A July 9, 2012 press release from the Department of Education
The Department of Education (DepEd) has come up with new guidelines in hiring the targeted 719 Alternative Learning System (ALS) literacy volunteers to better respond to the leaning needs of out-of-school children, youth and adults across the country.
Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC said that based on DepEd Order No. 59, series of 2012, the revised guidelines provide the criteria for selection, hiring and deployment of ALS volunteers as well as their functions and fund allocation.
“We really have to improve the guidelines because of the growing importance of ministering to the learning needs of non-formal learners who are away from the ordinary classroom setting,” added Luistro.
To qualify as an ALS volunteer, the applicant must be a licensed teacher (LET passer), a resident of the target community/division and has the ability to speak the local language. Moreover, an applicant must be in good physical condition, has good public relation skills and is willing to go through ALS training.
All applications must be received and screened at the Division Office and a selection committee must be formed by the schools division superintendent. The names of successful applicants must be posted/published by the Division Office. The duration of the contract is ten months.
Upon hiring, the ALS volunteer must attend an orientation meeting regarding barangay and team assignment, reporting system, schedule of work roles, responsibilities and expected outputs.
An ALS volunteer receives a monthly stipend of P5,000 and a transportation allowance of 2,000 plus a provision of P5,000 for teaching aids.
An ALS volunteer is expected to coordinate with community leaders to identify learners and organize learning groups of 50 learners or more. Further, volunteers must be able to determine the learning needs of learners and conduct evaluation to determine the entry and exit level of learners.