Alternative Learning System

Alternative Learning System is an alternative way of acquiring basic education for elementary and secondary comparable to formal education.  In support to the goals of Education for All (EFA 2015), it has made great stride in the delivery of its basic education and literacy development services for out of school youth, children and adults.

Its mission is to provide learning opportunities that will empower out of school children, youth and adult learners to continue learning in any manner, at any time and any place they want to achieve their goals of improving quality of life and becoming more effective contributors to society.

It provides an alternative certification for pathway of out of school children, youth and adult who are working, 11 years old and above for elementary and 15 years old and above for secondary who are unable to access the formal schooling or who have dropped out from formal elementary and secondary and give the opportunity to acquire lifelong skills.

Activities are geared primarily towards improving the participation and academic performance of OSy, OSC and OSA. Parallel to this, the implementation of programs and projects intend to the improvement of strategies applied in teaching and learning process in the learning centers, capability building of DALSCs, Mobile Teachers, Instructional Managers and Facilitators, development of CLC, CLC Facilities and strengthening ALS services, string linkages were also strengthen with the stakeholders, GOs, NGOs and City Local Government Unit including the community sector.

Mobile Program
Enrollees                                                   239
Accreditation & Equivalency
OSY and Adults enrolled                  1033
Completer                                                 548
Qualifier                                                     434
Takers                                                         392
Literacy Service Contracting Scheme
Learning Group                                           2
Enrollees                                                   219
Completers                                             106
Literacy Cum Livelihood Program


An educational intervention that aims to make education accessible to Out-of-School Children (OSC), Out-of-School Youth (OSY) and adult in the remote, deprived, depressed, underserved (DDU) and difficult to reach communities. This year-round program targets OSC and OSY.

The Mobile Teachers stay in the barangay to conduct learning session with a group of learners until they become basically literate before moving to the needy barangays. Regular orientations and trainings are conducted to upgrade / update Mobile Teachers to better deliver the basic literacy program.

After acquiring the basic skills the 3Rs, they are advise to return to formal system and other s are recommended to take Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) System.


With the development of Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) System, Thousands of OSC, OSY and Adults from most improvised sectors of the Filipino society now have an alternative means to improve their basic education skills and competencies as an avenue to a better future. It opens up an opportunity for flexible basic education for people of all ages. This opportunity is for everyone who is interested in obtaining elementary and secondary education certificate through innovation and flexible programs and delivery mechanism. This opportunity in turn well open up employment and other opportunities to improve one’s living.

Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) Program is a certification of learning for OSY and adults aged 15 years old and above who are unable to avail of the formal school system, or who have dropped out of formal elementary and secondary education. The A&E objectives are to provide a system for assessing levels of literacy and other non-formal learning achievement and to offer an alternative pathway of learning. Lasting for 10 months, the target beneficiaries of the program are the completers of basic literacy program, unemployed / underemployed, elementary and secondary school drop outs and industry-base and domestic workers.

This program is being implemented through LSDS funded by GAA or by the Naga City School Board


BLSCSP is a project of the Department of Education, Bureau of Alternative Learning System (BALS) aimed of improving the literacy situation in the country. It provides community based training in basic literacy to illiterate OSY and Adults through a Service Contracting Scheme. The training seek to develop reading, writing and counting abilities but also knowledge, skills and attitudes that are essential to survival and development in a fast changing technological society. Service provider accredited by the local government and other agencies are contracted to conduct training. There are basic literacy materials used in the implementation of the project which run for 10 months. The modules used in this program are based form the learning strands set by the BALS.

One LSCS class is composed of 100 learners taken from the literacy mapping conducted by the District ALS Coordinator with P100.000.00 appropriated coming from the GAA gives counterpart for the institutionalization of the program. The releases of funds depend upon the approved proposal. The target beneficiaries of the project are illiterate Out of School Children, illiterate Out-of School Youth and illiterate Adults.


The literacy Cum Livelihood Programs cater to OSY and Adults 15 years old and above in 27 barangays of Naga City. The main objectives of the program is to help the underserved or under privilege sector of the society to gain knowledge in literacy and acquire livelihood skill to augment their family income. Honorarium of facilitators in the amount of P4,000.00 per quarter per class is taken from the budget of the Naga City School Board for ALS programs and projects. The target beneficiaries are unemployed / underemployed, mothers/ single parents and out-of -school youth. Courses offered are dressmaking, cosmetology and cooking and baking


In order to address the learning needs of ALS A&E learners wishing to enter college, the BALS developed a range of supplementary bridging courses to provide interested learners with skills and competencies in higher Mathematics, advance Science, English, Filipino if they are to cope with the demands and entry requirements of college education. AFBP is a pioneering non-formal education initiative of the Department of Education. BALS aimed at providing learning opportunities to the ALS A&E Secondary level test passers who wish to continue learning in the tertiary level or enrol in four or five year course and post secondary vocational training. The program last for four months.


This program is a special project for over age pupils and students and for OSY /OSC who are interested to upgrade the grade level suited to their age. This is given every year by the National Education Testing Center.

Registration is conducted from August to September and examination is held during the month of November.
The Community Learning and Resource Center was created through Republic Act No. 7243 in 1994. It is a place managed by members of the community where they can have trainings for various income generating projects for livelihood and employment opportunities. Literacy classes, conferences and other different meetings of community organization and other activities are being held in this place. It aims to sustain skills training, provided viable application of experiences, develop the reading skills and love in order to become self reliant, productive citizen who could be an asset to the community.


These components strengthen staff development and training activities to improve managerial skills and teaching competencies of ALS implementers. It also provides training in linkaging, networking, sourcing and social mobilization and advocacy to facilitate the implementation of ALS programs and projects

  • Immersion
  • Fear Factor for Mobil Teachers
  • OSY Regional Encampment
  • Instructional Managers and Facilitators Regional Training
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of the Regional Staff
  • ALS Home Coming
  • ALS eLearning Training
  • Basic Training for DALSC
  • DEDP Training
  • CICT Division Training
  • National Literacy Conference