In response to the basic learning needs of the increasing number of out-of-school children, youth and adults, the Department of Education employed 52 additional Alternative Learning System (ALS) literacy volunteers in Eastern Visayas.

The 52 literacy volunteers were assigned in five provinces of the region: five for Eastern Samar, 20 for Leyte, 10 in Northern Samar, 10 in Southern Leyte, and seven for Samar province, Dr. Cresencia Catan of DepEd-8 said.

A literacy volunteer is a professional teacher and a LET passer, a resident of the area where ALS is implemented, must know the local dialect, have good public relations, and must be physically fit.

Relative to the implementation of the ALS Literacy Volunteer program, pursuant to DepEd Order No. 59 series of 2012 entitled “Revised Implementing Guidelines on the Selection and Hiring of the Alternative Learning System Literacy Volunteers,” the Bureau of Alternative Learning System is set to conduct a Basic Training Course for the newly engaged ALS Literacy Volunteers.

Dr. Catan said that the training will be on October 15-19 at the Ecotech Center in Lahug, Cebu City.

Said activity aims to provide the newly engaged literacy volunteers with the needed orientation and training on the principles and processes involved in the implementation of ALS Programs, strategies in the delivery of learning interventions, ways to conduct advocacy, and social mobilization and the reporting requirements for monitoring and evaluation, she added.

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