250 studes get SPES checks

LAOAG CITY, Aug 9  — Some 250 college students of this city received checks from the Department of Labor and Employment-Ilocos Norte office for services rendered under the government employment program.
The check, amounting to P2,400 each, is the remaining balance for their work under the Special Program for Students (SPES) in the city government.

Leonavella Dadiz, DOLE information officer, said the department shouldered 40 percent of the students’ salaries while the city government paid for the 60 percent.

The students worked for 20 days last summer in various offices of the city government for P6,198 or P309.90 per day.

The city government had already paid the students in time for the opening of the first semester in June.

SPES is aimed at helping poor but deserving students pursue their education by encouraging their employment during summer and/or Christmas vacation and providing income to finance, augment or subsidize their studies.

For this year, the city government under Mayor Michael V. Farinas has committed 250 summer jobs for children from poor families, the biggest accommodation by any local government unit in the province.

For Education student Bennyrose Juan, who was one of the beneficiaries, the government program is a big help in financing her studies.

“With the first check I received from the city government I was able to pay for my tuition fee for the first semester. This check from DOLE I will be used to pay for the tuition fee this second semester. I will be graduating this school year and I am thankful to the local and national government for the help they give students like me,” Juan said. (ANL/CPC-PIA 1 Ilocos Norte)