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PIA Press Release
Monday, January 02, 2012


109 ALS completers graduate in Tayum municipality

by Maritess B. Beñas

TAYUM, Abra, Jan. 2 (PIA)-- The Alternative Learning System (ALS) of the Department of Education (DepEd) this town had successfully implemented the Basic Literacy Program in 2011 graduating a total of 109 completers.

Based on the report of the Tayum District ALS Coordinator (DALC) Nemesia Tauro, the 109 ALS completers came in three batches after their completion of the modular instructions and the required 800 hours of learning within the 10-months period.

The first batch of 61 completers in Basic Literacy Program (BLP) for both elementary and secondary levels of education graduated on November 8, 2011 at the ALS Training Center in Poblacion, Tayum. The main facilitator there was the Bagnus ti Biag, Inc., a private service provider contracted by the DepEd.

The second batch of 35 completers in the BLP program also for both elementary and secondary levels, who at the same time finished their livelihood training under the Technical education Skills Development Authority, were facilitated by the Tauro in Brgy. Velasco, Tayum.

Most of the ALS completers were dropouts from the Velasco Elementary School and the Gaddani National High School. The graduation exercises were held at the Velasco Elementary School last December 29, 2011.

The third batch of 13 completers in BLP was handled by Ms. Genevive Onipa, the ALS Gabay Aral sa Pamayanan (AGAP) volunteer and the graduation exercises were held at Brgy. Deet, Tayum on December 31, 2011.

Mr. Leonardo Balneg the Public Schools District Supervisor of Dolores and Tayum Districts and Ms. Cresencia T. Valeros, the Education Supervisor for ALS in Abra, both attended all the completions rites to accept and confirm their completion respectively. Dr. Maria Teresa B. Benas of the Philippine Information Agency in Abra served as guest speaker in the said events of the DepEd.

With the continuing implementation of the ALS program of DepEd, it is hoped that the illiteracy rate would go down dramatically and consequently contribute much to the decrease in poverty incidence in the province of Abra.

One of the graduates, Jocley Bordey, passed the Accreditation and Equivalency Examination (A&E) of the DepEd and she was already given her high school diploma signed by the DepEd Secretary. In Velasco, two of their graduates have already been accepted in a job because of their completion of their secondary education through the ALS.

Most of the completers have taken the A&E Exams last October 16, 2011. They will later get their acceleration depending on the result of their examination. If they pass the standards of the level of education they aspire for, they will automatically be elevated to the level of education that they deserve, like for instance, if they qualify to graduate in elementary, they can already join the first year high school in the next school year. The same thing will happen to those who pass the equivalency in the secondary level. Those who pass the secondary level will also automatically qualify to enroll in college or technical/vocational courses as the case maybe.

The ALS program allows the dropouts to go back to formal school.

Also, during the graduation in Brgy. Deet, Arleen Asia, a native of the barangay who is now working with the Blessed Sacrament Catholic School of Novaliches, Quezon City, turned over around five boxes of pre-school books worth more than P10,000.00 for the nursery, kinder and preparatory levels. (JDP/MTBB-PIA CAR,Abra)

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