THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole)-Northern Mindanao announced that there are 898 slots available for students in Misamis Oriental province who want to work this summer.

The Dole, along with the Provincial Government of Misamis Oriental, said students can avail the Special Program for Employment of Students (Spes) in the province.

Provincial Public Employment and Service Office (Peso)-Misamis Oriental staff Zorobabel Rabe said the hiring is ongoing at their office from Mondays to Fridays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Rabe said qualified summer job seekers should be 15 to 30 years old.

Interested applicants, she said, should bring their certified school credentials, including identification cards for the school year 2016-2017.

Applicants are also required to secure community tax certificates (cedula).

Provincial Governor Yevgeny Vincente “Bambi” Emano, for his part, assures equal opportunity for all students, as long as they comply with the necessary requirements.

Emano said the beneficiaries, aside from experiencing actual work training, will also receive P4,000 for working from May 4 to 31, this year.

In a statement, the Dole-Northern Mindanao said that SPES is mandated under Republic Act No. 9547 otherwise known as "An Act To Help Poor But Deserving Students Pursue Their Education By Encouraging Their Employment During Summer and/or Christmas Vacations, Through Incentives Granted to Employers, Allowing Them to Pay Only Sixty Per Centum of Their Salaries or Wages and The Forty Per Centum Through Education Vouchers To Be Paid By the Government, Prohibiting and Penalizing The Filing of Fraudulent and Fictitious Claims, and For Other Purposes".

The Spes is open to all qualified high school, college or vocational students or drop-outs as well as interested employers.

Students-applicants may apply at any Dole Regional/District/Provincial Office, Pesos, or other deputized entities, while employers may signify their intention to hire students by signing a Pledge of Commitment and submitting it to the nearest Peso and Dole Regional offices.