Department of Labor and Employment
November 4, 2020
OWWA’s legacy program secures both OFW and his or her offspring
The Overseas Welfare Administration (OWWA) has always believed in the saying that the whole is bigger than the sum of its parts. This is the reason why the agency that primarily handles the welfare of the migrant Filipino have always had a soft heart for the children of OFWs.
To secure the future of dependents of OFWs, OWWA has offered scholarships and educational assistance through its Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) and the OFW Dependent Scholarship Program (ODSP).
The EDSP is a scholarship grant amounting to P60,000 per school year to qualified dependents of active OWWA members who intend to pursue a four- or fiveyear baccalaureate course in any preferred college or university.
On the other hand, the ODSP is an educational assistance amounting to P20,000 per school year to qualified dependents of active OWWA members whose salary is not more than US$600. Among the recipients of OWWA scholarship grants, who are now young professionals, are Justine Wendell Navarez, a civil engineer; Myla Geronga, who recently graduated with honors; and Angelika Marie Fundal, now a licensed teacher.
When Navarez, from Digos City, Davao del Sur availed of the EDSP in 2011, he did not just pass the qualifying examinations administered by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), he also ranked ninth among all passers that year.
After passing the examinations, he took up a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at the Cor Jesu College, Digos City. Navarez is now a Laboratory Engineer at Qualitest Solutions and Technologies, Inc. in Davao City and a part-time instructor at the Cor Jesu College of Engineering.
Geronga, meanwhile, graduated cum laude in Business Administration at Saint Joseph Institute of Technology in Butuan. Geronga’s sister Daisy, a manicurist in the UAE was feeling burdened supporting her nine siblings, so she encouraged her sister to apply for an OWWA scholarship.
Geronga became an EDSP grantee in 2018 and became a consistent Dean’s Lister. She expressed gratitude to OWWA and to her sister for enabling her to finish her studies. Fundal was an ODSP grantee who took up Bachelor of Secondary Education, Major in English at Capiz State University in 2013.
She graduated Cum Laude in March 2017. After passing the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET), Fundal was hired by the Department of Education as Teacher I at San Nicolas National High School in Tapaz, Capiz.
Armed with her passion for teaching and learning, she obtained her Master of Arts in Teaching Major in English at Filamer Christian University in June 2020 and was awarded Outstanding in Thesis Writing. Currently, Fundal is pursuing a Doctor of Education major in English Language Teaching also at Filamer Christian University.