Latest Stories

‘Summer program for jobs, not politics’


Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III arrives at the at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City for the Department of Labor and Employment’s 79th Foundation Anniversary. Beside him is DOLE Sec. Rosalinda Baldoz. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Don’t use the students and out of school youth that will be hired under the government’s summer jobs program for political activities.

The warning was aired by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to local government units, saying the jobs program was designed to help students and out of school youth appreciate real work situations.

Nicon Fameronag, DOLE public information officer, said that under the agency’s Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES), the youths are to be partially paid with government funds so they should not be used for election-related activities.

“They should be able to develop skills, love for and the right attitude toward work, so it would be better if they experienced the actual work place. They should not be assigned to election campaigns,” Fameronag said.

This year, P441.5 million has been allocated for the program which is expected to benefit around 180,000 poor but deserving students all over the country.

The program allows qualified high school, college, vocational school students and out of school youth to earn money for their education by encouraging their employment by local government units and private partner companies.

Fameronag said those hired by local governments should be assigned clerical or administrative duties and other tasks related to their courses of study.

“They may also be assigned to private corporations, like fast food chains,” he said.

He said the Commission on Elections (Comelec) exempted the DOLE program from the ban on hiring workers during the election period.

“This is a work appreciation program, it’s a year-round thing implemented during the summer break, semester break, Christmas break,” Fameronag explained.

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz urged private sector employers to keep up their participation in SPES by hiring more poor students.

Under SPES, DOLE pays 40 percent of the students’ salaries. The rest is paid by the participating local governments and companies.

“The DOLE highly considers the private sector and the LGUs as partners to reinforce the long-term impact of the program on our student beneficiaries. Such partnership is borne out of their corporate social responsibility as they take part in helping more students,” Baldoz said.

Citing a report by the Bureau of Workers with Special Concern (BWSC), Baldoz said 138,635 students or 99.03 percent of the 140,000 target beneficiaries were employed under the program last year.

“With the reinforced implementation and strengthened partnership with the private sector in 2012, the DOLE has again made an impact in the lives of thousands of Filipino youths who don’t have the means but have the ability to pursue a college education,” she said.

Established in 1992 under Republic ActNo. 7323, which was amended by RA 9547, the SPES is open to all qualified high school, college and vocational or technical school students, and out of school youth.

Under the SPES act, students and out of school youth who meet the following criteria are eligible for the program: They must be between 15 and 25 years old; the combined net income of their parents, including their own income if any, should not exceed the latest annual regional poverty threshold level for a family of six as determined by the National Economic and Development Authority, and applicants must have an average passing grade in the last school term attended (for students).

Qualified out of school youth may visit the Public Employment Service Office (Peso) in their locality and submit the SPES requirements, which include the duly accomplished SPES application form; copy of birth certificate; copy of latest income tax return of parents or BIR certification that parents are exempted from paying tax, and certificate of good moral character issued by a barangay official from their place of residence.

A certification from the school registrar bearing the date of last enrollment and a copy of the original class card or Form 138 are additional requirements for SPES student-applicants, Baldoz said.

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: 2013 elections , Department of Labor and Employment , Politics , Summer Jobs

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
  1. Santiago accuses Lacson of fronting for Enrile, Gigi Reyes
  2. Name names, Lacson told
  3. Santiago: Enrile, Lacson, Reyes plotting massive psywar operation
  4. Slain officer’s ‘diagram’ rocks PNP
  5. Kris Aquino’s ex- close in security named new Air Force chief
  6. Ex-COA chief nabbed for plunder
  7. 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  8. Obama: US will defend Japan vs China
  9. Save the queen? Aide takes fall for Enrile, Gigi Reyes
  10. HK apology: Why Estrada and not Aquino?
  1. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  2. 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  3. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  4. Estrada: Gigi Reyes won’t testify vs JPE
  5. Bernice Lee arrested by NBI team
  6. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  7. Cedric Lee’s cohort flies out of PH despite look-out order – De Lima
  8. Suspect in Vhong Navarro’s mauling wants to turn state witness – De Lima
  9. Reckless driver endangered lives of Aquino, entourage–report
  10. Lawyer: Napoles ‘will tell all’
  1. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  2. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  3. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  4. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  8. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  9. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  10. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano


  • Seabed search for missing Malaysian jet to widen
  • Lacson rejects calls to name ‘pork’ execs
  • Obama due in Seoul as North Korea nuclear test fears grow
  • Hold departure order out vs Corona, Singson
  • Malaysia to release MH370 report–PM
  • Sports

  • Michael Phelps loses to Lochte in comeback meet
  • Sharapova advances to Stuttgart quarterfinals
  • Galedo caps ride of redemption
  • Beermen, Express dispute second semis slot today
  • Lady Agilas upset Lady Bulldogs in four sets
  • Lifestyle

  • ‘Recovered’ Banksy works on display ahead of sale
  • Marinduque: Visiting the ‘palm of the ocean’
  • First at Vatican in 60 years
  • How Jing Monis Salon gave Krissy the pixie
  • Want to be a supermodel? Work on your inner beauty, says Joey Espino
  • Entertainment

  • Paul McCartney to play at Candlestick concert
  • Kristoffer Martin: from thug to gay teen
  • Has Ai Ai fallen deeply with ‘sireno?’
  • California court won’t review Jackson doctor case
  • Cris Villonco on play adapted from different medium
  • Business

  • PAL hailed for ban on shark fin cargo
  • BSP to change tint of P100 bill
  • Nielsen sees car buying boom in the Philippines
  • How author of best-seller exposed ‘one percent’ economic elite
  • Bangko Sentral readies new bank lending rules
  • Technology

  • Cloud strength helps Microsoft earnings top Street
  • Vatican announces hashtag for April 27 canonizations
  • Enrile in Masters of the Universe, Lord of the Rings?
  • Top Traits of Digital Marketers
  • No truth to viral no-visa ‘chronicles’
  • Opinion

  • Corruption not invincible after all
  • Editorial Cartoon, April 25, 2014
  • No deal, Janet
  • Like making Al Capone a witness vs his gang
  • MERS-CoV and mothers
  • Global Nation

  • Filipinos second-shortest in Southeast Asia
  • China welcomes PH apology
  • Only 4 Etihad passengers not accounted for
  • Abandoned in Malta,15 PH seamen return
  • Senator hopes PH will also get same vow
  • Marketplace