ETEEAP was introduced by the Philippine government purposely for Filipinos who were forced forego their college or university education due to circumstances beyond their control. It was established by the Executive Order Number 330 (EO#330) signed by former Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos on May 10, 1996. But there was a precursor to the ETEEAP.
Prior to the signing of EO#330 was a part of the 1987 Philippine Constitution Governance Act for Basic Education otherwise known as Republic Act 9155 (RA955) which established the Alternative Learning System (ALS).
The official website of the Department of Education (DepEd) in the Philippines describes the reason why these systems were established this way: “Many Filipinos do not have a chance to attend and finish formal basic education (Grades 1-6 and Year 1-4) due to many reasons. Some drop out from schools while some do not have schools in their communities. Since every Filipino has a right to free basic education, the Government establishes ALS to provide all Filipinos the chance to have access to and complete basic education in a mode that fits their distinct situations and needs.”
How does the system work?
The same source explains, “There are two major programs on ALS that are being implemented by the Department of Education, through the Bureau of Alternative Learning System (BALS). One is the Basic Literacy Program and the other is the Continuing Education Program – Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E). Both programs are modular and flexible. This means that learning can take place anytime and any place, depending on the convenience and availability of the learners.”
The difference between the Formal Education System and the Alternative Education System is that “Formal Education system is classroom-based, managed by trained formal school teachers” while “ALS Non-formal Education happens outside the classroom, community-based, usually conducted at community learning centers, barangay multi-purpose hall, libraries or at home, managed by ALS learning facilitators, such as mobile teachers, district ALS Coordinators, instructional managers at an agreed schedule and venue between the learners and facilitators.”
In the above description the ALS has two sections. The first one is the Basic Literacy Program which is intended for those who have not completed their basic education (Grade 1 to Grade 10). The recent implementation of the K-12 system for the Philippines to comply with global standard added the senior high school level which is Grade 11 and Grade 12. The students’ qualification to graduate (In elementary, secondary or senior high school) is evaluated by series of examinations prepared and administered by the DepEd at designated place and time throughout the country. Outside the Philippines, these are mostly held at Philippine Embassies or Consulates. These examinations will ensure that the students are qualified to enter the next level of their education. As for the Continuing Education Program-Accreditation and Equivalency, the ETEEAP comes into play for students who wish to continue on acquiring tertiary education or higher learning.
In the Philippines the basic education is taken care of by the Department of Education (DepEd) while the Tertiary or higher education is under the supervision and implementation of the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd).
To sum it up, ALS is intended for adults who have not completed their basic education (Elementary and/or Secondary as far as Grade 10). Then they can continue to take up senior high school. ETEEAP on the other hand is for adults who completed their secondary education but were not able to finish their college degree. There are minimum age requirements for these.
Who can benefit from the ETEEAP?
Anyone who has completed secondary education through the Formal Education System or the Alternative Learning System and did not have a chance to start or complete a college or university degree can benefit from the ETEEAP. But how does the system work? How much is the cost? What are the requirements? Other articles on this site provide answers and more information on these questions. You can find them on the links below.
- What is ETEEAP? We full discussion on this link.
- ETEEAP Manual – See this link.
- Ano ang ETEEAP? See this link.
- Sino ang Pwede sa ETEEAP? See this link.
- Paano Mag-enroll sa ETEEAP? See this link.
- Magkano ang Babayaran sa ETEEAP? See this link.
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I write for a reading literacy-related website called Gully Books (gullybooks.com). I found your site while searching for literacy and found your content interesting. My yaya has not completed her high school education and dreams of completing college.
Can she take an ALS exam to receive a high school equivalent diploma then proceed to take ETEEAP?
How much time will it take for her to complete these?
Can she take online classes?
Hope you answer my questions.
Sorry for the delayed response. If she had completed her high school education and has all her credentials (or can obtain them from where she graduated) then she doesn’t need to take up ALS (ALS is only for those who were unable to complete their high school education). All she needs is a minimum of five-year work experience certification from her employer. It should be related to the degree she wants to take up and should therefore contain information on her duties and responsibilities which the DHEI evaluators will use to grant CLCs to her credit requirements. Any credits/units not covered by her experience will be enrolled through online/home-based learning. Most candidates were able to complete their enrolled (non-CLC covered) courses/subjects in one year. Some even less if they had other work-related informal training and seminars, including those they had taken up online as these may carry some weight against their required credits.
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ALs graduate po NG high school Pwede po ba mag Etteap agad ? Paki sagot po
Pwede po kung kayo ay 25 years old or above, at kung may limang taon kayong trabaho na pwede kayong kumuha ng certification sa inyong amo.
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