A total of 34 Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDLs) from the Cavite Provincial Jail graduated from the Alternative Learning System (ALS) on Thursday, August 11 in Trece Martires City.
Of the total number, 26 of them formally completed their junior high school, while eight of the graduates finished elementary education.
The Department of Education’s (DepEd) ALS is a second-chance education program for out-of-school youth and adults, including PDL, who cannot read or write and who want to continue their studies while serving their sentence.
The graduation ceremony was held with the theme “Gradywet ng K to 12: Masigasig sa mga Pangarap at Matatag sa mga Pagsubok.”
Present at the event were Provincial Warden PCol GIl Torralba, Assistant Provincial Warden Roland Costales, Education Program Specialist II – ALS Al Jerald Leyson, and Trece Martires City Councilor Joyce Ann Mojica.
Torralba lauded the graduates’ perseverance in continuing to learn despite their circumstances and encouraged them to strive even harder for meaningful community participation.
Meanwhile, Mojica, the guest speaker and head of the city education committee, encouraged the PDL graduates, saying that their accomplishments show that adversity, even prison, cannot derail everyone’s hopes and dreams.
Thumbnail photo from Cavite Provincial Jail Facebook Page