Beng allocates P9.1M for SPES PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 07 March 2015 18:22

Mayor Beng Climaco has allocated a total of P9.1 million for the Summer Program for the Employment of Students (SPES), a joint project of the City Government and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) as mandated under Republic Act 9547.

Intended to help poor but deserving students pursue their education by providing income or augment their income through encouraging their employment during summer or Christmas vacations, the SPES program is set to start April 10-May 8 with college students and May 5-May 31 for high school students.

The P9.1 million represents the 60% counterpart of the City Government. DOLE’s 40% counterpart is P5.9 million.

For this year, a total of 2,670 students will be hired for the program- 1,400 of which will be college students and 1,270 high school students. Each student will be receiving P280 per day or a total o fP5,600 for the 20-day work –P3,360  (60%) will come from the city government while P2,240 (40%)  will come from the DOLE.

The SPES beneficiaries will be deployed to the different barangays and 11 participating offices under the City Government. Their nature of work will include janitorial work, clerical activities in selected offices, street sweeping, maintenance of parks and gardens, assist in SPES encoding or monitoring and conduct survey in pilot barangays.

Meanwhile, application and selection for the SPES program is ongoing in the barangays and at the City Social Welfare and Development Office –Public Employment Service Office until March 16 for the first batch and until April 20 for the second batch.

RA 9574 is also 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 60 per centum of their salaries or wages and the 40 per centum through education vouchers to be paid by the City Government, prohibiting and penalizing the filing of fraudulent and fictitious claims and for other purposes.”

The objective of the SPES is to develop the intellectual capacities of children of poor families and harness their potentials for the country’s well-being. — Sheila Covarrubias