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OWWA releases names of scholarship qualifiers for SY 2018

April 27, 2018

OWWA releases names of scholarship qualifiers for SY 2018

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has announced 450 new qualifiers to the Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) and Congressional Migrant Workers Scholarship Program (CMWSP) for school year 2018-2019.

Of the 3,249 children of OWWA members who vied for the DOST-SEI Undergraduate Scholarship Examination conducted last year in 17 regions and in Alkhobar and Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, only 13.85% made it to the top 400 slots enlisted for the EDSP and 50 slots for the CMWSP.

Mr. Joshua Therell Sayos Cuesta and Gian Dacono Nartea, both from the International Philippine School in Alkhobar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia placed first and second in the EDSP while Jenie Basing-at Cabinto of the University of Cordilleras, Cordillera Autonomous Region and Roland Lester Orquiza Odato of Dacap Norte National High School, Pangasinan were ranked first and second among the CMWSP examinees.


Regions with the highest number of qualifiers are:

EDSP CMWSP
Region IV-A – 70 CAR----- 12
NCR ----------– 66 II -------- 10
III -------------– 36 ARMM -- 6
VI -------------– 35 I ---------- 6
V --------------- 28 VII -------- 6

Since its inception in 2004, OWWA’s EDSP program has expended P317.5 million for 1,500 OFW dependents. It has produced 917 graduates, some with latin honors.

Qualifying examination for the EDSP and CMWSP were last administered in October 2015 due to the implementation of the K-12 in 2016. Application for the scholarship programs had to be stalled for a year and reinstated in 2017 with the first batch of senior high school students taking the exam in November. Hence, the 450 scholarship qualifiers are the first batch of the K-12 system.

The EDSP and CMWSP are competitive scholarship programs of OWWA where the qualified dependents are granted financial assistance of P60,000 per school year to enroll in any 4-5 year baccalaureate course in the university or college of their choice. Aside from financial assistance, OWWA scholars are covered with group health and accident insurance amounting to P300,000. While EDSP is wholly funded by OWWA and given to dependents of active OWWA members, the CMWSP fund is sourced from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office by virtue of Republic Act 8042 or the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995 and is extended to deserving migrant workers and their immediate descendants regardless of status of OWWA membership.

OWWA Administrator Hans Cacdac salutes the OFW parents and their children. “Despite the distance and absence, the latter continue to excel in school. Their strong values and commitment to achieve common goals are worth emulating. We believe that these new breed of scholars will bring honor and pride to our country and to our Filipino workforce,” he said.