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Pampanga to launch SPES on April 5

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, March 30 — A total of 623 high school, college and vocational students, including drop outs who intend to pursue higher education in the province, are expected to benefit from this year’s Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES).

Under the joint sponsorship of the Public Employment Services Office (PESO), Department of Education (DepEd), Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Social Action Center for Pampanga (SACOP), the program will be launched on April 5 at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center.

The program launching will also coincide with the kick-off ceremony of the Earth Day celebration in the province.

Jonathan Lintag, PESO community affairs officer and provincial focal person for youths, said the SPES is mandated under Republic Act No.7323 to help poor but deserving students pursue their education by providing them temporary employment during summer vacation.

Lintag said that this year’s SPES program dubbed “Kabaryu Ku…Tutor Ku!” aims to provide appropriate learning opportunities to the educationally disadvantaged and underprivileged children and out-of-school youth to improve their reading, writing and numeracy skills and help them function more effectively in the community.

He said that the students would be assigned to tutor pupils in their respective communities, thus enabling them to save on transportation expenses and benefit more from their earnings during their summer employment.

He said the SPES beneficiaries from the province’s 20 towns underwent screening and validation procedures by their respective municipal PESO managers.

For a total of 20-day tutorial services to target pupils, each SPES beneficiary will receive P5,590 or P279.50 daily compensation.

Aside from identifying the target pupils needing tutorial services, he said, the DepEd would brief and orient simple tutoring procedures and provide basic learning hand-outs to the SPES beneficiaries.

The DepEd would also design pre and post assessment scheme to validate the learning gained under the said program, he said.

All the program stakeholders, from the provincial government to the student-beneficiaries and the target pupils and out-of-school youths in the various municipalities were expected to benefit from the said summer employment program, he said. (PNA)

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