The Municipality of Angono received the Gawad Patnugot award for winning 1st place in the Most Outstanding Literacy Program for Local Government Units given by the Department of Education Region IV-A held at Batangas Convention Center in Batangas City on October 2016.

Angono’s entry titled “Sustainable Development in Education Through Life-long Learning Skills and Intervention Program” constitutes existing Alternative Learning Skills program that targets marginalized and vulnerable sectors.

These included farmers, fishermen, workers in the informal economy, women’s groups, differently abled children, urban poor, 4Ps beneficiaries, Apo Learning Center, children in the Day Care Centers and Rural Improvement Club Centers.

The program is an alternative mode of delivery system to the existing Alternative Learning System (ALS) and services, a holistic development in this commercial hub, trading and manufacturing center in the southwestern portion of the Province of Rizal. 

The program and modules were managed and implemented by Department of Education-Angono District, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office, Department of Agriculture’s Rural Improvement Club, Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, Angono Municipal Health Office, Public Employment Service Office-Community Training and Livelihood Office (ESO-CTLO), and civil society groups in Angono.

For its success in providing quality integration and innovation, the program has conducted 40 disaster risk reduction trainings and seminars to around 10,000 residents, listed 15, 778 beneficiaries in PESO-CTLO jobs and livelihood referrals, 47,000 beneficiaries of Bottom Up Budgeting projects, 22, 200 recipients of Angono Health Center’s services, and 197 graduates of Tourism-related trainings and seminars.

In his speech during the flag raising ceremony on October 10, 2016, Mayor Gerry Calderon expressed gratitude to various sectors for crafting and implementing a comprehensive and integrated alternative literacy program.

The mayor also credited the spirit of volunteerism and strong partnership that the stakeholders have shown which contributed to the success of the program.

Similarly, the Angono Department of Education won 1st place for having the best Alternative Learning System in the province. 

The awarding was held at Cainta Elementary School on December 12, 2016.