8 OWWA scholars graduate, 2 with honors

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Sunday, May 5, 2013

EIGHT beneficiaries of an Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) scholarship program joined this year’s college graduation, two of them with honors.

Baguio City natives Gerome Ace Calicdan Dado, Bachelor of Science (BS) in Management Accounting graduate from St. Louis University (SLU) and Celine Cabauatan Matunda, BS in Biology graduate from University of the Philippines graduated cum laude.

They are two of five graduates who benefited from OWWA Education for Development Scholarship Program.


Mark Edward Gunayon Nicolas, BS in Electronics and Communication Engineering graduate and Kazelyn Tagudar, BS in Nursing graduate were consistent Dean’s listers at SLU.

Evangeline May Gonzales Calica of La Trinidad, Benguet, also finished her degree in Nursing at SLU and will pursue a Doctor of Medicine course in the same university.

Three other beneficiaries of the scholarship program are: Archimedes Mark Francisco Ballesteros of Alfonso Lista, Ifugao, BS in Computer Science graduate from Don Mariano Marcos State University-La Union; Regina Grace Palaguitang Bugtong of Baguio City, BS in Information Techology graduate from Data Center of the Philippines–Baguio; and Kannah Grace Pedro Lumaban of La Trinidad, Benguet, BS in Pharmacy graduate of SLU.

Manuel Peña, OWWA-CAR regional director disclosed that the Education for Development Program (EDSP) is a scholarship program for qualified dependents of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) which provides a maximum of P60,000 educational assistance per school year leading to a four or five year baccalaureate course in any college or university.

OFWDSP on the other hand is a scholarship program for the children of OFWs whose monthly salary is less than $400 and provides an educational assistance of P20,000 per school year leading to a baccalaureate or associate course.

Peña also disclosed that the agency has 23 new scholars in Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) who will be given P60,000 educational assistance per school year under the EDSP and the Congressional Migrant Workers Scholarship program.

The OFWDSP has 80 scholars from the various provinces in CAR who will be given P20,000 per year educational assistance.

In the same forum, Peña encouraged both active OWWA member OFWs and their dependents to consider technical-vocational education and skills training to boost their qualifications for better employment opportunities or for job promotions.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 06, 2013.

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