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More than a thousand implementers of the Alternative Learning System (ALS) in DepEd Region X attended the regional mass training of ALS teachers (RMTOT) on February 23, which will end March 3.

In the opening program, ASec. G.H. S. Ambat, assistant secretary for ALS, stressed that these trainings stemmed from the need to improve performance in the Accreditation and Equivalency Test where there is only one passer out of five test takers.

Likewise, Dr. Marilette R. Almayda, head of the ALS Task Force, emphasized that trainings are part of the strengthening of ALS programs, especially with the creation of the Bureau of Alternative Education as indicated in the newly approved ALS Law.

The RMTOT is comprised of three webinars highlighting the practice of team teaching, use of ALS assessment forms, and operation of the Balik Paaralan para sa Out of School Adults (BPOSA). 

Meanwhile, Dr. Arturo B. Bayocot, regional director of DepEd Region X, shared that ALS teachers have to be trained to keep up with the trends in adult teaching and that second chance education need not be second class.

The design of the RMTOT is blended where there is virtual sharing of the trainers in Google Meet and there are asynchronous tasks and reflection writing to be done by the participants.

The RMTOT participants are composed of ALS literacy volunteers, BPOSA and Education and Skills Training (EST) instructional managers, mobile teachers, district ALS coordinators (DALSCs), education program specialists for ALS (EPSAs), and divisional ALS focal persons.

Also in this training are ALS program implementers from public-private partner organizations like Xavier University, DOH-Treatment and Rehabilitation Center, and DILG-Bureau of Jail Management and Penology. │Ray Butch Mahinay