Baldoz lauds first online SPES in the country

Date Posted: August 15th, 2014 02:34 AM


DOLE Region 12 trailblazer Baldoz lauds first online SPES in the country General Santos City—Even with only 12 institutionalized PESOs out of 79 Public Employment Service Offices in the region, this had not stopped the DOLE Regional Office No. 12 from implementing an innovation that other DOLE regional offices and PESOs in the country should emulate: an online SPES that fast-tracks all the processes involved in the Special Program for the Employment of Students, a DOLE flagship program. Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz noted this yesterday after DOLE Regional Office Director Ofelia B. Domingo guided her through the region's Online SPES, an Internet-based application that is one of the four systems in the DOLE XII Portal which connects and houses the systems in the regional office's Internet-based Quality Management Systems (IQMS). "The main objective of the Online SPES is to fast track the payment of the forty (40) percent share of the DOLE in the wages of SPES beneficiaries, but more than that, it also seeks to fast-track SPES registration; create an accurate database of SPES beneficiaries; make transparent SPES pledges; and monitor overall SPES implementation," said Director Domingo. The region's Online SPES is an automated process developed by an external provider in March 2014 and became operational in only three months, or May 2014. The online process starts from registration of the student or out-of-school youth; pledging of employer and placement; filing of application; pre-employment stage (submission of requirements); post-employment (preparation of terminal reports and payroll system; and monitoring up to the payment of wages of the SPES beneficiaries. "Aside from the payment for SPES beneficiaries, the online system also monitors and documents progress of SPES 'babies' and strengthens our linkages with PESOs, employers, and beneficiaries," Domingo explained. "It also allows the DOLE regional finance unit to process payroll of SPES beneficiaries efficiently, thus eliminating delay, enhancing transparency in all transactions, and increasing collaboration among and between stakeholders," she added. Through the Online SPES, the DOLE regional office can now easily monitor the status of application of SPES beneficiaries, including their employment. One of its special features is it allows posting of vacancies and announcements related to SPES, and on-line generation of SPES-related reports. Another feature of the SPES Online is its link to the websites of the DOLE Central Office, DOLE Regional Office No. 12, PhilJobNet, as well as other social networking sites, such as Twitter and YouTube. Domingo said that through the Online SPES, beneficiaries can be provided unique identification and unique user’s accessibility. She said it has a modern and user-friendly interface, touch screen feature, and mobile responsive design. It even has a Facebook site which allows SPES 'babies' to submit and post their experiences and success stories. Baldoz praised the DOLE Regional Office No. 12 for this program innovation, saying it certainly makes the SPES accessible to many DOLE clients. "The Online SPES should be replicated in other DOLE regional offices to resolve delays on the payment of the wages of SPES beneficiaries and to reduce voluminous paper work," she said, noting that the DOLE Regional Office No. 12 has inked a memorandum of agreement with remittance giant, MLhuillier Financial Services, which serves as payment center for the wages of SPES beneficiaries. She directed Regional Director Domingo to make a presentation of its Online SPES at the forthcoming PESO Congress. She also instructed DOLE Undersecretary Rebecca Chato to draft an order defining other forms of payment that can be considered as education vouchers. "PESOs nationwide, as well as DOLE regional offices, should benchmark their SPES systems with the Online SPES of the DOLE Regional Office No. 12," she finally said. END

Created Aug 26th 2014, 15:24


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