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OWWA, IOM sign education subsidy agreement

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration and the International Organization on Migration on Friday, June 11, 2010, signed an agreement to implement an education subsidy initiative as part of the MDG Achievement Fund Joint Program on Youth, Employment & Migration (MDG-YEM).

Administrator Carmelita S. Dimzon signed the agreement on behalf of OWWA, while Regional Representative Bruce Reed represented IOM.

The education subsidy is a pilot initiative offered to children of Overseas Filipino Workers and other disadvantaged youth in the MDG-YEM-identified sites who don’t have access to education due to poverty and its consequent effects.

It aims primarily to prevent target beneficiaries from dropping out of school or to get them back to school by addressing financial constraints and helping address psycho-social hindrances.

This educational subsidy is aimed at helping children of OFWs aged 15 – 24 who are graduates of elementary school and presently residents of Antique, Masbate, Agusan del Sur and Maguindanao. They must either be out-of-school youth or are students at risk of dropping our from high school.

Among the salient features of the education subsidy are a fixed amount of no more than P500 for school-related fees and miscellaneous expenses as authorized by the Department of Education; fixed monthly allowance of P1,000; and other support costs for special needs (e.g. psycho-social support, remedials, etc) to prevent dropping out of school or to prepare out-of-school youth to go back to school.

The initiative’s objective is to increase participation and retention rates of the youth in secondary education in these identified places.

For more information, please contact:

OWWA Policy and Program Development Office
6th Floor, OWWA Center
7th St. cor. F.B. Harrison, Pasay City, Philippines
Tel: 891-7601, Ext 5609, 5610


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