By Anna Valmero
SANTIAGO CITY, ISABELA— Some 200 high school and college students hired under the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) are now deployed in key local government offices.
SPES is a joint program of the Santiago City government and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) that allows students to earn and gain work experience during their two-month stay in the city government offices.
The students are now working as regular employees under the direct supervision of the chiefs of offices, said DOLE regional director Grace Ursua.
The SPES beneficiaries will receive a daily wage rate based on the approved daily wage rate by the Regional Tripartite and Productivity Board (RTWPB).
For the wages of the students under SPES, DOLE and the city government will shoulder 40 and 60 percent of expenses, respectively.
Daily wage for non-agriculture workers is pegged at P227 to P235 while those in the agriculture sector receive P215 to P223 in previous years. As of February this year, the RTWPB has approved a P10 per day wage increase.
A total of 5,000 high school and college students in the region are expected to benefit from the summer employment program.
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