Surigao del Norte– A total of 287 students were paid during the cash pay-out for the DOLE counterpart of the salaries and wages under the Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) in eight (8) municipalities in the province of Surigao del Norte on October 13-15, 2021. A total of P1,244,481.82 was released to the student beneficiaries in the municipalities Sison, Giggaquit, Alegria, Malimono, San Francisco, Mainit, Tubod, and Placer facilitated by DOLE Surigao del Norte Provincial Office (DOLE SDNPO).

Majority of these student beneficiaries are alreay in college and senior highschool. They attested that the financial assistance received mainly aided the payment of their tuition fees and expenses for online classes. Many of these beneficiaries are children of farmers, fisherfolks, and construction workers, who find it difficult to sustain the expenses for the requirments of the online classes which includes payment for internet connection and purchase of a computer set.

Angel Mae M. Edilo, a 2nd year B.S. Social Work student from the municipality of Alegria, relayed that the SPES salary she received amounting to P4,389.22 from her 22-day work will be used as an addition to her savings so she can buy a laptop. She only uses her mobile phone for her online classes which she often find it difficult to cope with her school requirements.

A Grade 12 student from Brgy. San Isidro, Malimono was also grateful on the how the program helped defray the expenses of her studies. According to Bethea Jessa Languing, her SPES salary will help her pay her tuition fees and buy internet load cards for her online class. The financial assistance was a big help to her family especially that it is only her mother who provides for her and her bother’s education.

Aside from the financial assistance, the student beneficiaries also appreciated the learnings they gained from the summer job. Their work involved clerical jobs, community facilitations, and hosting of barangay activites.

A total of 1,292 student beneficiaries this year are included in the SPES implementation in Surigao del Norte. DOLE SDN continues to facilitate the salaries and wages before the year ends.