OWWA provides the OFWs or their Beneficiaries, the opportunity to acquire vocational, technical or specialized skills through this program. It provides free tuition fee and monthly stipend for the trainees.
Applicant may apply who are under any of the following categories:
- Overseas Filipino Worker
- Spouse of OFW
- Parent or Child of OFW
- Brother or Sister of Unmarried OFW
- Nephew / Niece of Married OFW without children
The Applicant must:
- At least have elementary background to qualify for fashion courses (like Dressmaking, Cosmetology, etc.).
- At least be a high school graduate to qualify for technical courses (like RAC, Automotive, Electrical Technology, etc.).
- Have finished at least high school graduate or with work experience to qualify in Computer-Related Courses, and other courses not classified under 1 and 2.
- Two 1″ x 1″ I.D. pictures
- Report Card or High School / College Diploma or Transcript of Records
- OFW’s Passport or Seaman’s Book page 1 and 2
- Travel Exit Pass (TEP) or LAC-Stamp Certification for those who work abroad before 1990, or COC /Info Sheet / OEC, BMAC Form, OWWA I.D. or MRD Record (OWWA – Room 101, Ground Floor)
Requirements for beneficiaries:
- Married Certificate if applicant is the OFW’s Spouse
- Birth Certificate / Affidavit of Birth with LCR No., if applicant is the son / daughter / Parent of OFW. (Attached Baptismal Certificate if Birth Certificate has no LCR Number.)
- Birth Certificate / Affidavit of Birth of both OFW and applicant is the brother / sister of OFW and Barangay Certification of OFW’s civil status.
Scholarship for Dependents
a) Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) – Scholarships for qualified dependents of OFWs consisting of a maximum of Php 60,000.00 per school year, leading to a four-to-five year baccalaureate course in any college or university.
b) OFW Dependents Scholarship Program (OFWDSP) – Scholarships consisting of a maximum of Php 20,000.00 assistance per school year leading to a baccalaureate or associate degree in a state college or university. OFW parents must have a monthly salary of not more than US$400.00.
c) Education and Livelihood Assistance Program (ELAP) – Scholarships for survivors of deceased OFWs consisting of Php 5,000.00 for elementary, Php 8,000.00 for high school, Php 10,000.00 for college (per school year) and livelihood assistance of Php 15,000.00 for the surviving spouse.
Short-Term Training Programs for OFWs and Dependents
a) Skills-for-Employment Scholarship Program (SESP) – Scholarships for attendance to short-term training program consisting of a maximum of Php 14,500.00 per course leading to the completion of a vocational or technical course in any school accredited by TESDA.
b) Information Technology Program – An Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills training the purpose of which is to bridge the communication gap through the use of internet between the OFW and his/her family. Through this program, they learn how to use basic applications like Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
For more information, browse OWWA website at www.owwa.gov.ph.