The Public Employment Service Office (PESO) at the Capitol is now taking in applicants for the annual Special Program for Employment of Students. The program is mandated under Republic Act No. 7323 or which seeks to “help poor but deserving students” pursue their education by being employed during school vacation.
The SPES objective is to develop the intellectual capacity of children of poor families and harness their potential for the country’s development. It aims specifically to help poor but deserving students pursue their education by working during summer and Christmas vacations and use the money they make pay for school. Their exposure to work will also give them a taste of how it is to work for a salary.
SPES is open to all qualified high school, college, technology and vocational students, school dropouts and employers. To qualify, a student or school dropout applicant must be 15-25 years old, enrolled during the present school year or during the school year immediately preceding the summer vacation. Their parents’ combined net income after taxes should not exceed P 100,000 annually.
Applicants should have earned passing grades in the last school term. Dropouts should haveattended the last school year and his or her parents must not be working or about to be unemployed.
Nine private companies including the Visayan Electric Co. have shown interest to join the program. The Capitol and the Department of Labor and Employment will also do their part.
Applications are received at the PESO office on the ground floor of the Capitol building.