DepEd allocates P21M for pupils’ reading program PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 November 2011 16:42

The Department of Education (DepEd) has earmarked P21.034.000 for the “Every Child A Reader Program” (ECARP) for school year 2011-2012.

Education Secretary Armin A. Luistro announced recently through DepEd Order No. 70, series of 2011, that the allocation will be utilized to support the implementation of ECARP’s three components. These are Reading Recovering (RR), administration of the Philippine Informal Reading Inventory (Phil-IRI), and development of the Philippine World Lists in English (PWLE) for Grades 1, 2, and 3 pupils.

Luistro said that of the total amount, a support fund of P8,500 was allotted for several regions in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

He explained that each of the regions shall utilize its respective RR funds for setting up Regional Reading Recovery Centers and Refurbishment of existing vacant rooms, expenses on teachers’ training and for visits to schools of teachers-in-training, monitoring visits relative to the implementation of RR, conducting advocacy activities, management and maintenance of database, and procurement of equipment and story books for pupils.

More over, P536,400 was earmarked for development of PWLE, Luistro said, adding that refinement of the Phil-IRI was shared P897,600 or a grand total of P21,034,000.

According to Luistro, ECARP is a DepEd national program which seeks to make every child an independent reader and writer at the end of Grade 3 even as it provides a year-long training to teachers to make them independent solvers of literacy problems in their schools.

Luistro said that RR, an early literacy intervention designed to reduce reading and writing difficulties in schools, gives children who are beginning to fall behind in reading and writing a second chance before their problems become complicated.

An assessment component of ECARP, Phil-IRI is a nationally validated assessment tool for measuring the reading level of pupils in both English and Filipino languages.
The PWLE, to be developed this school year, is made up of the most frequently used words in English textbooks from Grades 1 to 3. — Yvonne C. Aya-ay, Divisoria Elementary School