SPES beneficiaries sign contract with PESO, DOLE

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga. The provincial Public Employment Services Office (PESO) held a contract signing with student beneficiaries of the Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) yesterday at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center.

It can be recalled that a total of 5,178 students have already benefited from the joint program of the Department of Labor and Employment and PESO since Governor Dennis ‘Delta’ Pineda assumed office in July.

The SPES employment contract, also known as ‘SPES form 5’ stipulates the terms and conditions that bind the employer and student beneficiary. Wherein, the former must pay the latter 60% in cash for their salary while 40% will be provided by DOLE through education vouchers.

Under the said contract, the beneficiary must report to work; perform his or her assigned tasks, duties and responsibilities; and adhere to the company policies of the employer.

DOLE says the employment period of students during summer vacation must not be less than 20 working days and should not exceed more than 52 days.

According to Jasmin Leigh Regala, a three-year student beneficiary from Guagua National Colleges (GNC), the said program has helped her especially with her financial needs.

“Sa mga gastusin sa school. Kahit na scholar ako, marami pa ring gastusin kaya malaking tulong ang SPES para sakin at sa pamilya ko,” Regala said.

“Sobrang ang pasasalamat ko kay Gov dahil sa SPES na ito, dahil sa kanya naipagpapatuloy ko yung pag aaral ko sa college. Kaya maraming salamat sa kanya,” she added.

SPES is a program of Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) created to assist financially-struggling students as well as out-of-school youths (OSY) by providing them with a temporary employment opportunity while on a school break – summer or Christmas vacation.