5.26.2012

PIA News Service - Saturday, May 26, 2012

237 Agusanons graduated in DepEd’s alternative learning system today

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, May 26 (PIA) -- A total of 237 students in the Alternative Learning System (ALS) of the Department of Education (DepEd) from the province of Agusan del Norte have graduated today, Saturday, May 26 in ceremonies held at the Nasipit National Vocational School (NNVS).

According to Leonisa Lavapez, DepEd-Agusan del Norte Division ALS coordinator, 37 high school students graduated from Cabadbaran City, the province’s capital city.

Also, in Buenavista, 35 elementary and high school students in District I and II have also graduated.

Breakdown of graduates from other municipalities are as follows: Remedios T. Romualdez – 14; Jabonga – 32; Las Nieves – 19; Carmen 15; Tubay – 11; Nasipit – 34;
Magallanes – 7; Kitcharao – 13; and Santiago – 20.

Lavapez also said the graduation ceremony this morning was attended by top officials of DepEd-Agusan del Norte Division headed by Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Ponciano Joven.

In other development, Lavapez informed the public especially those who are interested to avail of the program to coordinate with DepEd as another batch of students will be accommodated starting June, as classes of school year 2012-2013 commences.

Senate Bill 1636, otherwise known as the Alternative Learning System Act emphasized that this refer to a parallel learning system to provide a viable alternative to the existing formal education. It encompasses both the non-formal and informal sources of knowledge and skills.

ALS is neither a new concept nor a phenomenon since it is the primary goal of the Education for All Program. The ALS institutionalization is consistent with the declared policy of Republic Act 9155, otherwise known as the Governance of Basic Education Act of 2001 where the State is mandated, among others, to promote the right of all citizens to quality basic education and to make such education accessible to all by providing all Filipino children a free compulsory education in the elementary level and free education in the high school level" with central emphasis of including alternative learning education system for out-of-school youth and adult learners.

In Caraga Region, the implementation of the ALS was noted to have been very successful as significant number of students have availed the program and graduated in their respective basic education levels. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

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DepEd-Caraga to inaugurate training infra facilities

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, May 26 (PIA) -- The regional office of the Department of Education (DepEd) in Caraga is set to inaugurate its infrastructure facilities that are deemed beneficial for training educators in the region.

In a statement, Dr. Rebecca Delapuz, DepEd-Caraga OIC-Assistant Regional Director said the education department will be conducting blessing rites of the Regional Education Learning Center (RELC), Learning Resource Management and Development Center (LRMDC), and a dormitory, all located at DepEd-Caraga Regional Office on Monday morning, May 28.

Dr. Delapuz added these facilities will serve as nerve centers for teaching training, students’ leadership development, and office personnel professional enhancement.

The event will be graced by Southeast Asian Ministries of Education Organization-Innotech (SEAMEO-Innotech) Center Director Ramon Bacani.

Prior to the blessing, a thanksgiving mass will be celebrated at the ground floor of the building, to be officiated by Rev. Fr. Severiono Diamante, Parish Priest of the Immaculate Concepcion Parish here.

Aside from the blessing rites, a MOA-signing with Forum Civil Peace Service (forumZFD) for Regional Peace Program will also be conducted. forumZFD aims to intensify the integration of peace education in teacher education in colleges and universities in the region.

According to Nehari Sharri, ForumZFD peace and conflict consultant, the forumZFD was established in 1996 with a mission to push for the "realization of the idea of a Civilian Peace Service". It is a non-partisan organization that is supported by 38 member organizations and more than 150 individual members.

Meanwhile, newly-accredited schools under the Accreditation Program for Public Elementary Schools (APPES) will also be awarded with accreditation certificates during the event.

The series of activities support the efforts of the national government in equipping the education department in the country with latest educational facilities in its quest to provide quality education to students. (RER/PIA-Caraga)