OWWA subsidy available for marine deck and engine officers' MLCs
Marine deck and engine officers in need of Updating Management Level Courses (MLCs) from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) may avail of a P7,500 financial subsidy that would render their training free.
The financial subsidy will benefit sea-based workers who are active OWWA members who were not able to comply with the 2010 Standards of Training and Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) Convention.
“We hope to enroll as many non-compliant active members as we can as support to the plight of our member-seafarers, who because of their failure to take the MLCs prohibited them to progress to the next step,” OWWA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac said in a statement Thursday.
Interested parties must submit two copies of accomplished application form; two 2x2 photos; seafarer's Identification and Record Book (SIRB) and passport; enrollment confirmation; and endorsement from Principal/Manning Agency that they have not yet availed of similar scholarship grant.
They must also be active OWWA members who have made at least three contributions and have yet to avail any OWWA program covering their contributions.
Seafarers may file for MLCs within 90 days from their arrival in the Philippines and must apply for the subsidy before June 30, one day before the full implementation of the STCW Convention.
Deck officers may apply for the following courses: Navigation at the Management Level, Controlling the Operation of the Ship and Care for Persons on Board at the Management Level, and for Marine Engineer; Marine Engineering at the Management Level, Electrical and Electronic Control Engineering at the Management Level, Maintenance and Repair at the Management Level, Controlling the Operation of the Ship and Care for Persons on Board at the Management Level.
The OWWA Board of Trustees approved Board Resolution No. 14, which allocated P50 million to the financial subsidies. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News