Special program for summer employment of students on-A A +A
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
THE Department of Labor and Employment's Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) is now in full summer season swing with 7,962 student-beneficiaries in Western Visayas.
These SPES beneficiaries are employed in 78 local government units (LGUs), 35 tertiary schools and 11 private companies as clerical workers, process servers, plant machine and assembly workers, upholstery workers, marketing staff as well as forestry and farm workers.
The program, administered by the DOLE's Bureau of Local Employment, serves as a 'bridging employment' towards formal employment. It is a work appreciation program that teaches students the value of work.
Many of the beneficiaries are sons and daughters of poor parents who are given opportunity to get short-term but gainful employment. Others include school leavers or dropouts, the DOLE said as it lauded this year’s SPES partners — the LGUs, private establishments and nongovernment agencies — for participating in the program.
"By providing productive work to the SPES grantees, our partners have just ensured the success of the program," it stressed.
Student-beneficiaries work for a minimum of 22 days to a maximum 52 days with pay amounting to not less than the prevailing minimum wage in the region.
Under Republic Act (RA 7323) or the SPES Law, participating partners pay 60 percent of the salaries of the beneficiaries while the DOLE compensates the balance through education vouchers. (CGC)
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on April 26, 2011.