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OWWA launches Project EASE to aid kin of COVID affected OFWs

Philippine Information Agency
16 Sep 2020, 22:38 GMT+10

Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III, OWWA Board of Trustees Chair

CALOOCAN CITY, Sept. 16 (PIA) --The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) launched its latest educational assistance program to qualified children of its member-Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Called Project EASE or the Educational Assistance through Scholarship in Emergencies, it aims to provide educational assistance to qualified college-level dependents of active OWWA member-OFWs whose employment were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The OWWA Board of Trustees, chaired by Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III, has allocated a total of P400 million for the first year of implementation of the project sourced from the OWWA fund.

"True to its mandate of providing holistic programs and services to the OFWs and their families, the OWWA board has set aside funds to support the education of college-level dependents of active OWWA member-OFWs", Bello said.

"As the project title suggests, we intend to ease the impact of the pandemic on the lives of our dear OFWs", he added.

Through the project, educational assistance of PHP10,000.00 per annum for a maximum of 4 years will be given to a qualified dependent of an OWWA member-OFW with active membership status at the time of their repatriation to the country from the declaration of the outbreak on 01 February 2020.

Interested OWWA-member OFWs may apply online through http://ease.owwa.gov.ph or contact OWWA Regional Offices for more details. (OWWA/PIA-NCR)

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