City starts release of SPES salaries PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 May 2012 14:24

The city government will start releasing today, May 4, salaries for students hired under the 2012 Summer Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) right in time for the enrolment period.

City Social Welfare and Development Officer Francisco Barredo said the first batch of SPES beneficiaries assigned in the barangays of Guiwan, Tetuan, Talon-talon, Quiniput, Tigbalabag, Labuan and Zone III will receive their salaries during the ceremonial distribution set at the City Hall conference room at 3pm today.

SPES Beneficiaries assigned in other barangays (comprising the first batch-college students) can claim their salaries at the City Treasurer’s Office on Friday and Saturday.

To claim their salaries, the students should present their identification cards and certificate of identification which can be secured from the City Social welfare and Development Office at Pettit Barracks.

A total of 1,570 mostly college students are included in the first batch of SPES program and worked from April 10 to May 8. Each student will receive P200 per day for a total of P4,000 for the 20-day work period.

The second batch SPES beneficiaries comprising of 1,917 high school students will receive their salaries next week.

The city government this year has hired a total 3,487 students for the SPES program, an annual project jointly undertaken by the local government unit and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

This year, the city government has allocated a total of P9 million for the program while the DOLE has allocated P5 million. This is the 20th year of SPES implementation in Zamboanga City.

Based on the program, the students are assigned in the barangays and the different offices and are tasked to undertake various tasks.

The SPES program, mandated under R.A. 7323, was enacted in 1992 under the Aquino administration to help poor but deserving students through their employment during summer. It is implemented through the City Social Welfare Office under Barredo. — Sheila Covarrubias