January 29, 2023

LAGAWE, Ifugao –The Department of Education, local government units, and other stakeholders here continue their collaborative efforts for the successful implementation of Alternative Learning System (ALS) projects and activities in the province.
ALS-Ifugao Coordinator Arsenio Yongayong said for school year 2019-2020, 40 ALS teachers and one literacy volunteer were supported by the DepEd and eight facilitators were funded by the LGU.
These ALS implementers managed 37 ALS school-based learning centers that recorded a total of 2,086 enrollees for 2019 composed of 1,544 males and 542 females.
Of the learners, 90 enrolled in basic literacy classes, 273 in the elementary level, and 1,723 in the Junior High School level.
An important component of the Philippine educational system specifically addressing the basic education needs of the out-of-school children, youth, and adults in the far-flung and isolated communities, ALS provides basic literacy program and the accreditation and equivalency examination and other special programs.
In the implementation of their programs, the ALS implementers reported about the low percentage of actual attendance of learners against the number of enrollees, poor portfolio accomplishment due to flexible entry and exit of learners, and lack of learning centers.
They recommended reducing the required number of enrolment per implementer, a DepEd memorandum in the rubrics for portfolio assessment, unified monitoring tool for Learner Information System completers, early downloading of funds, and clear guidelines on the benefits of teachers under the enhanced ALS 2.0.
ALS-Ifugao also plans to conduct advocacy and social mobilization with identified stakeholders and submit proposals for skills trainings. – Daniel B. Codamon