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Five dependents of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Central Mindanao have availed of a scholarship program of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), it was announced Friday.
OWWA-12 Regional Director Abdulgani Umag identified the scholars as Gabrielle Fatth Gloria of San Lorenzo Ruiz Academy in Polomolok, South Cotabato, Kyrstianne de Pedro of Koronadal National Comprehensive High School, both of the Education for Development Scholarship Program of OWWA.
Also beneficiaries of the scholarship program under the Congressional Migrant Workers Scholarship Program were Karl Betita of Matutum View Academy in South Cotabato and Marcy Grace Necor and Elena Tuluyan of Tulunan National High School in North Cotabato.
De Pedro was a member of the Team Philippines that competed in the 5th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Quiz Regional Competition in Cambodia.
Umag explained that De Pedro and Gloria will receive a P30,000 financial assistance from OWWA per semester. They also have the privilege to choose a four-year course of their choice in any colleges and universities accredited by the Commission on Higher Education.
The three other scholars who will take science and technology related courses will receive a monthly stipend of P3,500, P1,000 book allowance and P500 uniform allowance.
Umag said the incoming college students are sons and daughters of OFWs who have contributed to the development of the country's economy. The program is a gesture of goodwill to OFWs who have been sacrificing for the country and its people.