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DOLE-CAR orients prospective SPES beneficiaries of the City of Baguio

In line with the pledge of commitment received from the city government of Baguio who will be hiring 250 students as part of their annual initiative to implement the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES), the DOLE-CAR Baguio satellite office conducted an orientation at the Baguio City Hall’s multipurpose hall on March 11, 2012. The 593 SPES applicants for the Local Government of Baguio City participated in the orientation.

 

DOLE-CAR Regional Director Henry John S. Jalbuena said the orientation is being conducted for the applicants specially the new ones to be acquainted on the purpose or objective of the program and for them to recognize the importance of the different documents required for submission before their employment.

 

“SPES is a mechanism for students to gain important workplace skills thus enhancing employability among the youth” Jalbuena added.

Jabuena further explained that some innovations have been made in the employment of students such that partner LGUs and private sector are encourage to engage them in greening activities.

“If they will employ students, employers are encouraged to assign them or partly assign them in plant nurseries, cleaning, waste segregation and other similar activities so that they will likewise value the importance of protecting the environment. A move which will be for the benefit of everyone,” the regional director said.

During the orientation important aspects of SPES were thoroughly discussed. Leonard Wood Villanueva, a staff from the Baguio Satellite office and the PESO representative emphasized that those poor but deserving students who are between 15 to 25 years of age and are enrolled and out of school youth (OSY) who intends to enroll in any secondary, tertiary or technical or vocational school can participate in the program.

 

Republic Act 7363 provides for the 60-40 percent sharing of salaries for the student by the city government and the DOLE. DOLE will give the 40-percent share of the wage for the duration of their employment, but the participating agency will shoulder the 60 percent of the salary due the student or out of school youth, Villanueva said.

 

The qualified applicants will start on April 23, 2012 with work and activities related to admin tasks (clerical, messengerial), ecological and environmental.

 

Given more time and attention in the orientation were the necessary requirements, qualifications and the various terms and conditions of the program. The program ended with an open forum where questions from the applicants were entertained. After the orientation, the representatives from DOLE together with PESO staff guided the applying students in the completion of registration forms. (by: Leonard Wood Villanueva)

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2012-03-19
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