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Cebu offers special employment for poor students

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At least 300 “poor but deserving” students in Cebu can avail of slots for the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES), the provincial government said.

Julius Chua of the Provincial Employment Service Office said they are now accepting applications for SPES until March 12.

Students who avail of the summer-job program can start work on April 1 (http://www.cebu.gov.ph/news/students-urged-avail-employment-program/).

Those who may apply should be aged 15 to 30, and are studying in high school or college. Their parents should have a combined income of no more than P131,484 a year.

Work opportunities range from service crew to clerical aides and baggers.

For its part, the PESO seeks to provide these poor but deserving students career skills in job hunting and application.

The program also allows students to be productive while earning during their summer break.

Private partners from the food industry, such as KFC, McDonalds, Dunkin Donuts, and Orange Brutus to commercial companies such as Veco, Metro Gaisano and MLhuiller are among many who are participating in the program. PESO is still open for companies who wish to join in the program.

Qualified applicants are referred to companies that partner with the SPES program, and will be deployed to establishments near their homes.

The Department of Labor and Employment allows them to work for 30 to 45 days.