Issue of July 8, 2018
Mt. Province

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SPES workers paid directly
by PIA

BANGUED, Abra – The salaries of the beneficiaries of the Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) will now be paid directly to them.

Dr. Alexander D. Gumabol, the new provincial head of the Department of Labor and Employment, said the direct payment of salaries to SPES beneficiaries is the agency’s innovation this year.

In the past, the 60 percent counterpart of DOLE in the salaries of the students was paid to the schools where they were employed. This time, the checks will be given to the individual students to allow them to manage their own money.

Paying in the name of the individual students facilitate encashment of the checks.

Moreover, students will be given the freedom to choose the school where they wish to enroll in the succeeding semester or school year rather than being compelled to remain in the school where they are currently enrolled even if they wish to transfer, simply because the school does not give to the students the excess amount of their salaries not consumed for the school fees paid.

Gumabol reported 846 slots have been pledged for SPES by 15 local government units including the provincial government of Abra. However, only 820 were actually employed because LGU-Tineg has yet to start. 

Labor and Employment Officer Christopher Tugadi said only Abra Mountain Development Educational Center in Bucloc from the private sector joined this year’s SPES
Gumabol assured the continuous implementation of other DOLE programs in the province,  such as the Tulong para sa disadvantaged sector or Tupad, where people in the communities are given livelihood through labor and are paid for their services in repairing irrigation canals.

Although funds are minimal, farmers are paid for their labor at the same time they are able to fix irrigation structures that they need in farming. 

Gumabol added that DOLE’s support to small and medium enterprises will continue to strengthen and sustain their businesses.

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