300 studes begin summer job program

By: 
Aileen Refuerzo
Posted: 29-Apr-2011 / 4 years 3 weeks ago

            BAGUIO CITY – A total of 300 students who qualified for this year’s Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) of the city government reported to work last Monday.

            PESO labor and employment officer Romelda Frances Escano said the students as in the past years will serve in the various departments of the city government from April 25 to June 3.

            Under the program, the city government will pay 60 percent of the students’ total salary while the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will shoulder the remaining 40 percent through education vouchers.

            The city government under Mayor Mauricio Domogan during whose term the program was hatched in the 1990’s has for several years now been allocating a regular budget to cover the salaries of the SPES grantees.

Students who applied for the program underwent the screening process based on a set of criteria set for the purpose.  The applicants also underwent pre-qualifying examinations and orientation of both the applicants and their parents.

The program designed to help poor students and out-of-school youth support their education caters to high school and college students with the following qualifications: 15-25 years old, residents of Baguio, of good academic standing and in need of financial assistance. 

The SPES is based on Republic Act No. 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. – A Refuerzo

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