300 SPES grantees start work at LGU Baguio

BAGUIO CITY -– Public Employment and Service Office (PESO) manager Jose Atanacio on Friday, April 22 said about 300 students comprise the first batch of Special Program Employment for Students (SPES) grantees who started to render service on Monday, April 18 until May 30.

The students took their oath of office before Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan during the flag raising ceremony at the City Hall grounds last Monday.

Atanacio explained the SPES is one way of helping the students earn for their school needs and at the same time exposing them in a working environment.

The SPES program is mandated under Republic Act 9547 or “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 60 percent of their salaries or wages and the 40 percent through education vouchers to be paid by the government, prohibiting and penalizing the filing of fraudulent and fictitious claims, and for other purposes.”

The students were deployed in the different departments of the local government unit of Baguio City doing clerical, janitorial and messengerial services, among others and will be serving the city as well as the public for 30 days.

The SPES program is intended for qualified students in order to develop the intellectual capacities of children of poor families. Jojo Lamaria/PNA/northboundasia.com