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DOLE donates more than P5 million to Bulacan
By: PPAO
Monday, 03 March 2014
CITY OF MALOLOS - The Department of Labor and Employment granted P 5,523,840 to the Special Program for Employment of Students or SPES of the Provincial Government of Bulacan this year.

The program aims to develop intellectual capacities of children from poor families and harness potentials for the country’s well being.

According to Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado, the amount donated by the DOLE will be used as part of the salary that SPES beneficiaries will receive.

“Hati kasi ‘yan, ‘yung 60% ng suswelduhin ng mga bata ‘yun ang manggagaling sa mga kumpanya na papasukan nila at ‘yung natitirang 40% ‘yun naman ang sagot ng DOLE, doon gagastusin ‘yung ipinagkaloob nila sa Bulacan,” Alvarado explained.

Meanwhile, according to Provincial Youth, Sports, Employment, Arts, Culture, and Tourism Office, all Provincial Employment and Service Offices and DOLE offices in the province started accepting applicants since January and still ongoing.

“Last year we have employed 1,600 individual, ang target natin na ma-employ ngayong taon ay 1,800 na mga bata. Nitong February 12, nakapagbigay na kami ng orientation sa ibang mga aplikante and by April madedeploy na ‘yung mga makakapasa sa iba’t ibang kumpanya both public and private,” Elizabeth Alonzo, PYSEACTO head said.

Aside from this, there was also a signing of Memorandum of Agreement between the PGB and McDonald’s that they will accept SPES twice a year.

According to DOLE, SPES is open to all qualified high school, college or vocational students, drop outs who intend to continue their education, and interested employees that are 15-25 year olds with parents’ combined net income after deducting tax does not exceed P36,000 per annum or parents who have been suddenly displaced or about to be displaced from work.

Requirements include birth certificate, certificate of indigency, registration and class cards for college students, and Form 138 for high school students and 2x2 ID pictures.

SPES is mandated under Republic Act No. 9547. ###

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