A cheering crowd of over a thousand SPES grantees from all over the province of Sultan Kudarat congregated to celebrate this year’s SPES Day. With the theme “Kinabukasan Sigurado sa Disenteng Trabaho”, the event was hosted by the Notre Dame of Tacurong College, organized by the DOLE-SK, and held at the NDTC gymnasium on May 12, 2016.

In attendance were Ms. Naomi Lyn Abellana, DOLE-XII Asst. Regional Director, Ms. Arlene R. Bisnon, DOLE-SK Field Office Head, and Jonix Paniagua, President of PESOMASK.

All of LGU-Tacurong’s SPES grantees joined in on the fun, as well as grantees from the Quezon Colleges of Southern Philippines, Notre Dame of Tacurong College, Notre Dame of Lambayong, Archdiocese Notre Dame Schools of Cotabato, Fit Mart Tacurong, Provincial Government of Sultan Kudarat, and the local government units of President Quirino, Isulan, Lambayong, Bagumbayan, Esperanza, and Kalamansig..

SPES Day 2016 began with a parade at seven o’clock in the morning, which coursed from the Tacurong City Hall to the NDTC gym, and followed by a Eucharistic mass. During the program proper, the grantees jump-started the fun by performing each of their energetic yells; games of Pinoy Henyo and touch ball followed.

Simultaneous with the games was an Anti-Illegal Recruitment Seminar, which was held at the conference room of  NDTC. A select number of SPES grantees attended the seminar.

The highlight of the day was the pop dance competition where each participating group rendered their own choreography of one official dance music. After the demonstration, the dance groups performed in a showdown, street style. LGU-Tacurong SPES took home the prize.

Further, a SPES Day tradition was not missed. The Mr. and Ms. SPES 2016 pageant was held in the afternoon. NDTC and LGU-Tacurong took home the crowns as Miss and Mister SPES 2016 respectively. (Yen Robles, LGU-Tacurong Information)