SPES beneficiaries get higher salaries PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:43

This year’s beneficiaries of the Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) will receive a higher compensation as revealed yesterday at the City Coliseum during the Orientation Program for the first batch of summer job qualifiers consisting of college students.

The increase in compensation was made possible thru the continued efforts of the City Government of Zamboanga in partnership of the Department of Labor and Employment 9.

For the past years, students were paid around P170 per day, covering a total of over P3, 000 for the 20-day working period. This time each student-beneficiary will receive P200 per day or P4, 000 for the entire work season if an absence will not be incurred.

Sixty percent (60%) of their total income will be shouldered by the City with an allocation of P9 million while 40% of which will be from the DOLE with a funding of P5.1 million.

According to City Social Welfare Office and Development Officer Francisco Barredo, for the past 17 years the SPES had helped many students to continue the studies thru the program in pursuant to Republic Act 7323.

Here in the City, the program is facilitated by the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) as the frontline unit of CSWDO in employment-related assistance and programs.

During the program, Barredo presented 5 graduates and professionals who finished their studies and subsequently reached their dreams thru the said program which initiated almost two decades ago.

Two of the so-called graduates were absorbed by the city and are now working with the City Engineer’s Office and City Health Office.

Barredo, in place of Mayor Celso Lobregat, administered the oath of office to the beneficiaries consisting of 1, 570 college students. They will work until the first week of May which will also signal the beginning of the 20-day working period of the second batch of student-employees consisting of 1, 917 high school students.

Majority of the student-employees will be assigned to their respective barangays while few of them will be working in some of the offices in the City Government.

Meanwhile during the program, Mr. Ian Lahi who represented DOLE Regional Director Sisinio B. Cano presented an award to Barredo as the City’s PESO Manager, citing the City’s PESO as the best performer for the Region.

According to Barredo the 2011 National Best PESO Award-Highly-Urbanized Category, would have not been possible without the efforts of all the staff of the said office, most especially the unwavering support of Mayor Lobregat to said program.

Also present during the half-day affair were Councilors Rudy Lim, Jimmy Cabato and Vincent Paul Elago. — Richard Aliangan