Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz directed recently all regional directors of the   Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Public Employment Service Office (PESO) managers to consider the children of sugar workers as part of the list of the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) beneficiaries.

“Let these  children  of sugar workers be  prioritized, provided that all the necessary requirements in the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act  9547, “ Baldoz remarked.

RA 9547 is better known as An Act Strengthening and Expanding the Coverage of SPES.

The advisory was an offshoot of   the request of the District Tripartite Council (DTC) of Ormoc-Kananga Mill District of Region 8 forwarded through the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC).

In her   advisory, the inclusion of children of sugar workers, particularly in regions where there is a thriving sugar industry   is consistent with the Labor and Employment Plan (LEP 2011-2016) which, among others, promotes social protection of vulnerable groups.

“We hope  that  through SPES,  the  government  will provide  the  children  of  sugar  workers better  access  to  education, “ Baldoz stated.

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