PASIG CITY, 20 November 2023 — Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines and Secretary of Education Sara Z. Duterte will lead this year’s celebration of Araw ng Pagbasa on November 21 to encourage and support schools to join the activities during the 2023 Pambansang Buwan ng Pagbasa.

Spearheaded by the Department’s Bureau of Learning Delivery (BLD) of the Curriculum and Teaching Strand, the program will be carrying the theme, “PAGBASA: Pag-asa sa MATATAG na Kinabukasan,” which will focus on empowering public and private schools to join the reading celebration as anchored in the MATATAG Agenda’s literacy programs.

This initiative aims to foster love for reading among learners and enhance their understanding of reading and literacy as pivotal in cultivating critical thinking.

VP-Sec. Secretary Duterte is expected to lead the celebration of the Araw ng Pagbasa with Story Reading and launch of her children’s book “Isang Kaibigan”, which will be held at Esteban Abada Elementary School in the Schools Division Office of Quezon City.

The month-long celebration will end with a nationwide synchronized story reading sessions on November 28, 2023 at 9:00 AM.