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PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 12, 2012


8,553 Cagayan valley youth benefited from DOLE-SPES in 2011

by Thelma C. Bicarme

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Jan. 12 (PIA) -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Cagayan Valley has reported that some 8,553 youth in the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino and Batanes benefited from its Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) in 2011.

Director Grace Y. Ursua said DOLE 2 spent a total of ₱12.97 million, which represents the 40 percent share of the agency for the salaries of the students.

Ursua added that the program was implemented in two tranches: the first trance was offered during the summer break to help defray school expenses of poor but deserving students for the school opening and the second tranche benefited out of school youth, who had the intention of going back to school during the second semester.

Cagayan had the most number of beneficiaries with 3,513 and 2,735 of them were given 40 percent wage from the DOLE and 60 percent from sponsoring agencies while the 778 student-beneficiaries were granted 100 percent salary from the sponsoring agencies.

Isabela, on the other hand, had a total number of 2,293 youth who received 40 percent share from the DOLE and 10 student-beneficiaries were granted with 100 percent wage from the sponsoring agencies.

Nueva Vizcaya also had 873 beneficiaries, who got 40 percent share from the DOLE and the other 319 were shouldered by the sponsoring agencies.

In Quirino, there were 1,374 youth who benefited from the program, 1,350 of them were given 40 percent salary share from the DOLE and 24 student beneficiaries were fully funded by the sponsoring agency.

In Batanes, there were 171 students benefited from the program. The share of the DOLE for the salary of these beneficiaries amounted to ₱376,579.

Under RA 7323, or the SPES Law, participating partners in the program pay 60 percent of the salaries or wages of the beneficiaries, while the DOLE pays the balance of 40 percent through education vouchers.

Ursua disclosed that DOLE 2 intends to increase the number of beneficiaries of the program this year as the agency is expecting about ₱16 million SPES budget allocation. (TCB/PIA2)

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