March 3, 2024

At least 300 poor students will be employed by the city government during the summer break under the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) 2024.

“Hopefully we can have 300 students. We are waiting for a confirmation from the Department of Labor and Employment for the budget,” Public Employment and Services Office head Leandro Tabilog said.

Students who will qualify for the program will be given a P590 daily wage or a total of P17,700 for a month’s work.

DOLE shoulders 40 percent of the wage of the student-beneficiaries while the city government contributes 60 percent. 

The SPES program is under Republic Act 10917 or the Expanded Special Program for Employment of Students Act which aims to help poor but deserving students finish their studies by giving them employment opportunities during school breaks.

The program is open to students aged 15 to 30 years and who are currently enrolled or planning to enroll for the next school term following the SPES employment. 

The family’s combined annual income should not exceed P169,824. 

Previous SPES grantees may apply on Jan. 20 and 21 while new applicants may file from Jan. 26 to 28.  

Tabilog said there were 300 SPES grantees last year. – PNA