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House OKs Pampanga Rep. Gonzales’ authored ALS bill

May 18, 2018 @ 8:25
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Pampanga 3rd District Representative Aurelio Gonzales Jr.’s authored bill, which seeks to institutionalize the Alternative Learning System (ALS) in the basic education, was unanimously approved on third and final reading.

Voting 176-0 without abstention, the House of Representatives gave its nod on House Bill 7392 that aims to establish ALS to enable Filipinos who have either none or limited access to education to attend and finish their formal basic education.

ALS is a parallel learning system that provides an alternative learning arrangement to learners, who, for acceptable reasons to be determined by the Department of Education (DepEd), cannot be admitted to the existing formal basic education.

It includes both the nonformal and informal sources of knowledge and skills.

Gonzales said ALS shall cover out-of-school children, youth and adults, persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples, and other marginalized sectors of society, who have little or no access to formal schools and who are usually located in far-flung communities, including those in areas with armed conflict.

The institutionalization of the ALS will guarantee equal opportunity for learners in every barangay, including residents of unreached, underserved and conflict-affected communities, to avail of systematic and flexible alternative basic education program outside of the formal school system, he said.

The creation of ALS will institute a mobile teacher program especially in far-flung, unserved, underserved, and conflict-affected communities, he added.

Under the bill, the Secretary of Education, through the appropriate DepEd office, shall exercise general supervision and administration over the ALS programs.

On the other hand, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), in coordination with the DepEd, shall assist ALS A & E Test passers equivalent to Grade 10 in taking up technical vocation education and training (TVET) programs. This shall serve as an option to enrolling in senior high school.

The bill is co-authored by 49 other members of the House.

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