Reading Habits of the Filipinos

Malacañang on Wednesday backed the Department of Education's (DepEd)
activities lined up in celebration of National Reading Month this
November aimed at encouraging school children and the youth in general
to make reading a habit.

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said that November has
been declared by DepEd as National Reading Month for which a set of
month-long reading activities has been arranged, enjoining schools and
learning centers to participate.

"We fully support the Department of Education's campaign to encourage
school children to participate in the month-long reading activities,
such as read-a-thons, storytelling sessions, shared readings, and
reading camps," Valte said in a statement.

The DepEd came up with its declaration on October 25 by virtue of
Memorandum No. 244, making November of every year as National Reading
Month and November 25, 2011 as Nationwide Araw ng Pagbasa.

These particular events are anchored on the 10-point Basic Education
Agenda of President Benigno S. Aquino III and the institutionalization
of the "Every Child a Reader" Program (ECARP) by the DepEd.

Quoting Secretary Armin Luistro, Valte said the DepEd is initiating
programs that would: promote reading and literacy among the pupils and
students; motivate our youth to learn from the lives and works of
eminent Filipinos; uphold one's heritage and values; and make reading
a shared physical experience, specifically among the youth, thereby
increasing its relevance amidst the growing reliance on the internet
and inclination to on-line activities.

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