DepEd Sec. Leonor Briones Reveals New Plans, to Strengthen and Expand ALS Program

From the latest shared news information only regarding the Department of Education (DepEd) in the Philippines, the agency has plan to strengthen and expand the current Alternative Learning System (ALS) in the country.

It aims to give better access for many Filipinos who need basic education.

According to Leonor Briones as detailed on the news online, the DepEd has greater plans to strengthen as well as expand the current ALS program in the Philippines for the benefit of those who qualify and need basic education.

“One can get educated, even without proper schooling and catch up with those in the formal education system,” said Briones in her statement as quoted by Inquirer.net.

Leonor Briones is the current Secretary of the Department of Education.

Besides the proposed plans for the ALS, the good secretary likewise added that the education agency in the country is making all efforts to provide the needs of the indigenous people who need to continue their studies, various welfare programs, School-based Feeding Program (SBEP) as well as the Special Education (SPED).

Based on the explanation of Secretary Briones, under the DepEd Order No. 62 (series of 2011), they already adopted the National Indigenous Peoples Education Policy Framework. On this particular, the agency had successfully provided basic education to almost 2,929,456 indigenous Filipinos across the Philippines under the 2016-2017 school year periods.

As for the program under the SPED, DepEd is continuously helping those qualified students to pursue their studies, despite having disability problems such as hearing impairment, visual issue, spectrum disorder, physical disability, intellectual issue and even handicapped people, among other related disabilities.

Based on the recorded data, DepEd already helped almost 182,997 SPED students from both elementary and high school levels for the school year 2016-2017.

Another important role of the education agency is to extend its assistance to those millions students who need foods in preventing malnourishment.  There already schools that had been providing free meals to these students as part of the continuing programs of the department.