A 48-year-old inmate was the oldest among students in the 6th moving-up exercises of the alternative learning system of a Bacolod City jail.
Barriga Felizardo said he never thought that at 48, he would still be able to learn how to read and write.
He said he grew up on a farm in Kabankalan City and his parents did not care much about the importance of education.
Felizardo said he was thankful for the alternative learning system and the opportunity it gave him.
He is one of 34 inmates of the Metro Bacolod District Jail with Special Intensive Care Area (SICA) who completed the elementary and high school curriculum under the alternative learning system.
The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology said 8 inmates completed elementary while 26 completed the secondary level.