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643 learners from 3 Pampanga towns finish ALS program

A total of 643 Pampanga residents have graduated after completing their training in the Alternative Learning System (ALS).

Coming from the towns of Lubao, Guagua and Sta. Rita, the ALS graduates expressed their gratitude to the provincial government of Pampanga for the program.

Vice Governor Lilia Pineda reminded them to continue their studies in college or undergo vocational training programs of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the Provincial Manpower Training Center of the Capitol to get better chances of employment.

ALS is a parallel learning system in the Philippines that provides a practical option to the existing formal instruction.

If a learner cannot access formal education in schools, ALS is an alternative or substitute, covering informal sources of knowledge and skills.

ALS beneficiaries are mostly out-of-school children within the official school age of 5 years old to 17-18 years old but are not enrolled in elementary or secondary schools due to economic, geographic, political, cultural, or social barriers.

These also include learners with disabilities or conditions, indigenous peoples, children in conflict with the law, learners in emergency situations, and other marginalized sectors.