As DepEd Tayabas City advanced towards the fulfillment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the Alternative Learning System (ALS) launched a community Caravan at Tayabas East Central School I Covered Court last January 13.

“Education is for all,” said Dr. Catherine P. Talavera, OIC – Schools Division Superintendent, as she encouraged ALS mobile teachers and other literacy volunteers, senior citizen’s representatives, barangay officials, PTA officers and other stakeholders to support ALS Program.

Talavera also discussed, “Ugnayan sa Paaralan/Barangay Tungo sa Matibay na Pagsasamahan” and emphasized the Tayabas-ALS battle cry, “Sa Tayabas, Walang Bata o Kabataang Maiiwan”. She said that all children from ages 5 to 18 should be in school, learning. She also mentioned that there were still youths not yet enrolled in a formal school or in ALS. Thus, she challenged all barangay captains to seek for them.

Meanwhile, Brgy. Captain of Ibabang Ilasan Hannibal Camaligan shared how ALS changed many lives and helped learners in their barangay at the latter part of the program. He, himself, is a living proof of ALS’ success in Tayabas City.

Amidst challenging times, ALS teachers remained steadfast in their hope to give every Tayabense a better life through education. City Councilor – In charge of Education and Gen. PTA Federation President, Tayabas Councilor Wenda S. De Torres, and the Mayor’s representative, Manolo Labitigan, assured the ALS Team the full support of the local government.

To signify their intention to continuously support the Out of School Youths (OSY) and ALS Crusade, Talavera, De Torres, Barangay Captains, School Heads, and other stakeholders affixed their signatures in the Pledge of Commitment Board.

Other activities in the caravan included a Gallery Walk which showcased a photo exhibit of activities and best practices prepared by the Instructional Managers in the different Community Learning Centers. Moreover, this Advocacy Campaign featured special products made by the learners.

Also present in the affair were SDO Unit Chiefs, Education Program Specialists, Education Program Supervisors, Special Guests from the local government units, and other division personnel.  Graduates of Informal Education – Massage Therapy participated to represent the ALS learners.

The event was made possible through the leadership of Fely Ocumin, Education Program Specialist for ALS and Mildred Galleno, ALS Consultant/ Focal Person. (Richelle F. Quintero, Education Program Supervisor, SDO Tayabas City)