TACLOBAN CITY, LEYTE— A consistent beneficiary of the Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) of the Department of Labor and Employment from 2011 to 2014, the 23 year-old Maria Irish O. Alvar who hails from Tomas Oppus, Southern Leyte is now a professional teacher after passing the 2015 Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET).


With her perseverance and fortitude, Ms. Olvar graduated Cum Laude from the Southern Leyte State University (SLSU) – Tomas Oppus Campus in 2015 with the degree of Bachelor of Elementary Education (BEED), major in General Education.

She took the LET on the same year and was among the successful examinees who passed the said examination.

According to Ms. Alvar, DOLE’s SPES was one of the stimuli why she had the courage to pursue college education.  Her employment under the program had enabled her to earn income sufficient to pay for her tuition and other related fees.

She said the meaningful experiences that she gained during the 4 years of being a SPES worker, have provided her all the opportunities to become exposed and well prepared to the real world of work.

In February 2016, the Local Government Unit of Tomas Oppus employed Ms. Alvar and assigned her at its Public Employment Service Office.   The LGU considered her an asset to the organization because of her excellent work values, high level of commitment and commendable performance.

Another career opportunity came in when her Alma Mater, SLSU-Tomas Oppus offered her to be a visiting instructor with a salary of P110.00 per hour.  Even if she was enjoying her work, she immediately grabbed the opportunity and resigned from the LGU.

Her current work brings so much joy to herself because she is doing what she loves to do, that is teaching.  She also can now provide for her family needs and support her siblings with their studies.

“As I look back, allow me to thank the DOLE for its SPES program that truly helps the deserving but poor students achieve their dreams”, she said.