Date Posted: September 10th, 2015 05:50 AM

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday was all praises for Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) scholar Cesar Suyko Llanto III who ranked first in the Occupational Therapist National Licensure Examination conducted by the Professional Regulation Commission on 8-9 August 2015.


“I salute Mr. Llanto III for his achievement. He adds another feather in the cap of the OWWA’s scholarship program,” said Baldoz who was apprised of the scholar’s achievement by OWWA Administrator Rebecca J. Calzado.


Calzado herself earlier expressed delight and warmly congratulated Llanto III, who was a scholar of the Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP), one of OWWA’s four scholarship programs for OFWs.


A graduate of Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy at the Velez College in Cebu City, Llanto bested 106 other passers.


He is the son of Cesar P. Llanto, Jr., a seafarer for 31 years and currently working for Arctic Shipping Corporation. Llanto, the father, is an active OWWA member and so his son qualifies for the scholarship. The young Llanto took the EDSP qualifying examination in 2009, making it to the top Top 100.


Baldoz observed that OWWA scholars continue to excel in their respective fields of studies or discipline, thus they are deserving of the educational assistance provided them. She recalled one scholar, Ivy Elaine Aguilar Cadalzo, who topped the Geodetic Engineer Licensure Examination and is now gainfully employed as a research associate in the University of the Philippines.


“This also strengthens the need for OWWA’s scholarship programs to continue because they provide real benefits to OWWA members and their families,” she said.


Llanto III himself had expressed appreciation to the OWWA for the scholarship throughout his four-year journey in college.


“OWWA has made a significant contribution to my achievement. More than the financial support, I also benefited from the training, conferences, and seminars the OWWA has conducted for us scholars which have given me new skills in preparation for my future,” Llanto III said.


He also mentioned that along the way, he had made friends with other OWWA scholars. “OWWA scholars have become a community where we help each other out and discuss professional, academic, and even personal matters guided by the warm staff of OWWA,” he added.


Llanto III, who is planning to pursue his career by working in a pediatric clinic as it is his passion, dedicated his victory to his parents for always encouraging him to believe in himself and to keep faith in God.


“I am also open to the idea of being a lecturer in Goldfrank, his review center for the examination, to pay back the help they have given him and to inspire aspiring occupational therapists.


The EDSP is a scholarship program of OWWA which gives opportunity to dependents of active OFWs to enroll in any 4-5 year course in college in any CHED-accredited school or university of their choice in the Philippines. OWWA provides academic financial assistance amounting to P60, 000 per school year to applicants who will pass the qualifying examination and make it to the top 200 qualifiers nationwide.


Any question about this release? Contact Marie Cruz of the OWWA’s Advocacy and Social Marketing Division at Tel. No. (632) 891-7601 loc. 5414, 5603 or (632) 891-7741; Email address: Also visit


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