Bureau of Alternative Learning System

The Bureau of Alternative Learning System (ALS) which is considered as the third bureau of the Department of Education held its joint thanksgiving and induction program last Wednesday, at the People's Empowerment Training Center, Old City Hall Bldg., Tagbilaran City.

A thanksgiving mass officiated by Msgr. Jeffrey Malanog preceded the affair followed by the distribution of certificate of recognition to the 22 ALS A and E passers for their exemplary performance having passed the National A and E Test conducted last Feb. 10. These secondary passers are qualified to enroll in any course in college depending on the choice of the learner.

Moreover, one of the highlights of the program is the oath taking of the newly elected officials of the ALS District I Society of Barangay Officials (ALSSBO) and ALS Learner's Organization.

The ALSSBO and ALSLO Officials were inducted into office by Atty. Danilo Bantugan representing the City Mayor, Atty. Dan Neri Lim as inducting officer.

Newly inducted officials are Mansasa Brgy. Capt. Manolo Blanco, president; Pob.3 Brgy. Capt. Dionisio Remolador, vice-president; Mansasa Kag. Rapunzel Mante, secretary; Pob. 3 Kagawad Salome Vitorillo, treasurer ; Pob.2 Kag. Virgilio Balon, auditor; Brgy. Capt. Atoy Cosap and Cabawan Kag. Linda Alfarero, PROs; Pob1. Kag. George Dohig and Dao Kag. Eddie Apat , peace officers.

The Board of Directors is composed of Brgy. Capt. Nestor Mendez, Brgy. Capt. Sergio Bangalao, Brgy. Capt. Fredison Ingles, Brgy. Capt. Glorivic de la Serna, Brgy. Capt. Nino Racho, and Brgy. Capt. Gildardo Bustamante.

ALSSBO is the first of its kind ever created here in the City of Tagbilaran with the main goal of creating a strong partnership between the LGU and ALS working hand in hand for the benefit of the less fortunate, the out- of- school youth and adults in the barangays of District I.

The memorable event was attended by City Kag. Danilo Bantugan; ALS Regional Supervisor Sinfronio Thelmo; Dr. Erlinda B. Mahinay, representing the City Schools Division Superintendent Norma S. Varquez; City Kagawad Ann Mariquit Oppus; ALS Supervisor Dr. Crestianita V. Caga; Mahito from Japan; Brgy. Officials and around 160 learners from District I.

Meanwhile, the success of the program would not be made possible without the cooperation and support of the LGU, NAPC through Nemesio Monton and more importantly, the dedication and unified bonding force of District I ALS implementers, the mobile teachers - Almira Mumar, Versilita Olandre, Emilie Penaso with the District ALS Coordinator - Rizalina G. Peligro. - The Bohol Chronicle