City employs students for social service survey

The City Government of Catbalogan through the initiatives of City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan has partnered with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for the implementation of Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES).200 college students who are from low-income families were chosen by the City Social Welfare and Development Office to avail the said program.

Each college student shall receive a stipend of P260.00 per day for twenty (20) days as the identified duration of the program; P104.00 is the counterpart of DOLE while P156.00 is from LGU Catbalogan City.

Students under this program shall assist the City Social Welfare and Development Office in the survey and data gathering only on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) in their respective barangays especially for data collection on number of Out-of-School Youths (OSYs), child labor, number of young people enrolled in school and other relevant data.

This initiative of the current administration is part of Mayor Step commitment towards uplifting the lives of poor but deserving students, parallel to the Scholarship Program being implemented, which carries the slogan “Ha imo edukasyon, pag-asenso han pamilya ikaw an paglaum”.

In an orientation facilitated by CSWDO, Mayor Step personally delivered her intention and commitment towards the said program last June 07, 2014.

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

(Data provided by City Social Welfare and Development Office; Photos by Paulus Aragon)

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