DOLE Caraga aimed to implement the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) with 2,062 beneficiaries across the region this year.

The 2, 062 beneficiaries are from various municipalities in the 5 provinces of CARAGA that pledged to take part in the program. Table below shows the breakdown of 2,062 as per province:

Agusan del Norte 90
Agusan del Sur 641
Surigao del Norte 570
Surigao del Sur 699
Province of Dinagat Islands 62
TOTAL 2,062

As of this writing, there are 36 municipalities has started to implement.

DOLE Caraga pushed to implement SPES amidst COVID-19 pandemic this year to help the students gain an additional income to ensure that they can still continue their education during this trying time. New guidelines for the implementation are in-placed to ensure that the beneficiaries will not be infected by the virus. These include wearing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) among others. The age criteria is also highlighted wherein only those 21 years old and above shall qualify.

SPES is a DOLE’s youth employment bridging program that provides temporary employment to the poor but deserving students, out-of-school youth, and dependents of displaced workers to aid the family’s income to ensure that they can still pursue their education. Currently, those who are greatly affected by the pandemic are being prioritized to avail the program.