ARMM opens over 1,400 summer jobs for students and out-of-school youth

The Mindanao Examiner Regional Newspaper - - News - (Bureau of Public Information)

COTABATO CITY – The Department of Labor and Employment in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DOLE-ARMM) has announced 1,411 summer jobs currently available for students and out-ofschool youth across the region. DOLE-ARMM Secretary Muslimin Jakilan said the program is open to all qualified high school, college or vocational course students, and out-of-school youth living in areas covered by Health, Education, Livelihood, Peace and Governance, and Synergy (ARMM-HELPS) program, a development convergence initiative of the regional government covering 553 recipient barangays.

“We prioritize those students who most need summer jobs,” Sec. Jakilan said, adding that the drive is part of the DOLE’S Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES), a flagship program designed to provide income opportunities to outof-school youth and students from underprivileged families during summer, or Christmas break.

He said the DOLEARMM has earmarked P3.8 million for the program. Under the SPES, the Labor department shoulders 40% of the salaries of the beneficiaries, while the employers – government agencies, such as local government units, and private companies as well as other sponsor institutions – pay the 60%.

“We want to help the students and out-of-school youth to earn money, which they can use to pay for next school year,” he said. The registration for employment applicants has already started and will end in the last week of March. Students will work for a period of 25 days.

A student applicant is required to submit the following: birth certificate; barangay clearance; certification by the school registrar, or Form 138, or original class card; certificate of good moral character; and parents’ income tax return, which shows an annual income not exceeding P85,000. For an out-of-school-youth applicant, a certificate of good moral character issued by his/her barangay will be required.

Secretary Jakilan said applicants may visit DOLEARMM’S regional office at the ARMM Compound in Cotabato City, or the Labor department offices in their respective provinces.

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