OWWA scholars score big

When one asks what assistance does the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) provide for OFWs, many would probably answer the on-site assistance provided by OWWA overseas posts in handling OFW welfare cases, or the airport assistance to distressed OFWs or the life insurance benefits that it provides to beneficiaries of its departed member-OFWs.

But how about scholarship for beneficiaries of OFWs?

Yes, OWWA also provides educational benefits to the OFW or his or her beneficiaries. As the lead agency that caters to the welfare of OFWs and their beneficiaries, OWWA recognizes the value of education to the OFW family as studies have shown that it is one of the priorities for allocation of an OFW’s income.

OWWA currently has five scholarship programs and projects that provide educational benefits to OFWs and these are the Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP), Skills for Employment Scholarship Program (SESP), Seafarers Upgrading Program (SUP), Tuloy-Aral Project (TAP), and the Microsoft-Tulay Project (MTP).

The EDSP is OWWA’s scholarship program for beneficiaries of OFWs who wants to pursue a four to five year baccalaureate course. OWWA currently maintains 419 scholars under its Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP). As academic scholars, each EDSP Scholar is required to maintain grade requirements to maintain their scholarship. They are to maintain a passing grade point average (GPA) of at least 80 percent per term for the continuance of the scholarship until the completion of the course, avoid dropping more than two subjects for a semester or obtaining more than two incomplete grades for a semester. And because of these requirements, most EDSP scholars are developing strict study habits and patience in order to meet the said prerequisites.

But given the quality of these EDSP scholars, there are also others who, aside from maintaining the said requirements, are also excelling both in their academics and in other fields.

Outstanding expat pinoy child

Loris Marriel Barcelo Villar, EDSP scholar from the National Capital Region (NCR), was recently chosen from all over the country as one of BPI Ten Outstanding Expat Pinoy Children. She and nine other children of Filipino expatriates were chosen based on their essays on their contribution to the country as children of OFWs. In her essay on “What is a child’s role as a son/daughter of an expat Pinoy?”, Loris emphasized on values on family discipline. She also mentioned that as part of the youth sector, they have a responsibility to help less fortunate children as she personally experienced when she volunteered to assist the children beneficiaries of the Pangarap Foundation.

Loris is the eldest of two children of Engineer Ismael J. Villar, an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) based in Dubai, UAE and Lorna Barcelo Villar. She is presently a sophomore student at the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) taking-up AB Political Science. A consistent honor student, Loris qualified to be an OWWA-EDSP scholar starting school year 2006-2007 after graduating from San Lorenzo Ruiz High School. She learned of the EDSP scholarship through OWWA’s intensive information campaign and barely beat the deadline for the submission of requirements.

Lori admits that being a EDSP scholar greatly alleviates the educational expenses of studying in Ateneo de Manila which, though it is one of the top universities of the country, it is also one of the most expensive educational institutions to study in. Her EDSP scholarship shoulders half the cost of her tuition fees which amounts to approximately P60,000/semester.Lori also became an officer of the National Organization of OWWA (NOW) Scholars, NCR Chapter 2006-2007. She envisions herself as a corporate lawyer in the future.

An advocate for the environment

Norleen R. Parducho, EDSP Scholar from Region IVA, is a pro-active member of her community and an advocate for the protection of the environment. An honor student and a student leader since her grade school and high school days, she is currently a graduating student of the University of the Philippines Los Baños under the Bachelor of Science in Biology curriculum. Norleen is the daughter of Macario Parducho and OFW Petra Parducho, a babysitter in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for the past seven years.

During her sophomore year, she started joining community service projects at Puypuy, Bay, Laguna conducted by volunteered students. Two projects such as Book Donation for a Mini Library Project and Trash Can Donation Project were carried out by the group in the said community.

In 2006, she was elected as the Vice President of the Circle of OWWA Scholars (COS) Region IVA organization.

Natural born leader

Jestoni P. Babia, EDSP scholar from Cagayan de Oro City, is a not only an excellent student but a natural born leader as well. He is a child of OFW Danilo Babia, truck driver in Brunei and Flor Babia, a homemaker.

Despite his good academic performance in elementary and high school as a class valedictorian, his parents still have difficulties paying for the other fees which include his uniform, daily allowance and so on. But when he heard about the EDSP scholarship Program of OWWA, he immediately decided to apply and completed all the requirements needed. He passed the exam placing first in that year’s batch of examinees (2004).

