Solon seeks to institutionalize ALS program to make education accessible

to marginalized sectors
People who missed elementary or secondary education because of poverty or disabilities
don’t have to lose hope of earning their school diplomas.
A lawmaker is proposing to institutionalize the alternative learning system to make
education accessible to the marginalized sectors of society.
Rep. Sherwin T. atchalian !"st #istrict$ %alenzuela &ity' filed (ouse )ill *+,-$
otherwise known as the .Alternative /earning System !A/S' Act0$ which seeks to promote non1
formal education in the most convenient way by bringing the A/S Program to every barangay.
A/S$ as defined under the bill$ refers to the system of education$ which provides a parallel
learning system of a viable alternative to the e2isting formal education. 3t includes the non1
formal$ informal and indigenous learning systems as sources of knowledge and skills.
The measure aims to provide ade4uate attention to the learning needs of adult citizens$
out1of1school youth$ members of cultural minorities$ indigenous people as well as persons with
disabilities$ improve access to education and raise the level of literacy to contribute to an
individual’s sustainable future.
Another ob5ective of the A/S Act is to provide the opportunity of a fle2ible education
program outside of the formal school system as well as provide accessible training and education
services to every barangay$ including those unreached$ underserved and conflict1affected areas or
communities.
/ikewise$ the bill seeks to provide a 6obile Teacher Program especially for persons with
disabilities taking into consideration their functional ability or difficulty to obtain instructional
materials and be apprised of the learning modules in the program.
The atchalian proposal directs the #epartment of 7ducation !#ep7d' through the )ureau
of Alternative /earning System to provide the appropriate curriculum assimilating culture and
gender1sensitive formulations$ training of teachers and coordinators$ and the mechanism to
implement the program in every barangay in the country.
Any donation$ contribution$ be4uest$ grant$ in cash of services$ whether local or foreign$
which may be made by individuals and organizations$ including private entities which shall
provide the appropriate services$ materials$ and delivery support services for the promotion of the
A/S education program in the barangays$ shall be e2empt from donor’s ta2.
.And the same shall be considered as an allowable deduction from the gross income in the
computation of the income ta2 of the donor in accordance with the provisions of the 8ational
3nternal )ureau &ode of "99:$0 atchalian said. !+-' mvip
NR # 3501B
JUNE 18, 2014

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