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Tacloban City – A former Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) beneficiary of the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office VIII successfully lands ninth place in the February 2020 Licensure Examination for Mechanical Engineer.
Ranie G. Ubay, now twenty-three years old, from Purok 1, Looc, Linao, Ormoc City, was a SPES beneficiary of DOLE Western Leyte Field Office (WLFO) and the local government unit of Ormoc City back in 2016 and 2017. 
Born and raised in a family with meager income, Ranie strived to finish his studies as he knew education will be the key for him to be successful person someday. He finished his high school in Linao National High School with flying colors, getting the 1st Honorable Mention.
Ranie’s dedication and determination to succeed became even stronger when he reached college. Despite the difficulties, he did not lose sight of his dream. He took the opportunity to become one of the SPES beneficiaries of DOLE and LGU-Ormoc  in order to augment his studies.
Efforts paid off for Ranie as he graduated Cum Laude in Eastern Visayas State University – Ormoc City Campus in 2018. Fueled with passion to achieve his aspirations in life, Ranie did his best and made himself ready for the board examination. 
Receiving the good news that he’s top nine, Ranie was filled with gratitude and happiness. He expressed his sincere thanks to everyone who were instrumental for his achievement. Aside from the financial assistance, he personally thanked DOLE for giving him lessons which cannot be learned in the four corners of a classroom.
“I am really thankful to DOLE for being a part of what I have achieved now. SPES has given me the hope to pursue my education so I can land a good job and help my family,” said Ranie.
Ranie encouraged other students to continue studying and dream of success despite difficult circumstances.
“I encouraged other students who are experiencing hardships to never give up, instead, maximize the help being offered by our government agencies”, Ranie ended.
SPES is an employment bridging program  during Summer or Christmas vacation that aims to augment the family’s income of poor but deserving students, out-of-school youths (OSYs) or dependents of displaced or would-be displaced workers who intend to finish their education. End/Norma Rae S. Costimiano
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