By Faith Guligado, USTP Cagayan de Oro STRATCOMM

DAP President and CEO Atty. Engelbert C. Caronan, Jr., DAP Managing Director Mark Lemuel Garcia and USTP CDO Chancellor Atty. Dionel O. Albina show the signed MOU between USTP and DAP.

The University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) and the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the Alternative Learning System – Education and Skills Training (ALS-EST) Program with the theme Padayon last October 20, 2021, through Zoom and streamed via Facebook live.

Padayon is a Visayan term that means to go forward or continue.

Atty. Dionel O. Albina, Chancellor of USTP Cagayan de Oro, and Engr. Alex L. Maureal, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration of USTP CDO, represented the University. There are fourteen (14) beneficiary Local Government Units (LGUs) and State Colleges and Universities (SUCs) for the program.

Beneficiaries and partners show their signed MOU

USTP has been designated as one of the beneficiary agents to get technical support from the Development Academy of the Philippines to execute the Intensified Abot Alam Program (IAAP).

DAP’s goal is to make education more accessible than ever before.

“We work together to accomplish our goal of leaving no one behind in terms of education,” Atty. Engelbert C. Caronan, Jr., MNSA, DAP President and CEO, said in his welcome speech.  

The primary objective of ALS-EST is to produce graduates with academic and technical competencies that will prepare them to pursue any of the four program exits: higher education, middle skills development, entrepreneurship, or employment, and to achieve sustainability by increasing access to formal basic education for the LGU’s Out of School Youth and Adults (OSYAs) population even beyond the project’s duration.

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