1,200 OFWs/dependents in CAR benefit from OWWA programs

By: 
Lito Dar / PIA
Posted: 31-Dec-2010 / 4 years 21 weeks ago

BAGUIO CITY – More than 1,200 active Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) including their  dependents  have availed of the various scholarship and training programs of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA-CAR) for the year 2010.

According to OWWA-CAR OIC Director Laranang, aside from their regular Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP),  a baccalaureate scholarship program for qualified dependents  of active OFWs (OWWA member), there are more than 1,000 other availments  of   other scholarship and training programs.

Laranang affirmed that there were already 23 batches of trainings implemented for year 2010 with a total 1, 075 graduates under  ‘Microsoft Tulay,’. This  is  a free computer training program offered to OFWs and/or their dependents, whether active OWWA member or returnees, who are interested to undergo basic computer training on computer fundamentals, Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Internet Usage.  Interested applicant may still enrol with  the program anytime.

For  the  Skills for Employment Scholarship Program (SESP), Laranang  said  there are 113 OFWs or dependents who availed of the program which offers vocational or technical courses.  Majority took courses on Computer Technology/ Programming/ Trouble Shooting,  Caregiver, Automotive Trouble Shooting, Slaughtering and other vocational or short-term courses.

‘Financial assistance is up to a maximum of P14,500 which covers the tuition fee only,’ Laranang said.

According to Laranang, OWWA  has also   a scholarship offered to immediate dependents (for a minor and unmarried child or brother/sister - for single OFW) of an active OFW, with a salary of US$400 or below. A  total of 17 qualified scholars have already availed of the OFW Dependent’s Scholarship Program (ODSP) program for the first semester of School Year 2010-2011 with a total fund release of P170,000.00.  A  scholar  is entitled to P10,000 educational assistance per semester.

Laranang also announced that they are still accepting application under this  program with  still available slots for the different provinces in CAR for the second semester of school year 2010 -2011. For Abra, there are still  seven  slots; Apayao,  9 slots;  Ifugao, 8; Mt. Province, 19; Kalinga, 8  and Baguio-Benguet, 3.

OWWA also offers educational and livelihood (financial) assistance to survivors of deceased OFWs, who are  active OWWA members at the time of death.  It is a special benefit package intended to cover the continuous education of an eligible dependent until completion of tertiary education or a vocational course and/or a provision of a livelihood project to a legal spouse/ dependent.

‘The program aims to sustain the income capacity of the family through self-employment on their chosen business and the assurance of continuous education of one eligible dependent who shall become the bread winner for the family,’ Laranang stressed.

As of December 22, OWWA-CAR has  already released   P135,000 to nine beneficiaries for the livelihood component and P73,000 to 10  beneficiaries for the educational component, Laranang added.

For more details on OWWA programs, you can visit the OWWA Regional Welfare Office at #17 Manongdo Bldg, Private Road., Magsaysay Ave., Baguio City or call Tel. Nos. (074) 445-2260 or 300-3658. **Lito Dar/PIA

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