At least 33 students of Tampakan town in South Cotabato will benefit from the Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) this summer.
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Annie F. Roca, manager of the municipality’s Public Employment Services Office (PESO) manager, said there are nearly 100 students who applied at their office but only 33 of them were accommodated in the Local Government Unit.
PESO Manager Roca explained the applicants have undergone interview and qualifying exams to determine the capability of the SPES grantees before they could work with the LGU. Roca said the students reported to work in April 11 and will end on May 31 or a minimum of 36 working days at the different local government offices.
“Their salary is based in the minimum wage of PhP130.00 per day. Sixty percent will be paid by the LGU of the remaining 40 percent will be shouldered by the provincial government, “ Roca said.
SPES is a joint undertaking of the Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education, Department of Budget and Management, Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Department of Finance where high school, college, and out-of school youth can be employed.
It is mandated by Republic Act No. 7323 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 Percentum of Their Salaries or Wages and the Forty Percentum Through Education Vouchers to be paid by the Government, Prohibiting and Penalizing the Filing of Fraudulent or Fictitious Claims, and For Other Purposes”, and amended by Republic Act No. 9547 entitled “an Act Strengthening and Expanding the Coverage of SPES, Amending for the Purpose Provisions Of R.A. No. 7323”. (PIA 12)
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