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Alternative Learning System Essay Questions

What is Alternative Learning System or ALS?

It is a parallel learning system in the Philippines that provides a practical option to the existing formal instruction. When one does not have or cannot access formal education in schools, ALS is an alternate or substitute. ALS includes both the non-formal and informal sources of knowledge and skills.

Why is there a need for Alternative Learning System in the Philippines?

Many Filipinos do not have a chance to attend and finish formal basic education (Grades 1-6 and Year 1-4) due to many reasons. Some drop out from schools while some do not have schools in their communities. Since every Filipino has a right to free basic education, the Government establishes ALS to provide all Filipinos the chance to have access to and complete basic education in a mode that fits their distinct situations and needs.

What is the basis of ALS implementation in the Philippines?

The 1987 Philippine Constitution provides for the recognition and promotion of other forms of education other than formal education. Article XIV, Section 2, Paragraph (1) declares that the State shall establish, maintain and support a complete, adequate and integrated system of education relevant to the needs of the people and society; and paragraph (4) concisely encourages non-formal, informal and indigenous learning systems as well as self-learning, independent and out-of-school study programs particularly those that respond to community needs.

The Governance Act for Basic Education otherwise known as the Republic Act 9155 stipulates the establishment of the Alternative Learning System (ALS) to provide out-of-school children, youth and adults population with basic education.

How does ALS work?

There are two major programs on ALS that are being implemented by the Department of Education, through the Bureau of Alternative Learning System (BALS). One is the Basic Literacy Program and the other is the Continuing Education Program - Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E).  Both programs are modular and flexible. This means that learning can take place anytime and any place, depending on the convenience and availability of the learners.

What is the difference between the Formal Education System and the Alternative Learning System (ALS) Non-formal Education?

Formal Education system is classroom-based, managed by trained formal school teachers.

ALS Non-formal Education happens outside the classroom, community-based, usually conducted at community learning centers, barangay multi-purpose hall, libraries or at home, managed by ALS learning facilitators, such as mobile teachers, district ALS Coordinators, instructional managers at an agreed schedule and venue between the learners and facilitators.

Alternative Learning System

2016 Results of Accreditation and Equivalency Exam (ALS A&E Test)

The results has been released by DepEd on their website. Below are the mirror links for faster viewing:

Region I

Division Offices: Batac City, Dagupan City, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan I (Lingayen), Pangasinan II (Binalonan), San Carlos City, San Fernando City, Urdaneta City, Vigan City

Region II

Division Offices: Cagayan, Cauayan City, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Santiago City, Tuguegarao City

Region III

Division Offices: Angeles City, Aurora, Balanga City, Bataan, Bulacan, Cabanatuan City, Munoz Science City, Nueva Ecija, Olongapo City, Pampanga, San Fernando City, San Jose Del Monte City, Tarlac, Tarlac City, Zambales

Region IV-A

Division Offices: Antipolo City, Bacoor, Batangas, Batangas City, Biñan City, Cabuyao, Calamba City, Cavite, Dasmariñas, Imus, Laguna, Lipa City, Lucena City, Quezon, Rizal, Sta. Rosa City, Tanauan City

Region IV-B

Division Offices: Marinduque, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Palawan, Puerto Princesa City, Romblon

Region V

Division Offices: Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Iriga City, Legaspi City, Ligao City, Masbate, Naga City, Sorsogon, Sorsogon City

Region VI

Division Offices: Aklan, Antique, Bacolod City, Bago City, Cadiz City, Kabankalan City, La Carlota City, Negros Occidental, San Carlos City, Silay City

Region VII

Division: Bayawan City, Bogo City, Carcar City, Cebu, Cebu City, Danao City, Dumaguete City, Guihulngan, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City, Naga City - R7, Negros Oriental, Siquijor, Tagbilaran City, Talisay City, Tanjay City, Toledo City

Region VIII

Division Offices: Baybay City, Biliran, Borongan City, Catbalogan City, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Maasin City, Ormoc City, Samar (Western), Southern Leyte, Tacloban City

Region IX

Division Offices: Dapitan City, Dipolog City, Isabela City, Pagadian City, Zamboanga Del Norte, Zamboanga Del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay

Region X

Division Offices: Bukidnon, Cagayan De Oro City, El Salvador City, Gingoog City, Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte, Malaybalay City, Misamis Oriental, Oroquieta City, Ozamis City, Tangub City

Region XI

Division Offices: Compostela Valley, Davao City, Davao Del Sur, Digos City, Island Garden City Of Samal, Tagum City

Region XII

Division Offices: General Santos City, Kidapawan City, Koronadal City, North Cotabato, Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat, Tacurong City


Division Offices: Agusan Del Norte, Agusan Del Sur, Bayugan City, Bislig City, Butuan City, Cabadbaran City, Dinagat Island, Siargao, Surigao City, Surigao Del Norte, Surigao Del Sur, Tandag City


Division Offices: Abra, Apayao, Baguio City, Benguet, Ifugao, Tabuk City


Division Offices: Caloocan City, Las Piñas City, Makati City, Malabon City, Mandaluyong City, Manila, Marikina City, Muntinlupa City, Navotas City, Paranaque City, Pasay City, Pasig City, Quezon City, San Juan City, Taguig / Pateros, Valenzuela City


Congratulations to all passers!