The Municipal Government of Tanay, Rizal was adjudged the Most Outstanding Local Government Unit (LGU) - Class A Municipality category, during the awarding rites of the 2016 Regional Literacy Awards Search for Outstanding LGUs held last October 5 in Batangas City. Tanay was also the 2014 regional winner in the same category, making it the back-to-back winner in the said award held every two years.

Tanay’s win automatically qualified it to the National Level, with initial assessment of the selection committee placing Tanay in the Top 5 among all entries throughout the country.

The regional validators stressed Tanay’s comprehensive and inclusive literacy programs such as KArunungan ng mga KAtutubo sa BULubundukin ng TANay (KABULTAN), Special Education Program, Madrasah, Scholarships, Alternative Learning System (ALS) – Basic Literacy and Accreditation & Equivalency Programs, Bigay Kinabukasan sa Selda, Skills Training and Livelihood Programs, Agricultural Training, Population Education, Tour Guide Training, Disaster Training/Workshop, Indigenous Peoples’ Trainings, Charcoal Briquetting, and Tree Planting Activities.

As part of its drive to provide access to education to its constituents, the LGU has established additional public schools (7 high schools, 4 elementary schools, 1 day care and 4 lots for educational facilities) in strategic areas within the municipality.

Moreover, the local government has funded the initial construction of a two-storey building, which serves as an extension campus of University of Rizal System-Tanay. In partnership with Tanay Club in America, the local government also established the Tanay Municipal Public Library Museum and Archives, where students can research on class assignments without having to go far as the library is just a stone’s throw away from their classroom.

Ultimately, former Tanay Mayor Rafael A. Tanjuatco’s holistic approach to literacy has seen him catering to the needs of all sectors of the society – from professionals down to the indigenous peoples and the common men on the streets.

He initiated, partnered with, and supported literacy programs on disaster risk reduction and management, environmental conservation and protection, entrepreneurship, health, and tourism. These programs benefited thousands of local OSYs and in-school youths, farmers, fisher folks, IPs, Muslim students, and even jail inmates. All of these programs and initiatives contributed to Tanay’s robust economy, improved peace and order, and people empowerment.