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Gov. Melchor Diclas Empowers Benguet Students through SPES Initiative

Benguet Governor Dr. Melchor Daguines Diclas of Benguet Province spearheaded the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with 144 students for their temporary employment under the Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES). The initiative, a collaborative effort between the Provincial Government and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), aims to provide students with valuable work experience while earning.

The MOA signing ceremony, held at the Gov. Ben Palispis Hall, Provincial Capitol, marked the commencement of the 30-day employment program. Under this initiative, students will be assigned to various offices within the Provincial Government, with some students assigned to Kibungan. Engaging in clerical, fieldwork, and other related tasks, participants will receive a fair compensation amounting to P16,840.80.

Governor Diclas expressed his unwavering support for the students, encouraging them to excel in their studies and pursue their educational aspirations. Recognizing the pivotal role of education in shaping future opportunities, Governor Diclas emphasized the importance of academic achievement for personal growth and professional success.

Julie Tabcao, Provincial Labor Employment Officer, provided invaluable employment coaching to the students, equipping them with essential insights on how to maximize their participation in the program. With guidance and support, participants are poised to gain valuable skills and experiences that will empower them in their academic and professional journeys.

Out of the 144 students, 109 will receive payment from both the Benguet Provincial Local Government Unit and DOLE, with funding contributions of 60% and 40% respectively. The remaining students will receive their wages solely from the provincial government, further highlighting the commitment of Governor Diclas and the provincial administration to support youth employment and development.

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