News Release
Department of Labor and Employment
September 30, 2020

ROs set for ‘Tabang OFW’ aid grant

The regional offices of the labor department are all set to implement the P1-billion package of ‘tabang’ or tertiary education assistance for dependents of COVID-affected overseas Filipino workers, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said on Wednesday.

Bello, at the same time, encouraged OFWs whose children or dependents are college students to avail of the aid program being jointly undertaken by the Department of Labor and Employment and the Commission on Higher Education.

The DOLE regional offices (ROs) will undertake the processing and evaluation of applications under the program and ensure its smooth implementation, including the release of cash grants to beneficiaries. The program is a one-time P30,000 cash aid to qualified beneficiaries.

“The assistance is on a first-come, first-serve basis that is why we advise our OFWs to apply at our regional offices this early. They will facilitate the preparation of payment, including the release of the financial benefit to the grantees,” Bello said.

The grant will cover school costs such as textbooks or learning materials, academic and extra-curricular expenses, and stipends including board and lodging, clothing, transportation, health or medical needs, and school supplies.

Tabang OFW provides grant-in-aid to currently enrolled children of OFWs affected by COVID-19 who must meet the admission and retention requirements of government and private colleges and universities.

Also, the qualified grantees must have not been expelled from school, are not recipients of any scholarship grant from any government agency, and are certified by DOLE as a dependent of an OFW who has been repatriated, or displaced due to the COVID-19 pandemic, or had died from COVID-19.

The recipients must be financially dependent on the OFWs of their college education to qualify for the program, according to the joint memorandum circular signed by Bello and CHEd chair Prospero de Vera III last week.

Under the circular, DOLE will identify OFWs who have at least a dependent or is intending to enroll in a public or private higher education institution in the academic year 2020-2021.

The repatriated or displaced OFW shall elect one of his or her dependent who shall be included in the program. In the case of deceased OFW, the legal surviving spouse, parent, or next of kin shall elect the dependent.

The fund for the program will be transferred to DOLE by CHEd’s United Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education. ###GSR

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Mga RO, nakahanda para sa programang ‘Tabang OFW’

Nakahanda na ang mga regional office ng Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) para ipatupad ang P1-billion package ng ‘tabang’ o tertiary education assistance for dependents of COVID-affected overseas Filipino workers, ayon kay Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III.

Hinikayat ni Bello ang mga OFW na mayroong anak o dependent na college student na mag-aplay sa programa na ginawa sa pagtutulungan ng DOLE at ng Commission on Higher Education.

Ang mga regional office (RO) ng DOLE ang siyang magpoproseso at sasala ng mga aplikasyon para sa programa upang maayos itong maipatupad kabilang ang paglalabas ng tulong pinansyal para sa mga benepisyaryo.

Ang programa ay isang beses na P30,000 tulong pinansyal para sa mga kuwalipikadong benepisyaryo.

“Ang tulong ay first-come, first-serve basis kaya hinihikayat ang mga OFW na mag-aplay sa mga regional office ngayon pa lamang. Sila ang nakatalaga upang umasikaso ng pagbabayad, kabilang ang paglalabas ng tulong pinansyal para sa mga benepisyaryo,” wika ni Bello.

Saklaw ng tulong pinansyal ang gastusin para sa pampaaral tulad ng mga textbook o learning material, academic at extra-curricular expense, at stipend tulad ng board and lodging, clothing, transportation, health o medical needs, at mga school supplies.

Nagbibigay ang Tabang OFW ng tulong sa mga kasalukuyang naka-enroll na anak ng mga OFW na apektado ng pandemya at kinakailangang makapagbigay ng mga admission at retention requirement sa mga kolehiyo at unibersidad ng gobyerno o pribadong institusyon.

Dagdag pa rito ang mga kuwalipikadong benepisyaryo ay hindi dapat na-expel sa kanilang mga paaralan, hindi nakatanggap ng anumang scholarship grant mula sa anumang ahensya ng gobyerno, at sertipikado ng DOLE bilang mga dependent ng mga OFW na repatriated, o nawalan ng trabaho dahil sa COVID-19 pandemic, o namatay dahil sa COVID-19.

Ang mga benepisyaryo ay dapat na financially dependent sa mga OFW para sa kanilang pag-aaral sa kolehiyo upang maging kuwalipikado sa programa batay sa joint memorandum circular na nilagdaan ni Bello at CHEd chair Prospero de Vera III noong nakaraang linggo.

Sa ilalim ng circular, ang DOLE ang kikilala sa mga OFW na mayroong mga dependent o nais mag-enroll sa pampubliko o pribadong higher education institution para sa academic year 2020-2021.

Ang na-repatriate o na-displace na OFW ay dapat na magtalaga ng isa sa kanyang dependent na magiging kabilang sa programa. Kung sumakabilang buhay na ang OFW, ang legal surviving spouse, parent, o next of kin ang siyang magtatalaga ng dependent.

Ang pondo para sa programa ay ililipat sa DOLE mula sa United Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education ng CHEd. ###GSR/ Paul Ang

 

 

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