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DOLE, DOST to hold EDSP qualifying exams on Nov. 9

Tabuk City, Kalinga (25 October) -- Provincial applicants for the Overseas Workers and Welfare Administration (OWWA) Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDPS) for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) dependents are set to take the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) - Science Education Institute (SEI) examinations on November 9, 2008 at 1:00 in the afternoon at the Saint Louis College of Bulanao.

Dr. Avelina Manganip, head of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Kalinga Field Office, her office has screened seven applicants who passed for the qualifying examinations.

These are Krystal Rose Badong, Annadea Baldo, Arvey Dwayne Buen, Kristian Camdang, Mary Jor Lacanlale, Hazel May Lay-asan, and Clarissa Puddad.

These fourth year highs school applicants if they will pass the DOST-SEI examinations will join the other 100 qualifiers under the EDSP for school year 2008-2009 and will be entitled P60,000.00 financial assistance per year until they finish their chosen four to five year baccalaureate courses.

According to Manganip, in 2006, John Vincent Islao Saplaco from the Tabuk National High School made it to the top 3 in the national level. He is currently enjoying the scholarship.

For those interested to apply, DOLE have set the following criteria. The applicant may fall under any of the following categories: Overseas Filipino Worker, Spouse of OFW, Parent or Child of OFW, Brother or Sister of Unmarried OFW and nephew or niece of married OFW without children,

EDSP is now on its fourth year of implementation, taking in 100 scholarship slots every year starting SY 2004-2005.

Said program is a component of the Arroyo Administration's thrust to help alleviate the economic condition of OFWs who sacrificed the social costs of overseas employment just to seek gainful employment. (ggd/PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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