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OWWA 7 now accepts application for scholarship

By Rizalie A. Calibo

Larena, Siquijor (25 September) -- Another good news for OFW dependents, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) through its Regional Welfare Office in Region 7 and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) here is now accepting applications for Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) for School Year 2007-2008.

The program is part of the government's effort to help OFWs and directly lift their families out of poverty while recognizing their contributions to the economy.

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Romulo L. Neri recognizes that recent economic growth is also being driven by inflows from OFWs which rose by 25 percent to a high of US$10.7 billion in 2005. "Exports this year have grown by 16.2 percent. Revenues from call centers are estimated to rise by 60 percent this year. Tourist arrivals are at an all-time high. All these inflows from abroad have pushed growth into a higher trajectory," explained Neri who is also director-general of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).

During the Orientation on OWWA's Programs and Services conducted at the Larena SB Session Hall yesterday, Overseas Worker Welfare Officer Romyl C. Cabillo stressed that eligible to apply are immediate beneficiaries or dependents of active OFWs, whose contract is still enforced.

Scholar-applicants should be high school graduate or have not taken any units in college and not more than 21-years old.

The scholar may enroll in a 4 to 5-year course of choice in any school or university with financial assistance of not more than Thirty Thousand Pesos (P30,000) per semester.

Tuition fees shall be paid directly to the school and the remaining balance shall be released to the scholar upon submission of the grades at the end of the semester.

OWWA shall refer all qualified applicants to the office of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) for the competitive examination which will be announced later.

Interested applicants may visit or call OWWA Regional Welfare Office No. 7 located at Mezzanine Floor, LDM Bldg., cor. M.J. Cuenco Ave. and Legaspi St. Cebu City, tel. nos. telephone nos. 255-3199 or 254-0305 or cellphone no. 0918-9214925 and look for Jennifer Suarez or Rey Jacalan. (PIA) [top]

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