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Manila to embark on programs to improve reading comprehension of its youngsters

Honey Lacuna with Magdalena Lim
Mayor Honey Lacuna with (left) Division of City Schools (DCS) Superintendent Magdalena Lim, as the mayor announced that the city government will exert extra effort to improve the reading comprehension of Manila's students. (JERRY S. TAN)

Mayor Honey Lacuna announced that the city government of Manila will embark on programs that will improve the reading comprehension among the youngsters and enjoined the support of barangay officials to ensure its success.

Lacuna said that the office of the Division of City Schools headed by Superintendent Magdalena Lim and the Manila City Library (MCL) will spearhead the said program, where the city will bring its library services straight to the people through the barangays, via mobile libraries.

The aim, she said, is to encourage the young to engage in reading, noting pronouncements made recently by Senator Ralph Recto that the Philippines ranks last among 79 countries when it comes to reading comprehension.

The lady mayor also tasked the MCL to visit other cities for purposes of benchmarking, saying there is nothing wrong with copying if it will be for the good of the city’s operations of its 11 libraries.

“Di naman masama manggaya lalo na kung maganda. Ganundin sa lungsod, lahat ng maganda ating ginagaya para maibigay ang tamang serbisyo sa mga batang Maynila. Ganundin naman ang ibang lungsod, napunta rin sila sa atin for bechmarking,” the mayor added.

The low reading comprehension ranking of the country, Lacuna added, is such a big challenge for the city’s learning institutions and libraries for them to create programs that would improve the children’s reading comprehension and even writing skills.

Lacuna said the low reading comprehension ranking may also be attributed to the pandemic and thus, she is appealing to barangay authorities to help and support the city as it launches programs that would address such problem.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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