Thousands of students, OSYs join SPES 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 April 2014 11:29

A total of 2,589 high school and tertiary level students and out-of-school-youths (OSYs) have joined the first batch of the Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES).

The first batch attended the orientation rites held at the City Coliseum in Tetuan the other day.

SPES is a joint project of the Local Government Unit (LGU) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) having a budget of P14,686,200. Sixty percent of the budget comes from the city government of Zamboanga and 40% is shouldered by DOLE.

District 2 Councilor Elong Natividad, chairman of the  City Council’s Committee on Youth and Sports, challenged the youth participants  to be more progressive and study harder to help alleviate poverty.

“So, that you will excel in your field of endeavor and help your family’s financial difficulties,” Natividad said during the orientation rites.

Chief LEO and Head of DOLE Field Office Ian Lahi lauded the City Government of Zamboanga under the leadership of Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar for  shouldering the millions of pesos on the said project.

“This is for the poor but deserving students,” Lahi said

The period of work for the first batch will be for 20 days with a rate of P280 per day. It started yesterday,  April 10, and will end on May 12, 2014, for the 1,318 college students and SPES participants.

The second batch of 1,271 high school and OSYs will start on May 8, 2014,  with a work program for cleanliness and beautification in barangays; street sweeping; assist office works (simple clerical; filing; recording); maintain cleanliness/beautification of parks and gardens; Update barangay profile and census; and assist in the activities of other offices. — Monch L. Follosco