“Kung hindi pa ako nakulong, hindi pa ako nakapagtapos sa pag-aaral,” is a usual statement we hear from the graduates of the Alternative Learning System in jails. These words are heartbreaking message for teachers, parents, visitors and even jail officers who were present in every graduation ceremony in jails. It even added more meaning when the Regional Director of Department of Education, Dr. Allan Farnazo, shared the documentary “College Behind Bars,” he watched that said, “Nobody have ever taught me any of that.” He called the attention of all teachers who were in attendance to be more responsible for every individual's needs so that no one would be able to say the said statement again at the end of the day.
The program of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, “Tagapangalaga Ko, Guro Ko,” and the Department and Education’s “Education for All,” complemented as the two offices have built strong and deeper aspiration to develop the education of every PDL.
On October 13, 2020, the enhanced “Tagapangalaga Ko, Guro Ko,” entitled as “Guro Ko, Kabalikat Ko sa Pagbabago,” was launched to utilize Professional Licensed Teachers to solely handle classes after they had undergone training from the Department of Education Regional Office 12 last September 15. In this program, the BJMP Licensed Professional Teachers who are to become Instructional Managers were formally given full responsibilities in handling classes due to COVID-19 total lockdown (Strictly No In, No Out Policy in Jails).
Mobile Instructional Managers from Department of Education handling ALS classes in different jails were no longer allowed to enter jail facilities in this instance Professional Licensed Teachers who were designated as Instructional Mobile Teachers showed their passion and calling as teachers extending their extra mile functioning as motivated and passionate teachers of PDL.