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Store manager in Dubai shares how SPES helped

 

Jupiter Lone Deceles, 26 years old and a resident of barangay Warey, Malasiqui, Pangasinan, was a student-worker under the Department of Labor and Employment’s Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES). 

On his third year in college at the Pangasinan State University-Bayambang Campus, he recalled that he applied for the program to augment his meager funds for his education.  He was assigned at the university as student assistant. 

“I really needed money to support my school needs.  If not for the SPES, I would have been forced to stop going to school,” Jupiter said. 

Jupiter and his siblings were orphaned when their father and mother died in 2000 and 2014, respectively. 

He used to work at a fast food chain in Malasiqui while studying. But he resigned so he could focus on his studies. 

He had many experiences as a student-worker from which he derived useful lessons and learned values that he can apply wherever he goes and whatever work he does. 

“Back as a student assistant, I developed human and communication skills.  I learned the values of hard work, empathy and patience,” Jupiter shared. 

Among his responsibilities were attending, assisting and advising students and parents regarding admission requirements, including how to avail financial aid if necessary; obtaining and managing students’ information and data, and performing administrative duties such as those relating to students’ programs. 

“Nagkaroon po ako ng tiwala sa sarili. Naging mas malakas po ang loob ko para sa mga pangarap at pamilya ko,” he said. 

Jupiter shared that he gained self-esteem and work appreciation as SPES worker that it was easier for him to find job immediately after college graduation. 

He worked shortly in two local companies. After gaining enough experience, he decided to work abroad in 2018.  He landed as barista in a coffee and barber shop in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  After only eight months, he became the head barista.  In November 2019, he became the Store-In-Charge. 

One thing that he is grateful for is that, he has his job in spite of the current crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Habambuhay po akong magpapasalamat sa DOLE at SPES dahil naging malaking tulong po sa akin ang programa,” he said. 

His advice to the youth: “Sa mga gusto pong maging SPES beneficiary, pahalagahan po ninyong maigi ang mga layunin ng programa dahil malaki po talagang tulong ito sa mga kapos sa buhay pero masigasig na makatapos ng pag-aaral.” END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez with report from Panfilo Dioquino, Jr., DOLE-CPFO

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2020-09-17
RD Nat V. Lacambra
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