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Matugas: Surigao Norte to be a province of readers

Surigao City—Governor Sol Matugas has launched a campaign to make Surigao del Norte a ‘reading province’ by upgrading libraries in both districts of the locality. She said Phase 1 will be implemented within the first half of the year in Siargao Island and its towns composed of Dapa, Del Carmen, San Isidro, Burgoz, San Benito, Pilar, General Luna, Sta. Monica and Socorro. “It has an allocation of P6.5-million recently released by the Department of Budget and Management through Secretary Butch Abad,” she told Manila Standard, adding that information and technology will form the backbone of of the library hubs. Matugas said Phase 2 will cover 11 towns and Surigao City in the second district. “It will have an additional allocation from the DBM with a counterpart from the provincial government,” she said. “The library hubs will become the center of activity for students, teachers and researchers who want to sharpen and widen their knowledge. It will also develop their reading habits, improve their learning skills and can help in reducing illiteracy in the process.” Matugas said the capitol will shoulder the salaries of the librarians and staff but the supervision will be delegated to the mayors. With these, we look forward of the day when Surigao del Norte will soon become a reading province,” the educator-turned-governor said.
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