The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) is a government welfare institution providing programs and services for overseas Filipino workers, including pre-departure seminars, legal or psycho-social counseling for labor or welfare-related cases, education and training and financial assistance for repatriation and reintegration. Under its Education and Training Program, OWWA has specific scholarship programs for the children and dependents of overseas Filipino workers (see below).
Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP)
College scholarship grant offered to qualified dependents of active OWWA members who will take up a 4-5 year baccalaureate course in his/her chosen academic institution. EDSP scholars are granted a P60,000 per school year scholarship.
OFW Dependents Scholarship Program (ODSP)
Scholarship program that offers financial assistance to qualified dependents of OFWs who receive a monthly salary of not more than US$400.00 and who shall enroll in any four-year or five-year course or associate course leading to a baccalaureate or associate degree in a state college or university. It is implemented nationwide with each province, including NCR, given automatic slots.
Skills for Entrepreneurship Scholarship Program (SESP)
Provides technical-vocational training assistance to qualified and active OFWs and their dependents (not more than 21 years old) at any TESDA accredited training centers with a maximum of P14,500 per course.
Education and Livelihood Assistance Program (ELAP)
The Education and Livelihood Assistance Program (ELAP) is designed primarily for survivors of deceased OFWs who were active OWWA members at the time of death. It is a special benefit package intended to cover the continuous education of an eligible dependent, regardless of his/her present educational level, until after completion of tertiary education or a technical/vocational course of his/her preference, and/ or the provision of a livelihood activity to surviving member of the family to augment their income.
Tuloy Aral Project (TAP)
The Tuloy-Aral Project (TAP) is a brainchild of Administrator Marianito D. Roque that was launched in 16 December 2004. The Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLOs) assist in promoting and identify OFWs who are successful, financially stable and in good standing to act as prospective donor. OFW organizations may also volunteer to act as donors.
Moral Enrichment for Children of OFWs
Absentee parenting is often considered one of the social costs of the continued migration of Filipino parents. Experts claim that the emotional impact of migration on children usually take the form of erosion of family structures and relationships, psychological distress, adoption of risky behavior and increased vulnerability to violence, abuse and exploitation (Institute for Labor Studies, 2011). The effects of physical separation to children left behind by their OFW parents could be mitigated with the help of various support systems that would guide them in their daily lives. These support systems could be their relatives, friends, school, church, and other institutions that offer services to children of OFWs. With the boom in the interest and access of the youth to social media and other activities, strong personal values are important to ensure that they will not be exposed and hooked to activities that would lead them to harm. With the absence of their parents, it is vital that their core values are strong and stable.*
The activity was a one-day seminar with Atty. Alexander Lacson (as the resource person), a Filipino lawyer, author, lecturer, philanthropist and politician best known as the author of “12 Little Things Every Filipino Can Do To Help Our Country,” held at the OWWA Multipurpose Hall on November 28, 2015 and attended by OFW children (OWWA scholars, children of OFW Family Circle members, etc.).
Overseas Workers Welfare Administration. “Programs for Dependents of OFWs.” (Document)
Overseas Workers Welfare Administration. Programs & Services. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
* Terms of Reference, Activity : Moral Values Re-orientation for Children of OFWs