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PESO Launches SPES 2017

The City Government of Valencia through the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) has launched the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES).

SPES is a program initiated by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) which assist poor but deserving students in pursuing their education by encouraging employment during summer or Christmas vacations.

The said program started in 1992 through Republic Act 7323. It was strengthened by Republic Act 95471 and later on amended through Republic Act 109171.

The beneficiaries of the program will receive a salary through incentives granted to the employers, in this case, the city government, allowing them to pay 60% and 40% to be paid by DOLE.

This year, the SPES’ salary has increased to Php291.00 from Php250.00 in the previous years.

According to Elna B. Guzman, PESO Manager, the said increase can help improve and support the schooling of the summer job seekers.

The city government has been implementing the said program and has pledged to give out 325 slots to qualified students.

The beneficiaries are insured in the GSIS Insurance and are paid by the DOLE for their 20 days employment period.

For 15 days, the qualified students were assigned to conduct Household Survey, NSRS and TESDA Mass Registration in their respective barangays.

The students are also enjoined to participate in the barangay activities like the Barangay’s Greening Program in their remaining 5 days.

Employers were also oriented not to expose the students to hazardous undertakings and to work from 6:00 PM to the wee hours.

On the other hand, PESO has also divided the SPES deployment to five (5) batches.

The first batch was deployed last April 18, 2017, with 229 students, the 2nd batch on May 12, 2017 with 11 students, 3rd batch on May 22, 2017 with 7 students, 4th batch on May 29, 2017 with 3 students and the 5th batch on June 14, 2017 with 75 students.

The division was made due to different schedules of the opening of classes in some schools.

The city government through the support of City Mayor Azucena P. Huervas assured to help expose the students in different activities for them to become active members of the community.

Kristine Janice T. Guden, Administrative Asst. III – PESO