DOLE gets support pledges for young workers in Central Luzon

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—Some 30,000 pledges to support the working youth under the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) were garnered by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

This was culled from the SPES pledges submitted by the different Public Employment Service Offices (Peso) in Central Luzon, the Philippine Information Agency said.

“As early as January, our Pesos have facilitated the screening, matching and selection process of SPES aspirants in close coordination with their respective local government units [LGUs] and participating firms from the private sector,” DOLE Regional Director Ma. Zenaida Angara-Campita said.

“To date, the final listing of qualified beneficiaries is now being prepared and would be subjected to final orientation and briefing for the eventual start of their employment in the coming weeks,” she added.

Under SPES, participating students and out-of-school youths will be working for around 20 days to 28 working days.

They will be receiving salaries based on the prevailing minimum and applicable LGU wage rates in the region.

“For this year’s SPES implementation, the DOLE regional office has allocated P111, 434,738.93 representing government’s share for the student’s salary. The remaining 60-percent share will be shouldered by participating private companies and national government agencies, while participating LGUs’ approved-share will be based on their corresponding classification,” Campita explained.

Around 445 employers comprising of 301 private firms, 129 LGUs, three national government agencies, five non-governmental organizations, two state universities and colleges and five private schools are participating this year.

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Ashley Manabat is a correspondent of BusinessMirror. He is also the Vice Chair of Capampangan in Media Inc., Chair NUJP Pampanga chapter and the Treasurer Pampanga Press Club.

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