Davao Region – Eighteen (18) scholars of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) – Regional Welfare Office XI were among the 83,000 passers of the September 2019 Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET). Of this number, three (3) were scholars under the Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) while the fifteen were grantees of the OFW Dependents Scholarship Program (ODSP).

EDSP is a scholarship grant offered to qualified beneficiaries/dependents of active OWWA members who intend to enroll in a 4-5 year baccalaureate course in any preferred colleges/universities in the country.  A financial assistance amounting to a maximum of PhP60,000.00 per school year is given to the scholar who must be among the top 400 passers of the qualifying examination administered by the Department of Science and Technology while ODSP is an educational assistance worth PhP20,000.00 per year offered to qualified dependents of active OWWA members whose monthly salary is US$600.00 or below.

The three new licensed teachers under EDSP are: Portia Aioel Aine Dalangin (Ateneo de Davao University), Jelyn Beierly (Cor Jesu College), and Ruelyn Rizaldo (University of Mindanao) while the fifteen passers under ODSP are: Angelika Bantilan, Renato Taporoc Jr., Analie Aparicio, Janeza Pechon, Jecyl Cotongan, and Maelyne Claire Bulod from the University of Southeastern Philippines – Obrero Campus; Doreen Cañete from the University of Southeastern Philippines – Tagum City;  Mary Sarona, Cathrine Mae De Vera and Gracel Madelo from Southern Philippines Agri-Business and Marine and Aquatic School of Technology (SPAMAST) – Digos City; Marisam Biso from Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology – Mati City; Melodino Talisic, Jeelou Hayana and Ela Payot from Compostela Valley State College; and Carmel Paz from the Philippine College of Technology – Davao City.

Some of the grantees are presently working as private tutors, virtual assistant, and call center agents while others are taking a masteral degree to continue their professional growth and to become more competent in teaching careers.

To strenghten their relationship as OFW dependents and to help them cope up with their loneliness and longings with their loved ones working overseas, OWWA-RWO XI regularly conducted various capability building activities and learning support mechanism for them.

For the calendar year 2019,  RWO XI has a total of 44 maintained or currently enrolled scholars and 19 graduated under the Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) while for the OFW Dependents Scholarship Program (ODSP, 158 grantees were currently enrolled and 53 graduated from the different universities and colleges. (By: Maricel T. Sarabillo, LCO, OWWA-RWO XI)