The local government of Tanay recently topped the 2014 Regional Literacy Search for Outstanding Literacy Program and Outstanding Local Government Unit (LGU), Class A Municipality category.
With the win, Tanay automatically qualifies for the National Literacy Awards, LGU Level A category in which the validation will be announced soon.
The local government of Tanay has been carrying out a comprehensive approach to ensuring optimum literacy for out-of-school youth, ALS learners, persons with disability, senior citizens, members of the Muslim community, indigenous peoples (IPs), farmers, and regular students.
Among the various literacy programs that Tanay has been vigorously implementing are; Karunungan ng mga Katutubo sa Bulubundukin ng Tanay (KABULTAN), Mobile libraries, Continuing Education Program for ALS learners, Bigay Kinabukasan sa Selda, Madrasah, Special Education Program, Establishment of new public elementary and secondary schools in select areas across the municipality, Technical skills education, Training of IPs to serve as community health workers, Scholarship programs, Responsible parenting and family planning class literacy programs and Sustainable rice production training
Tanay has 95.34 percent recorded literacy based on the 2010 figures released by the NSO now Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). While it is mostly an urbanized area, Tanay still has remote locations with previously limited access to educational opportunities.
The town is home to the Indigenous People (IPs), particularly the Dumagats and Remontados. To cater to their need for education, particularly on how to find sources of livelihood, the municipal government has been implementing the KABULTAN project since 2000. It has some 700 beneficiaries to date, with 74.61 percent passing the administered equivalency test.
Mobile libraries have likewise been established to augment the learning opportunities provided by KABULTAN. It now has close to 4,000 beneficiaries.
Meanwhile, IP couples have also benefited from programs carried out by Tanay LGU. They were taught Responsible Parenting and Family Planning methods and were also trained to serve as Community Health Program (CHP) managers serving 3,980 families across Tanay.
As CHP managers, they help manage diseases occurring in their respective communities using readily-available resources. The CHP Managers likewise ensure that cluster families get access to basic health services offered by the local government.
Tanay LGU has also established additional 7 high schools and 4 elementary schools in its mountain barangays. Accordingly, the municipal government has hired 44 locally-funded teaching personnel to man the said schools.