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ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines/08 July 2009 by BP Garcia–The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) announced that qualified individuals who are interested to avail the agency’s Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) have until September 25 to submit their applications.
OWWA Zamboanga Peninsula Director Angeles Engalla said said Wednesday that it is in preparation for the holding of the annual national examination being administered by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), which is slated on November 15.
Engalla said qualified applicants in Zamboanga Peninsula may take the scholarship examination in the DOST testing center nearest them like in Zamboanga City, Dipolog City in Zamboanga del Norte and Pagadian City in Zamboanga del Sur.
The applicants must be: a dependent of an active OWWA member, specifically child of a married Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) or brother and sister, single and not over 21 years of age of a single active OFW and must pass the DOST qualifying exam and the College Admission Test.
The documentary requirements are: accomplished two sets of application forms; two copies one-by-one identification; proof of relationship to active OWWA member like birth certificate of applicant duly authenticated by the Local Civil Registrar; Form 137 or Transcript of Records; and, proof of OWWA membership.
Engalla said the scholarship privilege allows the OWWA EDSP scholar to enjoy P30,000 per semester grant to be paid directly to the school and is free to choose any four to five-year degree course and school of his or her choice, Joaquin said.
He said the scholarship coverage will continue until the completion of the course provided the scholar maintains good scholastic record and the terms of the scholarship agreement are complied with.
Engalla said that his office has 12 scholars two of them are being supported by OWWA Regional offices 4 and 7 since they enrolled at UP-Los Baños and Xavier University in Cebu.
The 10 scholars are enrolled at Universidad de Zamboanga, Western Mindanao State University and Ateneo de Zamboanga University.
Meanwhile, Engalla said that his office is also active in providing scholarships for Tech-Voc courses aside from the EDSP.
He said the Skills for Employment Scholarship Program (SESP) with an annual allocation of P4 million is the leading scholarship program for dependents of active OFWs who are interested in in-demand six-month to two-year Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA)-Accredited courses.
The TESDA-accredited courses include Caregiving, Medical Transcriptionist Course, Software and Computer Programming, PC operation and Technician’s Course, Housekeeping Food and Beverage Service, Commercial Cooking, Baking and Pastry Production, Front Office Service, Bartending, Agriculture and Fisheries, Animation Graphic Design, Furniture and Carpentry, Construction, welding and any applicable Aviation and Maritime Courses. (BP Garcia, The PhilSouth Angle)
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