MANILA Mayor Joseph ‘Erap’ Estrada congratulated the lucky 1,000 college and high school students who qualified for 20-day summer jobs at the city government during the orientation and opening ceremony of the Special Program for Employment of Students 2018 (SPES) recently held at the San Andres Sports Complex in Malate.
The program allows students, ages 14 to 24 to work in different city departments, defending on what they are studying, 50 percent of their salaries will be shared from DOLE and another 50 percent share from city of Manila.
According to Estrada, the SPES 2018 is under the supervision of the city’s Youth Development & Welfare Bureau in coordination with Public Employment Service Office (PESO).
He said that thousands of students who came from the different public schools in the city applied for the program but only those who are deemed ‘special’ qualified, saying, “Special talaga kayo.”
The program will give the students the opportunity to work, to understand how the different departments works.
Estrada added that the program will give the students the opportunity to learn how the different city departments work and contribute to the city’s progress.
He advised the students the importance of unity and cooperation in the workplace.
“Ang gusto kong maunawaan ninyo habang kayo ay nagtatrabaho ay ang halaga ng pagkakaisa.”
He added that this what brings people together for a common purpose and reiterated that unity and cooperation among city officials and employees was his message since he became mayor of the Manila.
“Ang gusto ko, magkaisa ang lahat para magtagumpay ang ating mga hangarin para sa Maynila.”
He advised the students to do their best and cooperate with those they work with and learn from their experience.
“Gawin ninyo itong gabay at inspirasyon para sa susunod pa ninyong plano sa buhay,” the mayor said.
Estrada also joked that maybe some of the students would be lucky to become city department head in the future.
“O, baka kaya maging mayor pa? Pero hindi muna ngayon, ha? Huwag mainip, mga bata dahil pana-panahon lang ‘yan,” Estrada said.
He ended with the hope that the students will all learn from their summer job experience that will help them in the future.