The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is set to release a P30,000 cash aid for the tertiary-level dependents of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) affected by the coronavirus pandemic by mid-October.
The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) is responsible for profiling potential beneficiaries of the one-time financial assistance program, Labor Silvestre Bello III, said in an interview on Sunday.
Eligible beneficiaries include children of displaced, non-returning, and repatriated OFWs impacted by the global crisis, as well as those who died due to coronavirus disease. The grantee must also be enrolled or intending to enroll in a state university, college, or a private higher education institution recognized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
Bello added that DOLE would forward a list of eligible grantees to CHED based on the profiling made by OWWA.
“As for CHED, once they have screened the list we submitted, they will now download these funds for the scholarship for one child of every OFW who has been repatriated or who has been displaced because of COVID-19,” he explained in Filipino.
President Rodrigo Duterte earlier said that around 33,000 students would benefit from the said program, which has a P1 billion budget.