TAGBILARAN CITY, April 15 (PIA)--There is an ongoing hiring for students, some of them of voting age, and it is exempted from the elections ban.
The Department of Labor and Employment in Bohol through its head, German Guidaben anticipated the potential reaction the Special Program for the Employment of Students could create in this highly volatile season of wooing votes in any way possible.
Guidaben, officer in charge at DOLE Bohol stressed that the SPES along with another program called Government Internship Program, has been a regular and annual program of the DOLE and has got a COMELEC clearance.
He stressed that hiring of students is not in any way political.
DOLE believes there could be people who would rise up and complain against SPES, a government initiative to hire poor but deserving students and out-of-school youth (OSY) so they can earn for matriculation and pursue their education.
By encouraging their employment, SPES beneficiaries employed during summer and or, Christmas vacation or any time of year get regular salaries and perks while their employers also earn incentives.
As incentive, the employers get their work done by students and pay only 60% of the total take home pay, while the government pays 40% of the full salary of the working student.
The 40% government share through the DOLE would be paid in the form of education vouchers, SPES program briefer shows.
But still, some very few towns in Bohol are not SPES participants, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said.
At the Kapihan sa PIA, DOLE OIC Guidaben said while many local governments adopt the SPES, some still have not accepted it, DOLE said.
One can check at the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) in each towns however, to see if their towns can be potential employment .
All applications are at PESO office in respective areas, where preliminary interview and screening also happens.
From there, the PESO matches the student/OSY’s qualifications with the requirements of the participating employer and if found qualified to a vacancy, the applicant is referred for consideration of the employer.
When not hired, applicant automatically gets referred to other participating employer/s.
A program created under Republic Act 7323, s of 1999, as amended by Republic Act 9547, SPES in fact has been expanded to be conducted beyond the summer and Christmas vacations, but year round, Bohol labor official added.
Qualified for the program are students at least 15 years old but not more than 25 whose parents and working siblings combined net income still measures below poverty threshold, has obtained an average passing grade during the last school year/ term attended, according to DOLE.
The labor agency added, for interested out of school youth, they should have good moral character.
In Bohol, Guidaben, who holds the Officer in Charge position at the local DOLE named the provincial Government yet as the biggest SPES program acceptor.
It however has already closed its doors after prescreening weeks back. Only prescreened applicants are accepted, Capitol sources said. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)