ALS-Ifugao Provincial Coordinator Arsenio Yongayong said that for School Year 2019-2020, there were 40 DepEd -delivered ALS teachers, one DepEd-procured literacy volunteer, and eight local government unit-funded facilitators.
These ALS implementers managed 37 ALS School-Based Learning Centers that recorded a total of 2,086 enrolees from January-December 2019 with 1,544 males and 542 females.
Of the total learners, 90 enrolled in basic literacy classes, 273 in the elementary level and 1,723 in the Junior High School level.
An important component of the Philippine Educational System specifically to address the basic education needs of the out-of school children, out-of school youth and adults in the far-flung and isolated communities, ALS provides Basic Literacy Program and the Accreditation and Equivalency examination and other special programs.
In the implementation of their programs, the ALS implementers shared some of their concerns such as low percentage of actual attendance of learners versus enrolment, poor portfolio accomplishment due to flexible entry and exit of learners, and lack of learning centers.
To address said concerns and improve their performance, they recommend decrease in the required number of enrolment per implementer, DepEd memorandum in the rubrics for portfolio assessment, unified monitoring tool for Learner Information System (LIS) completers, early downloading of funds and clear guidelines on the benefits of teachers under the enhanced ALS 2.0.
ALS-Ifugao also plans to conduct advocacy and social mobilization with identified stakeholders and submit proposals for skills trainings. (JDP/DBC- PIA CAR, Ifugao)
By Daniel B. Codamon