OWWA’s Seafarers Upgrading Program (SUP)

The program intends to provide job-related training in upgrading the knowledge, skills and develop expertise among Filipino seafarers in accordance with technological advancements and global maritime standards. It is in the form of financial assistance with OWWA assuming the training cost as prescribed in the existing implementing guidelines.

The applicant may choose his/her preferred training course accredited by Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) or Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) from the list of OWWA recognized Training Providers where he/she intends to enroll. Training assistance is P7,500.00.


Seafarers with valid OWWA membership contribution at the time of application shall be entitled to avail of SUP under any of the following condition:

  • Single contribution for first time availment
  • Subsequent entitlements every three (3) recorded payments of OWWA membership contribution

For subsequent availments, applications may be filed within 90 days from the date of last arrival to the Philippines/on vacation or following the expiration of his employment contract.

Documentary Requirements:

  • Proof of OWWA membership
  • Accomplished Application Form
  • Seafarer’s Identification & Record Book and/or Passport (valid original copy)
  • 2”x2” Photo (2 copies)

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