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Pandemic-hit OFWs get OWWA assistance in Central Luzon

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) is offering financial assistance to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Central Luzon, who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, reported Sunstar.

OWWA has launched the “Educational Assistance through Scholarship in Emergencies (EASE)” program to provide educational aid to the dependents of its active OFW members,” OWWA Regional Director Esperanza Cobarrubias said, adding that PHP10,000 is being given yearly for maximum four years to dependents of OFWs (land-based, sea-based or even the balik manggagawa) who were repatriated to the Philippines since the COVID-19 outbreak in February 2020.

Noting that children of single or married OFWs — who are in college without any scholarship grants — are also eligible for financial assistance, Cobarrubias said the applicants should attach a valid passport, flight ticket or boarding pass with arrival stamp to serve as proof of their return to the country from February 1 onwards, besides official receipts or proof of OWWA membership.

Where their children are concerned, the applicants should submit related documents like birth certificate, or certificate of non-marriage if the member is single, besides certificates of grade and proof of enrollment in their post curriculum, she said.

She said the active OWWA member-OFWs should file applications online at https://ease.owwa.gov.ph, following which they would – on qualifying — be issued a downloadable Scholarship Agreement for signature and notarization.

The agency is also offering the ‘Tabang OFW’, a Tertiary Education Subsidy for college-level dependents of repatriated, displaced, or deceased OFWs.

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