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OWWA sustains support for OFWs
by PIA-Abra

BANGUED, Abra – Since not all Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) are highly paid and financially well-off, the government needs to provide  support to fully develop the capacities of their families for survival.

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, which is mandated to look after the general welfare and protection of the OFWs including their family members and those of ex-OFWs, has instituted support programs such as scholarships for family members of OFWs.

Fredlyn Beato, OFW Center coordinator of the Abra provincial government, said programs such as the Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) and the Congressional Migrant Workers Scholarship Program are offered to children of OFWs. 

Siblings of single or unmarried OFWs are also eligible to avail of the scholarship grant.

 Courses or educational programs offered under the EDSP are those considered priority courses by the Department of Science and Technology.

Applicants to the CMW scholarship program have to conform to the OWWA on the chosen course of the scholar-applicant.

OWWA also continues to provide other support services to OFWs and former OFWs such as insurance claims for a deceased OFW who was an active member before death. A medical assistance is also available, though its guidelines are still under review.

The livelihood assistance dubbed as the “Balik-Pinas, balik-hanapbuhay” for OFWs who have been repatriated due to illness, because of displacement due to war, or due to misfortune such as maltreatment by his/her employer is also an ongoing program.


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