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5 of 15 OOWA–CAR scholars finish college w/ flying colors
Carlito C. Dar / Lourdes Estocapio
Region, 4-13-2014

Fifteen children of Overseas Filipino Workers can now pursue their dreams courtesy of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Scholarship Program.

Ritchell Lamayo, who is graduating summa cum laude in Bachelor of Secondary Education major in Physical Science, plans to pursue post graduate degrees in Physics. Ritchell is the daughter of Ricky Lamayo, an OFW in Saudi Arabia. She is an OWWA OFW Dependent Scholarship Program (ODSP) beneficiary.

Donna Selina Bravo, meanwhile, will graduate as magna cum laude in Bachelor of Secondary Education. She hopes to work as a quality assurance analyst in a pharmaceutical company. Donna, whose father, Jorge, works in United Arab Emirates, is an OWWA Education for Scholarship Program (EDSP) scholar.

Marc Klevin Pajela, who is graduating cum laude in Bachelor of Science in Mechatronics, will pursue master’s in Mechatronics either at the Ateneo de Manila University or De La Salle University. Marc is also an EDSP scholar. His mother, Josephine Pajela, works in Brunei.

Another ODSP scholar, Shyla Dumapi, a graduating cum laude in Bachelor of Science in Management Accounting, sees herself as an auditor in a prestigious auditing firm in the future. Her mother Esther Dumapi works in Cyprus.

Gerome Ace Dado, an EDSP scholar who will graduate from Bachelor of Science on Management Accounting, his second degree after finishing Bachelor of Science in Accountancy in 2013. He graduated cum laude in both courses.

The other graduating OWWA scholars this semester are: Llayd Asim – Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from SLU under the EDSP and ODSP scholars Jonah Flor – BS Agri-business from Benguet State University; Irene Kaye Babila – BS Hotel and Restaurant Management from Abra Valley College; Ma. Katrina Dioquino – BS Information Technology from the University of Cordilleras; Dyna Frances Divina – BS Hospitality and Tourism Management from SLU; Ly-Ann Guieb – BS IT from DCCP, Baguio City; Scarlet Ildefonso – BS Nursing from Saint Mary’s University; and Avelina Lagayan – BS Social Work from UC.

The EDSP is a scholarship OWWA offers to qualified dependents of OWWA active members who intends to enroll in any four to five years baccalaureate course. The educational assistance under the program is P30,000 per semester.

The ODSP scholarship is offered to legal dependents of OFWs who are active OWWA members, whose salary do not exceed 400 US dollars. It provides a P20,000 per year or P10,000 per semester educational assistance.

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