This year’s Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) will give summer jobs to 200,000 students and out-of-school youth (OSY), according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
A project of DOLE, SPES aims to help poor but deserving students and dropouts by providing them with jobs every summer and Christmas vacations.
Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the P500 million SPES budget for 2014 provided by Congress has been rolled out.
The program intends to encourage students and OSY to pursue their education by giving them employment that will provide them an income during vacations.
Qualified high school students shall be given jobs during summer while college students and those who are taking up technical and vocational courses can apply for the program any time of the year.
To be eligible for the program, applicants must be between 15 and 25 years old. The combined income of their parents should not exceed the latest regional poverty threshold level for a family of six and must have an average passing grade during the last school year/term attended.
Students may apply at the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) with jurisdiction over their residence.
1. Duly accomplished SPES Application Form
2. Copy of birth certificate or any document that shows his/her date of birth;
3. Certification by the School Registrar as to:
a. his/her last enrollment; and
b. his/her average passing grade or a copy of the original class card or Form 138;
4. Copy of the latest income tax return (ITR) of his/her parents or certification issued by BIR that the parents are exempted from payment of tax;
5. For OSY, certificate of good moral character issued by the authorized barangay official where the OSY resides.
Interested applicants must apply in person and undergo a preliminary interview and screening at the PESO.
According to Baldoz, the DOLE shall pay 40% of the students’ salaries while the 60% shall come from their employers (government agencies, private companies or other sponsor institutions).