As the nation celebrates National Reading Month 2022, promoting love for reading among students and raising awareness of the vital role of reading and literacy in developing critical thinking in the youth, DepEd Sarangani conducted programs anchored to the theme of cultivating genuine love for reading among the learners. This is in accordance with RA No.10556 in which declares every 27th of November as “Araw ng Pagbasa” and month of November as Buwan ng Pagbasa.
December 3, marks the culmination of the Division Reading Month Celebration conducted at the 1st class municipality and the capital of the Province of Sarangani- Alabel after the reiteration of the whole month celebration of the school and district based national reading month as stipulated in DM -CI-2022 – 389 2022 Pambansang Buwan at Araw ng Pagbasa and Division Memorandum No. 282 s. 2022 Division Celebration of 2022 National Reading Month. The program started with preliminaries and orientations on the conduct of the different contest categories as well as the guidelines and specific venue of thedifferent competitions. Simultaneous individual contest categories such as Kindergarten Draw and Tell, and Grades 1 to 3 Story Telling are held at the host school, Alabel Central Integrated SPED Center Gymnasium. Meanwhile, the group contests Grades 4-6 Choral Reading, Junior High School Speech Choir, Senior High School Readers’ Theater, and Best Proposal for School Reading Program Implementation held at the Municipal Gymnasium.
Multifarious and creatively done execution of the presentation of the different delegations manifested the strong desire of participants to showcase their talents and skills and embraced the love for literary and performing arts. Coaches, on the other hand, gave their overall support and prowess by providing guidance and expertise giving justice to the piece performed by their learners. All of them inspired their students to give their best, savor the new freedom (after the two years hiatus due to the pandemic), and experience performing their best in the context of the piece assigned to them in a face-to-face manner.
Declaring the winners and giving awards was one of the highlights of the event. The results of the contests were properly tabulated and verified well before the announcement of winners for different contest categories. Giving of recognition through certificates, medals, plaques, and cash prizes to the winners. Free meals were also distributed to the delight of every participant and their coaches. Each municipal representative bagged different placements. Municipality of Malungon bagged the 1st placer in Draw and Tell while Maitum placed as 1st placers in Best Reading Program Proposal and Grade 1 Story Telling. Glan dominated Story Telling in Grade 2 and Speech Choir for JHS as they were declared winners. Meanwhile, Kiamba won as 1st placer in Choral Reading for Grades 4 to 6. The host municipality, Alabel, placed 1st placers in Story Telling Grade 3 and Readers Theater for SHS. Lastly, Municipality of Maasim and Malapatan bagged 2nd and 3rd placers on the different events.
The program management expressed their gratitude to the six distinguished board of judges and also acknowledged and thanked the host districts headed. Furthermore, the School Heads, the Technical Working Group from the division office, and the host municipality, Save the Children , CLAFI, office of the congressman, PLGU and LGUs, provided their utmost support, cooperation, and commitment to accomplishing these endeavors. Indeed, the program ended successfully with positive output inspiring everyone to do better in the years to come.