Qualified college-level dependents of OFWs to receive P30,000 cash assistance

    MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte confirmed that the government will dole out a one-time cash assistance to college-level children of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).

    President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the people after holding a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) core members at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on August 31, 2020.

    The President confirmed on Monday that the government has allotted P1 billion to give a one-time P30,000 cash assistance to over 33,000 college-level students who are children of OFWs who were displaced, repatriated, deceased or affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He said the Tertiary Education Subsidy would be given to one college-level beneficiary of each qualified OFW.

    “Ngayon, dito sa effect ng COVID sa pag-aaral ng ating mga anak, kailangan natin na tulungan lalo na, a Tertiary Education Subsidy for dependents of displaced non-returning repatriated or deceased OFWs due to COVID-19,” Duterte said during his televised address.

    “Ang tulong po sa edukasyon sa mga anak niyo nito is a one-time grant of P30,000. The project will be allotted with the amount of P1 billion which will benefit about 33,000 students from OFW families,” he added.

    To qualify, the beneficiary must be enrolled or intending to enroll in a state or local university or college or a CHED-recognized private institution for higher education in the school year 2020 to 2021.

    Duterte said the college grant is a project initiated by CHED under the United Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UniFast) in collaboration with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). He said those who are interested in the cash assistance can get further details from CHED, DOLE and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).

    According to an August report by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), over 124,000 OFWs have been repatriated and went home as the COVID-19 sweeps the country.

    Applications now open

    Meanwhile, The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) announced last August 20 that application for the Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES) for SY 2020-2021 is now open.

    This TES is not exclusive for affected OFWs and is open to qualified college-level students under the RA 10931 (Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act) which was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte last August 3, 2017.

    To apply for TES, here are the qualification:
    • Filipino citizen
    • Qualified for admission and retention requirements of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and does not exceed the Maximum Residency Policy
    • Enrolled in SUCs, CHED-recognized LUCs and programs of private schools under CHED Registry
    • Has not been expelled in any HEIs
    • Qualified for any future policy by the UniFAST BOARD

    Those who qualify for CHED’s TES will receive the following benefits per academic year:
    • Students who enroll in SUCs and CHED-recognized LCUs will have their full tuition fee and school fees covered plus P40,000 for other education related expenses
    • Students who enroll in Private Higher Education Institutions will have P20,000 of their tuition fee covered and P40,000 for other education related expenses

    — Sally, The Summit Express
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    1. kasama pa po ba kahit edsp scholar na?thanks po sa sagot

    2. Makakatanggap po b kmi ng tulong muna s gobyerno isang ofw n nag aaplay ulit abroad pero naabutan kmi ng lockdown until no!

    3. hello sir president paano maka kuha nean at san dpat pomonta para maka koha finanacial assitance nayan? ofw from sultenate of oman

    4. Kasi yung papa ko tinawagan siya nang kanyang amo para makabalik pero may pandemic.Yung mama ko po nasa brunei close ang company na tinatrabahuan niya.Nag aaral po ako college student.pano po ba mag apply?

    5. Ang asawa q po ay hindi pa nkabalik sa ibang bansa kasi may pandemic pa. Dapat sa April 20, 2020 sya sana makablik sa Saudi. Pano po ang pag apply sa students assistance na 30k?

    6. How can I apply for this program of ched is there's a site to open?

    7. Kahit po ba hindi member ang anak sa scholarship program pwede Maka avail?

    8. Non member po ng scholarship program po ba Yan may isang college po ako 1st year. Qualified po b sya at ako na ama ofw?

    9. Paanu poh aq makaaplly 4rth year college n po aq ngaun my 3 anak ung asawa qpo dna nkabalik sa saudi dahil pp sa pandrmya maaari po b aq mapasama sa scholarship slmat po

    10. pano po ma avail ang 30k isang ofw.po ako dpt po nakaalis n ako nong March kaso naabutan po ako ng pandemic dto sa pinas.. my college po akong anak first year po sia..

    11. Paano po makaavail ng 30k,tatlo po anakq sa college ngayon,mula kc nong march na naglockdown wla na po akong trabaho hanggang ngayon

    12. how to apply< my son can't enroll this school year, incoming 3rd year in college due to, financial problem, my husband is an OFW, work in a cruise ship, but send home due to the Pandemic,pls..let us know How to apply this tuition fee assistance. Thank You!

    13. Gudpm po,ask ko lng po kung qualified po b ang grade 12 dto po s financial assistance nyo po. Slmat po.

    14. Paano po magapply ng student assistance

    15. Pano po mag apply at san po kami Kukuha ng form. Sa ngayon inabot na ako ng 11 buwan standby no work no pay. Kaya need nami. Yong 30k sa student namin.

    16. helo,po ask ko lang po makakatanggap po ba ako ng assistance , graduate po nung march, pero may summer class pa po ako babayaran

    17. helo po how to apply po para sa cash assistance tulad ko anak ng ofw di po nakabalik dahil sa pandemic

    18. Ako po isang ofw sa taiwan my anak na college at k11 mag 8 months napo ako d2 sa pinas nalockdown hanggang ngayon po hindi padin nakabalik sana po makatanggap ako ng cash assistat na 30 k

    19. hello po good morning!!!how to avail po nang cash assistant na 30k!thanks

    20. Is there anyone who availed this? Please send us the link. Thank you

    21. ibinalita lang yata pero walang action

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