After conducting courtesy calls with the Local Chief Executives of the different municipalities of the Surigao del Sur, DOLE SDS Field Office expected more SPES beneficiaries for CY 2018.

During the visit, DOLE Surigao del Sur Field Office Head Ms. Genebelle B. Bal requested the Mayors of the LGUs to increase their number of beneficiaries to give opportunities to the poor but deserving students in their respective areas of jurisdiction, of which the same gained approval from the LCEs and promised to double the figure of their SPES beneficiaries.

Some of the LGUs that committed to increase their beneficiaries are Tagbina, San Agustin, Madrid, Cortes and Marihatag. Moreover, they said that they are going to include in their 2018 annual budget the said increase in number of the beneficiaries.

It is expected that next year more students and out-of-school youth will be able to avail the Special Program of Employment for Students (SPES). ©DOLESDSFO