The Philippines aims to eliminate illiteracy in the country. As an intervention, the Alternative Learning System ( ALS) was then created.
ALS is spearheaded by the Department of Education. It is a free education program that benefits those who cannot afford formal schooling and follows whatever is their available schedule. The program provides a viable alternative to the existing formal education instruction, encompassing both the non-formal and informal sources of knowledge and skills.
In partnership with the Department of Education, the Armed Forces Philippine has continued educating the Hanunóo. Hanunóo is a Mangyan sub-tribe living in the mountains of Oriental Mindoro, Philippines particularly in the municipality of Mansalay.
Towards social development, the program aims to improve the quality of lives to the native sectors as it adheres to the government’s end goal of eliminating illiteracy and eventually will result in poverty reduction.
Aside from education alone, livelihood programs for Hanonoos were created where women manufacture baskets and weave cotton into clothing and blankets.
Achieving the Goal
The road to societal change seems too long, rough, and maybe impassable.
However, success is made of sweat and determination. ###