Alternative Learning System

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All Barangays in Cebu City were adopted by the City Government for better ALS Program implementation to give access to out-of-school youths and working individuals. 

-  to protect and promote the right of all citizen to quality basic education

 - to promote the right of all citizens to quality basic
education and such education accessible to all by
providing all Filipino children in the elementary level
and free education in the high school level. Such
education shall also include alternative learning
system for out-of school youth and adult learners."
(Section 2 of PA. 9155, the Governance of Basic
Education Act of 2001).

 - to provide a viable alternative to the existing
formal education instruction, encompassing both the
non-formal and informal sources of knowledge and

BALS is mandated to develop a credible Alternative Learning System.

What EFA says about ALS?
Function of Alternative Learning System is to transform all Non-formal Education/Informal Education into an alternative learning system yielding more EFA benefits.

The existing Bureau of Alternative Learning System of the DepEd should be developed, strengthened and mandated to serve as the government agency to guide the evolution of the country’s alternative learning system.

These are the important concepts for which operational definitions are needed. These definitions are taken from the Governance Act of Basic Education (RA 9155).

Alternative Learning System- is a parallel learning system that provides a viable alternative to the existing formal education instruction. It encompasses both the non-formal and informal sources of knowledge and skills.

Non-formal Education- is any organized, systematic educational activity carried outside the framework of the formal system to provide
selected types of learning to a segment of the population.

Informal Education- is a lifelong process of learning by which every person acquires and accumulates knowledge, skills, attitudes and insights from daily experiences at home, at work, at play and from life self.

Basic Education - is the education intended to meet a basic learning need which lays the foundation on which subsequent learning can be based. It encompasses early childhood, elementary and high school education as well as alternative learning system for children, out-of-school youth and adult learners and includes education for those with special

Program Concerns
•Public awareness campaign
•Partnership with private sector and LGUs
•Use of various technologies
•Upgrading personal and professional welfare of Mobile Teachers.
•Inclusion in the Teacher Education Curriculum.
•New programs for different marginalized learners

Programs and Projects
Basic Literacy Program (BLP)

►This program is aimed at eradicating illiteracy among out-of-school youth and adults.
Accreditation and Equivalency Program
►Aimed at providing an alternative pathway of learning for those who are literate but have not completed 10 years of Basic Education mandated by the Philippine Constitution. Indigenous People Education

•It is a research and development project which aims to provide basic education support services to IP community.

•Designed for the Muslim migrants to be able to positively contribute to peace efforts of our government to improve Muslim quality of life.

Alternative Learning System for Differently- Abled Persons
Aims to deliver Basic Literacy Program to the special, differently- abled persons.

Adolescent Reproductive Health

A Project for out-of school adolescents ages 9-24 years old.

Parent Education

•A life skill short-term course that address the special needs, interest and responsibilities of parents to their family and community

Family Basic Literacy Program

•Upgrade literacy skills and improve educational opportunities of poor families.

Informal Education for Disadvantage Children

This short term educational activity that addresses the special needs and interest of street and working children.

DepED delivery mechanism for ALS Programs:
DepED Delivered
ALS Mobile Teachers

Teachers who live in remote communities to provide education for children

District ALS Coordinator

Formal school teacher that conducts sessions for illiterate adult and children.

DepEd Procured

Division office enters into a contract with private groups or organizations to deliver BLP and A&E Program.

ALS Service Providers

Private groups and organizations who are awarded the funds in order to deliver BLP and A&E program to target learners in the community


Responsible for facilitating the learning session for groups of learners

Instructional Manager
Key person in the A&E program and also responsible for facilitating the learning session for groups of learners.

Private groups, LGUs and organizations that deliver the BLP and A&E program using their own funds.

DepED-BALS' Mobile Teacher Program

seeks to improve the quality of life in communities by raising the level of literacy in target areas. Target areas for this program are those with high illiteracy rate, a huge population of out-of-school youth, and Strong Republic Schools (SRS) where learners are displaced due to insurgency.

Unlike regular education where students go to school, mobile teachers seek out the learners. Learning sessions, with the aid of learning materials that are user-friendly and
indigenous, are held in Community Learning Centers (CLCs) which may be a barangay hall, church, factory, reading center, or a house.

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