DepEd Butuan City and 402nd Brigade Inks MOU for ALS A&E Program of IP Soldiers

Bancasi, Butuan City – The Department of Education Butuan City Division and the 402nd Infantry Brigade in Caraga inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the Alternative Learning System (ALS) A&E Program of IP soldiers, today, Monday,
June 03, 2019 held at Kalayaan Hall, Headquarters 402nd Brigade, Brgy Bancasi, Butuan City.

A total of nine (9) IP Soldiers will undergo the ten (10) months ALS program. Among the key personalities who attended said signing include Mr Romeo O Aprovechar, CESO V, the School Division Superintendent; and Dr. Bevelyn C Corvera, DPH, the Curriculum Implementation Division Head from DepEd Butuan City Division and, Col Maurito L Licudine, Commander of the 402nd Brigade.

The signing of the MOU is conducted to officially launch the partnership of the DepEd and 402nd Brigade to accommodate the IP soldiers for the ALS A&E Program in order to enhance their individual development, qualify them for the continuous regular enlistment and military schoolings/trainings. This initiative is in line with the Army Transformation Roadmap whose goal is to professionalize the
Army as an organization.

Mr Aprovechar in his speech inspired the participants by telling his life story. He said, “Learning is a continuous process; don’t get discouraged; if you study when you’re already old. The willingness to learn is already there but most people are constrained
due to distance and time available while working. Moreover, poverty is not the reason for not having an education. Strive and dream high. If you want to succeed, pursue your dream and work hard”.

After the launching, DepEd ALS Supervisor, Ana Marie L Ceniza, the ALS/IPEd Focal Person, DepEd Butuan City Division conducted orientation to the participants. Classes for the IP soldiers will be every Friday and Saturday of the week, for ten (10) months.

In his statement, Col Licudine stated that the IP soldier program started last July 5, 2017 when the Army was given Special Enlistment Quota. PRRD directed the AFP to recruit IP soldiers to help in the Internal Security Operations of the government, “Most of the guerrilla bases are situated in the IP domains and about 80% of the
NPA manpower are IP members. Hence, to accommodate the IP to become soldiers, other requirements are waived such as the Age Limit, Educational Qualification and Civil Status, among others. However, such enlistment is only good for six (6) years”.

“My heartfelt gratitude to the Butuan City Schools Division for assisting us in our efforts of professionalizing the Army. This partnership was launched to continuously improve the knowledge and skills of our soldiers. For the IP soldiers, this is your chance of a lifetime to improve your educational attainment and your career. The outcome of this ALS Program will determine your future in the Philippine Army”, Col Licudine added.