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Deped-Panabo opens extension


Sun.Star Davao

18 Jun 2015

By Lorenzo E. Mendoza

ALL FOR ONE. Panabo City Mayor James G. Gamao (7th from right),

Mr. Edwin Pardillo (6th from right) of the 2nd Congressional District Office and Schools
Division Superintendent Maria Ines C. Asuncion(7th from left) and OIC-ASDS Lorenzo E.
Mendoza (4th from right) with the barangay captains, school heads and PTA presidents took part
in ther signing of Memorandum of Agreement for the opening of extension classes in the
Division of Panabo City.
To ease the burden of sending the Grade 6 graduates to other barangays, the Panabo
city Division headed by Schools Division Superintendent Maria ines c. asuncion in
consultation with the barangay, the PTa officials, lGU and other Deped officials decided
to open extension classes starting from Grade 7 in Barangay Dalisay for Manay NHS and
Malitbog and Nanyo for Southern Davao NHS.
Janwario Yamota, chief of the curriculum impelementation Division (ciD) of the
Division of Panabo city worked hand in hand with the PTa officials, barangay officials
and the two secondary school principals, Manuel Esperanza and Rustico Hernandez in
the initial consultations until the plan was materialized.
The reasons stated for the need to extend classes were: 1) To solve the perennial
problem of parents in terms of financial aspects, 2) To give the barangays the
opportunity to develop because the schools are considered show window of the
barangays; and 3) To bring the services of the government near to the community it
The event was formalized with the signing of the Memorandum of agreement among
the barangay captains of the barangays, the President of their PTa organization and the
school heads of the main and extension classes and witnessed by Edwin Pardillo,
representative of congressman anton F. lagdameo, Mayor James G. Gamao of Panabo
city and SDS asuncion on June 5, 2015 at alS Building, Panabo city Division during the
First Division Management committee Meeting for SY 2015-2016.
The following school, PTa and barangay officials also attended the Moa signing:
Danilo D. Delarmente, Brgy. captain, Brgy. Dalisay, Mr. Eduardo S. Ellamil, PTa
President, Dalisay Village ES, Romeo S. Ballon, Brgy. captain, Brgy. New Malitbog,
Mario M. Sambalelo, PTa President, Rodrigo D. Mabitad ES, Hon. Demetrio c. Maligro,
Brgy. captain, Brgy. Nanyo, Gary Galos, PTa President, Nanyo central ES, cyrus
cachuela, school head of DVES, Babito Manliguez, Principal ii of RDMES and Hernando
Donasco, Principal ii of NcES.

Alternative Learning System

What is Alternative Learning System or ALS?
It is a parallel learning system in the Philippines that provides a practical option to the existing
formal instruction. When one does not have or cannot access formal education in schools, ALS
is an alternate or substitute. ALS includes both the non-formal and informal sources of
knowledge and skills.

Why is there a need for Alternative Learning System in the Philippines?

Many Filipinos do not have a chance to attend and finish formal basic education (Grades 1-6
and Year 1-4) due to many reasons. Some drop out from schools while some do not have
schools in their communities. Since every Filipino has a right to free basic education, the
Government establishes ALS to provide all Filipinos the chance to have access to and complete
basic education in a mode that fits their distinct situations and needs.

What is the basis of ALS implementation in the Philippines?

The 1987 Philippine Constitution provides for the recognition and promotion of other forms of
education other than formal education. Article XIV, Section 2, Paragraph (1) declares that the
State shall establish, maintain and support a complete, adequate and integrated system of
education relevant to the needs of the people and society; and paragraph (4) concisely
encourages non-formal, informal and indigenous learning systems as well as self-learning,
independent and out-of-school study programs particularly those that respond to community
The Governance Act for Basic Education otherwise known as the Republic Act 9155 stipulates
the establishment of the Alternative Learning System (ALS) to provide out-of-school children,
youth and adults population with basic education.

How does ALS work?

There are two major programs on ALS that are being implemented by the Department of
Education, through the Bureau of Alternative Learning System (BALS). One is the Basic Literacy
Program and the other is the Continuing Education Program - Accreditation and Equivalency
(A&E). Both programs are modular and flexible. This means that learning can take place
anytime and any place, depending on the convenience and availability of the learners.

