Nineteen youth who have undergone Alternative Learning System (ALS) classes under the Kalinga sa mga Batang Lansangan Program of LGU-Tacurong City passed the ALS Equivalency Exam conducted last April 2016 at the Tacurong Pilot Elementary School.
The 19 passers, mostly out-of-school youth and children in conflict with the law, compose the 5th batch of the Kalinga Program whose classes started on June 25, 2015.
One of the 19 passers is Yveth, a 19-year-old single mother of two. She now plans to pursue college education. Other passers are also eager to take vocational courses while some have enrolled in the senior high school curriculum, according to LGU social workers.
Kalinga sa mga Batang Lansangan provides free ALS classes, school supplies, meals, sports and values enhancement activities. It is the brainchild of Councilor Psyche M. Sucaldito. The program was institutionalized through City Ordinance 03-2014 and is recognized as a community-based literacy and preventive intervention program for street children and CICL. Kalinga is conducted in partnership with the Department of Education and the Philippine National Police. (Jez Billano-Fabreag, LGU Information)