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Feature: DOLE-10, CDO partner to bridge SPES beneficiary to continued education amid COVID-19 pandemic

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Aug. 24 (PIA)–A Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) beneficiary of Barangay Iponan, here is now ready to use her newly purchased android phone for the online virtual classes amid the new normal distance learning.

The City Government of Cagayan de Oro and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-X paved way for such as Stephanie G. Ipulan, 17, received her 22-day work-from-home salary. 

Working on planting organic vegetables, Ipulan is an incoming eleventh-grader at Iponan National School. She immediately bought a cellular phone after receiving her P5,000 salary so she can participate in the online learning set by the Department of Education (DepEd).

Eldest of five siblings, Ipulan is one of the 6,000 student-beneficiaries chosen by the CDO LGU to have a temporary employment taking into consideration their family’s status that would hinder them to continue their education.

Ipulan said the absence of a gadget like the cellular phone is a real struggle since any student will really be left out in the new normal’s mode of learning. 

Considering their household’s low income where her father works as a construction worker and her mother is a laundrywoman, purchasing a phone for learning would be imposible. 

“Importante para nako ang cellphone tungod kay mao kini ang makapatuman sa akong pangandoy nga mahimong maestra. Sukad-sukad, karon pa ako nakaangkon niini tungod sa SPES. Salamat LGU CDO and DOLE-X,” Ipulan said.

(Obtaining a cellphone is really important for me since this can enable me to reach my dream to become a teacher. This is my first time to have a gadget and SPES made this possible. Thank you, LGU CDO and DOLE-X)

In the midst of a pandemic, the local government customized the implementation of SPES by introducing food gardens and food education for beneficiaries aged 20 years old and below. The age group is restricted to go out from their respective homes due to quarantine protocols.

Public Employment Services Office-CDO Manager Kathleen Kate D. Sorilla said the redesigning of the program is in support of Mayor Oscar S. Moreno’s food literacy and environmental education. (DOLE X/PIA10)

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