VIRTUAL STORYTELLING  Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte joins the nationwide celebration of Reading Day on Monday (Nov. 28, 2022). The Department of Education (DepEd) called on partners to be reading champions and be an example to the young generation. (Screengrab)

 

MANILA – Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte on Monday emphasized the importance of reading that could help push the country’s learning recovery program as she led the celebration of National Reading Day.

In a recorded video shared on Facebook livestream, Duterte read stories including “Ang Kamatis ni Peles” and “Ang Bungtod ug Ako” (The Hill and Me) to the young learners.

The department in a statement, called on the public, particularly teachers, parents, and education partners to be reading champions who will set a good example for the young generation.

“We urge our teachers, parents, and education partners to continue setting good examples as reading champions for our children,” DepED said adding that it recognizes the critical role of reading and literacy in its quest to deliver quality education.

The education chief, the statement said, is determined to impel reading among students which could help the country improve its literacy rate and bridge the learning gap, adding that it also plays a vital role in developing learners’ cognitive skills, particularly during their early stages.

“Under the stewardship of the Vice President and Secretary of Education, Sara Z. Duterte, remains steadfast in anchoring its reforms and initiatives to improve the country’s literacy rate and bridge the learning gap. DepEd is committed to make Bawat Bata Bumabasa a reality to provide more opportunities for the Filipino youth,” it added.

Under Republic Act 10556, every Nov. 27 has been declared as National Reading Day. (PNA)