What is the difference between the Formal Education System and the
Alternative Learning System (ALS) Non-formal Education?
Formal Education system is classroom-based, managed by trained formal school teachers.
ALS Non-formal Education happens outside the classroom, community-based, usually
conducted at community learning centers, barangay multi-purpose hall, libraries or at home,
managed by ALS learning facilitators, such as mobile teachers, district ALS Coordinators,
instructional managers at an agreed schedule and venue between the learners and facilitators.

ALS Programs
Program for illiterates:
Basic Literacy Program (BLP)
The Basic Literacy Program (BLP) is a program aimed at eradicating illiteracy among out-ofschools youth and adults (in extreme cases school-aged children) by developing basic literacy
skills of reading, writing and numeracy.

Program for dropouts of formal Elementary and Secondary Levels:

Continuing Education: Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) Program
The Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) Program is a program aimed at providing an
alternative pathway of learning for out-of-school children, youth and adults who are basically
literate but who have not completed the 10 years of basic education mandated by the
Philippine Constitution. Through this program, school dropouts are able to complete
elementary and high school education outside the formal school system.
For information on the A&E Test, go to the ALS Accreditation and Equivalency Test page.

Program for Indigenous Peoples:

Indigenous Peoples Education
The Indigenous Peoples Education is a research and development project which aims to
provide basic education support services to IP communities. This is initially implemented at the
tribal communities in Dumalneg, Ilocos Norte, Gen. Nakar, Quezon, and Botolan, Zambales.

Program for Muslim Migrants:

Arabic Language and Islamic Values Education in Alternative Learning
System (ALIVE in ALS)
The Arabic Language and Islamic Values Education in Alternative Learning System (ALIVE in ALS)
is designed for the Muslim Migrants to be able to positively contribute to the peace efforts of
our government in order to improve the quality of life of Muslim OSY and adults. It has
components, namely; Basic Literacy Program + ALIVE; Accreditation & Equivalency (A&E)
Program + ALIVE; Informal Education + ALIVE; Technical Vocational Education Program + ALIVE;
and Entrepreneurship Development + ALIVE.

Program for Hearing Impairment:

Alternative Learning System for Differently-Abled Persons (ALS-DAP)
The Alternative Learning System for Differently-Abled Persons (ALS-DAP) is a project which aims
to deliver Basic Literacy Program to the special/differently-abled children/OSYs/adults, e.g.,
hearing impaired learners who have not availed of/have no access to the formal school system
through specialized approaches, e.g., sign language.

Program for Adolescents:

Adolescent Reproductive Health (ARH)
The Adolescent Reproductive Health is a project for out-of-school adolescents ages 9-24 years
old. It is a life skills-based education program for adolescents who are in high-risky behavior,
sex-related or non-sex related behavior.

Program for Parents:

Parent Education
The Parent Education is an informal education which is a life skills short-term course that
addresses the special needs and interests of the parents to promote pride in their work and
ownership of their responsibilities as members of the family and their community.

Program for Poor Families:

Family Basic Literacy Program (FBLP)
This is a literacy service learning intervention utilizing literate family members to help nonliterate members upgrade their literacy skills and improve the educational opportunities of
poor families in the depressed, deprived and underserved (DDU) areas.

Radio-Based Instruction (RBI)

The Radio-Based Instruction (RBI) Program is an alternative learning delivery mode using radio
broadcast to deliver the ALS programs. As a form of distance learning, it is able to expand
access to education by bringing it to where the learners are. It aims to provide learning
opportunities to listeners and enable them to acquire equivalency in basic education through
the broadcast of lessons.

Program for Disadvantaged Children:

Informal Education for Disadvantaged Children
This program focuses on packaging of short-term educational activity that addresses the special
needs and interests of the street and working children. It intends to use life skills active learning
approaches/strategies aimed at developing/enhancing social, civic, aesthetic, cultural,
recreational physical and personal development. The learning materials/packages may be
developed/adopted/adapted or gathered from other sources and tailored-fit to the identified
needs of the said users.


