LGU CamSur has 100 SPESbeneficiaries from underprivileged

By Kyna de Castro


The Provincial Government of Camarines Sur through the Camarines Sur Employment Office, in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), officially started the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) for 100 students amid the pandemic to provide additional assistance to students struggling to provide for their schooling and distance learning. Currently, the first batch of 43 students were deployed at the CamSur Employment Center.


SPES is a youth employment-bridging program of DOLE which aims to provide summer employment to underprivileged but deserving students. This year, DOLE modified its program for the beneficiaries by implementing it later this year and setting the minimum age of 20 years old and above for student applicants in consideration of the threats of the coronavirus disease.


Each SPES beneficiary will be reporting to work for 8 hours a day for 20 working days and will be earning P503.90 per day, 60% of which is covered by the provincial government and 40% by DOLE. Moreover, they are insured for one year under the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS).


Diana May Papa, a BS Office Administration student of Camarines Sur Polytechnic College (CSPC), is a SPES beneficiary who has worked with different offices at capitol for four years. She shared, “Four years na ako sa SPES and malaking tulong talaga siya sa akin at sa aking family. At a young age, na experience ko na nakakapagwork at kumita as well as matuto sa iba’t ibang tao, offices, at lalo na pag nasa field. Para akong OJT dito at natutulungan nila akong lahat na mag grow as a person, to be more matured and competent sa work kaya very grateful ako sa opportunity na ito.”


Diana admitted her struggles in schooling and it also made her re-apply for SPES this year, “Wala akong sariling laptop. Phone lang gamit ko. Minsan nakikigamit lang ako sa tita ko at nakiki-connect lang ako sa WiFi nila. Pero umabot sa point nag-stop yung schooling namin dahil sa pandemic at sa January 2021 pa ang resume namin. Vacant naman ako, kaya kayang-kaya ko mag-work. At dahil rin sa bagyo, nasira ‘yung bahay namin kaya yung makukuha ko dito sa SPES, ipapangbili ko rin ng pampagawa ng kusina at pang treat sa family ko.”


“In my experience, magayon ang mga arog kaning program sa youth ta dakol din ako nanudan, kadakol nabuong magayon na memories, mga experiences na I know magagamit ko sa magiging job ko in the future,” shared Myra Cea, a BS ED-English student at theCentral Bicol State University of Agriculture who is currently a beneficiary of SPES.


With the pandemic and series of typhoons that hit our province, many students have been struggling with distance learning, leaving them in distress as they feel left behind not just in complying with the academic requirements but also in achieving their goals and fulfilling their dreams.While they would have to put some things on hold and experience the delay, some also struggle in providing for their schooling and family’s needs. However, SPES sparks a hope in this dark time for the younger generation of students.


“Si mama nawaran siya ning trabaho dahil sa pandemic tapos si papa may work pa man pero nahihirapan din siya sa paghanap kang pangaroaldaw mi kaya si makukua ko igdi sa SPES, itatabang ko siya sa parents ko ta syempre sunod-sunod ang mga trahedya na nangyayari ta may pandemic tapos nagbagyo. Magagamit ko si pinagpaguran ko sa trabahona maitabang ko na lang sa family ko.Kila Gov. Migz and Cong. Lray, thank you po ta tinawanan kami ning opportunity para igdi sa program na ini na sobrang makakatabang samo. Thank you so much po,” Myra also shared gratefully.