300 SPES grantees for 2014
BAGUIO CITY - The city government here pledged 300 slots for the Special Program for employment of Students (SPES) this year.
Out of the thousands of registered applicants of the said program, only 677 registered applicants passed the screening process and the qualifying examinations conducted last March 9.
The qualified applicants are still in the process of complying and completing the requirements at the Public Employment Services Office (PESO) at City Hall.
PESO Baguio Labor and Employment Officer Romelda Frances Escaño said a total of 142 “SPES babies” have already complied with the requirements and the remaining 158 new grantees are expected to follow suit.
The grantees are entitled to receive over P8,000 in wages. Sixty percent of said amount will be paid by the city government while the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will shoulder the remaining 40 percent through education vouchers.
The SPES is based on Republic Act 7323 or 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 Sixty per Centum of their Salaries or Wages and the Forty per Centum through Education Vouchers to be paid by the Government, Prohibiting and Penalizing the Filing of Fraudulent or Fictitious claims and for other purposes.
The program aims to help poor but deserving students pursue their education by providing income or augment their income through encouraging their employment during summer and/or Christmas vacations.
The SPES grantees will undergo orientation before they will be exposed to the world of work. They will start to report next month after the Holy Week.
Escaño advised SPES grantees to visit the PES Office at city hall and to comply with the requirements the soonest possible time.
“SPES is a valuable experience, discovering and developing the talents and skills of the student where they will be exposed to the world of work,” said Escaño. *Jho Arranz