THE second batch of the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) officially commenced Monday, May 20, with 1,400 beneficiaries.
Zamboanga City Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar led the orientation program at the Mayor Agan Coliseum with words of encouragement for the SPES beneficiaries which is composed of college students.
Socorro Rojas, City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) chief, said the second SPES batch will also have a 20-day work period, performing work and responsibilities in different villages and local government offices.
Meanwhile, Rojas said the first SPES batch will be wrapping up on May 27.
Composed of high school students, Rojas said the first batch has a total of 1,366 beneficiaries who began the SPES program on April 23.
The SPES program is jointly undertaken by the city government and the Department of Labor and Employment.
Rojas said the city government will shoulder the full costs of the salaries of the second SPES batch beneficiaries, which is set at P503.09 per day for a total income of P10,061.80 for 20 days. (Bong Garcia/SunStar Philippines)