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Children of Migrant Pinoy Workers Receive Education Subsidy
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Philippine government’s Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) provided an education subsidy to nearly 800 disadvantaged youths, including children of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
“The goal of the subsidy was to increase the level of school participation and retention rates in secondary education among disadvantaged youth, including the children of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs),” said IOM Philippines Chief of Mission Ovais Sarmad.
The project provided a monthly allowance of PHP 1,000 (around $23.21) for transport, food
and other expenses, and PHP 500 (around $11.60) for school-related fees.
IOM and its partners on March 28 honored the graduating student beneficiaries of the scheme implemented in 15 selected public high schools.
Launched two years ago, the project has helped disadvantaged young people in some of the poorest provinces of the Philippines finish their education.
Since 2010, the education subsidy has benefited:
- 641 students at risk of dropping out,
- 33 former out-of-school youth, and
- 74 students classified as disadvantaged children of OFWs in public schools in Masbate,
- Antique, Agusan del Sur and Maguindanao.
In a news release, the IOM said the scheme, which unlike other scholarship programs did not require a minimum points average.
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