/ 12 February 2022

THE DEPARTMENT of Education will hold a roadshow this month to inform all stakeholders and its partners about the Alternative Learning System Act or Republic Act 11510.

The roadshow aims to explain the salient features of the law and its implementing rules and regulations that will define the roles and responsibilities of DepEd and its partners in the continued implementation of the ALS Program.

Through the initiative, the department hopes to boost support for ALS and discuss strategies and practices that may be used to further improve it.

“A truly strengthened and intensified Alternative Learning System Program for all out-of-school children in special cases, youth, and adults is a promise that the administration of Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones delivered in less than six years in office,” ALS Assistant Secretary G.H. Ambat said.

DepEd, through the newly created Bureau of Alternative Education, will engage DepEd officials, personnel, and partners in the field to make the implementation of the law more understandable, relatable, and practicable.

“After we levelled-up the Program, we intend to build on the gains of ALS 2.0 and make sure that everyone – from DepEd officials and personnel to external partners – is all-in for ALS. Their stake in and support for ALS should continue even after the current administration,” Ambat said.

With support from the US Agency for International Development Opportunity 2.0 Project, the roadshow will kick off in the 12 O2 project sites: Zamboanga del Norte, Isabela City, Davao City, General Santos City, Cagayan de Oro City, Cotabato City, Legazpi City, Angeles City, Quezon City, Valenzuela City, Cebu City, and Tagbilaran City. Thereafter, BAE will conduct the roadshow with relevant offices in the Central, Regional and Division offices, and schools.

“We share the same goal with DepEd of reaching the vulnerable Filipino out-of-school youth and making sure they have access to quality education and training. A large part of doing that is to build awareness and the capacity of ALS implementors including administrators, coordinators, and teachers down to community learning centers—even local governments, private sector, academia, and the youth themselves. This way, everyone will know what the ALS law means for them and their work together on youth development,” USAID Opportunity 2.0 Chief of Party Dr. David Hall said.