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Former SPES beneficiary now a School Director

 

“Grow wherever you are planted,” a maxim that inspired Orson E. Sabuga, Professor II and designated as Director of Student Affairs of Camiguin Polytechnic State College (CPSC), Balbagon, Mambajao, Camiguin.

 

Sabuga was a SPES (Special Program for the Employment of Students) baby/beneficiary under the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Mambajao from 1999 until 2002.  

 

Born as the 9th of 10 children to poor parents whose income solely depended on farming, he was still persistent and committed to fulfill his studies.  He took the scholarship examination of the Central Mindanao University (CMU) in Musuan, Maramag, Bukidnon to pursue his tertiary studies and passed the examinations and granted him a scholarship. Indeed, he proved that nothing is impossible with perseverance, patience and prayers. Lack of financial resources is never a hindrance to education and success in life.

 

As a SPES beneficiary, his salary from the LGU helped defray the cost of transportation expenses in going to the Central Mindanao University for his studies.  The 40% share of DOLE as salary was used to purchase school materials and other school needs.  He was able to continue with SPES until he graduated from Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science in 2003.

 

“My salary as SPES beneficiary was also used for paying my school uniform, projects, transportation fares and allowances,” Sabuga said.

 

Sabuga then worked for one year with Xavier Science Foundation, a Non-Government Organization based in Cagayan de Oro City.  He applied for a teaching position at the CPSC in 2005 and was fortunately accepted as associate professor.  His passion for excellence has paved the way for promotion as Professor II and was further designated as Director of Student Affairs at the age of 38, the youngest among the Directors in the said state college.

 

“I heartily remembered PESO Manager Atanacio Lusdoc’s explanation of the program that it is intended for poor but deserving students to finish school. I could say that SPES is indeed very helpful to students. I had quality learning and working experiences during my school vacation breaks which made it more meaningful,” Sabuga said.

 

SPES is an employment-bridging program that provides temporary employment to disadvantaged youth to augment their family’s income and help ensure that beneficiaries are able to pursue their education. Target groups of this program include poor students, out-of- school youth, and dependents of displaced or would-be displaced workers.

 

End/Jovelyn V. Perez /DOLE-X Camiguin PFO

 

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Former SPES beneficiary Orson E. Sabuga, designated Director of Student Affairs of Camiguin Polytechnic State College, Balbagon, Mambajao, Camiguin. (Photo Source: PFO Camiguin/DOLE X)

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2020-02-28
ALBERT E. GUTIB




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