The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) on Thursday launched a 400 million peso education assistance program for repatriated Filipino Overseas Workers (OFW) children.
The “EASE Project” or Educational Aid through Emergency Scholarship, aims to provide educational assistance to qualified college-level dependents of OFW members who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under the program, a cash grant of 10,000 pesos per year for up to four years would be awarded to dependents of OFWs.
The OWWA Board of Directors has allocated a total of 400 million pesos for the first year of its implementation. The funds will come from the OWWA budget.
“True to its mandate of providing holistic programs and services to OFWs and their families, the OWWA Board of Directors has set aside funds to support the education of college-level dependents of active members. of OWWA, ”said Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, who has also chaired the OWWA Board of Directors.
“As the title of the project suggests, we intend to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on the lives of our dear OFWs,” he added.
To benefit from education aid, OFWs must have active member status at the time of their repatriation to the country from the declaration of the epidemic on February 1.
Eligible dependents include children of married or single parent migrant workers, as well as siblings of a single OFW.
Recipients of existing scholarships, inactive OWWA members and undocumented OFWs are not covered by the program.
Application forms must be completed and submitted to http://ease.owwa.gov.ph.
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