Thousands of Spes beneficiaries sign contract with Peso, Dole

THE Provincial Government, through its Public Employment Services Office (Peso), held a contract signing with thousands of student beneficiaries for the annual conduct of Special Program for Employment of Students (Spes) Tuesday, October 8, at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center.

It can be recalled that a total of 5,178 students have already benefited from the joint program of Department of Labor and Employment and Peso since Governor Dennis Pineda assumed office in July.

The Spes employment contract, also known "Spes form 5," stipulates the terms and conditions that bind the employer and student beneficiary wherein the former must pay the latter 60 percent in cash for their salary while 40 percent will be provided by the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) through education vouchers.

Under the contract, the beneficiary must report to work, perform his or her assigned tasks, duties and responsibilities, and adhere to the company policies of the employer.

Dole said the employment period of students during summer vacation must not be less than 20 working days and should not exceed more than 52 days.

According to Jasmin Leigh Regala, a three-year student beneficiary from Guagua National Colleges (GNC), the program has helped her especially with her financial needs.

"Sa mga gastusin sa school. Kahit na scholar ako, marami pa ring gastusin kaya malaking tulong ang SPES para sakin at sa pamilya ko," Regala said.

"Sobrang ang pasasalamat ko kay Gov dahil sa SPES na ito. Dahil sa kanya, naipagpapatuloy ko yung pag aaral ko sa college. Kaya maraming salamat sa kanya," she added.

Spes is a program Dole created to assist financially-struggling students as well as out-of-school youth by providing them with temporary employment opportunities while on a school break -- summer or Christmas vacation. (PR)


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