Raket time: ARMM opens summer jobs for studes, OSYs


Some 1,411 students and out-of-school youths in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao will have a chance to learn and earn this summer break, with the regional government’s summer job program.

ARMM Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Muslimin Jakilan said the program is open to all qualified high school, college or vocational course students.

It is also open to OSYs living in areas covered by the ARMM’s Health, Education, Livelihood, Peace and Governance, and Synergy (ARMM-HELPS) program, a development initiative covering 553 recipient barangays (https://armm.gov.ph/armm-opens-over-1400-summer-jobs-for-students-and-out-of-school-youth/).

Jakilan said this is part of the Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES), which gives opportunities to students and OSYs from underprivileged families.

“We prioritize those students who most need summer jobs,” he added, noting the DOLE-ARMM has set aside P3.8 million for the program.

“We want to help the students and out-of-school youth to earn money, which they can use to pay for next school year,” he added.

Under the SPES, the DOLE will shoulder 40 percent of the salaries of the beneficiaries, while the employers – including government agencies, local government units, and private companies and other sponsor institutions – pay the 60 percent.

Registration for employment applicants will end in the last week of March. Students will work for 25 days. Applicants should bring:

– birth certificate
– barangay clearance
– certification by the school registrar or Form 138
– original class card
– certificate of good moral character
– parents’ income tax return, which shows an annual income not exceeding P85,000

OSY applicants should submit a certificate of good moral character issued by their barangay.

Applicants may visit DOLE-ARMM’s regional office at the ARMM Compound in Cotabato City, or the Labor department offices in their respective provinces.