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Insular Foundation commits to help educate women in prison

Joseph Victor Anacan, CLFI’s program assistant (rightmost) turns over ICT equipment and learning modules to Jovy Balbuena, ALS Supervisor (leftmost); and Myla Ramirez, DepEd Mandaluyong’s education program specialist for ALS (center).

The Insular Foundation, in partnership with Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation (CLFI), recently adopted the Alternative Learning System-Community Learning Center (ALS-CLC) at the Correctional Institution For Women (CIW) in Mandaluyong City to help persons deprived of liberty finish their primary education.

This is the first adopted center exclusively for women and the third ALS-CLC partnership between Insular Foundation and CLFI.

During the e-launch of the ALS center, Insular Foundation Executive Director Ana Maria Soriano expressed optimism that the women beneficiaries will take advantage of the center to complete their education for their personal growth, and for better opportunities upon their reintegration to society. 

“There are second chances. Insular Foundation supports Cebu Lhuillier Foundation in this Alternative Learning System program that provides Filipinos with the opportunity to return to their studies and prepare for higher education,” she said.

Beneficiaries from Muntinlupa City Jail receive the learning materials provided by the Insular Foundation.

CIW Deputy Superintendent Kristine Cenal expressed appreciation to Insular Foundation and CLFI for supporting the education of women who are serving jail time.

Department of Education-Mandaluyong City ALS Supervisor, Jovy Balbuena, also thanked the foundations for supporting the government’s ALS program.  

CLFI has turned over information and communications technology equipment such as laptop, portable printer, mini projector, and pocket WiFi with initial prepaid load, and learning modules to the ALS center at the CIW. CLFI has also turned over additional learning materials to the ALS center at the Muntinlupa City Jail which was adopted by the foundations last year.

In 2019, Insular Foundation launched this joint project with CLFI to support the first ALS center located at the Pedro Guevera Elementary School in Manila.

Through this program, Insular Foundation will support each of the three Alternative Learning System-Community Learning Centers in Pedro Guevera Elementary School, Muntinlupa City Jail, and Correctional Institution for Women in Mandaluyong City, for five years.

ALS involves a nine-month classroom-based and community-based learning sessions for elementary and secondary school levels. ALS has also adopted blended learning system wherein learners use digital learning tools or printed modules at the centers.

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