Written by Princess  Shahanee Daug When asked about his most memorable experience about teaching in the Alternative Learning System (ALS) in Kalawit, Zamboanga del Norte, Elmer “Jun” Baguio Jr. smiled as he reminisced: “Umakyat ng bundok (Going to the mountains).” “Doon ko na-realize na pag pinuntahan mo pala yung learners  lalo  na  pag  na  sa …

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Written by Engelbert Bahia “Ako ang nagturong sumula’t bumasa. Ngayon, marunong na sila,” an Alternative Learning System (ALS) implementer cheerfully said.  Beneath the scorching sun is mobile teacher Abundio “Bunz” Taman, Jr. who is making his way to deliver the worksheets of his students in Sitio Lingatongan, Zamboanga del Norte. This area, according to him,…

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Written by Nicolo Nathan O. Macoy “Nakamata na bitaw sila.”  This was how teacher Lourdes Eribal described her students’ interest in “pagiging kusa” (their own volition) to enroll and learn in the Alternative Learning System (ALS) Program of the Department of Education.  The learners’ unwavering interest and her growing love for education are what ultimately…

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Being a public servant was not in the plans of then 21-year-old Miles Tejada. She used to lead and serve in private, being a student leader since she was in elementary, and up until high school. But never did it cross her mind to run for public office. One morning, Miles received a call from…

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Staying in school was difficult for 17-year-old Rajiskan, “Nawalan na talaga ako ng gana sa pag-aaral (I just lost all interest in going to school).” For three years, Rajiskhan Hadjula from Barangay Mariki, Zamboanga City was out-of-school. During those three long years, he considered himself as “tambay” (from the word standby, meaning being idle). When…

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For Virgo, the Alternative Learning System (ALS) is not only the home of her profession; it has also been the tool for her to reach her dreams. Among nine siblings, Virgo Lumanao was the only child to step into high school, a milestone for their family. Although because of their family’s hardships and scarce resources,…

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