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4 SPES babies from Tomas Oppus, Southern Leyte finish college with academic awards

TACLOBAN CITY, LEYTE--- Four (4) student-beneficiaries of the Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) of the Department of Labor and Employment in partnership with the Local Government Unit of Tomas Oppus, Southern Leyte are among the academic awardees who have recently graduated from Southern Leyte State University – Tomas Oppus Campus.

Reymond C. Francisco graduated Magna Cum Laude with the degree in Bachelor of Secondary Education major in Mathematics, while Precy G. Maraon, Angel Marie Anib and Theresa Aloro, graduated Cum Laude in their respective baccalaureate degrees.

The 4 academic achievers were considered SPES babies after they consistently availed of the SPES program every summer from 2013 to 2016 through the LGU of Tomas Oppus.

Reymond Francisco is very thankful to the DOLE for being an instrument in realizing his dream of finishing college despite the hardships in life. 

“I thought of quitting college because I could hardly pay for the school expenses and projects, but thanks to the SPES of DOLE, not only that I got the chance to experience government work in the LGU, but I also earn salary that is more than enough to pay for my school expenses,” Francisco added.

By being a consistent University scholar, Francisco enjoyed free tuition from the Southern Leyte State University, so he used the salary he earned from SPES by setting aside for his school expenses, and by sharing part of it with his siblings.

The four academic awardees are just among the 24 SPES babies of LGU-Tomas Oppus who have graduated from the same university this year.

“It has always been my belief that education is the surest way to get out of poverty, that is why I strongly support the DOLE’s SPES as it truly helps a lot of poor but deserving students achieve their dreams,” Tomas Oppus Mayor Agustin Escaño said.

DOLE Regional Director Joel M. Gonzales commended the academic performance of Francisco, Maraon, Anib and Aloro, and he hoped that it will serve as an inspiration for the young students to strive harder in their studies, and persevere because no matter how difficult life is, triumph awaits them.

“This success story of our SPES babies is also a motivation for us in the DOLE to implement the program more meaningfully and be able to reach more poor but deserving students, and create an impact into their lives,” Gonzales said.

The DOLE RO8 has targeted a total of 7,134 youth-beneficiaries under the SPES program for 2017, with a budget of 24Million.



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