Congressman Jerry P. Treñas
The Alternative Learning System (ALS) of the Department of Education (DepEd) is an innovative program which enables our educators to give sufficient education to persons who do not have access to formal education. I am therefore honored to congratulate the 2011 ALS Passers of Iloilo City for completing their programs. Through your determination and efforts, you have completed a DepEd accredited ALS education program despite of your lack of access to traditional schooling.
The DepEd launched the ALS program in view of the Constitutional mandate, under Article XIV Section 2 paragraph 4 of the 1987 Constitution, for the State to encourage non-formal, informal and indigenous learning systems, as well as self-learning, independent, and out-of-school study programs, particularly those that respond to community needs. Through the ingenuity of our DepEd teachers and officials, the ALS was conceived in order to address the lack of access to schools of out-of-school youth, children who do not have the means to go to school, and adults which have failed to avail of public education. Individuals deprived of formal education are now able to learn through an alternative system designed to defeat the limitations of traditional schooling. Working parents deprived of the opportunity to partake in formal education can now earn an ALS certificate. Adults who do not have access to schools, such as inmates and members of indigenous tribes, may access the flexible program of the ALS.
I am very pleased with the efforts of the hardworking men and women of DepEd, as well as all of the private sector partners who have contributed greatly to this endeavor, for developing a successful ALS program. We must never be limited by our lack of resources, or by circumstances that limits the ability of our citizens, young and old, to receive formal education. Learning can be achieved through numerous ways. A classroom setting is but one of many means to educate our people. The ALS may be unorthodox, but it is an effective education program which is responsive to the challenges of real life.
Congratulations once again to the ALS graduates, and congratulations to the men and women behind the ALS program.