he Department of Education (DepEd) on Tuesday lauded the passage of the Alternative Learning System (ALS) Act or Republic Act (RA) No. 11510 institutionalizing parallel learning system in basic education for out-of-school children and adults in special cases.
In a statement, the DepEd said the passage of the act reaffirms its commitment to ensuring that no learner will be left behind, even amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
“It likewise underscores the country’s trust in the potential of young and adult Filipinos who have been out of the formal school system to be able to live gainfully and contribute effectively to their community and the country,” it added.
On Dec. 23, 2020, President Rodrigo Duterte signed RA No. 11510 which shall provide adequate support to ensure that more out-of-school youth and adults (OSYA) will be able to have access to quality basic education and the law expands partnerships between DepEd and local government units, other government agencies, private sector, and non-government organizations.
“We thank our partners in the legislature, especially the Committee on Basic Education chaired by Senator Sherwin Gatchalian in the Senate and Representative Roman Romulo in the House of Representatives for championing the noble cause of empowering OSYAs. We extend our gratitude to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for his unwavering support to the program,” the DepEd said.
To provide a coordinated leadership and serve as the focal office for the continuous implementation of ALS, the DepEd said a new Bureau of Alternative Education (BAE) shall also be created.
Meanwhile, the ALS Teacher Program shall be strengthened through pre-service and in-service trainings where additional teaching items will be created and a recalibrated and equitable support to ALS teachers, whose contexts differ based on the areas they serve – rural, urban, and geographically disadvantaged areas – shall be provided in coordination with the Department of Budget and Management.
“With the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on education, a number of basic education learners were unable to enroll in formal school – adding to the already existing number of OSYA. As the pandemic’s effect will still be very much felt in the next two to three years, the ALS Act can help DepEd to better respond to the bigger demand for the ALS Program,” the DepEd said.
Dubbed as the legacy program of the Duterte administration, the institutionalization of the ALS program “will immensely contribute to the mandated strengthening and expansion of its implementation throughout the country.”
Source: Philippines News agency