DOLE, SBMA take over educational assistance to Freeport stakeholders

The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), has resumed offering assistance to students who wish to continue their studies while working part-time in this first Freeport .

SBMA President and Trustee Rolen Paulino expressed his appreciation for the program, believing it will help less privileged but deserving students achieve their dream of earning a college degree while working.

According to SBMA Department of Labor Director Melvin Varias, the two agencies offer the Special Student Employment Program (SPES) to students who intend to continue their education by providing financial assistance through employment.

Spes is DOLE’s youth employment bridging program that aims to provide temporary employment to poor but deserving students, out-of-school youth, and dependents of displaced or potential workers during the summer or Christmas holidays. .

The program was paused for a time when restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic prevented face-to-face interactions and education moved online.

Paulino urged Subic Bay Freeport investors to participate in the program by providing income or increasing their income by encouraging the employment of beneficiaries.

“It will develop the intellectual abilities of children from poor families and harness their potential, not only for the Subic Bay Freeport, but also for the welfare of the country,” the chief added.

The Spes program stipulates that the company employing the students will only pay 60% of their salaries or wages, while the DOLE will pay 40% of their salaries through education vouchers.

Participating companies include First Subic Bay Food Ventures, Eddie and Julie G Food Corp, Yahu Uno G Food Corp, Kewen Industry Inc. and Tokiwa Subic Corp., which have already joined the program, with most of these companies in the food industry. fast food. .

Varias said there are 18 Spes beneficiaries in 2021. Seven of them have already received their vouchers, while there are 53 Spes pledges for 2022 and three more companies are joining the program.

The deadline for submitting Spes applications is March 18.

Requirements for the Spes application include: resume with 2×2 photo, birth/baptismal certificate, Form 138 for the third marking period for high school students, transcript or academic class card, and a registration form for higher or college education.

The Spes also requires applicants to present their parents’ income tax returns or the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Form 2316 duly stamped and received by the agency, and the certificate of indigence or low income issued by the barangay or social welfare and development office of their respective local government units. (Ric Sapnu)

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