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Then a SPES baby, now a competitive employee

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan---Angelica Soliven, a resident of Barangay Simpatuyo in Sta. Teresita Cagayan, grew up dreaming to earn the best education possible with a strong ambition of becoming a professional someday.

She knew that going to college will be very expensive and her father who is a farmer and a domestic helper mother may have difficulty in sending her to school.

Upon learning of the Special Program of Employment for Students (SPES) of the Department of Labor and Employment – Regional Office No. 02 (DOLE 2), she did not waste the time and immediately applied at the LGU of Sta. Teresita, Cagayan to be one of the beneficiaries of the program to ease her financial burden.

In the summer of 2014, during her 2nd year in college at the Cagayan State University, Gonzaga Campus, Soliven became one of the beneficiaries of SPES.

“I was assigned in the Municipal Clinic of Sta. Teresita where in I assisted walk in clients, attended to their needs and encoded PhilHealth certificates,” Soliven narrated.

Upon joining SPES, Soliven exhibited extraordinary performance and her superior appreciated her, thus, she was always re-hired every summer until 2016.

She earned the tag name “SPES baby”, a label given to a SPES beneficiary who was hired more than twice until college graduation.

Finally in June 2017, Soliven earned her degree in Bachelor of Science in Information Technology.

“My journey towards success became difficult and full of ups and downs, stairs and cliffs but that did not stop me to persevere and continue believing that I will be able to succeed in life, and here it is. The feeling is surreal,” Soliven said.

The prestige of being a “SPES baby” showered Soliven with a blessing after being hired as a DOLE 2 Contract of Service employee and is deployed in LGU Sta. Teresita to assist the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Manager in the implementation of DOLE programs specially Livelihood and Emergency Employment.

“Now, I will have the opportunity to payback those who have helped me by also helping others. It is now my chance to extend my hand and I’ll do the very best I can,” Soliven stated.

The DOLE-SPES is an opportunity to enhance the employability of the youth, who will eventually be the next generation of the country’s workforce.

“More than giving the students gainful experience while earning some cash they can use when they go back to school, we want long-term result of the SPES program by means of increased employment opportunities to the beneficiaries,” DOLE 2 Regional Director Manuel C. Roldan said.

With the reinforced implementation of SPES in the region, the DOLE 2 definitely makes an impact in the lives of thousands of Filipino students who have no means but have the ability to pursue college education. (END/JVP/RBE)

 

by Jolina V. Pelovello

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2017-09-11
Dir. Manuel Roldan
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