The Department of Education (DepEd) teachers from Cebuana Lhuillier’s network of Alternative Learning System – Community Learning Centers (ALS – CLCs) gathered virtually to join Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation, Inc. (CLFI) for the ALS Teachers Digital Summit Bida Best last July 22.

CLFI hosted the 2nd ALS Teachers Summit online to bring together ALS teachers from different parts of the country for learning sessions even in the midst of the pandemic. Esteemed guests from the Department of Education and CLFI, invited ALS teachers, and well-being gurus joined the event to lead productive discussions on self-resilience, overall well-being, and share best practices in implementation of the blended learning for out of school youth and adult learners in the ALS program. 

First Vice President and Group Head for CLFI and CLIB Jonathan Batangan started off the program by leaving an inspiring message to honor the hard work and dedication that ALS teachers demonstrated. “At the time of the pandemic, you gave no less than your very best and became our frontline heroes. As you prepare for another school year, we hope that you continue to overcome these obstacles with ease,” he said.

Meanwhile, DepEd Secretary Leonor Magtolis-Briones expressed her appreciation to the foundation in supporting the ALS Program by saying, “Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation has been a staunch partner of DepEd in reaching more out-of-school youth, special cases, and adults who are not able to complete basic education due to the difficult circumstances.”

DepEd Assistant Secretary for Alternative Learning System GH Ambat also shared some updates and developments about ALS CLCs operations. Some of the ALS teachers were also given a chance to present their experience in applying distance and modular learning approaches and partnership strategies during the new normal.

The afternoon session was also packed with new learnings as wellness experts taught ALS teachers about mental wellness, financial wellness, and physical wellness. Pinoy Laughter Yoga Founder, Paolo Martin Trinidad started the afternoon with fun-filled activities by teaching the basics of Laughter Yoga. Cebuana Lhuillier Insurance Solutions Division Head, Jed Lagmay discussed the fundamentals to ensure financial wellness among ALS teachers during the pandemic. Lastly, fitness coaches Jim and Toni Saret led a fun and energetic session with some indoor chair exercise routines to keep the body fit and healthy.

ALS teachers were also treated to raffle and game prizes. Cebuana Lhuillier Bank supported the ALS Teachers Digital Summit by giving away Microsavings cards to lucky raffle winners.

After the learning sessions, CLFI presented CEBUANAS 2.0, CLFI’s excellence awards for ALS Teachers at Cebuana Lhuillier ALS CLCs.  This award will recognize exemplary practices in implementation of the ALS program.

The Alternative Learning Program, in partnership with the Department of Education is part of CLFI’s advocacy towards inclusive education. To date, CLFI has supported approximately 100 ALS Community Learning Centers nationwide.

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