PROVINCE OF ROMBLON – The Department of Labor and Employment MIMAROPA thru its Romblon Field Office, in partnership with the Public Employment Service Offices of the Province of Romblon, launched the 2021 implementation of the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) in various municipalities involving 282 student beneficiaries.

161 beneficiaries are employed by LGUs Banton, Corcuera, Ferrol, San Agustin and San Jose. They started last 12 April 2021 and will continue until 7 May 2021. LGUs Odiongan, Looc, Magdiwang and the Romblon State University with 121 beneficiaries will implement the program during the school break on June to August 2021 to involve 282 SPES beneficiaries.

The students will work for 20 days and will receive salaries ranging from Php7,507.94 to Php9,817.94 each depending on the applicable wage rate classification of LGUs as per Local Budget Circular No. 121 of the Department of Budget and Management.

The SPES beneficiaries are assigned to the different department offices in the LGUs to assist in encoding of data, sorting of documents and other office work.

DOLE MIMAROPA Romblon Chief Carlo B. Villaflores reminded the LGUs to strictly follow the minimum health and safety precautions like wearing of face mask and face shield at all times, ensure social distancing and to practice frequent sanitization during implementing the program.

The Special Program for the Employment of Students is DOLE’s youth employment – bridging program which aims to provide temporary employment to poor but deserving students, out- of – school youth, and dependents of displaced or would – be displaced workers during summer and or Christmas vacation or any time of the year to augment the family’s income to help ensure that beneficiaries are able to pursue their education particularly during this pandemic.

End/Sarah Jane Ferranco