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PIA Press Release
2009/10/15

Samar ALS seeks help of barangay chairmen

By Ninfa B Quirante

Catbalogan, Samar (15 October) -- The Department of Education (DepEd) Samar Alternative Learning System (ALS) sought the help of Barangay Chairmen in implementing the program.

As such, ALS through Supervisor Remedios Mendiola gathered 31 barangay chairmen in yesterday’s Division Literacy Conference to draw out their support.

ALS is DepEd’s answer to out of school youth(OSY) and adults (OSA) ; mobile teachers or ALS teachers go to remote barangays to teach basic literacy of writing, reading and numeracy to OSYs and OSAs.

Presently, Samar Division, said Mendiola has 66 ALS workers in the division offering mobile classes to those out of school in their own available time "anywhere, in any way".

In an earlier message by DepEd Secretary Jesli Lapus, he advocated for the support of officials for ALS.

Samar DepEd sees ALS as the solution to address the mere 78% participation rate in the division- this means that only 78% of school aged children are in school.

With the help of Barangay chairmen, education even through the ALS program may be realized said Asst Superintendt Bernardo Adina.

Mendiola urged the officials to help the ALS teachers construct make shift classrooms for ALS classes or to let them occupy barangay or multi-purpose halls for their activities.

Meanwhile, Barangay Chairman Nilda Bachao of Payao, Catbalogan expressed her commitment to support the program, she too is aware that more of her constituents are out of school and the presence of ALS in her barangay will supplement the formal education offered.

Last year, there were only 12 ALS teachers In the whole Samar Division, but this year, Mendiola believes that the presence of 66 teachers and coordinators will be able to cover the sector they so wish to serve. (PIA-Samar) [top]

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