4,646 ALS passers in Pampanga get financial grants

CASH GRANT. Vice Governor Lilia “Nanay” Pineda leads the distribution of cash assistance to some Alternative Learning System (ALS) passers. (Pampanga PIO)

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – The provincial government handed out cash assistance to 4,646 Alternative Learning System (ALS) passers across the province.

On behalf of Governor Dennis “Delta” Pineda, Vice Governor Lilia “Nanay” Pineda led the distribution of cash assistance worth P2,000 to each beneficiary during a simple ceremony at the Bren Z Guiao Convention Center on November 22.

Vice Governor Nanay said the provincial government recognizes the hard work of the ALS passers in pursuing their dream of acquiring their diplomas.

“Dakal a dakal a pasalamat atin kayung pamagpursigi. Maging proud kayo kasi may mga certificates na kayo. Pangarap namin ni Governor Delta na lahat ng mga kabataan na hindi nakapag-aral ay makatapos man lang kahit secondary education,” she said.

Of the recipients, 742 came from the 1st District, 1,739 from the 2nd District, 923 from the 3rd District, 1,073 from the 4th District, and 169 from other different community learning centers in the province.

This year, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan approved the request of Governor Delta to double the allocation of cash incentives to ALS passers in the amount of P2,000 each to encourage and help them pursue their college education.

Vice Governor Nanay also urged the ALS passers to grab vocational and skills training opportunities provided by the Provincial Manpower Training Center (PMTC) in partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). 

“Hindi lang sa ALS natatapos ang mga programa natin para sa inyo. Mayroon tayong mga training programs katulong ang TESDA para matrain kayo sa skill na gusto niyo at matulungan kayong makahanap ng maganda trabaho para sa inyong mga pamilya,” she explained.

The distribution was also attended by 2nd District Board Member Fritzie David Dizon, Provincial Councilors League (PCL) President and Board Member Cherry Manalo, 4th District Board Members Nelson Calara and Pol Balingit through the help of the Provincial Library and Provincial Treasurer’s Office (PTO).

ALS is a parallel learning system in the country that provides a practical option to the existing formal instruction. It serves as an alternative or substitute for those who cannot access formal education in schools.

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