About ALS

ALS Programs

Alternative Learning System

[Executive Order No. 356]
September 14, 2004
WHEREAS, it is a declared State policy, to protect and promote the right of all
citizen to quality basic education and to promote the right of all citizens to
quality basic education and such education accessible to all by providing all
Filipino children in the elementary level and free education in the high school
level. Such education shall also include alternative learning system for out-of
school youth and adult learners. (Section 2 of PA. 9155, The Governance of
Basic Education Act of 2001)

WHEREAS, Section 12.1 Rules Xll of R.A. 9155 stipulates that the alternative
Learning System is a parallel learning system to provide a viable alternative to
the existing formal education instruction, encompassing both the nonformal and
informal sources of knowledge and skills;

WHEREAS, the Department of Education, through the Bureau of Nonformal

Education is mandated to ensure that all learning needs of marginalized learners
are addressed;

WHEREAS, one of the most important initiatives in Nonformal Education in the

Philippines in the last 10 Sears is the Alternative Learning System (ALS, which is
a major component of basic education with a clearly defined role within the
overall educational goals;
WHEREAS, the ALS will respond to the need of a more systematic and flexible
approach in reaching to all types of learners outside the school system;


Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby order:

SECTION 1. The Bureau of Nonformal Education is hereby renamed to Bureau

oflternative Learning System (BALS).

SEC. 2 The Bureau of Alternative Learning System shall

have the following functions:

a. Address the learning needs of the marginalized groups of the population

including the deprived, depressed and underserved citizens,
b. Coordinate with various agencies for skills development to enhance and
ensure continuing employability, efficiency, productivity, and competitiveness in
the labor market;
c. Ensure the expansion of access to educational opportunities for citizens of
different interests, capabilities demographic characteristics and socio-economic
origins and status; and
d. Promote certification and accreditation of alternative learning programs both
formal and informal in nature for basic education.
SEC. 3. Funds necessary to carry out the provisions of this Executive Order shall
be taken from the present funds available in the Department of Education and
shall thereafter be included in the General Appropriations Act.
SEC. 4. All orders, issuances,rules and regulations, or parts thereof inconsistent
with this Executive Order are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.

SEC. 5. This Executive Order shall take effect fifteen (15) days after its
publication in the Official Gazette,

DONE in the City of Manila this 13th day of September in the year of Our Lord,
two thousand and four.
By the President:
Executive Secretary
E-Library Doc. ID: 0368d70a693860b49058b311ac513dba455a487d5159a

Alternative Learning System (ALS)

The Alternative Learning System (ALS) is a free education program
implemented by the Department of Education (DepEd) under the Bureau of
Alternative Learning System which benefits those who cannot afford formal
schooling and follows whatever is their available schedule. The program
provides a viable alternative to the existing formal education instruction,
encompassing both the non-formal and informal sources of knowledge and skills.
ALS aims to open more educational opportunities for Filipino citizens of different
interests, capabilities of demographic characteristics, socioeconomic origins and
status as well as addressing the needs of marginalized groups.
The program cuts the time needed to finish high school, hence, significantly cuts
the expenses as well. Aside from giving hope to the less fortunate, it also
provides opportunities to Out-of-School Youths (OSY) and adults elementary and
secondary school drop-outs; industry-based workers; housewives; maids; factory
workers; drivers; members of cultural minorities; indigenous people and the
disabled/physically challenged.
Training for instructional managers and coordinators are also provided by the
program and supports the learners accreditation and equivalency (A&E) review.

How does it work

In ALS, students have to attend 10 months of school or 800 hours in the
classroom. Then their performance are then assessed.
Since ALS is a module-based learning system, students come in on a set time
and choose a module to read. A quiz is given after each module to test their
learning. Instead of teachers, facilitators are always present to answer any
questions and sometimes lecturers would discuss a certain module. After several
months, the students will take the Accreditation and Equivalency Test (AET). If
they pass the test, they will be given a high school diploma and can now enroll
in college.
ALS A&E Test
The ALS Accreditation and Equivalency ALS A&E test aims to offer learners two
learning achievements at two learning levels Elementary and Secondary.
It is a paper and pencil-based test, using multiple choice and composition
writing. The test items are based on the learning competencies of the five
learning strands of the ALS Curriculum.
A first year high school dropout, boxing champion, Manny Pacquiao took and
passed the (AET) under the ALS program. He was presented a high school
diploma, making eligible to pursue college. He was then named as the DepEds
Ambassador for the ALS and Peoples Champ for Education. According to
Education Secretary, Jesli Lapus, Manny is an excellent model for all out-ofschool children, youth and adults who are determined to learn and are able to
gain functional literacy skills outside of formal schooling.