OWWA scholarships for dependents of deceased OFW members

The following is an announcement from OWWA

MANILA, Philippines – The Overseas Welfare Workers Administration (OWWA) are reminding members that dependents of OFWs who were active at the time of their death can still avail of OWWA benefits including scholarships and financial aid.

The educational support from OWWA can start at any level from elementary to college, depending on what school level the qualified dependent is enrolled in, according to OWWA Officer-in-Charge Albert Valenciano.

Valenciano added that aside from schooling, the deceased members’ qualified dependents are likewise eligible to ELAP’s livelihood package worth P15,000.00 to start a small business to serve as the family’s additional source of income. For married members, only one child, usually first-borns, is entitled to avail of the said privilege.

On the other hand, single OFW members’ beneficiaries for ELAP’s livelihood component are the parents, either the mother or the father, while one of the active members’ sibling, is entitled to the scholarship grant.

“ELAP’s impact to the family of the deceased OWWA member, especially those who graduated from college with Latin honors, is very inspiring . Considering the fact that the loss of their OFW relative is permanent, the sad situation did not deter these kids to continue their studies and bring home the bacon, so to speak. These young people’s determination bespeaks of their inner strength. Their story truly touches one’s heart and earn one’s respect,” the OWWA OIC said.

For 2015, ELAP enrollees for elementary totaled 757; high school, 934; college, 1,015. The educational assistance produced 140 graduates, a number of whom graduated with Latin honors.

This year, OWWA achievers include 3 ELAP availees who brought home medals for scholastic excellence when they finished their baccalaureate degrees with Latin Honors in Political Science, AB English and BS Tourism. – Rappler.com