By NORMA RAE S. COSTIMIANO
November 7, 2019
MAASIN CITY – The students of Tomas Oppus, Southern Leyte lauded the DOLE’s Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) during the Culmination Activity conducted by the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) of the said local government unit on October 22, 2019.
Department of the Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Epimaco V. Densing III graced the program and delivered his inspirational message.
“With the DOLE’s SPES program, I encourage you to value the opportunities being given by government and gain from it ,” said Usec. Densing.
He likewise mentioned that SPES is indeed a very good program which provides students experiences before they actually immerse themselves in the world of work.
One SPES beneficiary cited her appreciation to the DOLE and the LGU led by Hon. Mayor Jessica Marie Excaño Pano. She was thankful for the experiences she gained as a SPES beneficiary which exposed her to the realities in the work setting, enabling her to learn office procedures and meet people of different orientations.
DOLE Southern Leyte Field Office (SLFO) Chief Marites Z. Viñas congratulated the student who have successfully completed their term and inspired them by providing valuable labor market information which can assist them in finding the right jobs.
“Aside from having the education, you need to possess soft skills which are nowadays being considered such as perseverance and time management. These are the current demands of the management in terms of hiring employees, so you must be a smart jobseeker,” Ms. Viñas said.
Mr. Peter Edmar Tambis, PESO Manager of Tomas Oppus and an awardee himself during the Search for the 2019 Best PESO, expressed his warmest thanks to DOLE. He requested more funds for SPES implementation to cater for more deserving students.
A total of P156,377.00 has been released by DOLE-SLFO to thirty-nine (39) beneficiaries. Each SPES beneficiary received P4,012.91 as DOLE’s counterpart together with their certificates of completion.
SPES is DOLE’s employment bridging program during summer or Christmas vacation that aims to augment the family’s income of poor but deserving student, our-of-school youth (OSY) or dependents of displaced or would be displaced workers who intend to finish their education. (with reports from Marites Z. Viñas)