The Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) is a program being mandated by the Republic Act No. 7323 and was amended currently into R.A. 10917 or the "Act of Strengthening and Expanding The Coverage of the Special Program for Employment of Students."
The program aims to provide poor but deserving high school, vocational or college students the opportunity to be employed and compensated during the summer and/or Christmas vacations.
Student drop outs who have a good track record, but were forced to stop schooling due to lack of means to enroll in school are also qualified to join the program to encourage them to enroll in the next term.
The program also encourages companies and employers to take part in shaping responsible citizens by employing students and compensating them equally as employees.
For students and drop outs, here are the basic qualifications:
1. Should be 15 to 25 years old
2. Should be currently enrolled, or enrolled immediately prior to the summer vacation
3. Open to drop outs who are intending to enroll to school
4. The combined net income (after tax) of the student’s parents should not exceed the poverty threshold determined by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA). If the student is also earning, the combined net income will include his/her income
5. The student should have a passing grade during the current term, and for drop outs, the last term attended
6. The parents of the student are about to be displaced from their employment or business because of closure of businesses and companies, or work stoppage due to sickness, among other reasons, and meets the conditions 1, 2 and 4 above
Participating employers, in coordination with the PESO, must inform their SPES employees of their rights, benefits, and privileges under existing laws, company policies, and employment contracts.
Sixty percent (60%) of the said salary or wage shall be paid by the employer in cash and forty percent (40%) by the government in the form of a voucher which shall be applicable in the payment for the student’s tuition fees and books in any educational institution.
For the students, these are the required documents needed:
1. Three copies of duly completed Registration Form 01, verified by the school’s principal or school registrar, with the student’s ID pictures,
2. Any of the following legal documents that attests the student’s age:
a. Birth certificate
b. Baptismal certificate
c. Form 138 where the student’s age is specified
d. Joint affidavit of persons not related to the student (disinterested parties) attesting the student’s age.
3. Any of the following documents that attests the student’s school ratings:
a. Report card – Form 138
b. Certification from the school registrar attesting the student’s passing grades for the previous term
c. Certified true copy of complete class cards where the student’s grades can be computed to see whether the grades are of passing rating
Students and employers should visit the DOLE regional/district/provincial office nearest them to get to know more about the program, and to get access to application forms.
Source: Philippine Law