In SPES, student’s combined net income after tax of parents shall not exceed annual regional threshold—Baldoz

 

Bureau of Local Employment Director Dominique Rubia-Tutay has advised all DOLE regional directors to use the First Semester 2013 Poverty Threshold issued by the National Statistical Coordination Board to determine the income requirement of students availing of the Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES).

 

In an advisory, SPES Advisory No. 2-2015 copy of which was furnished Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, Director Tutay said that pending the publication of the 2015 Annual Poverty Threshold of the NSCB, regional SPES implementers you have to use the updated 2013 Poverty Threshold as the basis in determining a student’s combined net income after tax of the parents for him or her to qualify for a slot in the SPES.

 

A student’s combined net income after tax of the parents is one of the basis of eligibility for the SPES, and this income shall not exceed the latest annual regional poverty threshold level for a family of six persons, Director Tutay said.

 

The Annual Poverty Threshold for Six Family Members is the product of the average monthly poverty threshold multiplied by 12 months.

 

This computation is derived from the data published and updated on 9 December 2013 by the NSCB, an agency of the Philippine Statistics Authority of the National Economic Development Authority.

 

The SPES, one of the most popular and effective employment facilitation programs of the government, is mandated under Republic Act No. 9547, otherwise known as “An Act to Help Poor but Deserving Students Pursue their Education by Encouraging their Employment during Summer and/or Christmas Vacations, through Incentives Granted to Employers, Allowing Them to Pay Only Sixty Per Centum of Their Salaries or Wages and The Forty Per Centum Through Education Vouchers To Be Paid By the Government, Prohibiting and Penalizing The Filing of Fraudulent and Fictitious Claims, and For Other Purposes”.

 

“The SPES objective is to develop the intellectual capacities of children of poor families and harness their potentials for the country’s well being. Specifically, it aims to help poor, but deserving, students pursue their education by providing income or augment their income through employment during summer, semestral break, and/or Christmas vacations.

 

Open to all qualified high school, college, or vocational students, or drop-outs and interested employers. An applicant for a SPES opportunity must be 15-25 years old; enrolled during the present school year/term or during the school year/term immediately preceding the summer vacation; dropout who intend to continue his education; parents’ combined net income after tax, including his own, if any, does not exceed the latest annual regional poverty threshold level for a family of six; garnered a passing grade during the school year/term referred above or in case of dropout, the last year/term attended; and his/her parents have been displaced, or about to be displaced due to business closure or work stoppage.

 

For employers who want to employ SPES students, they should have employed at least 50 workers at any given time during the past 12 months.

 

A SPES applicant needs to file a duly-filled registration form with ID pictures attached and attested by the school principal or registrar; submit any of the following to attest his/her age: (a) birth/baptismal certificate; (b) Form 138 where age is specified; or (3) Joint Affidavit of two disinterested parties pertaining to the age of student; any of the following to attest the students’ rating: (a) Form 138 (High School Report Card); (b) Certification by School Registrar that the student has a passing school grade during the previous semester/school year; (c) certified true copy of the student’s class card where his/her passing could be determined; and (d) latest Income Tax Return of the parents/or a certification from the employer/union president that the parent of the applicant is to be displaced or have been displaced.

 

END/cathzV

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