The Special program for Employment of Students (SPES) is one of the Department’s flagship program for the youth sector. Being implemented since 1993, SPES has served as platform to increase youth employability as well as augment the beneficiaries’ financial capacity to continue their education.
Two former SPES beneficiaries, Maria Senora Gonzales and Janaine Parohinog in the National Capital Region (NCR), joined the ranks of DOLE-NCR employees. The former is a newly promoted Labor and Employment Officer III while the latter is currently a Foreign National Labor Inspector. Both employees attested to the values they gained during engagement as SPES beneficiaries; the program enabled them to be more confident and responsible and at the same time, gave them a better perspective towards work and life in general.
As the health crisis brought by the COVID-19 pandemic changed the economic and employment landscape of the region and the country as a whole, the implementation of SPES is seen as one of the measures that can effectively respond to the sector’s needs on financial augmentation and employability.
For 2022, there are 9,325 SPES pledges submitted to DOLE-NCR of which 8,775 are from local government unit partner implementers. The remaining 550 are from the private sector.
Topping this year’s commitment are the cities of Taguig and Pasig with 2,000 pledges each followed by Makati and Manila at 1,000 beneficiaries per city. Meanwhile, the private sector partner Education Innovation Academy, Inc. recorded the highest commitment at 300 beneficiaries to work as administrative staff or school assistant, several of whom will be under a work from home arrangement.
This year’s implementation remains to be challenging as the pandemic has affected most of the partner agencies’ physical operations. On its limited capacity, most of the partners implement various measures to gauge the accomplishments and performances of its beneficiaries.
Last year, SPES benefitted 6,716 students and out-of-school youth of NCR most of which are engaged in their respective localities to keep the beneficiaries safe and minimize the transmission of the virus.
END / Ryan Roberto Delos Reyes