A senior BS Education major in Special Education at Xavier University, Jestoni is a consistent Dean’s Lister from his first year to fourth year where he received certificates of recognition for his outstanding academic performance and is now a candidate for Magna Cum Laude for the SY2007-2008. While in first year, he became the representative of the Teachers’ Guild, one of the seven major organizations in Xavier University. He eventually became the President of the Guild in his junior year. He also joined several conferences in held in big universities nationwide where he also had the opportunity to meet some of the executives of Ayala Corporation when he qualified for the second screening of the 9th Ayala Young Leaders Congress in Makati City. With his exposures, his organization was able to conduct city wide and regional symposia, trainings and conferences on their own. And with the accomplishments that they had, they were awarded as the Most Outstanding Student Council bringing back the glory after ten years in the history of the university. Jestoni was also awarded the Most Outstanding Student Leader during that year.

Jestoni is also the Communications Officer of the League of OWWA Scholars in Mindanao and the National Organization of OWWA Scholars. With the OWWA EDSP, he learned that best things in life should not be taken for granted.

A survivor of life’s trials

Princess Rose C. Alonzo, EDSP scholar of Region 12, is a freshman BS Nursing student of Notre Dame University of General Santos City. She is the daughter of Paquito Alonzo, a farmer based in Dumaguete City and Leonita, a teacher retired by disability. She is the beneficiary of her sister, Rosanna, who is currently working as an OFW in Dubai, UAE.

Princesses’s family is very poor. Her whole family, including his brother, Crispin who married young and derives his income as a jeepney driver, relies mainly on the earnings of Rosanna.

Everyday is a struggle for Princess as she has to overcome struggles against poverty and conflicts within her family. A petty quarrel between her siblings in the second quarter of 2007 resulted in her mother and her leaving their family home to give way to her brother’s family and worse, left an emotional scar to which she bears up to now.

Princess admits that, despite all her difficulties, the EDSP scholarship that she got is a blessing for without it, she probably would not have gone to college because of financial difficulty. That is why she always gives her best in her studies as not to waste the opportunity she got from OWWA.

Although only in her first year, she is already showing signs of excellence by being a Dean’s Lister for the first semester of SY2007-2008. She is also an active member of the Philippine Nursing Student’s Association (PNSA) which is renowned for its community outreach programs.

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25 Responses to “OWWA scholars score big”  

  1. 1 girlie fabro

    when will you post the result of owwa scholarship result for 2008-2009?

  2. 2 ebugogo

    the results will be published in the leading newspapers next week. they are currently ranking the top 100 students who will get a scholarship grant from OWWA.

  3. 3 Dominic Aloc

    makikisend man po sa akin result ng OWWA-EDSP Scholarship.nico_020192@yahoo.com.ph…malapit na po kasi enrolment day ko sa UP…thank you po

  4. 4 jcbt

    ang tagal namn ng OWWA na yan! we are calling them everyday and yet hanggang ngaun hindi pa din nila marank ng maayos. nadedelay lahat ng mga kailangan naming gawin dahil jan sa EDSP results na yan! kelan ba ilalabas yan?

  5. 5 Lovegood

    Bakit po ganun??? I really thought that the results for OWWA-EDSP would be published in leading newspapers last week…. Bakit until now wala pa rin??? Please naman po… there are thousands of hopeful students that are waiting for it… Sana po ipaalam niyo na sa amin,,, Please naman po….

  6. 6 rosana

    i am an OFW returnee, can i avail an OWWA scholarship?

  7. 7 EBA

    Good Day!
    Sir may we ask for your good office to please assist us in all our requests.. It would be a great help in us hearing you some comments or response in regards to the listings of qualifis in OWWA EDSP scholarship program.
    Truly,it is a great factor in us in making decisions whether,we are about to enroll in college or not..
    as we all knew,this is one of the OWWA programs that helps beneficiaries of OFW to go through College,but if the system goes like this,do you think you mare helping us.??
    So,please kindly post it so that we could decide for it as soon as it is posted…
    Thank you very much!
    More power and GOD BLESS US ALL!

    EBA of Baguio City

  8. 8 ebugogo

    kahit hanggang ngaun umaasa pa rin ako kahit na naka-enroll na ako.. cguro wala clang badyet kaya natatagalan clang maglabas ng result…

  9. 9 jcbt

    matagal talga maglabas ng results, to think na 100 scholars lang naman ang kukunin. ewan ko ba. nakakaasar na yang owwa na yan.

  10. 10 freshlemon20

    sana naman lumabas na yung result as soon as possible..
    hindi ko tuloy sigurado kung makakapasok this sem…

  11. 11 Dominic Aloc

    Wag naman po nating sisihin ang OWWA dahil hindi pa nila nilalabas ung result.Dun naman sa mga hindi pa nageenrol dahil dito sa EDSP,pwede na mana po kayong magenrol tsaka na lang babayaran siguro ng OWWA.Db?Yun lang naman.Kahit ako lagi rin naghihintay sa OWWA-EDSP…Godbless!

