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Special Program for Employment of Students


The Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) is mandated under Republic Act No. 9547 otherwise known as "An Act To Help Poor But Deserving Students Pursue Their Education By Encouraging Their Employment During Summer and/or Christmas Vacations, Through Incentives Granted to Employers, Allowing Them to Pay Only Sixty Per Centum of Their Salaries or Wages and The Forty Per Centum Through Education Vouchers To Be Paid By the Government, Prohibiting and Penalizing The Filing of Fraudulent and Fictitious Claims, and For Other Purposes", Under this law, the Secretary of Labor and Employment is designated Program Director of the SPES.


The objective of the SPES is to develop the intellectual capacities of children of poor families and harness their potentials for the country's well being. Specifically, the Program aims to help poor but deserving students pursue their education by providing income or augment their income through encouraging their employment during summer and/or Christmas vacations.


The SPES is open to all qualified high school, college or vocational students or drop-outs and interested employers.

Students and Drop-outs

  1. 15-25 years old
  2. enrolled during the present school year/term or during the school year/term immediately preceeding the summer vacation
  3. dropout who intend to continue his education
  4. parents' combined net income after tax, including his own, if any, does not exceed P36,000 per annum
  5. garnerned a passing grade during the school year/term referred above or in case of dropout, the last year/term attended
  6. his/her parents has been displaced or about to be displaced due to business closure or work stoppage provided he/she meets a, b and d above.


  1. 1. any person or entity who has employed at least 50 workers at any given time during the past 12 months.