BALANGIGA, Eastern Samar, July 12, 2019—The 14 inmates at the Balangiga District Jail who took the A and E Test obtain 100% passing percentage, said Vicente Antofina, Jr., the Education Supervisor for Alternative Learning System (ALS) of the Eastern Samar Division of the Department of Education.
Of the fourteen graduates of ALS, five passed the elementary level and are qualified to enroll in high school, while nine others passed the secondary level and are qualified to enroll in college on their release, Antofina said.
According to Antofina, these PDLs (persons deprived of liberty) will continue to attend ALS classes inside the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Balangiga for the School Year 2019-2020 preparing them for further academic endeavors or the field of work once released.
The ALS program that is designed for students in the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) focuses on Personal Development, Skills Training, and Financial Literacy.
“These life skills training that they will attend to will be of great help to our PDLs especially when they return to life outside the prison as these will develop among them some skills, characters, and values necessary as they reintegrate with people in the community and as they partake in the world of work,” Antofina said.
Jail Warden, Garle C. Canata, of BJMP Balangiga, and representatives of the Department of Education, Eastern Samar Division who were Vicente Antofina, Jr., the Education Supervisor for ALS and Dr. Maria Grace N. Adina, the Public School District Supervisor of Balangiga spearheaded the graduation ceremonies held at the Balangiga District Jail on July 10, 2019.
The Alternative Learning System is a program of the government that aims to provide the out of school youths and out of school adults such as the PDLs opportunities to develop themselves through a system other than the mainstream education. (Aboy Abayan / ESTE News)
(Updated: 9PM, July 14, 2019.