The provincial government will release starting Wednesday, Nov. 23, the remaining salary of the 264 students who were employed under the Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) known as the summer job program.

Governor Wilter Palma made the announcement Tuesday after Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Director Sisinio Cano handed over to him the PhP 596,000 in check intended to pay the remaining salary of the students who are SPES beneficiaries in this province.

Vice Governor Eldwin Alibutdan and acting Provincial Administrator Edwin Zapanta witnessed the turnover of the check by Cano to Palma.

The PhP 596,000 check represents the 40 percent share of DOLE in the implementation of SPES in this province.

Palma has released earlier the amount of PhP 909,828.01 representing the 60 percent share of the provincial government.

Palma said that some of the 264 students will be receiving a total of P7,620 each since they worked for a 30-day period during the last summer vacation.

The others, who worked for 20 days, are set to receive PhP 5,080 each.

Cano praised the provincial government for the continuous implementation of the SPES that greatly helps students who belong to low-income families.

SPES is aimed to assists poor but deserving students and out-of-school youths intending to pursue their education by encouraging employment during summer, Christmas vacation or any time of the year for students in the tertiary, technical, or vocational level.

“The program (SPES) helps boost the capability of the youths, who are the country’s future labour force,” Palma said.