By Teng L. Datu
Cotabato City Bureau Chief .
Cotabato City — The Department of Labor and Employment in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Dole-Armm) has announced that some 1,411 summer jobs are currently available for students and out-of-school youth across the region.
Secretary Muslimin Jakilan of Dole-Armm said the program is open to all qualified high school, college or vocational course students, and out-of-school youth living in areas covered by Health, Education, Livelihood, Peace and Governance, and Synergy program, a development convergence initiative of the regional government covering 553 recipient barangays.
“We prioritize those students who most need summer jobs,” Jakilan said adding that the drive is part of the Dole’s Special Program for Employment of Students (Spes), a flagship program designed to provide income opportunities to out-of-school youth and students from underprivileged families during summer, or Christmas break.
He said Dole-Armm has earmarked P3.8 million for the program. Under the Spes, the labor department shoulders 40% of the salaries of the beneficiaries, while the employers – government agencies, such as local government units, and private companies as well as other sponsor institutions – pay the 60%.
The registration for employment applicants has already started and will end in the last week of March. Students will work for a period of 25 days. (with reports from bpi armm)