Top 200 Qualifiers for the 2015-2016 EDSP and 44 Qualifiers for the 2015 CMWSP
Son of OFW from Iloilo Tops this Year OWWA EDSP
RAMON ASPERA GALVAN lll of the Hua Siong College (Ledesco Campus), Region 6, Iloilo City, ranks number 1 in the roster of qualifiers for OWWA’s Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) Exam for school year 2015-2016.
Over-all, NCR ranked number 1 with 40 top qualifiers, followed by 35 from Region lV-A. The regional distribution for the rest were Middle East, 20; Region lll, 17; Region Vl, 16; Region Vll, 14; Region Xl, 11; CAR, 10; Region V, 9; Region l, 6; Region X, 5; Region Vlll, 4; Region ll, 4; Region Xll, 3; Region lX, 3; Caraga, 2; and Region lV-B, 1.
In her report to Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, Chairman of the OWWA Board of Trustees, OWWA Administrator Rebecca J. Calzado said that the top 200 examinees for the qualifying examinations that was administered by the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute DOST-SEI last 21 September 2014 will be accepted under OWWA’s Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP).
There were 4,734 dependents of active member-OFWs who took the examinations, including the 346 dependents of member-OFWs in the Middle East. The examinations were conducted simultaneously in DOST-designated centers in Manila and in the provinces. In the Middle East, children of OWWA members took examinations in Jeddah, Riyadh, Al Khobar in Saudi Arabia; and in Manama, Bahrain.
The number of awardees under the EDSP was increased to 200 slots starting last year to give opportunities to deserving dependents of OWWA members to continue their studies through the scholarship programs offered by OWWA.
According to Administrator Calzado, scholars under EDSP are provided with a maximum education assistance of Php60,000.00 per school year, for bachelor degree courses in any college or university of their choice.
Notable past OWWA scholars include Ivy Caldazo, topnotcher in the 2014 Geodetic Engineering Exam and OWWA scholar- graduate-cum-West Point student Stanley Dalisay; among others.
“We, at OWWA, are pleased every time that we hear about the achievements of our scholars considering the fact that one or both of their parents are not around to guide them in their studies. Be that as it may, they are able to draw inspiration and strength from the situation. This positive attitude and strong character made them more mature and responsible to do their best and make their parents proud of them, which made them truly laudable,” the OWWA Chief said.
The Top Ten EDSP Scholars for 2015 are: RAMON ASPERA GALVAN lll, Hua Siong College of Iloilo, Region 6; NATHANIEL ADRIAND CARPIO DE OCAMPO, Quezon City Science High School, NCR; JAMES QUIN BATERNA MARANAN, Philippine Science High School, Quezon City, NCR; AZEL BALBON AMADA, Silliman University High School, Dumaguete City,Negros Oriental, Region 7; BHEE-JAY LADERAS ROBLES, Holy Spirit Academy of Malolos, Bulacan, Region 3; LANCE ARCILLA HERNANDEZ, International Philippine School in Al Khobar, Al Khobar, KSA; ENGELICA VALLE PEREZ, First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities, Batangas, Region 4-A; RAY CHRISTOPHER MACARINE PASCUAL, Holy Cross of Sasa, Inc., Davao City, Region 11; ANGELA MARIE MAÑALAC, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Laguna, Region 4-A; and JAN REGGIE TOREMOTHA, Valenzuela City School of Mathematics and Sciences, Valenzuela City, NCR.
Aside from EDSP, OWWA offers other scholarship and training grants to dependents of active OWWA members such as the Congressional Migrant Workers Scholarship Program (CMWSP), OFW Dependents Scholarship Program (ODSP), Education and Livelihood Assistance Program (ELAP), Skills-for-Employment Scholarship-Program (SESP), Skills Upgrading Program for Seafarers (SUP), and Information Technology Program.
HS STUDENT FROM CAR TOPS the OWWA 2015 CMWSP ANEW
AIAN CHESTER CONCORDIA TUNGPALAN, student of Saint Joseph High School, Flora Apayao, Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR), is this year’s topnotcher in the 2015 Congressional Migrant Workers Scholarship Program (CMWSP) exam given in September 2014.
The CMWSP is a 4-5 year scholarship program established under Republic Act 8042 which grants educational financial assistance to deserving migrant workers and/or their dependents, who intend to pursue courses in the field of science and technology identified by the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI). Scholars under the program receive assistance of P60,000.00 per school year. 352 examinees took the 2015 CMWSP. 44 qualified for this year’s scholarship grant managed by OWWA with funds coming from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).
The Top 10 CMWSP Qualifiers are: AIAN CHESTER CONCORDIA TUNGPALAN, Saint Joseph High School, Apayao, CAR; AILYN BOGEN SALUNGASING, Baguio City National High School, Baguio City, CAR; SALAHUDIN ABOLAIS DATU-DACULA; Ranao Council Al-Khwarizmi International College-Science Laboratory School, Marawi City, ARMM; XAVIER LEMMVELLE CASTRO ROMANO, University of St. Louis, Tuguegarao City, Region 2; JAYHART V. RAMIREZ, Ifugao State University, Ifugao, CAR; FRANCIS DIWA CORDOVA, Saint Tonis College, Inc., Tabuk City, Kalinga, CAR; ROBINSON MOHAMAD ESTEPA, Cotabato City State Polytechnic College-Laboratory School, Cotabato City, ARMM; JERICK BANTAYAN AYADI, Sta. Cruz Pingkian High School, Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya, Region 2; FEBBY ANNE TAQUIQUI ABUZO, St. University Philippines, Tuguegarao City, Region 2; and MARK JAYSON MOLINA AGUDA, Flora National High School , Flora Apayao, CAR.
Aside from CMWSP, OWWA also offers scholarship/educational assistance to dependents of active OWWA members that include OFW Dependents Scholarship Program (ODSP), Education Development Scholarship Program (EDSP), Education and Livelihood Assistance Program (ELAP), among others. Interested OWWA members may get in touch with the OWWA Regional Office nearest their residence.