In Pangasinan, 100 student-workers receive salary from SPES

August 31, 2014 at 8:37 pm Leave a comment

Jay Anne Sabangan, 20, a resident of Bayambang, Pangasinan, is now on her fourth year as a college student in Pangasinan State University-Lingayen Campus. Next year, she will be a degree holder of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration specializing in Marketing Management.
“Excited po akong makatapos at maabot ang mga pangarap ko para sa sarili ko at sa pamilya ko,” a happy Jay Anne exclaimed.
Jay Anne’s dream is among the thousands of youthful dreams the Department of Labor and Employment’s Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) seeks to bring to reality.
The young lady has been a SPES beneficiary for four years, which makes her a “SPES baby”, or one who has been a program beneficiary for two to four years.
She was among the provincial government of Pangasinan’s student-workers this summer who received their SPES checks on August 19. Held at the Pangasinan Public Employment Service Office in Lingayen, Pangasinan, the awarding ceremony was led by DOLE-Regional Office 1 Director Grace Ursua. The latter was joined by Pangasinan PESO Manager Alex Ferrer, Supervising Labor and Employment Officer Bernadette May Mamitag, Labor and Employment Officer III Rhodora Padua and Administrative Aide VI Mhel Gaspar.
Jhie, as she is fondly called by loved ones and friends, recalled how the SPES has greatly helped in her schooling and her family’s expenses from 2011 to 2014. “While my salary is intended for my education, there were times when some portion of it was used for our family’s small barbeque business,” she said. The income from their small livelihood was in turn used for her school needs and family support.

“And the non-monetary benefits of the program were just invaluable,” Jhie went on, saying that while she was deployed at the Bayambang District Hospital, she developed her confidence, communication skills, interpersonal skills, patience, hard work and commitment. For four summers, she was assigned at the hospital’s different offices, namely, medical records section, personnel department, cashier/accounting section and the Philhealth section.
The SPES aims to assist secondary and post-secondary students finish their education through their employment during summer and at any time of the year, respectively, in participating government agencies, local government units and private companies. For rendering work, the student-workers receive 40% of their salary from DOLE, and the 60% from the participating employer.
“Malaki po ang naiambag ng SPES sa aking pag-aaral. Maraming salamat po sa DOLE, sa probinsiya ng Pangasinan at PESO,” Jhie said.
Ursua said more than a financial assistance, the SPES is a strategy which aims to help students better prepare for the world of work by developing or harnessing their skills and values which would be relevant to their future employment.

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