Education and Training Assistance



a.     Country Specific Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) – The one-day PDOS is a compulsory orientation to OFWs in adapting or adjusting to the work environment as well as to the culture of their country of destinations. Its primary objective is to provide OFWs with the means to cope with their new work environment especially during their first few months of working abroad.  The 1-day PDOS is attended by all workers (all skills) prior to their deployment abroad.


b.     Comprehensive Pre-Departure Education Program (CPDEP) - The CPDED is either a four or six-day orientation seminar attended by Household Service Workers (HSWs). The CPDEP is jointly conducted by accredited NGO PDOS providers and OWWA.  The NGO-accredited PDOS providers administer the PDOS on the first day, while OWWA handles the language, culture and stress management sessions on the succeeding days. 



1.    Seafarer’s Upgrading Program (SUP)

The program intends to provide job-related training in upgrading the knowledge, skills and develop expertise among Filipino seafarers in accordance with technological advancements and global maritime standards. It is in the form of financial assistance with OWWA assuming the training cost as prescribed in the existing implementing guidelines. The applicant may choose his/her preferred training course accredited by Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) or Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) from the list of OWWA recognized Training Providers where he/she intends to enroll. Training assistance is P7,500.00.

§  Requirements:

Seafarers with valid OWWA membership contribution at the time of application shall be entitled to avail of SUP under any of the following condition:

o   Single contribution for first time availment

o   Subsequent entitlements every three (3) recorded payments of OWWA membership contribution

For subsequent availments, applications may be filed within 90 days from the date of last arrival to the Philippines/on vacation or following the expiration of his employment contract.

§  Documentary Requirements:

o   Proof of OWWA membership

o   Accomplished Application Form

o   Seafarer’s Identification & Record Book and/or Passport (valid original copy)

o   2”x2” Photo (2 copies




a.     Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP)*

The EDSP is a scholarship grant offered to qualified beneficiaries/dependents of active OWWA members who intend to enroll a 4-5 year baccalaureate course in any preferred colleges/universities. It shall be in the form of financial assistance amounting to a maximum of P60,000.00 per school year.



§  The scholarship grant is only provided once per family of an active OWWA member –OFW

§  The dependent applicant must not be a recipient of any other scholarship grants

§  The dependent-applicant has not previously taken the EDSP qualifying examination and any post-secondary/vocational or undergraduate/college units


o   The member-OFW must have an active membership with OWWA at the time of the application.

o   The dependent-applicant must not be more than 21 years of age

o   The dependent-applicant must have an average grade of at least 80% and belongs to the upper 20% of the 3rd year/high school graduating class

o   The dependent-applicant must pass the qualifying examination conducted by DOST and belongs to the top 200 examination passer

o   The dependent-applicant must pass the College Admission Test of the university he/she intends to enroll

Documentary Requirements
  • 1. Accomplished EDSP Application Form (2 copies)
  • 2. 2x2 ID Photos (2 copies)
  • 3. Birth Certificate authenticated by PSA
  • 4. Certificate of Good Moral Character
  • 5. Form 137 for incoming first year college or Transcript of Records or Certificate of Grades for those already enrolled in college
  • 6. Certification from the principal that the applicant obtained a general weighted average (GWA) of 80% and that he/she belongs to the top 20% of the graduating class
b. OFW Dependedny 

Filing of EDSP Application

1.     Filing of application starts every June of each school year. Deadline for submission of application is every first week of August of each year or as prescribed by ROCS based on the scheduled qualifying exam conducted by DOST

2.     An applicant must be 4th year high school student and belongs to the graduating class at the time of the application

3.     Application with incomplete documentary requirements will not be accepted

4.     Applications are subject for review and further verification as to the documentary requirements submitted

5.     Application approval only identifies applicants who are qualified to take the national competitive exam conducted by DOST. Examinees who belong to the top 200 passers will qualify for the scholarship

2.    OFW Dependent Scholarship Program (OFWDSP)*

 The OFWDSP is an educational assistance to qualified dependents of active OWWA-member OFWs who intend to pursue any 4 or 5 year baccalaureate degree or associate degree in state college or university. The scholarship shall be in the form of financial assistance of P20,000.00 per year. Scholarship program to dependent of OFW whose income is not more than US$400.00.

