Summer employment program benefits 1,826 youths in Bacolod

April 11, 2010 12:33 pm 

BACOLOD CITY, April 11 – Some 1,826 young Bacoleños are recipients of the Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES), a joint activity of the city government here and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

City Public Employment and Services Office (PESO) head Moises de la Cruz said summer job beneficiaries have been assigned in their respective barangays to do surveys, skills map and manpower pooling starting April 12.

Around 500 of them will work for 22 days and 1,326 for 15 days.

The SPES program was conceptualized to develop the intellectual capabilities of out-of-school-youths and update the skills map and labor force inventory.

“This program allows the students to work this summer, so they can have the money for their enrollment in the opening of classes,” de la Cruz said.

Meanwhile, Mayor Evelio “Bing” Leonardia lauded the program, citing its benefits to students.

“Not only the program will help harness their potentials towards industrialization, this will also provide them with income to subsidize their studies," he said.

Meanwhile, Leonardia announced that the city government, through the PESO, has assisted almost 40,668 people in finding job opportunities here and abroad last year.

He said it has been a thrust of the city government to generate employment for the Bacoleños.

Leonardia noted that at least 10,795 applicants for local jobs were referred to various establishments and 6,749 of them successfully found employment locally.

While of the 9,841 who sought jobs abroad, 4,398 are now working in various parts of the world.

At least 11 job fairs were held in the city which were participated by almost 13,229 job seekers.

He added that out of 19,281 applicants who registered for self employment, the PESO was able to help 14,675 of these people who are now engaged in productive self employment activities such as opening of sari-sari stores, operating pedicabs and engaging in other vending activities with financial assistance extended by the Department of Labor and Employment.

The PESO also conducted livelihood and skills training to about 751 individuals.

Leonardia said these activities were geared towards employment generation have earned for the Bacolod PESO the Top Regional Performer award for Western Visayas and finalist in the national award.(PNA)

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