Students Urged To Apply In Special Employment Program

The government encourages poor but deserving students nationwide to apply in the special employment program to help augment their family's income, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) over the weekend said.

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Youth ages 15-25 years old may apply under the government's Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES).

Labor Sec. Rosalinda Baldoz said the SPES is a “bridge” towards formal employment and enhances students' skills through productive work.

She said 15 year old students can already be considered part of the labor force.

"Pagdating kasi ng 15 years old, pasok na 'yan sa labor force so yung matibay na pundasyon ng edukasyon simula nung maliit pa sila at lalo na kung akma yung kanilang mga kurso sa pangangailangan ng industriya, napakalaking tulong noon para mapataas ang absorption ng ating mga nakatapos at may mga skills sa ating labor force," Baldoz said during the Pilipinas Natin forum by the Cabinet’s Human Development Cluster.

Under SPES, the youth work during summer and Christmas vacations in private sector companies and government agencies.

The students may work as tax mappers, office workers, barangay survey personnel, encoders, and school assistants.

Under the SPES law, both the government and private sector share in the salary of a student-beneficiary, which should not be lower than the minimum wage set by law.

Baldoz said the SPES is in line with the 22-point employment agenda of President Benigno S. Aquino III.

"Kung may mga working age na yung ibang miyembro ng pamilya, then diyan kami pumapasok dun sa tinatawag nating income augmentation, integrated livelihood program na base doon sa komunidad kung saan sila nakatira," Baldoz said.