implementation and sourcing of funds; generate, consolidate/prepare a synthesis of feedback that would serve as input to policy directions at the regional level; and
  • Develop a regional database on literacy and continuing education.

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