  12. 12 jcbt

    siguro naman napakahaba na ng time na ibinigay para irank yang 100 na yan noh. hindi mo naman cguro masisisi ung mga hindi makapag-enroll kc hindi rin cla sure kung pasok nga cla. di ba? kaya cguro naman, nasa posisyon kaming mga naiinip na mainis at manisi kasi sobrang tagal.. to think na ung kasabayan nating DOST nagrelease na ng results 2 months ago… di ba? hay naku… sana makapasa ako para sulit ang pghihintay.. hehehe.

  13. 13 Aya

    It has been a long time..We also share the same sentiments as the other students who are waiting for the results. Same scenario is happening, we are constantly calling OWWA office and all they answer is check the website? Where are the results and we are looking forward to it. Enrollment at UP will end on 13th June 2008, and still we are waiting for the results. When are you going to published it?

    Would appreicate if you could answer me back by sending it to my email add. Thanks.


  14. 14 Dominic Aloc

    hehe..ok po jcbt…sana nga din nakapasa ako,pero feeling ko hinid rin kasi nahirapan ako,lalo na dun sa speed test,my memory loss kasi ako iu.hihi…lets be friends na lang here.haha

  15. 15 joey

    will there ever be scholarships given out to the students who took up the exam?! i mean, it has been ages at wala pang result hanggang ngayon. we’ve called and called and checked the website for so many times already searching for the said results…wala pa rin…does your silence mean na wala talagang scholarships na ipamimigay?!

    why keep some students all over the philippines wait for nothing?! if there isn’t any scholarship, then do not let these people wait…why not announce that there wouldn’t be any scholarship at all..ang tagal2x na nyan and classes will be starting soon…

  16. 16 jcbt

    xempre naman may scholarships na ipamimigay… un nga lang sobrang tagal ng panahon bago nila irelease yang 100 scholars na yan.. malay ba natin kung hanggang ngaun eh wala pa palang ranking na nangyayari… di ba? maxado ata clang busy of other things that’s why they are not able to be efficient in performing the task of presenting the 100 scholars at the least amount of tym possible..

  17. 17 anjanella

    sana lumabas na yung results…!! pls lang po…grabe!! ang tagal na po naming naghihintay..

  18. 18 admin

    DOST-SEI Scholarship Qualifiers for SY 2008-2009

    The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through the Science Education Institute (SEI) announces the names of the scholarship qualifiers for SY 2008-2009. The new scholarship awardees must seek admission in the identified fields of study at any of the state colleges and universities and CHED Centers of Excellence.

    Each qualifier shall receive a notice of award from the DOST-SEI or DOST Regional Offices stating the date of orientation and contract signing. He/She shall report at the designated venue with a parent/legal guardian and must bring the following requirements: accompanying parent’s/guardian’s 2008 Community Tax Certificate and notarization fee. The legal guardian is required to present his/her affidavit of guardianship.

  19. List of 2008 RA 7687 Qualifiers Alphabetical List

  20. List of 2008 RA 7687 Qualifiers Provincial List

  21. List of 2008 Merit Qualifiers
  • 19 pae

    DOST results naman po yan eh…hindi naman po yan kapareho ng sa OWWA EDSP result…

  • 20 ebugogo

    thanks for trying but we need the result from OWWA not from DOST-SEI.

  • 21 Dominic Aloc

    xa nga ang tagal ng maxado sana irelease na.cguro,one cause kung bkit ganito,kasi tinitingnan tlga nila kung OFW dependent ung ng apply dito,e 3thou po baga tau lahat kaya cguro natatagalan.hintay na lang tayo lahat…

  • 22 Jaymar
  • 23 admin

    100 OFW Beneficiaries Nationwide Qualifies for OWWA Baccalaureate Scholarship

    A total of one hundred (100) OFW beneficiaries nationwide qualified for the OWWA Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP). The EDSP is OWWA’s Baccalaureate Scholarship Program for OFW dependents who wish to pursue a 4 or 5 year college course.

    The list of qualifiers is arranged alphabetically according to the family names of the applicants.


  • 24 mike cuento

    hello pwede pa po bang mag apply though im already schooling, i’m now first year college student from university of perpetual help laguna, i’m enjoying 50% discounts on my tution fee. but still some money to study…so i need some basic information about on your scholarship…please make a response….

    thank you
    mike cuento

  • 25 Roberto Triñanes

    iam looking for my classmate Lorna Barcelo in Villamor high school class 1978

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