SPES teaches value of work, money — Celso Print
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 12:04

Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday called on the 1,540 college students hired by the city government under the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) to utilize the program to help their parents confront the financial challenges as well as to learn about the value of work and money.

At the same time, the mayor urged the first batch of SPES beneficiaries for 2011 to put to heart the oath of office they swore to follow as city government employees during the orientation yesterday specifically on the aspect of working hours and the delivery of quality public service.

The 1,540 college students compose the first batch of SPES beneficiaries for this year. The program is jointly undertaken by the city government and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) based on Republic Act 7323 otherwise known as an Act to help poor but deserving students pursue their studies by providing them employment during summer vacation.

In his message after leading the students in reciting the oath of office in chabacano, Mayor Lobregat stressed that the SPES is not a scholarship program but rather a 20-day work period intended to assist students earn money for their educational needs in the coming school year.

“Remember that the money your parents spend for your education is hard earned money and so this SPES program is supposed to give you the opportunity to help your parents pay your tuition fees and other financial requirements next school year”, the mayor said. “The SPES will make you learn about the value of work and the value of money”.

He recounted to the students his experiences during summer when he was in his senior year in high school. He said he was sent Bukidnon to work for the pineapple plantation, Del Monte Philippines, inculcating in him the value of work and the value of money.  He said he underwent a 2-month manual labor, waking up as early as 3am to help in the farm from planting to soil fertilization until harvest time.

“That is how we were trained to know the value of work and the value of money”.
Mayor Lobregat was joined by Councilors Lilia Nuno, Myra Paz Abubakar and Rudy Lim, DOLE-9 Assistant Regional Director Yahyah Centi and City Social Welfare and Development Officer Francisco Barredo.

Barredo, who is also the city’s Public Employment Service Office (PESO) manager presented to the public numerous SPES beneficiaries who finished their studies through the program and are now gainfully employed.

The first batch of SPES beneficiaries will work for 20 days and will receive a daily wage of P172.72.  The second batch, composed of 1,492 high school students will start working immediately after the first batch culminates its 20-day period on May 4.

The students were mobilized to the different barangays and various offices to help in the clean and green program, beautification and cleanliness activities and in various offices to do clerical works. — Sheila Covarrubias