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407 Mambajao SPES student-beneficiaries receive salary share to continue school


MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, June 10--- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE X) - Camiguin Provincial Field Office (Cam PFO) released the worker’s salary from the DOLE coffers  representing 40% of the minimum wage of the province. There were 407 Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) beneficiaries who received an aggregate of PhP 1,397,822.25 salaries. Payments started on 4 June 2019.


Beneficiaries Cjay Peoylo and Cherry Mae Lantaca received their 40% salaries Both were senior high school students from Mambajao National High School and worked under the town’s Local Government Unit (LGUs).


“Para sa akoa, ang SPES dako ug natabang sa mga estudyante sama kanako na ang financial income sa akong ginikanan dili igo para sa akong pagskwela ug sa akong tulo ka mga igsoon. As first-timer na naka avail ani na programa daghan akong nahibaw-an sa pagtagad ug insakto sa isig ka-tawo sa opisina, pagtinabanga sa matag-usa aron dali mahuman ang trabaho ug makanunayong maayong  relasyon sa imong mga kauban sa trabaho. Ug nalipay pud ko na isa ko sa napilian na studyante na naka experience ani kay kabalo ko na dili tanan matagaan ani na oppurtunidad ug tabang  (SPES is a big help to me especially that my parents’ income cannot sustain our financial needs including school expenses. As a first time beneficiary, I gained work experiences and lessons like being courteous and building rapport to my co-workers and build teamwork to be more productive. I am very grateful to be given this working opportunity),” Peoylo said.


Peoylo worked in LGU-Mambajao and living with her parents at Soro-soro, this municipality. She is the eldest among her three siblings. Her father is a laborer from the National Food Authority and her mother is a housewife. She will graduate Senior High School this school year. She opted to pursue Criminology in college but her parents cannot afford to send her to a university, so she planned to take an Education degree instead in her hometown’s Polytechnic State of College as an option.


Likewise, Cherry Mae Lantaca, assigned at the Office of the Bids and Awards Committee of the LGU, is the third youngest daughter in the family and residing at Soro-soro of the town. She is enrolled at the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) taking up Civil Engineering.


“In my four years working every summer in the LGU as a SPES beneficiary, I gained maturity and grew responsibly being assigned to various tasks. I was challenged to be the best and a performer in the office. During my first year and still with no work experience, I was worried I cannot sustain the program. Since then, I have realized that the government’s SPES program was a big advantage, for it readied me in the world of work and motivated me to pursue school and at the same time contribute to the financial needs of my family,” Lantaca said.


DOLE-X Cam PFO Chief Emmanuel G. Toledo expressed his gratitude to the partner implementers/employers of the program for their continued support in helping poor but deserving students graduate and be employed.


SPES is one of the employment facilitation programs of the government aimed to help poor and deserving students provide temporary employment to pursue education. This offers work for a minimum period of 20 to 70 days during summer vacation and Christmas holidays. The compensation scheme is 60% from the implementer/employer and 40% salary share from DOLE. The beneficiary’s salary is used to defray expenses for their educational needs basically for buying school supplies and paying tuition fees.


End/Annalyn A. Laser with additional reports from Honie Jean B. Castaños/DOLE-X Camiguin PFO



From left: SPES Beneficiaries Cjhay A. Peoylo and Cherry Mae Lantaca claim their 40% salary share on 4 June 2019 at DOLE PFO Camiguin, Poblacion, Mambajao, Camiguin. (Photo Source: PFO Camiguin/DOLE X)


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