Does OWWA have educational programs?



Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), has launched a variety of educational programs for hundreds of thousands of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) as well as their qualified dependent.



This is in recognition of the invaluable contribution of OFWs to the economy through their monthly remittances being sent to their respective families to whom they dedicate their hardships and sacrifices while working in different countries around the world. Furthermore, these educational programs are aligned with OWWA Services Programs which intend to help out not only OFWs but also their families in furthering their knowledge and skills.

First on the list is the Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP). This program may be availed by any qualified beneficiary or dependent of OFWs who are active members of OWWA. Through this educational program, grantees can enroll in any four-to-five year bachelor’s degree in any accredited college or university across the country. They will also be given a maximum amount of PHP 60,000.00 per academic year. On the other hand, in the OFW Dependents Scholarship Program (OFW-DSP), grantees will receive PHP 20,000.00 per academic year when they take any associate or baccalaureate degree in any state college or university.

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However, the OFW-DSP can only be availed by dependents of OFWs whose monthly salary is less than USD 400.00. Likewise, the Skills for Employment Scholarship Program (SESP) can be availed both by OFWs or their designated beneficiaries in order to advance their technical and vocational skills. When they qualify for the program, they can receive PHP 14,500.00 per course in any Technical Education and Skills Development Authority-accredited institutions. In contrast, for Filipino seamen, they may avail the Seafarer’s Upgrading Program (SUP) which aims to advance their expertise in seafaring so as to keep pace with the modern international seafaring standards.

In the SUP, seafarers can receive a training assistance package amounting to PHP 7,500.00. They should wait for three months in order to avail the program for the second time. Lastly, there is the Education and Livelihood Assistance Program (ELAP) which may be availed by bereaved families of deceased OFWs. OFW children who are in elementary may get PHP 5,000.00 per school year; PHP 8,000.00 for high school students; and PHP 15,000.00 for college students. Surviving spouse will also receive a livelihood assistance of not more than PHP 15,000.00. All these educational programs are subject to a deliberate selection process.