For several years now, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has established partnership with the provincial local government unit(PLGU) in the implementation of the SPES, a temporary employment-bridging program for poor but deserving students during summer and Christmas vacation.
The students receive incentive for their labor which is the prevailing minimum wage in the area, that is shared by the employer or hiring office and the DOLE for a 60- 40 percent counterpart scheme.
Public Employment Service Officer Julie Tabcao informed that for this year, of the 137 students hired under SPES, the provincial government committed to pay in full for the 17 students to accommodate additional student-recipients. Incentives for the 120 will be shared by the provincial government and the DOLE.
Tabcao said the students are divided into two batches. The first batch will work from April 22 to – May 31 and the second batch from June 17 to July 24 with a wage of P477.95 per day for each student. For the 28-day work period, each will receive a total of P13, 382.60.
They will be deployed in the various offices of the provincial government. Some will be dispatched for field work in the provincially-owned farms located in Sablan under the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist and in Tuba, Kabayan and Sablan under the Office of the Provincial Veterinarian.
During the period of work, they are also entitled to an insurance coverage under the Government Service Insurance System through the DOLE.
To qualify for the SPES, he or she should be a student or out-of-school youth who intends to continue his education, aged 15 to 30 years old, has obtained a passing general weight or general average during the last school year or term attended or immediately preceding his or her application, and with parents' combined net income after tax not exceeding the annual regional poverty threshold for a family of six, among others. (JDP/SCA-PIA-CAR, Benguet)