Dole increases 2014 budget for undergrad livelihood aid-A A +A
Thursday, October 10, 2013
UNDERGRADUATES can continue to avail the livelihood assistance of the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) as the government has increased its livelihood funding for 2014, Dole Western Visayas regional director Ponciano M. Ligutom said.
The department vowed to continue the implementation of its Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) and Dole Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) amounting to more than P140 million in 2014.
Both programs are designed to help college and high school undergraduates to seek employment during summer school break.
For SPES alone, P55.494 million will be added to next year’s budget of P22.26 million; while in DILP, P83.250 million will be added to the 2014 budget of P49.388 million.
Ligutom urged employers to employ more students belonging to indigent families for a maximum of 52 days. He said Dole will be paying 40 percent of their salary.
He also asked school officials to assist students in preparing project proposals so they can avail of the livelihood assistance under the Dole’s Youth Entrepreneurship Support Service (YES).
The YES Program is one of the department’s initiatives to mobilize college and technical-vocational graduates to become young entrepreneurs.
In Iloilo City, the City Government is responsible for determining SPES beneficiaries from poor families through its Public Employment Service Office.
Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog said the qualified undergraduates will work in various City Government offices and departments to gain experience and knowledge on the services of the City Government.
In 2012, a total of 8,688 student-grantees were provided short-term employment and paid P17.87 million. The City Government undertook 60 percent of their salaries while Dole shouldered 40 percent.