Governor Carlos M. Padilla, along with officials of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and Public Employment Services Division (PESD) of the Provincial Government of Nueva Vizcaya (PGNV), led the distribution of the balance of salaries of the 225 grantees under the joint Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) of the DOLE and PGNV held on 20 September 2021 at the Nueva Vizcaya Convention Center, Provincial Capitol, Bayombong.
According to Acting PESD Officer Dolly Rose C. Minas, “The day’s cash payout amounting to about P860,400.00 represents the 40% counterpart of the DOLE to the grantees’ 20-day work salaries from May 28 to June 18, 2021. The PGNV had paid its 60% counterpart way back in July.”
“Under the joint DOLE-PGNV program, each of the grantees who were deployed to work in the different PGNV offices and component municipalities of the province received a daily salary of P477.95, with pro-rata diminutions for absences. The grantees were also insured with the GSIS at no cost to them.”, she added.
The SPES is DOLE’s youth employment-bridging program in partnership with Local Governments, which aims to provide temporary employment to poor but deserving students, out-of-school youth (OSY), and dependents of displaced or would-be displaced workers during long school breaks to augment the family’s income and help ensure that beneficiaries are able to pursue their education.
“To qualify, the applicants have to be at least 15 but not more than 30 years of age. The high school or college student-grantees must have obtained a passing general weighted average (GWA). For the OSYs, they need to be certified by the Barangay or local Social Welfare and Development Office (SWDO) as such. The combined net income after tax of parents, including those of the grantees, if any, should not exceed the regional poverty threshold. Barring any disqualifications, the SPES grantees are prioritized in the succeeding recruitments until they finish their schooling.”, PESD Minas explained.