To answer the question of many out-of-school youth whether the SPES, or Special Program for the Employment of Students, of the Department of Labor and Employment is also for them, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said “Yes.”
“Yes, the SPES is also for them,” Baldoz said, as she emphasized that the popular ‘bridging employment’ program that seeks to enhance the employability of more young people also accepts out-of-school youths (OSYs).
“The SPES opens doors of opportunities not only to students, but most importantly, to the deserving out-of-school-youth all over the country,” she added.
“The program title may be known as ‘employment of students’, but the law that established the SPES specifically includes the OSYs and the disadvantaged and dependents of displaced or about to be displaced workers at the local level,” Baldoz said.
And as the SPES rolls out this summer, reports begin to reach the DOLE from the regions implementing the program.
From the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Regional Director John Henry Jalbuena said over 600 students and out-of-school-youth flocked the grounds of the Baguio City Multipurpose Hall last week to attend the SPES orientation and to submit their applications.
The applications of the hopeful SPES ‘babies’, Jalbuena said, will be evaluated by the DOLE Baguio and PESO staff for the available 250 jobs the local government unit of the country’s summer capital offers.
“Aside from their assigned office duties, they will also be exposed to ‘greening activities’, such as plant nursery care, waste segregation, tree planting, and other environmental undertakings,” Jalbuena said.
From Davao, DOLE Regional Office 11 Regional Director Joffrey Suyao reported that the regional office, in cooperation with the local government of Malalag, Davao del Sur and PESO Malalag, has also opened 100 summer jobs to help the children of disadvantaged households in the locality who are dependent on agricultural livelihood as source of income.
The qualified Dabawenyos will be assigned in various departments and division offices of the Malalag local government unit.
Emphasizing the SPES’ thrust to develop and harness the work capabilities of children from underprivileged families, Baldoz noted that out-of-school-youth can also avail of the DOLE’s employment bridging program to gain skills and workplace experience regardless of their educational background.
“This summer, the SPES provides opportunities not only to students but also to out-of-school-youths as the program aims to provide a channel for financially hard-up, yet hard-working young people from all walks of life towards short-term but rewarding employment and experience as long as they meet the SPES requirements,” Baldoz said.
NEWS RELEASE 158-2012
Established in 1992 under Republic Act No. 7323, which was amended by RA 9547, the SPES is open to all qualified high school, college or vocational/technical students, and out-of-school-youth.
Under the SPES Act, students or OSY who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply for the SPES: (1) at least 15 to 25 years old; (2) combined net income after tax of parents, including his/her own income, if any, does not exceed the latest annual regional poverty threshold level for a family of six as determined by the National Economic and Development Authority; and (c) applicant has an average passing grade during last school year/term attended (for students)
Qualified OSYs may already visit the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) in their locality and submit the SPES requirements, which include the duly accomplished SPES application form; copy of birth certificate; copy of latest income tax return of his/her parents or BIR certification that parents are exempted from tax payment; and certificate of good moral character issued by an authorized barangay official from place of residence.
Certification by the school registrar bearing the date of last enrolment and copy of original class card or Form 138, are additional requirements for SPES student-applicants.
Interested applicants may check the country’s PESO network directory at the Bureau of Local Employment’s website at http://ble.dole.gov.ph/pesodir.asp.
Questions about this release? You may visit or call the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns at the 9th Floor G.E. Antonino Bldg. J. Bocobo St. cor T.M Kalaw Ave. Ermita, Manila at tel. nos. (632) 404-3336; 527-3097; 527-3116; 527-5856 to 57