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Tagum City culminates SPES program

Tagum City (11 June) -- The Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) has culminated here on Friday last week at Tagum Cultural and Trade Center with a showcase of youthful talents in singing and dancing by 189 grantees after working for a month in various offices in the city.

The grantees were given the opportunity to work for one month under SPES which is intended for the poor but deserving students which allow them to pursue higher education.

Pursuant to Republic Act 7323, the local government of Tagum City and its stakeholders produced the 189 grantees. Eighty of them worked at the LGU city offices; 10 at the provinces; 7, Gaisano Center ; 18, Gaisano Grand Mall; and 74, JS Gaisano).

Princess Avanne Petallana, a second time grantee, shared her experiences, "as SPES grantee, I have discovered my inner strengths and learned to cope up with my fears and weaknesses. I began to value my time, that every second, minute and hour should be counted, and that one should maximize using time by grabbing every possible opportunities as it passes by."

"SPES program brings out the best in me, making me realize that whatever we do, we can and should do well if not the best. Pure determination and hard work is needed to survive. It develops a deep sense of character that will soar above all the challenges and not to give up amidst the trials that are consistently blocking our way to success," Petallana stated.

Life for her is a continuous journey of discovering something new. One has to possess and enhance her knowledge, skills and good attitude to meet the demand in the market and compete with other SPES applicants.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and LGU Tagum led by Mayor Rey Uy, thru Public Employment Service Office (PESO) fulfilled her dream to work while studying and study while working.

For some who experienced the financial hardship in life, education for them remains a dream.

"Dream becomes biggest challenge we have to face and above us are obstacles, rough roads and storms that weakens us and to stop us from dreaming. With our dream and ambition in life, through his Divine Grace, nothing is impossible," according to Alexander Ken Libranza who was assigned at the Vice Mayor's office).

PESO Manager Nilda A. Garcia left a challenging statement, "If you can't be a moon, be a star, but be the brightest star wherever you are. If you can't be a highway, be a pathway, but be the cleanest pathway wherever you are?."

"Ituloy ang magandang nasimulan ng programa, wherever you go, carry with you the positive values and attitudes you gained from the program," Garcia urged the grantees. (ANWAR/CROM CIO Tagum) [top]

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