OWWA Extends Scholarship to Dependents of Deceased OFW Members
Children of OFWs who are `active’ OWWA members at the time of their death are eligible to avail of financial aid thru the Education and Livelihood Assistance Program or ELAP.
According to OWWA Officer-in-Charge Albert Q. Valenciano, what makes the education-cum-livelihood program for dependents of deceased members very helpful to the family of the OWWA member is that the educational support can start at any level from elementary, high school or college, depending on what school level the qualified dependent is enrolled in.
“Kung sakali pong ang OWWA member na may ‘active’ status ay namatay maging dito o sa ibang bansa, makatatanggap ang pamilya ng mga kaukulang benepisyo mula sa ahensiya. Bukod pa rito, kung ang anak ng namatay ay nasa elementarya, siya ay mapag-aaral sa ilalim ng ELAP ng OWWA hanggang makatapos siya ng kolehiyo,” OIC Valenciano explained.
The OWWA Officer-in-Charge added that aside from schooling, the deceased members’ qualified dependents are likewise eligible to ELAP’s livelihood package worth P15,000.00 to start a small business to serve as the family’s additional source of income. For married members, only one child, usually first-borns, is entitled to avail of the said privilege.
On the other hand, single OFW members’ beneficiaries for ELAP’s livelihood component are the parents, either the mother or the father, while one of the active members’ sibling, is entitled to the scholarship grant.
“ELAP’s impact to the family of the deceased OWWA member, especially those who graduated from college with Latin honors, is very inspiring . Considering the fact that the loss of their OFW relative is permanent, the sad situation did not deter these kids to continue their studies and bring home the bacon, so to speak. These young people’s determination bespeaks of their inner strength. Their story truly touches one’s heart and earn one’s respect,” the OWWA OIC said.
For 2015, ELAP enrollees for elementary totaled 757; high school, 934; college, 1,015. The educational assistance produced 140 graduates, a number of whom graduated with Latin honors.
This year, OWWA achievers include 3 ELAP availees who brought home medals for scholastic excellence when they finished their baccalaureate degrees with Latin Honors in Political Science, AB English and BS Tourism.