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ALS brings benefit to Agbannawag OSY families

Tabuk City, Kalinga (28 February) -- Families of out of school youth in a booming barangay this city will benefit from various livelihood projects provided by a convergence of government services.

This will be launch on March 10-12 with six agencies, three local government units (LGU), three non-government organizations (NGO), and two people's organization participating.

Dubbed as "PEACE" that stands for Peace Education Alternative Community Enhancement, key to attaining education for all, this program spearheaded by the Alternative Learning System (ALS) of the Department of Education (DepEd) is aimed to bring together people of diverse backgrounds, situations and expertise to share and exchange ideas and best practices for the betterment of a family and the community.

According to district ALS coordinator Lorenza Fannot, participants to the two-day training-workshop will be allowed during the plenary session to choose from among the abstract presentations of their interest. One of the major activities she said is the conduct of viewing session that showcase various alternative programs and projects initiated by both government and NGOs in this city.

Fannot said during the sessions dubbed as Handog ni Pangulong Gloria: Sari-saring alternatibo, participants will be introduced to a network of stakeholder and give them access to other participants through networking.

"Participants and ALS implementers will also have the chance to interact with assistance-donors on how to further enhance this PEACE project in the barangay," including identifications of issues and concerns and how to sustain the project.

We can tap partners in the community who can take this project to the next level. We see the LGUs who are always in the look-out for livelihood opportunities and the private sector which can also pitch in to better improve the living condition of poor OSY families," Fannot said.

Participating agencies are the Department of Science and Technology, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Education, Department of Agrarian Reform and Department of Agriculture; LGUs are the Kalinga provincial government, Tabuk City, and barangay Agbannawag; while the NGOs are the International for Transformation, Red Cross, Social Action Center of the Apostolic Vicariate of Tabuk; the bagsakan center and the barangay literacy council.

In Central Luzon DepEd Secretary Jesli Lapus said the cash-in-soap program of the department is expected to provide livelihood to out-of-school youths while addressing the health concerns of pupils in public schools.

The engagement of OSYs in soapmaking falls under the Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP) being spearheaded by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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