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SPES employs 325 Siquijor students

Siquijor Province (27 May) -- The Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) here employs 325 students in the province this year.

SPES qualifications are; students must be at least 15 years but not more than 25 years old; enrolled or intending to enroll in any educational institution; combined net income after tax of parents does not exceed 36,000.00/annum and average passing grade during the school year/term immediately preceding the summer job.

The program is mandated under Republic Act No. 7323 otherwise known as "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 Percentum of Their Salaries or Wages and the Forty Percentum Through Education Vouchers to be paid by the Government. It is amended by Republic Act No. 9547 which strengthens and expands the coverage of SPES.

DOLE Senior Labor Employment Officer, Juanito Gallosa said that the qualified students for the program had already attended an orientation before they started their work.

Within the orientation, topics like labor relations framework and its shared responsibility; employment relationship and management; workers obligations and overview of discipline were being tackled.

Gallosa, shared to the participants the importance of faith in God and how it can affect one's work through saying "while hard work and knowledge will get you close, and attitude will get you there, it's the love of God that will put you on the top without no doubt."

Sixty percent of the salary will be paid by the national government or LGUs in cash and the remaining 40% of the salary will be paid by DOLE in the form of education voucher to the student, Gallosa said.

The program aims to develop the intellectual capacities of children of poor families and to harness their potentials for the country, geared towards industrialization specifically to help poor but deserving students pursue their education by encouraging their employment during summer and/or Christmas vacations and providing income to finance or augment subsidize their studies. (DOLE/PIA-Siquijor) [top]

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