More OFWs, dependents avail of skills training, upgrading courses Q3 of 2019 - OWWA
A total of 5,158 member-OFWs and qualified OFW dependents of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) took skills training and upgrading courses from July to September of this year, based on the welfare agency’s Quarterly Physical Report of Operations.
The combined number of grantees availed of the Skills for Employment Scholarship Program (SESP) and the Seafarers’ Upgrading Program, which are exclusively offered to active OWWA members.
SESP provides assistance amounting to P14,500 for short, technical-vocational course at training centers accredited by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). Meanwhile, SUP is a job-related training assistance in the amount of P7,500 for seafarers who intend to enhance their maritime skills and know-how.
The combined actual number of grantees exceeded the agency’s target for the period, which is 5,018. The increase was reflected in the SESP with 1,801 OFWs and dependents, against the 1,623 target. For the SUP, the actual number of seafarers that availed is only 38 short of the target, which is 3,395.
From the submitted reports of 13 of 17 OWWA regional welfare offices, Region IV-A has the most number of SESP grantees at 648, followed by Region XI (307), and Region I (147). For SUP, however, Region VI subsidized the trainings of 1,368 OFWs, followed by Region XI (884), and Region IV-B (362).
Said regions likewise reported that around 562 grantees have been employed after taking the courses.
Thank you, OWWA, Thank you, TESDA
Lina Besario, 37, from Imus, Cavite blissfully finished her employment contract in Hong Kong where she worked as domestic helper for six years. Upon arrival to the country, she immediately availed of the SESP in Region IV-A and took Bread and Pastry in a TESDA-accredited training institute. She wanted to set up her own bakeshop. Now, she has National Certificate II in Bread and Pastry Making, which enabled her to finally operate her own bakery.
“Nagdesisyon po akong umuwi na sa Pilipinas para mag for good, makasama ko ang aking pamilya at magtayo ng munting negosyo. Nakita ko po na may Bread and Pastry sa TESDA kaya nag enroll ako. Sa tulong ng Diyos at ng OWWA, natuto ako at ngayon ay nakapagpatayo na ng sarili kong bakery.
“I enjoin all active OWWA members to avail of the SESP and SUP. You or your qualified dependents are entitled to these educational assistance programs up to six months after you arrive in the country,” said OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac.