IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN FOR SPES

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! -

MARK AN­THONY O. DEGUINON

Good news for par­tic­i­pants of this year’s Spe­cial Pro­gram for the Em­ploy­ment of Stu­dents (SPES) in Pam­panga: some P13.45 mil­lion has been re­leased by the De­part­ment of La­bor and Em­ploy­ment (DOLE) re­gional of­fice for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of SPES.

The amount rep­re­sents the 40-per­cent gov­ern­ment’s share for the salary of the SPES stu­dent-ben­e­fi­cia­ries. The re­main­ing 60 per­cent share will be shoul­dered by par­tic­i­pat­ing pri­vate com­pa­nies and na­tional gov­ern­ment agen­cies (NGAs) and other spon­sor-in­sti­tu­tions.

The SPES is a pro­gram cre­ated un­der Repub­lic Act 7323, series of 1999, as amended by Repub­lic Act 9547 which seeks to en­cour­age em­ploy­ment dur­ing sum­mer, through in­cen­tives granted by the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion and the DOLE.

SPES is an an­nual sum­mer em­ploy­ment pro­gram that en­cour­ages stu­dents to make their va­ca­tion pro­duc­tive by work­ing dur­ing sum­mer thereby earn­ing ex­tra, which they can use dur­ing reg­u­lar school days. The pro­gram is spear­headed by DOLE and in part­ner­ship with the DepEd.

Here in Pam­panga, we are lucky that the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment has al­ways been sup­port­ive if the SPES pro­gram, rea­son why its im­ple­men­ta­tion has al­ways been suc­cess­ful.

There is al­ways close co­or­di­na­tion and ef­forts be­tween the Pro­vin­cial Public Em­ploy­ment Ser­vices Of­fice and ma­jor stake­hold­ers and part­ner gov­ern­ment and pri­vate agen­cies. This has greatly con­trib­uted to the success of the prov­ince’s SPES pro­gram.

There have been a cou­ple of tes­ti­monies from SPES ben­e­fi­cia­ries, who said that the SPES pro­gram is a great help es­pe­cially for stu­dents who would like to gain work ex­pe­ri­ence. The pro­gram, they said, also boosts the morale of the un­der­priv­i­leged mem­bers of soci et y.

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The author is Teacher II at Pam­panga High School

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