Tacurong City Mayor Lina O. Montilla signified her commitment to allocate PhP800,000.00 for the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) come summer of year 2014.
LGU-Tacurong SPES grantees were happy to hear such good news during their 2013 culmination program on May 30, 2013 in Monte Vicenteau Resort, New Passi, Tacurong City.
“If we stick to the regular budget for SPES, which is Php400,000.00 per year , 186 new SPES grantees will surely not be absorbed next year unless they take and pass another qualifying exam,” said the Mayor.
In the past years, SPES budget allocation only amounted to PhP400,000.00 which can only accommodate 150 grantees. However, this year, 2013, the SP Committee on Finance approved additional Php400,000.00 thereby increasing the budget to Php800,000.00. Subsequently, this resulted to an increased number of students hired for LGU employment this summer of 2013. Currently, LGU-Tacurong has a total of 270 SPES grantees—the largest number of grantees in LGUs in the province of Sultan Kudarat.
“We increased the budget because I have seen how SPES helps the LGU in its operations and also how this program helps augment financial needs of underprivileged students,” said Mayor Montilla.
“Through time, I realized that SPES is not just about salary. It’s an opportunity for all of us to prove ourselves and our potentials despite of who we are and what we have,” said SPES grantee John Michael Lancita.
SPES is a program implemented by the Department of Labor and Employment in partnership with local government units, national government agencies, and private institutions.
Jezereel Louise C. Billano (LGU-Information)