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The alternative Learning System is hope for the future for millions of out-of-school youth.
The limiting effect of unplanned circumstances on access to quality education has undoubtedly affected literacy in the Philippines, as the administration of outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte pushed to widen the reach of the Alternative Learning System (ALS).
Among the millions of hardworking learners is 36-year-old mom Frendy Tesorero, who had to give up schooling in her youth to prioritize taking care of her family. Now, she expressed great joy in finally graduating from the program, saying her educational attainment somehow gives her fulfilment as a mother.
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Manila Bulletin The alternative Learning System is hope for the future for millions of out-of-school youth EVERYBODY DESERVES A SECOND CHANCEAlternative Learning System (ALS) students, from different walks of life, form a small circle inside a classroom in Cavite..services and dedication to upholding standards.By RICHA NORIEGA, GMA News Published June 25, 2022 6:04pm Vice President-elect Sara Duterte held transition talks on Saturday, June 25, with outgoing Education Secretary Leonor Briones.
(Frendy Tesorero) The limiting effect of unplanned circumstances on access to quality education has undoubtedly affected literacy in the Philippines, as the administration of outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte pushed to widen the reach of the Alternative Learning System (ALS). For the past six years, the administration, through the Department of Education (DepEd), has intensified its move to ensure no one is left behind, especially the marginalized and most vulnerable sector of society. Since then, around 4,228,350 out-of-school youth and adults have been given a second chance. As large corporations, they believe they can make a significant impact in society and encourage the public to follow in their footsteps. This figure is 95 percent higher compared to the enrolment turnout from the past two administrations, on a yearly average. Among the millions of hardworking learners is 36-year-old mom Frendy Tesorero, who had to give up schooling in her youth to prioritize taking care of her family. She said Duterte "has a wide understanding of the problems of the education sector, especially in the grassroots level.
Now, she expressed great joy in finally graduating from the program, saying her educational attainment somehow gives her fulfilment as a mother. The company believes it’s imperative to take its business to the next level by embedding a sustainability program that secures continued growth while strengthening its competitive advantage as a premier multinational company in Asia and Oceana. She entered ALS so that her child would be proud of her. And it paid off, as she managed to materialize her goal by finishing school through the once-a-week modules of ALS, which allowed her as well to tend to her parental responsibilities and her work as a helper. Tesorero thanks her ALS teacher, whom she considers a hero for helping her through the lessons and requirements, as well as President Duterte and his administration’s programs helping people like her. It relies heavily on natural resources around the country, hence the need for sustainability initiatives that manage their impact on the environment, while enhancing responsible management of relevant resources. WITH HONORS Elisha Velasquez in her graduation picture in the ALS last school year.
She graduated from senior high school with high honors “Lubos po ako nagpapasalamat sa mahal na Pangulong Rodrigo Roa Duterte, ang dami ninyo pong ginawa sa bayan natin na para sa akin ang hirap mo po i-let go dahil sa sobrang magagandang ginawa mo po (Thank you, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. You’ve done so much for the country. It also studies regulatory requirements, establishes guidelines, and develops immediate action plans. For me it’s hard to let you go for all the great services you’ve done),” she says. Elisha Velasquez, 17, another ALS graduate, told the Philippine News Agency how the program taught her to interact with people of different ages and diverse societal orientations. Through ALS, around 4,228,350 out-of-school youth and adults have been given a second chance. URC explores creative approaches to managing their environmental waste.
This figure is 95 percent higher compared to the enrollment turnout from the past two administrations, on a yearly average. To her, this opportunity came at the perfect time as she stopped her studies in eighth grade. “Si Sir Rush po, matiyagang nagse-send sa pamamagitan ng isang messenger. Besides developing green spaces and reusing water in their malls, SM recently added more e-vehicle charging stations in select branches across the country. Naramdaman po namin ang suporta ng Duterte admin sa pamamagitan ng pagtugon nila sa pangangailangan ng mga ALS teacher/ALS students kagaya ng modules materials, school supplies, at mga gamit na nagamit namin during our intervention (Sir Rush [ALS teacher] diligently sends [the modules] through a messenger. We appreciate how the Duterte administration responds to the ALS teachers/ALS students’ needs, like modules, materials, school supplies, and other things we need during the intervention),” she says.
