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ALS teachers, volunteers to take professional courses at USTP

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, June 14, 2021 – To upskill teachers’ and literacy volunteers’ content knowledge and andragogical skills in the Alternative Learning System (ALS), DepEd Region X staged a virtual launching of the Continuing Professional Learning Course (CPLC) on May 26.  

Made possible through the collaboration with the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP), the activity highlighted the ceremonial signing of the Memorandum of Agreement where Dr. Arturo B. Bayocot, CESO III, DepEd Region X regional director, and Atty. Dionel O. Albina, USTP chancellor, both expressed the value and lasting impact of the CPLC to the ALS implementers.

“This is aligned with the tenets of Sulong Edukasyon where capacitating our ALS teachers with the content knowledge is fundamental, considering that in ALS sessions, one teacher is expected to handle all the learning strands of the ALS curriculum by himself,” RD Bayocot said.

Meanwhile, Assistant Secretary G. H. S. Ambat commended the CPLC as a first of its kind in the country and elaborated how this professional development program renders to the competency of the ALS learners, especially in the 21st century learning skills.

On the other hand, Director Marilette R. Almayda, head of the ALS Task Force, shared in her message: “‘Nemo dat quod non habet’ essentially translates to ‘you cannot give what you do not have,’” to emphasize that ALS teachers must be knowledgeable so they can have a lot to share to the learners in the process.

All the leaders among the 14 Schools Division Offices (SDOs), represented by their schools division superintendents, assistant schools division superintendents, Curriculum Implementation Division (CID) chiefs, divisional ALS focal persons, and education program specialists for ALS, voiced their full support for the program during the acceptance part of the virtual launching.

Starting on June 15 as opening of the CLPC classes, these ALS teachers and literacy volunteers will attend their learning courses through the USTP’s e-learning management portal called the USTeP, just like regular students at the University.

The CPLC is a five-year engagement between DepEd Region X and USTP for all ALS teachers and select literacy volunteers where the first three years are intended to cover the basic and intermediate competencies of the six learning strands in the ALS curriculum while the next two years is for the advance level.

The course facilitators of the CPLC will include professors and lecturers from various departments of USTP who will collaborate to ensure that the participants are getting learning experiences on a par with the University’s standards. │ By Ray Butch D. Mahinay