MANILA - Even behind bars, 49 inmates at Navotas City Jail earned their diplomas through the Alternative Learning System (ALS), a program for school dropouts to complete elementary and high school education outside the formal school system.
Fifteen of them finished their elementary studies, while the rest of them finished high school, the Navotas local government said in a statement Tuesday.
Navotas Mayor Toby Tiangco urged the new graduates to continue their studies and strive to learn new skills.
“Avoid involvement in drugs and other nefarious activities. Make your time here productive and worthwhile,” Tiangco said.
“Learn new skills and prepare for the day you will regain your freedom. By then, you should be ready to create a new and better life for you and your family.”
Tiangco said that once released, the graduates may avail of free training from the Navotas Vocational Training and Assessment (NAVOTAAS) Institute or pursue higher studies at the Navotas Polytechnic College (NPC).
The NAVOTAAS Institute offers courses such as food and beverage services, cookery, barista, hilot (wellness massage), and massage therapy.
Courses such as contact center services, housekeeping, bread and pastry production, beauty care, hairdressing, and shielded metal arc welding are also offered.
The NPC provides free education for Navoteños who wish to earn a bachelor’s degree.
“Learning is free. Make the most of what our city can offer you,” Tiangco said.