Thursday, February 24, 2011

Information About Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES)


How would you like the idea of converting your boring and unproductive summer into productive summer?

Do you want to have fun this summer and at the same time earn money?

Apply now for the Special Program for the Emplyment of Students or SPES.

This program is mandated under the Republic Act No. 7323 or better known as:

“An Act to Help Poor But Deserving Students Pursue Their Education By Encouraging Their Employment During Summer and/or Christmas Vacations, Through Incentives Granted to Employers, Allowing Them to Pay Only Sixty Percentum of Their Salaries or Wages and the Forty Percentum Through Education Vouchers to be paid by the Government, Prohibiting and Penalizing the Filing of Fraudulent or Fictitious Claims, and For Other Purposes”, and amended by Republic Act No. 9547 entitled “an Act Strengthening and Expanding the Coverage of SPES, Amending for the Purpose Provisions Of R.A. No. 7323”

I had been a beneficiary of this program when I was in college. And the experience? Awesome. I had earned enough for my enrollment for the next school year.

This government program aimed not only to help poor but deserving students to earn during summer but also to develop their intellectual capabilities and harness their potentials for the country. This program will encourage poor but deserving students to use their Christmas and summer vacation into something valuable and productive and that would help them support their studies.

The SPES is open to all qualified high school, college or vocational students or drop-outs and interested employers.
The following are the qualifications to apply for Special Program for the Employment of Student (SPES)

Students and Drop-outs:

1.15-25 years old;
2.enrolled during the present school year/term or during the school year/term immediately preceeding the summer vacation;
3.dropout who intend to continue his education;
4.parents’ combined net income after tax, including his/her own, if any, does not exceed the annual regional poverty threshold level for a family of (6) as determined by NEDA;
5.garnerned a passing grade during the school year/term referred above or in case of dropout, the last year/term attended
6.his/her parents has been displaced or about to be displaced due to business closure or work stoppage provided he/she meets 1, 2 and 4 above.

These are the requirements that you must provide to apply for the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES)

1.Duly filled Registration Form 01 (3 copies) with ID pictures attached and attested by the school principal or registrar.

2.Any of the following to attest his/her age:

Birth/baptismal certificate
Form 138 where age is specified
Joint Affidavit of two disinterested parties pertaining to the age of student.

3.Any of the following to attest the students’ rating:

Form 138 (High School Report Card)
Certification by School Registrar that the student has a passing school grade during the previous semester/school year
Certified true copy of the student’s class card where his/her passing could be determined

4.Latest Income Tax Return of the Parents / or a certification from the Barangay Chairman as to the economic status of his/her family or a certification from employer/union president that the parent of the applicant is to be displaced or have been displaced.

Students-applicants may apply at any of the following:
-DOLE Regional/District/Provincial Office
- Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs)
-or other deputized entities.

For more information about this program, visit the nearest PESO in your area or, the DOLE Regional, Provincial and District Offices, or, call the Bureau of Local Employment on Telephone numbers 528-0087 and 527-2539.

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