At least 39 Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDLs) graduated from basic elementary education and junior high school while inside the San Carlos City District Jail through the Department of Education (DepEd)-Alternative Learning System (ALS).
The graduation for the 12 completers, consisting of 4 females and 8 males, from elementary and 27 (7 females, 20 males) for junior high school, was held at the San Carlos City District Jail Community Learning Center on August 10.
SJO1 Jenny Valles delivered a message on behalf of SCCDJ Jail Warden JCInsp. Alexander Sy for the graduates, while DepEd ALS teacher April Joy Patricia Espinosa presented the candidates for completion to Jose Prospero Omecillo, District V ALS Focal Person, and approved by PSDS Emiliano Rombo, Division ALS focal person, confirmed by Chief Educ. Supv. Antonio Uy, Division Chief Curriculum Implementation Division on behalf of SDS Anthony Liobet, CESO V.
The distribution of certificates was led by JO3 Wilbeth Gantalao and assisted by JO3 Ralph Ryan Tambiga.
Melanie Marquez, ALS graduate and Education Skills Training Facilitator delivered an inspiring message to the graduates sharing her experience being a working student who never gave up despite the many odds so she finished school and graduated with a degree in education.
Rombo thanked the San Carlos City government for its support in the ALS program and also the SCC District Jail for their efforts and full cooperation.
He also invited those who want to complete their basic education through ALS to visit them at the 2nd Floor of the Jose V. Valmayor Public Market since they are already accepting enrollees.
Also present during the program were DepEd local officials including DepEd ALS teaching force, and San Carlos City District Jail officers.*