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Deserving dependents of overseas Filipino workers who continue to experience financial difficulties in pursuing their education could now seize the window of opportunity through Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP), a project currently being offered by Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), as reported by the Philippine Information Agency, June 2011.
Mr. Jade Love Omapos, OWWA 6 Communications Officer, cited success stories of those who instantaneously availed the program when they came across an article in a newspaper about EDSP being offered by OWWA.
Johnnil Fatima Acero, a daughter of a construction supervisor in Saudi Arabia, finished her nursing studies as cum laude of University of St. La Salle in Bacolod last April 10, 2011.
Similarly, Joseph Eric Tumalaytay, another OFW dependent, also graduated cum laude last April 2011 for his Packaging Engineering course at the Central Philippine University.
According to Mr. Omapos, Acero was thankful for the opportunity given to her by the government and felt that she might not have finished her college education as her family is not yet financially stable.
Apparently, Tumalaytay would now like to invite other OFW dependents to avail of the scholarship grant, as this will be able to lessen the loads of the OFW parents of relatives in sending them to school.
Report claims that Acero and Tumalaytay are just two of those who have been benefited by the program in Western Visayas.
Now, OWWA Iloilo City is again opening the opportunity to other interested OFW members’ dependents. Applicants will only have to fill out the application form which is available at the OWWA Regional Office located at Gen. Luna St., Iloilo City.
Mr. Omasa informs they are now again accepting applications for graduating high school this school year (SY 2011-2012) until August this year. Interested parties may also call telephone numbers 509-1075 or 337-4484 for further information about the scholarship program.
The form may also be downloaded at the OWWA website at www.owwa.gov.ph.
As report further attests, EDSP is a continuing effort of OWWA to help poor but deserving dependents of OFWS to pursue their college education.
Qualified beneficiaries will receive a maximum of Php 60,000 a year for a four to five year baccalaureate course in any university in the country under the program.
5 Magna Cum Laudes and 22 Cum Laudes led the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Scholar Graduates for SY 2010-2011. The honor graduates who are dependents of OFWs were given recognition as part of the 29th Anniversary of OWWA, May 2, 2011.
- Alexis Martinez, a graduate of BS Biology at the University of the Philippines, Diliman is the son of a Maintenance Engineer in Singapore.
- Zyreen Adrianne Maranan, a graduate of BS Information Technology at Adamson University is the daughter of Elizabeth Maranan, who works as a household service worker in Hong Kong for 8 years.
- Ahmed Abdullah Khayeff from the Cordillera Autonomous Region is a graduate of BS Information Technology at Saint Louis University. His mother is a service crew at the Intercontinental Hotel in Abu Dhabi. Ahmed is nominated by SLU, Baguio City as one of the Ten Most Outstanding Students in the Country.
- Ma. Christine Rothesa Reyes, a graduate of BS Nursing at Ateneo de Zamboanga is the only daughter of Roberto Reyes who works as a seaman in an international crewship.
- Ian Palermo, a graduate of BS Electrical Engineering in Iligan Institute of Technology, Mindanao State University is the sister of Mia Palermo, a factory worker in Taiwan.
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