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5,000 Makati residents hired for summer programs

Manila, Philippines — A total of 5,000 young Makati residents have been hired by the local government for its twin summer programs: the Government Internship Program and the Special Program for the Employment of Students.

Vissia Marie P. Aldon, city personnel officer and Public Employment Services Office (Makati PESO) manager, said under GIP, 3,500 out-of-school youths have been hired out of 5,857 applicants.

Under SPES, 1,500 students on summer break have been hired out of 4,447 applicants.

For this year, the city government has allocated a P50-million budget for the twin summer programs.

Around 1,000 GIP hires have been assigned to city and national government agencies while the rest have been asked to assist in various barangays of Makati.

Some duties to be performed by SPES hires are community works, Brigada Eskwela, Skills Registry Systems encoding, and clerical works.

GIP workers, on the other hand, have been tasked to conduct SRS survey in the barangays, community service and clerical works.

Aldon acknowledged the support of Mayor Jejomar Erwin S. Binay for the programs, which are aimed to help young students and out-of-school youth in the city earn additional income for their school needs and other basic needs, while learning new skills at the same time.

The PESO chief said the two programs will run for 23 days – GIP from April 8 to May 14 and SPES from May 2 to 31.

GIP beneficiaries will receive a daily compensation of P349.50 for a total P8,038.50.

On the other hand, SPES beneficiaries will receive P466 as their daily wage for a total of P10,718, with 60 percent coming from the LGU and 40 percent from the Department of Labor and Employment, its program partner.

Beneficiaries of the two programs will work eight hours a day.

GIP is a summer job program first implemented in 1999 aimed at providing temporary yet gainful employment to Makati students and out-of-school youth aged 18-25.