Who would have thought that the ALS would prepare Velasquez for senior high school, where she received high honors” Now, she is dreaming to pursue either a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology or Education. However, there are only several charging ports available in the metro. Like Tesorero and Velasquez, Jannete Niña Garcia, 18, says ALS has brought her great opportunities. Despite the challenges it brought, Covid-19 led Garcia to a decent job, as she now works as a call center agent. “I found a good job, and now I can provide for our needs at home,” she says. It coincides with the government’s National Renewable Energy Program, which promotes a more eco-friendly society for all Filipinos. ALS has not only produced empowered women in society but also promoted competency for skilled men, even in the international arena.
JR Saleo, 38, a truck driver and ALS graduate, has managed to finish the challenging yet helpful ALS curriculum. “Napakatagal na nung huli akong pumasok sa paaralan. Within The SM Store, mall-goers can purchase products ranging from beauty, technology, fashion, and home tools that boast eco-friendly and sustainable features through the Green Finds badge. Kinailangan kong magsimula muli ngunit nagustuhan ko ang ALS program dahil ang mga nilalaman nitong module ay talagang kagamit gamit sa tunay na buhay (It has been so long since I last attended school, so I need to start again, but I was hooked in the ALS program because the content of the modules are very uselful in real life),” he says. Some of his favorite learning points were the module on communication skills and the module on life and career skills, which have helped him develop self-confidence. OFF TO CANADA JR Salero (left), a truck driver, diligently accomplishes his ALS module. Pushing for responsible waste management Smart and PLDT don’t restrict themselves from participating in sustainable efforts despite being network and telecommunication providers, respectively, for Filipinos across the country.
ALS has provided him with a job opportunity in Canada As a result, Saleo has been chosen for a job in in Canada, where he can’t wait to seize the opportunity to better himself. “Nagkaroon ako ng kaalaman sa paggawa ng magandang resume na nagbigay sa akin ng self-confidence. Nakapasa ako sa interview ko para sa isang trabaho sa ibang bansa dahil naihanda ako ng ALS para sa interview na iyon at nagkaroon ako ng job offer sa kompanya (I learned how to do a good resume, which gave me self-confidence. Recently, PLDT and Smart piloted the #FarmSmart Farm program in Santa Cruz, Occidental Mindoro, alongside the social agri-enterprise Farmvocacy. I passed the interview for work abroad because ALS has prepared me. I got a job offer from the company),” he beams.
Saleo acknowledges how the administration’s efforts have significantly brought an impact on his life. #FarmSmart Farm creates a climate-smart farming ecosystem where rice growers use environment-friendly inputs that boost production while preventing damage to their surroundings. “Sa administrasyong Duterte, maraming, maraming salamat po sa magandang pagkakataong ito na ibinibigay niyo sa lahat ng mga Pilipinong gustong makapag-aral at maabot ang kanilang mga pangarap. Sa pagpapaganda ng ating education system, mas maraming tao po ang nahikayat na magbalik sa pag-aaral. Sana po ay magpatuloy pa na mag-improve ang sistema. During harvest season, PLDT and Smart will link farmers directly to consumers. (To the Duterte administration, thank you very, very much for this great opportunity you’ve given all Filipinos who want to learn and make their dreams come true.
By making the education system better, you have encouraged more people to finish their education. I hope the system will continue to improve),” he says, The country’s pursuit of quality of education under Duterte has proven to change lives for Filipinos. It also includes economic and social dimensions before a community can achieve sustainable development for present and future generations. This legacy, especially for the DepEd, will go beyond the current administration, shining the light on education as an investment to address challenges and poverty in the future. As DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones shared in her Duterte Legacy report on May 31, ALS has brought so much fulfilment in the lives of young Filipinos and adults. “You cannot imagine the joy, the pride. As a result, it developed its company’s sustainability framework to include a positive community impact.
You could see young mothers bringing their infants and marching to the stage. I have met young inmates in Davao, at the initiative of former Mayor Sara Duterte, who benefited from the Alternative Learning System. So we are reaching out not only to those in the streets, to the farmers, to the factory workers, but also to those who are in prison, and those who are in remote places,” she said. With their actions centered around sustainability, they create a better community that protects nature and the well-being of the people. (PNA)  EVERYBODY DESERVES A SECOND CHANCEAlternative Learning System (ALS) students, from different walks of life, form a small circle inside a classroom in Cavite. (Frendy Tesorero) .