A total of sixteen (16) student beneficiaries from Local Government Unit of San Jose and the Provincial Labor, Manpower, and Employment Office (PLEMO) in the Province of Dinagat Island (PDI) received their salary for a 20-day work amounting to fifty-seven thousand five hundred fifty-five pesos and twenty cents (Php 57,555.20) last September 8-9, 2020.

DOLE PDI facilitated the release of the KPTN/Reference number of Mlhuiller, the partner money transfer company of DOLE where the salary of each beneficiary is downloaded. Present also in the activity were the respective PESO managers of LGU San Jose and PLEMO. As shared by the beneficiaries, SPES did not only provide them financial assistance but also allowed them to have a glimpse on different working environments they will soon possibly be exposed to.  They were grateful and shared their experiences working for 20 days as SPES beneficiaries.

Jerome Andrin, assigned at the Provincial Health Office (PHO) enjoyed his work of distributing medicines in every Rural Health Office and District Hospital throughout the province, “Na-challenge jud ko kay karon pa ko sukad naka experience nga ing-ani nga trabaho until this opportunity of joining a government program sama sa SPES.  I hope I can be of service again.” (I was challenged at first since I have never experienced such work until this opportunity of joining a government program like SPES. I hope I can be of service again.)

Another SPES beneficiary, Warren John Basea, expressed his gratitude to the program, “Nagpasalamat kog dako kay nakapa enroll ko karong tuig kay tungod sa SPES. Mao nang nagpasalamat ko sa atong LGU ug sa DOLE nga naghatag sila ani nga programa. Hinaot untana nga sa sunod pa nga maapil pa gihapon sa aning programa para makatabang pa sa ubang kabos nga estudyante para makapadayon sila sa ilang eskwela.” (Through the SPES, I was able to enroll this year. I am grateful to the LGU and DOLE for bringing this program to all the underprivileged students because this will help us continue our studies.)

SPES is a youth employment bridging program of DOLE 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. Not only does the program provides financial assistance but it also exposed the beneficiaries to working environments that will help build their character. Currently, those who are greatly affected by the pandemic are being prioritized to avail measures of the program.