Education Secretary Leonor Briones explains the importance of research at the launch of the online research portal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
The Alternative Learning System (ALS), which received huge support from President Rodrigo Duterte, is one of the main legacies of the outgoing administration, said Education Secretary Leonor Briones.
The Department of Education (DepEd) said ESL enrollment has increased at an annual average of 95.35% over the previous two administrations.
Briones said more than 4.2 million out-of-school youth and adults are enrolled in ALS.
She added that since the program aims to help the marginalized sector, the DepEd has partnered with the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Davao City to offer ALS to the inmates.
“These are the children that others describe as the ones who have fallen through the cracks, who cannot continue their studies, who have to work and, for one reason or another, cannot attend classes in the traditional way. .I have seen and met young detainees in prison in Davao at the initiative of Mayor Sara Duterte, who has benefited from the ALS We are reaching out not only to those on the streets, farmers, factory workers, but also to those who are in prison and those who are in remote places,” Briones said.
The ALS was institutionalized through the passage of Republic Act 11510, ensuring greater budget allocation and additional support to program stakeholders.
“When the Senate and House initiated the ALS Act, it became landmark legislation to institutionalize the ALS program, and that cannot be possible without our president. When I came in, we increased the Ministry of Education budget by 30% percent, most of it going to ESL programs, so we now feel much safer because we are backed by law and supported by other branches of government,” said the head of education.
Briones added that despite the pandemic, the government has continued to support the Department of Education and ensured the continued delivery of education through the Basic Education Continuity Plan and distance learning modalities, as well as last mile schools.
“While there are still challenges in basic education, we have made significant progress over the past six years. We have strived to ensure that education continues and no one is left behind. for account. This is the educational legacy of the Duterte administration,” she said. said.