PGIN opens summer jobs for students, out of school youths

LAOAG CITY – Governor Imee R. Marcos said that government offices in the province, including Capitol, are now offering short-term summer jobs for Ilocanos in line with two employment programs reinforced through the ‘Task Force Trabaho’ (TFT).

Data from Ilocos Norte Investment Center revealed that 600 slots are allotted by PGIN, through the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) with the first batch of 300 youth now hired.

Established under the Republic Act 9547, SPES is a work appreciation and bridging program which caters to high school, college, vocational and out-of-school youth.

It aims to inspire the youth to further their education by teaching them the valuable skills towards productive work. Tasks included are assisting office staff, clerical and simple utility work, green/environment-related activities, and computer data encoding.

Meanwhile, Provincial Tourism Officer Ianree Raquel said that PGIN hired some 260 Ilocanos   as additional tourist aides, utility personnel and paramedics through the Paoay Kumakaway! Summer Program to address the demand on the 24 tourist centers across the province with the expected influx of tourists this Holy Week and upcoming summer break.

Consequent to the hiring, a series of trainings were held to prepare the beneficiaries of the two programs for the demands of their jobs, Raquel said.

The SPES beneficiaries, aged 15 to 25, will receive a salary of P311 per day, with sixty percent of the wage coming from TFT funds and the remaining forty percent shouldered by DOLE.

Those hired through the Paoay Kumakaway summer program officially started work last March 22 and will receive a salary of P125 for every 5 hours for two months.

A total of 680,000 tourists  visited Ilocos Norte leading to the employment of over 300 Ilocanos for short term summer jobs last year.

To strengthen this potential, Marcos officially launched TFT during her State of the Province Address last July 2012 successfully generated short-term but gainful employment for 100 students and out-of-school youths last Christmas break and raised the awareness of the local residents on the growing tourism industry in Ilocos Norte.—(Grazielle Mae A. Sales, PGIN-CMO)