The Workshop focused on the proposed development of the SPES Online and Offline Database System. It involved the participation of Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Directors, Technical Support and Services Division (TSSD) Chiefs, SPES Focal Persons in regions, and PESO Managers.

BLE Director Dominique R. Tutay opened the Workshop. “The objectives of the proposed database is to have a centralized SPES registry, to fast track the payment of SPES beneficiaries, to identify and monitor SPES babies, and to use the system as one of the reliable sources of labor market information (LMI)”, she said.

The main output of the workshop is the agreed process flow of the SPES Online Database System. During the Workshop, the participants were divided into three island groups to discuss potential inputs to the proposed database.

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“SPES continues to benefit our youth beneficiaries not only through stipends but also in preparing them to the world of work. This makes it more necessary for the Department to come up with a database system to monitor the progress of the program. It is a move for us to continue improve its implementation and to reach more potential beneficiaries who will benefit from the program”, DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said.

During the Workshop, participants also reviewed the implementing guidelines of the SPES Program. The process of review is still on-going particularly on unifying the social protection package providers of SPES beneficiaries. After the said review and workshop, BLE will proceed on drafting the Terms of Reference (TOR) of the SPES Online Database.