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Signing of ALS into law hailed

Martin Romualdez and Yedda Marie Romualdez
Martin Romualdez and Yedda Marie Romualdez

TWO House leaders expressed gratitude for the signing into law of the Alternative Learning System (ALS) which will benefit the marginalized learners.

Majority Leader Martin Romualdez and Tingog party-list Rep. Yedda K. Romualdez, Chairperson of the House committee on welfare of children, principal authors of the ALS Act, lauded President Rodrigo Duterte for signing the measure into law, thus institutionalizing ALS, a parallel learning system for non-formal sources of knowledge and skills.

“The enactment into law of the Alternative Learning System Act is a win for the millions of out-of-school children, youth, and adult learners, as well as Madrasah students, indigenous peoples, learners with disabilities, and other marginalized sectors. This law will strengthen the State support and mechanisms so our learners will be able to complete the appropriate and functional literacy, life skills and basic education they deserve,” Rep. Yedda said.

“The passage of this priority measure of Tingog party-list is a signal of hope for the future of our marginalized learners. But more importantly, this is a signal that we have to work harder to ensure that our learners would directly benefit from this law and that the long-term goals of this measure will be realized,” she added.

Majority Leader Romualdez also said that President Duterte’s approval of this measure is consistent with his commitment to improve the lives of the Filipino people, especially our learners who wanted to pursue non-formal education.

“This is a step towards the fulfillment of our goal to provide education for all. Through this law, the government will not just support our out-of-school children in special cases’and adults, but also ALS teachers,” he added.

Under the Alternative Learning System Act, the Department of Education (DepEd), in consultation with the Department of Budget and Management and the Civil Service Commission (CSC), shall create teaching positions and allocate corresponding salary grades to help strengthen the ALS Teachers Program. ALS teachers will also be entitled to promotion to the next higher levels based on the qualification standards of the CSC.

Out-of-school children in special cases are children of official school age who are not enrolled in elementary or secondary schools due to economic, geographic, political, and cultural factors, and even social barriers.

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

Publication Source :    People's Journal