Davao del Norte, May 26 (PIA) - - Forty three student-employees of the City Government of Panabo distributed recently schools supplies to 120 students of the three public elementary schools in the city.
Under the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES), the student-employees handed over to elementary pupils their own hand-made notebooks from scraps, together with pencils, papers and other coloring items.
“The SPES grantees called these supplies their SPESyal gifts to the pupils of the city for the opening of classes,” Panabo Employment Services Office Manager Cherelle Espinosa said.
The identified beneficiaries are Grade 1 pupils of Rizal Elementary School, Panabo Central Elementary School and Gredu Elementary School.
“From just being a mere aide in the government offices, we added entrepreneurial skills training and community extension services as added learning for the SPES grantees,” Espinosa added.
Espinosa disclosed that 20-day summer employment of the student was mixed with training on making and marketing of SPESyal yema.
“In the corners of the government offices, these grantees are like messengers or clerks; but for this summer, we extend their skills and knowledge on entrepreneurship so that they can be equipped with business management skills as young as they are,” she said.
The total SPES grantees for the month of May reached to 219, which was assigned not only to city government offices but also to partner private agencies like Gaisano Grand Mall of Panabo, Panabo Multi-Purpose Cooperative, ACES Polytechnic College, Northlink Technological Institute and Rivera Medical Clinic and New Ventures Cooperative. (PIA11, Michael Uy)