The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Friday has recognized the exemplary achievements of its 22 scholars who earned their college diploma under the Workers Organization Development Program (WODP), three of whom finished cum laude.

The Workers Organization Development Program (WODP) serves as a facilitating mechanism of DOLE in strengthening trade unions and other workers’ organizations. It provides educational opportunities to union officers and members, including their dependents, and offers greater productivity, prosperity, and welfare to the employer and workers’ organization.

“In this special recognition day, we congratulate and commend our scholar graduates for their perseverance and dedication in pursuing their degrees. We, together with your parents, are all very proud of your achievements. DOLE vows to continue granting scholarships and assisting the unions and their dependents in pursuing their dreams of a higher education,” Director Benjo Santos Benavidez said during the WODP Scholars Recognition Day.

He further added that WODP aims to develop the capabilities of the workers, as well as their dependents, to perform their roles in a company or organization effectively and efficiently.

The WODP offers two types of scholarship grants which are the Isabelo Delos Reyes (IDR) Grant and the Regular Scholarship grant covering Master and Bachelor’s Degrees, technical and short-term courses, and review courses for professional examinations.

WODP Regular Scholarship is granted to officers and members of the workers’ organization for a maximum amount of ₱ 16,000.00 per semester for their graduate studies, while the Isabelo Delos Reyes (IDR) Grant is provided to dependents of officers and members of workers’ organization for a maximum amount of ₱ 29,000.00 per semester for undergraduate studies.

A total of 22 scholars-graduated during school years 2015-2016 and 2016-2017, and three of whom — Marie Baltazar, Bachelor of Science Accountancy; Princess Cequeña, Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship; and Jwency Ricohermoso, Bachelor of Science in Accountancy— graduated cum laude. Another scholar, Renzel Diez, BS in Hotel and Restaurant Management was also honored for receiving a leadership award.

The other DOLE scholarship grantees were John Abrian; Roben Cabintoy; Jeannie De Guzman; Jennica Oliverio; Nikka Espiritu; Jimmy Miranda; Pamela Adia; Juan Paulo Alemania; Jeffrey Aliparo; Lara Mae Avellano; Kaycelynne Dela Rosa; Karl Lorenzo; Tricia Matute; Francis Orgen; Liezel Soriano; Patricia Verastigue; Jayare Villasis; and Zenaida Visaya.

To aid the graduate scholars in landing decent and sustainable jobs, Robelyn Revilla, labor and employment officer of Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) presented tips and techniques on how to easily find a job which matches with their skills through the help of the PhilJobNet, the online job matching portal of DOLE.

Revilla also cited the latest survey of BLE about the in-demand and hard to fill occupations and the highest paying jobs in the Philippines. She also introduced the JobStart program of DOLE which can help the fresh graduates in enhancing their chances for employment.

DOLE Assistant Secretary Maria Gloria A. Tango also commended the WODP scholars for their hard work and perseverance in pursuing their college degrees while working at the same time for their respective companies.

#Paul Ang

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