DOLE scholarship grants available for less privileged students and jobseekers

February 19, 2013 11:15 pm 

MANILA, Feb. 19 — Underprivileged students and jobseekers will now be able to receive scholarship grants from the Department of Labor (DOLE) to be aided in their desire to increase their chances of landing a decent job.

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said in a statement that there was a need to arm students and jobseekers with the proper skills and competencies required by companies having the most number of manpower demand.

Baldoz said that aside from offering training programs to help them acquire required skills and relevant experience, these scholarship grants will be given since not all students and jobseekers have the financial means to enroll in these programs.

Overseas Filipino workers (OFW) who are active members of the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration (OWWA) can take advantage of the different scholarship grants offered by the DOLE attached agency to their dependents.

“These scholarship grants are among the benefits enjoyed by an active OWWA member that’s why we highly encourage all OFWs to secure their membership with OWWA,” Baldoz said.

Aside from formal education, there are also short-term training programs intended for OFWs and their dependents.

“All these efforts are in accordance with the DOLE’s thrust of addressing jobs and skills mismatch and the President’s goal of investing in the country’s resource, the human resource, to make it more competitive and employable,” she said.

For more information about these scholarship programs, please visit the websites of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority at www.tesda.gov.ph; the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration at www.owwa.gov.ph; and the Bureau of Labor Relations at www.blr.dole.gov.ph. (PNA)

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