BORONGAN CITY (PIA) -- Dreams indeed do come true for the 227 learners of the Alternative Learning System (ALS) in the district of Borongan City as they beamed with pride and joy during their graduation rites recently held at the ESPDES Gym, this city.
Evelyn Fetalvero, regional director of the Department of Education (DepEd), lauded the graduates of the ALS Program composed of 197 Junior High level completers and 30 Elementary level completers in Borongan City.
“This is indeed a victory to celebrate and a noteworthy undertaking not only for the successful completers but also for the parents and teachers who have journeyed with our learners through the years,” Fetalvero said in her keynote message.
The Region 8 education director highlighted the exceptional circumstances that the ALS graduates had to face before and during the pandemic, and their perseverance to finally get to where they are now.
Meanwhile, Gorgonio Diaz, city schools division superintendent, commended the parents of the graduates and the ALS implementers for stepping up to the challenge amidst the pandemic and for a job greatly done.
Christina Collado Cabaguing, a 2011 ALS graduate who pressed on with her college education and is now a LET passer, touched the hearts of the listeners as she shared her life story full of challenges until the ALS program saved her.
“This is not the end of your journey, this is the start of your educational journey. This is your chance to achieve what you are dreaming Don’t be afraid. Take the risks and success will follow,” said Cabaguing, leaving a striking message to the graduates.
This year’s theme is, “K to 12 Graduates: Pursuing Dreams and Fostering Resilience in the Face of Adversity.”
As a legacy program of the current administration, ALS is part of DepEd’s commitment that education continues for Filipino Out-of-School Children in special circumstances, Youth, and Adults (OSCYA) amid and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. (MMP/VTG/PIA E. Samar/Photos by ALS Boriongan IV District)