(May 2, 2012) SPES grantees from the local government unit of Tacurong together with other delegations take part in the celebration of Labor Cum SPES Day on May 1, 2012.

            The SPES Day began with a parade of the SPES delegates from different places and schools of the province including Lambayong, President Quirino, Isulan, Bagumbayan, Provincial Capitol, Southern Mindanao Institute of Techonology (SMIT), Notre Dame of Tacurong College (NDTC) among many others. SPES grantees from Notre Dame Diocesan Schools, Quezon Colleges of Southern Philippines, Kings College also joined the whole-day event. SPES grantees of Kimsan Plaza and Tacurong Fit Mart were also present. This was followed by a mass in the NDTC Gymnasium, also the venue for this year’s SPES Day.

In line with PESO’s objective to encourage greening activities for SPES beneficiaries, a tree planting activity was conducted along the national highway of Barangay Griño, Tacurong City. SPES representatives from all over the province were sent in the location to plant 100 seedlings of fire trees.
A blood-letting activity in cooperation with the Philippine National Red Cross, Tacurong City Chapter was also part of the celebration of SPES Cum Day. A number of SPES beneficiaries from the different provinces donated blood for the organization.

LGU Tacurong earned awards in the two highlighted competitions of the event, the yelling competition and the popdance competition, where they both placed third. SPES delegates from President Quirino, Isulan, and SK Capitol brought home awards from the said competitions as well.

Other activities such as “Larong Pinoy,” dance showdowns, and intermission numbers from the delegates were also participated by the SPES grantees, making the whole day activity complete.
DOLE Assistant Regional Director for Region XII, Yahya A. Senti, delivered the Labor Day message and said that he hopes the SPES scholars would become good leaders of the community and the country in the future. Senti also hyped the event by doing a song number and reaching out to the SPES grantees himself.
SPES Day was made possible through Department of Labor and Employment together with the Public Employment Service Offices in the Province of Sultan Kudarat. (Ariesha Faith Martinez Dimaano)