National Reading Month 2023 official theme
(UPDATED, 15 November 2023)
Elementary and secondary schools around the Philippines will be celebrating the National Reading Month this November, according to Department of Education (DepEd) memorandum #44-2011.
The highlight of this month is the conduct of the National Reading Day or “Araw ng Pagbasa” as stipulated through Republic Act 10556 which was signed into law by the late former President Benigno Aquino, III.
However, as of November 15, DepEd has not released an official theme for National Reading Month 2023. The month-long celebration is customarily managed by the schools’ respective English Department, and in the absence of an official theme from DepEd, school divisions have decided to adopt their respective theme. The Filipino Scribe will be updating this post when new information becomes available.
The problem of poor reading comprehension among Filipino students has been widely reported the last five years. In a speech before the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization or SEAMEO, Vice President and concurrent Education Secretary Sara Duterte-Carpio pointed out that the problem has worsened because of the lengthy school closures implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.