Saturday, February 28, 2009

(OWWA)- Education and Training Programs

Education and Training Programs
An OFW OWWA member may avail for himself/herself or his/her duly designated beneficiary any of the following scholarship programs, subject to a selection process and accreditation of participating institutions.

1. Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP)
The Education for Development Scholarship Program is a scholarship grant offered to qualified beneficiaries/dependents of OWWA member-OFWs who intend to enroll in any 4 to 5-year baccalaureate course.
It is given in the form of a financial assistance amounting to P 30,000.00 per semester. The OWWA pays the tuition fee directly to the school and releases the remaining amount upon the scholars' submission of grades for the semester.

Scholarship Privileges

Financial assistance amounting to P 30,000.00 per semester
The scholar may choose his / her desired program/course offered by a CHED-accredited college or university
Scholarship shall continue until completion of the course (4-5 years), regardless of the status of OFW membership provided the Scholarship Agreement is complied with

Eligibility Requirements

Must be a child of a married OWWA member or brother / sister of an unmarried OWWA member
Must be 21 years old or below
Must be a Filipino citizen
Be in good health and with good moral character
Must have an average grade of at least 80% and belong to the upper 20% of the graduating class

Documentary Requirements

Accomplished application forms (2 sets)
1"x 1" ID pictures (2 copies)
Proof of relationship to Member (copy of Birth Certificate of applicant and of the Member if related as brother or sister duly certified by the Local Civil Registrar or NSO)
Form 137 or Transcript of Records with Principal's Certification on Scholastic Standing
Proof of OWWA membership (i.e. Official Receipt of OWWA Contribution/Certification from OWWA Membership Processing Center)
Health Certificate attesting to physical fitness of applicant (Form B)
Certificate of Good Moral Character issued by the School Principal/Guidance Counselor (Form C)
Certification that applicant belongs to upper 20% of graduating class issued by school principal (2 sets)
Statement of applicant that he/she has not earned units in any post-secondary / undergraduate course (Form E)
Sworn Statement that he/she has no pending application for resident immigrant status in any country and does not have dual citizenship signed by parent or legal guardians (Form F)

2. Skills-for-Employment Scholarship Program (SESP)

The Skills for Employment Scholarship Program is a scholarship program that the OWWA offers in coordination with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), to land-based or sea-based OWWA member-OFW's or their dependents/beneficiaries.

A qualified applicant may avail of either a one-year technical of a six-month vocational course offered following the regular school year calendar.

Upon receipt of the scholarship voucher, the grantee may enroll in any TESDA-registered program. Program choices shall be supportive of the land - and sea-based skills requirement. Financial assistance for a one-year program is P14,500.00 while for a six-month program is P7,250.00.

The amount of financial assistance will be paid directly to the training institution. If the tuition fee is more than the financial assistance, the scholar will shoulder the difference. If the tuition fee is less, the difference will be given to the scholar upon completion of the course.

Course offerings include: agriculture and fishery; processed food and beverages; tourism (hotel and restaurant); decorative crafts and ceramics; gifts, toys and housewares; jewelry; metals and engineering; furniture and fixtures; garments; construction; communication/electronics/information technology; maritime; land transport; health, social services; and other community, social and personal services.

Availment Requirements

Must be an active OWWA member (land-based or sea-based) or beneficiary/dependent of an active OWWA member
Must pass the TESDA qualifying examination or Multiple Aptitude Battery Test (MABT) on the program of choice
Have at least one (1) recorded membership contribution

Three (3) additional membership contributions are required for subsequent availment. After completing the course, must submit for competency assessment and certification administered by TESDA or its accredited testing center.

Qualified beneficiaries/dependents

Child not older than 21 years old or spouse of a married OFW
Brother/sister not older than 21 years old of an unmarried OFW

Documentary Requirements

Accomplished application forms (2 sets)
1"x1" ID pictures (2 copies)
Form 137 / HS Report Card or Transcript of Records/ official copy of grades
Proof of OWWA Membership: official receipt of OWWA contribution / OFW E-Card
If a Member's beneficiary: proof of relationship to OWWA member (e.g. copy of marriage contract and/or birth certificate of both OFW and applicant- dependent duly certified by the Local Civil Registrar)

3. Seafarer's Upgrading Program (SUP)

The Seafarers' Upgrading Program is intended to provide OWWA-member seafarers job-related training in priority maritime courses identified by the Maritime Training Council. It is designed to upgrade the skills, and develop the expertise of Filipino seafarers in accordance with technological advancements and international maritime standards.

Beneficiaries under the SUP receive from OWWA financial assistance fro training costs, ranging from a minimum of P 1,200.00 to a maximum of P 7,500.00. These amounts are inclusive of meal and transportation allowances in the case of trainees referred to the National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP).

Filipino seafarers who are active OWWA members may avail of the program. Beneficiaries may subsequently avail of the SUP after payment of three (3) additional membership contributions and if training is availed of within the prescribed period.

Course Offerings

The Seafarers' Upgrading Program is intended to provide OWWA-member seafarers job-related training in priority maritime courses identified by the Maritime Training Council. It is designed to upgrade the skills, and develop the expertise of Filipino seafarers in accordance with technological advancements and international maritime standards.

Availment and Documentary Requirements

All Filipino seafarers who are OWWA members are entitled to avail of the program once every three (3) contributions. Availment may be assured upon first (1st) payment. Documents required are:

Accomplished application form
Seamen's Identification and Record Book (SRIB)
Poof of OWWA Membership (OR Of contribution)
1"x1" photo (2 copies)
Latest residence certificate


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