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Mt Province strengthens Alternative Learning System

by Juliet B. Saley

Bontoc, Mt. Province (31 October) -- Aiming to eradicate illiteracy in the province, the provincial government here continues its full support to alternative learning by providing financial assistance as much as it can afford.

According to Susan Aminor, ES-ALS Coordinator, the provincial government has hired for this year 48 Alternative Learning System (ALS) facilitators with a total of 720 enrollees. Each facilitator teaches 15 illiterate adults or out -of-school youth for five months. They receive a monthly honorarium of P2,000.00 from the province.

Aminor said there are also ALS facilitators holding two classes in the municipality of Barlig who are paid by its municipal government.

The provincial government has also allocated fund for the MMAKSI (Makabasa ya Makasulat Koma San Iiyon-a) program which they used to purchase school supplies used by the student teachers. This program has also contributed to the improved literacy rate of the province.

The MMAKSI was conceptualized by the DepEd Division Office in response to Executive Order No.60 issued by Governor Maximo B. Dalog requiring graduating high school students and student teachers at the Mt. Province State Polytechnic State College, the lone tertiary education institution in the province, to teach at least one illiterate elder or an out-of-school youth how to read and write.

Aside from the provincial paid ALS facilitators, the Department of Education has also hired 46 ALS facilitators with a total enrollees of 1,350.

There are also classes conducted by 12 mobile teachers hired by DepEd and 14 teachers hired by the Bureau of Alternative Learning System (BALS) who are assigned to the different municipalities in the province, Aminor added.

The Presidential Literacy Program OYSTER has also hired ten literacy workers who are assigned in the different municipalities except the municipalities of Tadian, Besao and Barlig. These workers will still have to undergo regional training, Aminor said.

The Unified BALS has also allocated P400,000.00 for the ALS program in the province, of which, P100,000.00 each will go to the identified municipality who is willing to give its counterpart. The amount shall be used for the honorarium of hired teachers which is P1,600.00 monthly per teacher for ten months and if the municipal government provides its counterpart, at least their honorarium shall increase, Aminor explained. (PIA MP) [top]

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