OFWs with active OWWA membership may claim Php10,000 educational aid for children

Overseas Filipino workers who have been displaced by the coronavirus pandemic and are active members of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) may avail of Php10,000 education assistance for their children.

Labor secretary Silvestre Bello III announced Thursday that they have allocated a total of Php400 million for the first year of educational assistance for children of qualified OFWs.

The program called Project EASE (Educational Assistance through Scholarship in Emergencies) aims to provide educational aid to qualified college-level dependents of active OWWA members whose employment has been affected by the pandemic.

The project will provide educational assistance of Php10,000 every year for a maximum of four years.

“As the project title suggests, we intend to ease the impact of the pandemic on the lives of our dear OFWs,” Bello said in a statement.

Qualified applicants are dependents of OFWs who are active members of OWWA at the time of their repatriation to the country from the declaration of the outbreak on February 1.

Interested OWWA-member OFWs may apply online through http://ease.owwa.gov.ph by accomplishing the online form or contact OWWA Regional Offices for more details.

The public may visit the agency’s website to learn more about Project-EASE at www.owwa.gov.ph.

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