15 June 2021 – Mayor Benjamin Magalong administered the oath of responsibility to this year’s  second batch of 180 Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) grantees , June 14, at the City Hall grounds.

“If there is one thing that I hope you will all learn while working in government even for only a short period  is the importance of good  governance in public service,” the Mayor said.

He asked the grantees to report to him immediately if they notice any form of corruption or acts that go against good governance in their assigned offices so this could be dealt with appropriately.

The United Nations  has identified eight major characteristics of good governance:  Participatory, consensus-oriented, accountable, transparent, responsive, effective and efficient, equitable and inclusive and follows the rule of law.

Public Employment and Services Office (PESO)-Baguio labor employment officer III Romelda Escano said the age range of grantees  is  16 to 21 years old with 113 being SPES “babies” or those who have been grantees before and the rest are  “new” or first-timers.

Designated as administrative aides, the grantees are scheduled to work from June 14 to July 16, and assigned to various local government offices and national agencies.

She said this is the 32nd year that the city government has supported the employment-bridging program that  provides temporary employment and work experience to poor but deserving youth during the summer school break.

The SPES grantees will be paid a daily remuneration of PP525.05, Escano said. – Gaby B. Keith