On February 28, 2024, a significant and innovative training program for ALS Teachers and Girl Learners commenced at the Applied Nutrition Center in Cebu City. This initiative is aimed at enhancing the Alternative Learning System (ALS) in the region, and is being led by Dr. Helen Boholano of the Cebu Normal University-College of Teacher Education.

The training program is intended to provide teachers and learners with the required skills to properly use the newly produced ALS modules. The opening event began with a cordial welcome from Dr. Daniel A. Ariaso, Sr., CESO II, President of Cebu Normal University, as represented by Dr. Grace N. Malaga, CNU Main Campus Director. Dr. Salustiano T. Jimenez, CESO III, DepEd Region VII Director, also spoke words of encouragement and support, establishing a pleasant tone for the event.

Dr. Helen B. Boholano, the Project Leader, explained the rationale behind the training and introduced the trainers that will lead the sessions. Dr. Melona A. Lumantao, the DepEd Region VII ALS Focal Person, enthusiastically introduced the participants, underlining the significance of their participation in defining the future of ALS in the region.

Mr. Remegio Redj Alquitran of UNESCO Philippines, as well as representatives from UNESCO Jakarta, Ms. Ade Kurnia and Mr. Aldi Surya, delivered inspirational messages at the event, emphasizing the global impact and support for initiatives aimed at improving education opportunities.

Mr. Roy Guarin, the DepEd-Cebu City ALS Focal Person, then outlined the training regulations and policies, which ensured a positive learning environment for all participants.

This training program was made possible through the international grant received by Cebu Normal University-College of Teacher Education from UNESCO Jakarta and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). With this international grant in hand, CNU-CTE, in collaboration with the Department of Education through the Bureau of Alternative Education, shall organize a series of trainings targeting at least 80 ALS teachers and 100 ALS girl learners in Cebu City.

As the training program advances, it promises to empower ALS educators and Girls Learners, paving the path for a more inclusive and fair educational system in Cebu City and elsewhere.