TACLOBAN CITY, LEYTE--- The Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office No. 8 is set to implement the Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) this summer with 7,130 slots available to poor but deserving students in the region.
A total of 117 employers have signified to participate in this year’s SPES implementation, 105 of which are local government units throughout the region. They are offering SPES employment for a period ranging from twenty (20) days to seventy-eight (78) days.
DOLE Assistant Regional Director, Atty. Roy Buenafe said that DOLE RO8 has allocated 23 million for its 40% counterpart in the wages of SPES workers. Under DOLE Department Order No. 175 series of 2017 or the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 10917 (Amended SPES Law), 60% of the SPES workers’ wages shall be paid by the participating employers, however in the case of low-income LGUs, they can request DOLE to shoulder a higher percentage share in the salary of SPES beneficiaries based on the following schemes: up to 75% share for 6th class municipality; up to 60% share for 5th class municipality; and up to 50% share for 4th class municipality and 6th class province.
ARD Buenafe explained that in order to qualify for the program, all SPES-applicants must be 15-30 years old at the time of application, parent’s combined net income after tax does not exceed the annual poverty threshold for a family of six which is P127K for region 8, and has obtained a passing General Weighted Average during the last school year or term.
Interested student-applicants should visit and personally apply at the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) of LGUs or academe having jurisdiction in their area and submit documentary requirements such as photocopy of birth certificate, photocopy of the Certificate of Tax Exemption issued by BIR or original copy of the Certificate of Indigence or Certificate of Low Income issued by the Barangay or Social Welfare and Development Office of the LGU, photocopy of Form 138 (Student’s Report Card) or Form 137 (Student’s Permanent Record) or photocopy of the report of grades or complete set of academic class cards for students in higher education.
“We want to help poor but deserving students pursue their education by providing them employment and thus earn income, at the same time we develop the intellectual capacities of students of poor families and harness their potentials for their wellbeing,” ARD Buenafe said.
Last year, DOLE RO8 recorded a total of 10,732 SPES beneficiaries with over 24 million budget allocation.