City’s SPES to benefit 3,678 studes PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 March 2013 10:58

Some 3,678 high school and college students are expected to benefit from this year’s Summer Program for the Employment of Students (SPES), a joint undertaking of the City Government and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

This, as Mayor Celso Lobregat recently approved the allocation of P9 million as the City’s 60% counterpart in the students’ salaries. The DOLE has earmarked P5.8 million for the program in the City.

Each student-beneficiary will receive a P200 daily wage for the 20-day duration for an equivalent of P4,000 each. The first batch of SPES beneficiaries composed of 1,560 college students will start the program April 10 to May 8 while the second batch, composed of 2,118 high school students will undergo the program from May 8 to May 31.

The SPES work program includes cleanliness and barangay beautification, street sweeping, maintenance of parks and gardens, janitorial assignments (in offices), assist office activities and simple clerical jobs.

Registration or enlistment of student-applicants started February 14 and will end March 15 at the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) at the City Social Welfare and Development Office in Pettit Barracks. Each of the 98 barangays is given slot allocations.

Under the law, the student-applicant must be 15-25 years of age (with authenticated birth or baptismal certificate), with passing grades (submission of card/school certificate) and whose parents have a net income not exceeding P90,000 per annum. Two pieces 2x2 pictures are also required.

The SPES is now on its 19th year of implementation in the city and is mandated under RA 9547 which intends to help poor but deserving students pursue their education by providing income or augment their income through encouraging their employment during summer vacations. — Sheila Covarrubias