A January 21, 2013, press release from the Department of Education
The Department of Education (DepEd) is working closely with government and private organizations dealing with people with disabilities (PWDs) to ensure that children and youth with learning difficulties are identified and registered during the nationwide early registration set on January 26, 2013.
Secretary of Education Armin A. Luistro said that the department is committed to providing all learners access to education under the millennium development goals, which include the universalization of basic education.
“We have directed Special Education officials, teachers, NGO, workers and PWD volunteers to conduct an orientation on the screening and identification of children and youth with disabilities so that they too can be registered and be in school in June,” Luistro said.
PWDs who are target of registration are children and youth with visual impairment, hearing impairment, intellectual disability, learning disability, speech/language impairment, serious emotional disturbance, those with autism, orthopedic impairment, those special health problems and multiple disabilities.
Aside from PWD learners, also targeted for early registration children are indigenous peoples, out of school children and youth who have not been to school including street children from ages 5 to 18. The nationwide early registration in public elementary and public schools is conducted each year for DepEd to have a clear picture of the total number of expected enrollees and be able to address enrolment challenges that may arise.
Meanwhile, learners who have dropped out from elementary or secondary school and want to go back to formal school can avail of alternative delivery modes such as the Modified In-School and Off-School Approach (MISOSA) and the electronic Instructional Management by Parents, Community and Teachers (e-IMPACT).
Moreover, learners who want to enroll in the Drop-Out Reduction Program (DORP) or in the Alternative Learning System (ALS) are required to present their report card to the teacher in charge during registration. If a report card is not available, a certification letter signed by the parent or guardian could be presented.