QC gov’t hires students, out-of-school youth as interns

MANILA The Quezon City (QC) local government will provide employment to poor but deserving students and out-of-school youths (OSYs) this summer.

Mayor Herbert Bautista said the local government will accommodate 682 qualified high school and college students, including OSYs.

This is the city's response to the national government's call for support to its program which helps poor but deserving students pursue their education through seasonal employment.

In an interview with Philippine News Agency , the city's Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Employment head Alex Macabulos said the application for the summer job started in January and lasted for a month.

He said 682 students were already selected 380 of them will be employed under the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) while the remaining 302 students will be given work under the Government Internship Program (GIP).

The student-employees under SPES will earn the current minimum wage per day while those under GIP will be paid only 75 percent of the current minimum wage.

Macabulos said the wages of the student and youth interns will be shouldered by the QC local government and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

"Ang (the) 60 percent po ay (is) cash from QC, ito po ay magagamit nila pambili ng mga gamit nila sa (this can be used to purchase supplies for) school, allowance, mga ganun habang ang (like that, while the) 40 percent po ay (is) voucher payable to school from DOLE," Macabulos said.

The summer employment program will start on April 3 and will end on May 2.

Macabulos said the student and youth interns will perform clerical and customer service jobs in the different offices of the city hall. These include simple tasks like encoding, answering inquiries, receiving forms, etc.

"Sasabak agad sila sa trabaho, may konting (They will work right away, there is a bit of an) orientation lang (only) about the program at inaasahan nilang trabaho dito sa (and the work they're expecting here in) city hall. Then, they will be monitored by PESO weekly," Macabulos added.

It is a yearly program of the QC local government in partnership with DOLE.

The SPES is open to all qualified high school, college and technology or vocational students.

Apart from meeting the qualifications, the combined income of the parents of interested applicants must not exceed PHP36,000 per annum.

School dropouts were also accommodated provided their reason for being out of school is poverty or unemployment of their parents.

Source: Philippine News Agency

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