Every year, a total of 1,250 scholarship slots are allocated, thus;

o   200 scholars for the slots of 10 poorest provinces

o   204 scholars for 17 cities at 12 scholars each

o   840 scholars for 80 provinces at 12 scholars each

o   6 slots for applicants with meritorious cases c/o Home Office/ROCS

 Qualified Beneficiaries:

o   Legal dependents of an active OWWA member-OFW whose monthly salary is US$400 or below

o   Legal dependent refers to only 1 child of married or single or only 1 sibling of member-OFW

o   Qualified legal dependent must be single and not more than 21 years old

o   He/she must be a high school graduate, physically, mentally and morally fit

o   He/she must pass the entrance examination conducted by state college/university in OWWA Regional Offices where she intends to enroll

o   The dependent-applicant must not be a recipient of any other scholarship grants

Each OWWA active member is entitled to only 1 scholarship beneficiary

OFW couples who are both eligible for the program shall be entitled to only 1 scholarship slot

Eligible OFW dependent who are previous availees of the EDSP and CMWSP are no longer qualified under the ODSP

Documentary Requirements
  • 1. Accomplished Application Form (2 copies)
  • 2. 2x2 ID Photos (2 copies)
  • 3. Proof of relationship to OWWA member (e.g. PSA or Local Civil Registry (LCR)-authenticated birth certificate and certificate of no marriage, if OFW is single)
  • 4. Form 137 for incoming first year college or Transcript of Records or Certificate of Grades for those already enrolled in college
  • 5. Medical certificate/clearance from any DOH-accredited hospital/center/clinic
  • 6. Certificate of Good Moral Character issued by the principal/guidance counselor
  • 7. Accomplished original copy of the Scholarship Agreement

3.       Congressional Migrant Workers Scholarship Program (CMWSP)*

 The CMWSP is a scholarship program extended to deserving migrant workers and/or their immediate descendants who intend to pursue 4 or 5 year courses in the priority fields in Science and Technology. It was created by virtue of Republic Act 8042, otherwise known as the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995.  under section 37, Article lX. Educational assistance is P60,000.00/year funds from the PCSO. Examination is administered by DOST.  100 passers qualify to the program.  EDSP and CMWSP have the same date of examinations.

Documentary Requirements for both EDSP and CMWSP are the same

4. Educational Livelihood Assistance Program (ELAP) - Scholarship for the dependents of OFWs who were active OWWA members at the time of death.  Only one child, usually the eldest child of member-OFW is given scholarship grant.

o   P5,000- allowance for elementary

o   P8,000.00- allowance for high school

o   10,000.00- allowance for college

The surviving spouse, if the OFW member was married or the mother/father if the OFW was single, will also receive a livelihood assistance of P15,000.00

Important educational requirements are proof of OWWA membership by the OFW; proof of relationship to OWWA member by the beneficiary



a.     Skills-for-Employment –Scholarship Program (SESP)

It is in the form of training assistance with OWWA assuming the training cost in vocational/technical courses accredited by TESDA and other government institutions as prescribed in the existing implementing guidelines. Financial assistance is P14,500.00.  The applicant may choose his/her preferred training course from the list of OWWA recognized Training Providers where he/she intends to enroll.  Eligible to  avail are member OFWs and beneficiaries.  The applicant must be:

o   An active OWWA member or a dependent/beneficiary of an active OWWA member.  Member-OFW dependent/beneficiary shall be limited to :

o   Spouse

o   Child 20 years old and below (not currently enrolled)

o   Sister or brother of single OFW 20 years old and below (not currently enrolled)

o   A Filipino citizen

o   At least elementary graduate

§  Requirements:

·         Important documentary requirements include proof of OWWA membership for member, and proof of relationship to OFW-member, if dependent/beneficiary

·         One (1) OWWA Membership contribution is applicable to one (1) SESP benefit; succeeding availment needs three (3) additional membership contributions


b.     Information Technology (IT) Training Program

This computer literacy program provides OFWs and their families training and access to technology intended to bridge the communication gap between the OFW  and his/her family and allow them to communicate with each other through the internet. The program also aims to upgrade their IT skills