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PIA Press Release
2006/10/30

Dep-Ed, Army conduct literacy class for Kalinga rural folks

RIZAL, Kalinga (30 October) -- Some 40 out of school youths (OSYs) from barangay Romualdez this town will benefit from a six-month joint mobile class of the 21st Infantry Battalion or the so-called Army Literacy Patrol System (ALPS) and the Alternative Learning System (ALS) of the Department of Education (DepEd).

According to ALS Supervisor Marcelo Talamayan, the program was organized thru the joint efforts of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, DepEd and the local government unit of Rizal.

Mayor Marcelo Dela Cruz, who was Guest of Honor and Speaker during the opening program held last week, stressed the importance of education. He emphasized that the program will teach illiterates the basics of writing, reading and computing, especially to his constituents who are mostly farmers.

Talamayan said classes will be held every Saturday for a duration of six months or a 24-day session with a total of 192 hour lecture and practical exercises. Incorporated to the course are skills training on selected livelihood applicable in Rizal. Meanwhile, Schools Division Superintendent Emilia P Bayubay elaborated on the salient features of the program and the benefits that could be earned in non formal education.

Bayubay said the Alternative Learning System is the threshold of the 21st century to empower the Filipinos with desirable knowledge, skills attitude and values that will enable them to think critically and develop creativity. This program was designed for the betterment of the community, their families and the country, she explained.

Talamayan acknowledged the support of the 21st IB under the leadership of Lardizabal and LGU of Rizal for their unending support of bringing Filipinos to what he called a "knowledge society". (PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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