City deploys SPES 1st batch April 10-May 8 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 April 2014 11:19

The first batch of beneficiaries for the Summer Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) will be deployed to the different barangays and City Government offices from April 10-May 8.

Composed of 1,318 college students, the first batch of SPES beneficiaries underwent a half-day orientation at the City Coliseum in Tetuan Wednesday morning with Mayor Beng Climaco gracing the activity.

Also present to brief the students of their duties and responsibilities were Ian Lahi, representative from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), personnel from the City Human Resource Management Office (CHRMO) and City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) led by Evelyn Las Marias.

Councilors Josephine Pareja, Roel Natividad, Luis Biel III, and Kim Elago also attended the activity.

Under the program, the students will be paid P280 per day for a total of P5,600. Sixty (60) percent of the amount will be paid by the City Government while the 40 percent will be paid by the DOLE.

For this year, the City government has allocated P9 million for the program and will hire a total of 2,471 students, who will be assigned to the different barangays to help in the cleanliness and beautification programs, update barangay profile and census activities. Some will also be assigned to various city offices and will be tasked to do clerical work.

The SPES program is mandated under Republic Act 9547 otherwise known as “An Act To Help Poor But Deserving Students Pursue Their Education By Encouraging Their Employment During Summer and/or Christmas Vacations, Through Incentives Granted to Employers, Allowing Them to Pay Only Sixty Per Centum of Their Salaries or Wages and The Forty Per Centum Through Education Vouchers To Be Paid By the Government, Prohibiting and Penalizing The Filing of Fraudulent and Fictitious Claims, and For Other Purposes”.

The SPES is being implemented by the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) under the CSWDO.

For the second batch, a total of 1,271 high school students will be hired and will work from May 10-June 4.

Las Marias said, this year’s number of beneficiaries went down due to the increase of salaries, per circular from the DOLE. — Sheila Covarrubias