THE summer is on!
The summer heat is already being felt by the local folks in the city. Students are now enjoying their long breaks from their schools: No homeworks, no rushing of projects and other school requirements to meet deadlines.
One of the much-awaited activities during summer is the “summer job”, a program given to needy students in both secondary and tertiary levels to earn money during the vacation break to finance their enrollment when the next school year resume in June.
Summer job is an annual combined program of the city government and the Department Of Labor and Employment (DOLE). It implemented under the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) of the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO).
Interested students apply personally in their respective barangay halls or in the CSWDO Office, where the barangay officers or the CSWDO personnel scrutinize their applications and select those who are qualified.
“SPES covers the entire 98 barangays of the city, from the east to west coasts,” Evelyn Las Marias, the Officer-In-Charge of the CSWDO, said in an interview with PAZ Media during the SPES orientation for Batch 1 or the college students last April 10.
For this year the first batch who will work in the summer job program will hire 1,585 college students.
Las Marias said that for those assigned in the barangays will do jobs like communal cleanliness and beautification. Those reporting to some city government offices will be helping in clerical work.
Students who will work for 20 days will receive P200 per day.
City Mayor Celso L. Lobregat during the orientation reminded the students that the money they will earn should be spent for their education. 60% of their total salary will be shouldered by the city government and the 40% will come from the Department of Labor and Employment.
The mayor also stressed out that they should value of their time and money.
During the orientation the college students took their oath as contractual government employees.
“This orientation will train the students how to act as an employee of the government, especially reporting to their respective office on time”, Las Marias said.
John Stanley, a senior college student, shared that the “SPES program is a very nice of the government because it helps me pursue my study.”
“It does not only provide financial sypport for my studies but it also serves as an opportunity for me to be trained and be responsible,” he added.
Batch 2 made up of more than 2,000 high school students will likewise have their turn of orientation sometime in the month of May.