Assistant Secretary G.H. Ambat serves as Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones’s lead Executive Committee official in strengthening and expanding the implementation of the Alternative Learning System (ALS) Program nationwide since it became the administration’s “centerpiece” of basic education in 2016. With ASec. Ambat at its helm, the ALS Task Force formulates and reviews policies, executes reforms, and operationalizes programs and projects that lead to the “level-up” of DepEd’s second chance basic education program.
Within three years of consultation and partnership with stakeholders in the government, national and international development agencies, and civil society organizations, ASec. Ambat has led ALS to finalize the ALS K to 12 Basic Education Curriculum (BEC), develop the ALS 2.0, roll out the five-year ALS 2.0 Strategic Roadmap, and provide guidance in crafting Republic Act No. 11510 (ALS Act). Under the improved ALS 2.0, life skills and work readiness lessons are included in the enhanced ALS K to 12 BEC, learning resources are updated, and the conduct of a quality capacity building program for ALS teachers is systematic.
Under ASec. Ambat’s management from 2016 to 2019, the Public Affairs Service (PAS) significantly improved its protocols and guidelines, communication strategy, content development, media relations, public assistance, and creative and technical assistance to effectively and efficiently deliver the Department’s mandates and accomplishments to its various stakeholders through traditional and new media. ASec. Ambat likewise gave her full support to empowering Regional and Division officials and information officers in strategic communications and crisis management through a series of seminar-workshops by specialists in the industry and in the government. PAS was also able to roll out the first DepEd Manual of Style (DMoS) and the first DepEd Service Marks and Visual Identity Manual (DSMVIM) during ASec. Ambat’s term.
ASec. Ambat spent her initial years of public service in the Legislative Branch of the government. Prior to her appointment at DepEd, she served as a policy specialist and agenda manager of the Senate Committees on Health, Peace, and Finance while on detail to the Office of Senator Teofisto “TG” Guingona III from 2013 to 2016. She also worked as a social development specialist at the Senate Economic Planning Office (SEPO) and a legislative staff of former Senator Manny Villar years prior. Her substantial background in discourses on social development, public policy and governance, along with her experiences in management of donor-funded projects and advocacy, prove to be significant in her role as the first Assistant Secretary for ALS.
ASec. Ambat obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of the Philippines Diliman.