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27 prisoners, 20 former rebels to take PEPT, AnE tests

by P. Balocnit

TABUK CITY (29 September) -- Twenty seven inmates and 20 former rebels are qualified to take the forthcoming Philippine Education Placement Test and Accreditation and Equivalency Test on February 2008.

Of the 27 prisoners, 21 are jailed at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology while 6 are incarcerated at the Provincial Jail.

According to OIC Alternative Learning System (ALS) Supervisor Lorenza Fannot, inmates while serving their sentences and others being tried in court, were tapped to undergo classes on Basic Literacy program (BLP) and Functional Education and Literacy program (FELP) and at the same time were introduced to livelihood projects to earn money.

Retired Schools Division Superintendent Emilia Bayubay,who is one of the service providers said that aside from BLP and FELP, the inmates were taught the skills on handicraft using local materials like grass to replicate what ALS graduates from Rizal are doing - producing artificial flower out of corn husk.

The other 20 are former rebels belonging to the Cordillera Peoples Liberation Army (CPLA), now living with their families in a resettlement site in Ileb, Nambaran, this city.

Joining the mainstream society, they were taught BLP and FELP by service providers paid by the Department of Education (DepEd) through the ALS. The CPLA members whose ages range from 15 to 55, have 17 of them attended elementary while only three reached high school.

Some of the 147 learners may not take the scheduled PEPT and AnE since they are on BLP training, Fannot explained. She shared that CPLA members residing in Bugnay, Tinglayan succeeded in the production of book translations since 2003 with the help of the Translators Association of the Philippines that has a five-year contract with ALS to end this year as service provider.

Fannot also expects applicants from the more than 100 differently abled persons presently enrolled under the Literacy Service Delivery System of Lin-awa, a non-government organization run by Catholic Sisters in Bulanao. She said 48 depressed, deprived and underprivileged elementary and high school drop outs in Tinglayan also finished BLP. (PIA Kalinga) [top]

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