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DoLE sets aside P1B for OFW dependents

Raymart Lolo

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Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Wednesday said the regional offices (RO) of the labor department will be providing P1-billion worth of educational assistance to overseas Filipino workers (OFW) with dependents in tertiary level.

Tagged as ‘Tabang OFW,’ the program will be providing a one-time cash aid worth P30,000 to qualified OFW beneficiaries.

Bello advised OFW whose children or dependents are college students to avail of the aid program jointly headed by the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd).

“The assistance is on a first-come, first-serve basis that is why we advise our OFW to apply at our regional offices this early. They will facilitate the preparation of payment, including the release of the financial benefit to the grantees,” he added.

Bello said the RO will process and evaluate the applicants of the program to ensure its smooth implementation, including the release of cash grants.

The grant will cover school costs such as textbooks or learning materials, academic and extra-curricular expenses, and stipends including board and lodging, clothing, transportation, health or medical needs and school supplies.

Tabang OFW will also provide grant in-aid to currently enrolled children of OFWs affected by COVID-19 who must meet the admission and retention requirements of government and private colleges and universities.

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