By: Angelyn S. Lacambra
The Provincial Natural Resources Environment Office (PNREO) recently conducted the first-ever culminating activity for the 312 student-employees of Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) through indigenous games and cheer and dance competition held at the Cagayan Sports Complex Tuguegarao City on June 04, 2012. The event aimed to promote camaraderie among the SPES beneficiaries after 20-30 days of serving the PGC and assisted in its environment programs.
Anchored under the 10K Agenda-Karunungan of Governor Alvaro T. Antonio, SPES is a yearly endeavor of the PGC. It also trains them to be responsible individuals and effective workers in the future. The program also gives financial support to students who are hard-up in paying school fees.
According to PNRE Officer Robert Adap the activity commends the SPES employees for a job well done. He said after working in the provincial nursery for how many days, they also need a time to enjoy. “Through the indigenous games and the cheering competition, they will be able to establish the spirit of volunteerism, cooperation, and sportsmanship. The games and the cheering competition also serve as ties to strengthen the bond among them and the provincial government,” Adap added.
Meanwhile, Merly Orteza, Administrative Officer of PNREO said, the SPES employees contributed in the beautification and improvement of the provincial nursery. She said, with their help, they were able to plant more seedlings of fruit-bearing trees, propagate bamboos, and arrange potted seedlings to potbeds intended for future tree-planting activities within reforestation projects and identified Small Water Impounding Projects (SWIPs) in the province. “They also helped in cleaning and greening the nursery,” Orteza added.
Group winners for the indigenous games were given P2,000 each while P5,000 was alloted for the winner in the cheering competition. They were also given a chance to render songs accompanied by a local band.
The SPES program is in partnership with DOLE through the provincial Public Employment Service Office (PESO).