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PIA Press Release
2009/06/03

Alay Lakad-Negros leads literacy program

Negros Occidental (3 June) -- The Alay Lakad Executive Committee, this province, approved a literacy program for the out-of-school youth in a meeting conducted by the members of the execom held at the Governor's office recently.

Seeing the existing problem on lack of literacy and numeracy skills of the deprived members of the community, the Alay Lakad Foundation deem it necessary to initiate a literacy program through the Alternative Learning System (ALS) of the Department of Education's (DepEd) Bureau of Alternative Learning System (BALS).

In a survey conducted by the DepEd, some barangays in Bacolod City elicit a high number of children and adults who are in need of the Equivalency Program (Accreditation & Equivalency Test) of the latter.

These barangays include Sum-ag, Singcang Airport, Taculing, Granada, Villamonte, Mansilingan, Handumanan, Banago, Bata and Mandalagan.

One of the goals of the program is to provide an alternative pathway of learning for out of school youth and adults who are basically literate but have not completed 10 years of basic education mandated by the constitution.

Literary classes will be conducted to these barangays in order to provide the learners with basic literacy and numeracy skills that will enable them to interact with one another and be gainfully employed to uplift the quality of life and for them also to take active involvement and participation in the activities of their respective community by completing 400 hours of classes from level 1 to 3.

In a statement, Bacolod City Councilor and Chairman of Alay Lakad Committee on Finance Wilson "Jun" Gamboa, Jr. said that ALS provides a practical option to the existing formal instruction. It uses interactive modules and learning sessions and is usually conducted at community (barangay) learning centers at an agreed schedule between the learners and the facilitator.

"ALS is intended for out-of-school youth and adults especially non-high school graduates who are 16 years old or older and beyond the basic school age that needs basic literacy skills particularly reading, writing and simple computation. Poverty is not a hindrance to success and you can achieve it through education", Gamboa adds.

Jonathan Lobaton, Chairman of the Alay Lakad Execom said that the sponsored program of the Alay Lakad will provide venue for those out-of-school youth to enter college once they pass the equivalency exams and enter jobs that needs requirement of high school diplomas.

Lobaton also adds that the Provincial Government will provide financial assistance that will help achieve the goals and objectives of the program. (Capitol News/PIA/EAD) [top]

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