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From left to right: Allan S. Freno, Kristine Marie H. Sison, RD Marilou M. Sumalinog, Cristy E. Espiloy, Angelie Agustin, OWWA Scholar

Twenty- four dependents of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Sultan Kudarat qualified for the scholarship programs of the Overseas Workers Welfare Association (OWWA), school year 2020 – 2021.

These scholars, together with their guardians, inked a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with OWWA on November 19 to officially mark the beginning of their contracts. The said signing was hosted by LGU Tacurong at the Tacurong City Cultural and Sports Center.

Present at the event were RD Marilou M. Sumalinog, Reginal Director, OWWA Region XII; Kristine Marie H. Sison, Programs and Services Division, OWWA Region XII; Cristy E. Espiloy, Auditor, Commission on Audit; and, Mr. Allan S. Freno, Public OFW Desk Officer (PODO), LGU Tacurong.

Depending on which program they qualified for, the 24 scholars will be financed either with P 20,000 per school year under the OFW Dependents Scholarship Program (ODSP) or P 60,000 per school year under the Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP).

Out of the 24, 6 Tacurongnons qualified for ODSP while 3 qualified for EDSP.

Last August, applicants all over Region XII submitted their applications and requirements to OWWA through the designated PODO of each local government. OWWA then meticulously evaluated each applicant using stringent criteria in order to choose the most qualified yet deserving of the OFW dependents. For instance, ODSP requires that the OFW must have an income below $600, and so most of the scholars have domestic worker, driver, or clerk, for a mother or father.

In her inspirational message, RD Sumalinog encouraged the scholars to use this opportunity to achieve the dreams of their OFW parents — that is for them to finish their college education.

There are 400 OWWA scholarship slots for the entire country this school year, and 24 of those were given to Sultan Kudarat. (YMR, LGUTac- Info)