DOLE and CHED to Provide Assistance to College-Level Kids of OFWs
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) will provide one-time monetary assistance of ₱30,000 to college-level children of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The decision was made after the said government agencies agreed to a ₱1 billion scholarship fund to be rolled out this year.
The program, called Tabang OFW, will benefit 30,000 qualified college students of repatriated, displaced, and deceased OFWs.
DOLE states that they will issue, “orders, circulars, or guidelines that will spell out the effective and efficient implementation of the program, including the appropriate utilization of funds, adherence to the usual government accounting and auditing rules, and submission of reports.”
At the same time, CHED announced that they will release the ₱1 billion fund to DOLE for the implementation of the educational assistance program.
CHED’s Unified Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UniFAST) will be assisting DOLE’s efforts on the promotion of the Tabang OFW program. It will also assist in the making of the guidelines, coverage, and criteria in availing the subsidy under the program.
DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello expressed that, “We hope this will go a long way in helping our OFWs and their children in these most challenging times. By doing this, we also hope we can partly repay our modern-day heroes.”
According to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), approximately 220,000 repatriated OFWs have been sent back to their hometowns with the aid of the Balik Probinsya program.
Hello ma’am sir i just wanna ask how to join to this scholarship i am an ofw from lebanon arrive philippines sept.8 now i need financial assistance for my daughter collegw 2nd med-lab course hope u can help me thank u God bless u all and more power.
Hi Mary Grace! Please visit https://ease.owwa.gov.ph/ to apply for your child’s financial assistance. You can also visit OWWA’s website to acquire more information regarding your application. Thank you!
Hello Ma’am/ Sir I just want to ask how I can join into this scholarship. I am an OFW, a seaman and I just arrive at October 17, 2020. I need financial assitance for my son, he is a first year college, Secondary Education Course. I hope you can help me with these thank you and godbless.
Hello Reynold! Please visit https://ease.owwa.gov.ph/ to apply for your child’s financial assistance. You can also visit OWWA’s website to acquire more information regarding your application. Thank you!
Good day! I’m a OFW, due to pandemic I lost my job. I arrived last August 11,2020. How about those child’s going to college this year, is there any assistance? Thanks! 🙏
Hello Donna! Please visit https://ease.owwa.gov.ph/ to apply for your child’s financial assistance. You can also visit OWWA’s website for more information regarding your application. Thank you!
Hi maam/sir, I would like to ask how to follow up my request regarding my application to DOLE-CHED- UNIFAST OWWA assistance for my sisters tuition. Thank you and Gog bless
Hello Brylle! Please visit https://ease.owwa.gov.ph/ to check the status of your application.