Thursday, 2 April 2009

Law gives job opportunities to poor students in the Philippines


PRESIDENT Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo yesterday signed into law a bill that expands employment opportunities for poor students.

In a statement, Malacañang said the law amends a current program for the employment of students.

Republic Act 9547, which seeks to strengthen and expand the coverage of the Special Program for Employment of Students, allows students between 15 and 25 years old to receive a salary not lower than the minimum wage set for other private employees.

Companies employing at least 10 workers may opt to hire students.

The law provides that high school students should only be employed during summer and Christmas vacation for not more than 15 days.

Students in tertiary, vocational or technical schools may be employed at any time of the year provided their work period would be limited to 20 to 52 days.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Arroyo has ordered the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) to come up with a socially sensitive tuition payment plan for state colleges and universities.

In a speech before the national convention of the Sangguniang Kabataan (youth council) in Sta. Rosa, Laguna yesterday, the President also ordered a review of the no payment-no examination policy.

Mrs. Arroyo also raised the possibility of providing transportation, laboratory and research stipends should also be studied.

"CHEd has to reform the no payment-no periodic examination policy... [which] is one of the main reasons young students from poor families drop out from state universities and colleges," she said.

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