Posted by: tigergrassroots | April 5, 2013

Result of EDSP Qualifying Exam Taken November 18, 2012 now out

 

 

NAMES

Region/Place

   ACEBUQUE,  Jason Clement S.

Iloilo City

   AGUIRRE,  Amarie S.

San Rosa, Laguna

   AKIAT,  Renzo Miguel B.

Cagayan de Oro City

   ALBIT,  Blanca A.

Nasipit, Agusan Del Norte

   ANTONIO,  Jessica G.

Davao City

   ARANZANSO,  Clifford A.

San Pedro, Laguna

   AZUR,  Romie Angelo G.

Passi City, Iloilo

   AZURA,  Kenneth Jayson R.

Riyadh, KSA

   BAKGUS,  Allen John S.

Navotas City

   BALIGOD,  Katrina Angelica A.

Bacoor, Cavite

   BARANI,  Nor-Ain L.

Iligan City

   BARCELON,  Ramil John B.

Olongapo City

   BARRIO,  Mariche S.

Danao City, Cebu

   BAUTISTA,  Jonna Angelie V.

New Washington, Aklan

   BERCASIO,  Rein Ronald C.

Tanauan, Batangas

   BERMUDEZ,  John Kent F.

Sta. Rosa, Nueva Ecija

   BONOSTRO,  Jeric B.

Davao City

   BORROMEO,  Jamie A.

Riyadh, KSA

   BRUAN,  Ma. Trixia Joyce C.

Quezon City

   BUENAVENTURA,  Thomas Michael S.

Masbate City

   BUNAC,  Felisa Joanna L.

San Fernando, Pampanga

   CABIOS,  John Reymar M.

Valenzuela, City

   CANDO,  Leslie Faye T.

Davao City

   CARREON,  Florencio Iv D

Navotas City

   CASTILLO,  Emmanuel D.

Oriental Mindoro

   CORDOVA,  Amiel Jireh M.

Cebu City

   DALUMPINES,  Angelika F.

Manila

   DE PEDRO,  Krystianne Paul A.

Koronadal City, South Cotabato

   DECIERDO,  Grace Eden S.

Tagbilaran City, Bohol

   DELA CRUZ,  Summer J Len Reese A.

Naic, Cavite

   DOCTOLERO,  Earl Antonell P.

Tacloban, City

   DOLANAS,  Andreanne Mae B.

Tobacco City, Albay

   DOMINGUEZ,  Blessie Grace G.

Pulilan, Bulacan

   DOMINGUIANO,  Patrick Joy G.

Cabid-an, Sorsogon

DULAY,  Klaire Ellise F.

Marikina City

FAJARILLO,  Ralph Adrian T.

Bacolod City

FLORES,  Jerome Christopher S.

Capas, Tarlac

FRIAS,  Gabriel L.

Silang, Cavite

GANZON,  Raiza A.

Riyadh, KSA

GARCIA,  Carlos Emmanuel P.

Alkobar, KSA

GLORIA,  Gabrielle Faith T.

Polomolok, South Cotabato

GRAVIDEZ,  Marinela J.

Calamba City, Laguna

GUADELOSAO,  Phebe Marie C.

Cebu City

GUANCO,  Olivzander Joshua B.

Imus, Cavite

GUZMAN,  Laurice Marie C.

San Pedro, Laguna

HERNANDEZ,  Gemaica Marie P.

Cabuyao, Laguna

HERNANDEZ,  Asterlyn B.

Abucay, Bataan

HERRERA,  Carolina Fe N.

San Jose del Monte, Bulacan

ICOY,  Catherine S.

Quezon City

JACINTO,  Angelica M.

Isabela

JUANAY,  Jan Alfre F.

Bauang, La Union

KALAW,  Jean Rene D.

Bulacan, Bulacan

LABAGALA,  Geraldine S.

Silang, Cavite

LENARES,  Jade E.

Dalaguete, Cebu

LESCANO,  Judah Israel O.

Minglanilla, Cebu

LEUTERIO,  Zamuel A.

Caloocan City

LIM,  Niño Rigo Emil G.

Zamboanga City

LOSAÑES,  Christine Angelica L.

Iloilo City

MAÑEBOG,  Kayhe D.

Baguio City

MANUBAG,  Faith Gayle C.

City of Naga

MENDOZA,  Mike Andre M.

Quezon City

MENDOZA,  Jianne Alyza G.

Riyadh, KSA

MOJICA,  Harriette C.

Jeddah, KSA

MOLDEZ,  Ruel Jan Anthony A.

Cebu City

MOLINA,  Abigail Joy H.

Kingdom of Bahrain

MONDOÑEDO,  Rannika Ann S.

Tacloban City

MONTEALEGRE,  Earl Stephen Rey P.

Las Pinas City

MOSTER,  Gio Vincent G.

Balete, Batangas

NABONG,  Gabrielle Aaron D.

Imus, Cavite

NAVATA,  Raissa Marie B.

Quezon City

PALILLO,  Carmelle Therese A.

San Pablo, Laguna

PASCUAL,  Panju Ezekiel A.

Angono, Rizal

PEÑAFLOR,  Ida Julienne M.

Santa Rosa, Laguna

PENETRANTE,  Ma. Cristiel J.

Balagtas, Bulacan

PEREZ,  Aiain Julian A.

Dasmarinas, Cavite

PINEDA,  Vemeni Grace G.

Jeddah, KSA

POLLENTES,  Marc Angelo U.

Muntinlupa City

POQUIZ,  Dominador Iii B.

Jeddah, KSA

PUGAL,  Roider S.

Caloocan City

QUEZON,  Paul Timothy V.

Orion, Bataan

QUINDOZA,  Rissa Grace Marie M.

Davao City

RAMA,  Justine Mae A.

Calape, Bohol

RAMOS,  Camille Antonette A.

Kingdom of Bahrain

RIZARO,  Lady Rizza A.

Bauan, Batangas

ROBERTO,  Rafey Jhay S.

Zamboanga City

ROLDAN,  Gellene Anne B.

Consolacion, Cebu

ROXAS,  Alexander P.

Ibaan, Batangas

ROXAS,  Aenah Cathleen T.

Binan, Laguna

RUIZ,  Ana Teresa S.

Alkobar, KSA

SABADO,  Reenan B.

Nabas, Aklan

SALDAJENO,  Jansen O.

Puerto Princessa, Palawa

SAYON,  Gabriela Zenia E.

Davao City

SUMAYO,  Julian Aaron L.

Santa Rosa, Laguna

TAMAYO,  Carlo C.

Cabuyao, Lagunba

TANOY,  Janyl Lambee L.

Consolacion, Cebu

TAYO,  Leanna Angelene S.

Abucay, Bataan

TAYO,  Nicole Faye P.

Davao City

TIANGCO,  Franz Andrew T.

Camarines Norte

TORRES,  Algild Yarri B.

Laguna

VALERIO,  Pardau Laarnie P.

Laguna

VARGAS,  Justin Millan C.

Paranaque City

VILLAREAL,  Kezia E.

Calamba, Laguna

VIVO,  Joram Nelson Ii P.

Muntinlupa

YAP,  Maria Betina Clarise O.

Caloocan City

YTAC,  Bryan Jhun P.

San Jose, Antique

Posted by: tigergrassroots | December 31, 2012

2012 in review

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Posted by: tigergrassroots | July 24, 2012

OWWA Scholarship for beneficiaries of deceased OFWs

The countenance of thirty-one dependents — widows and children of deceased OFWs — exuded hope when they came to OWWA Center last July 3, 2012 to sign the scholarship agreement under the agency’s Education and Livelihood Assistance Program for Dependents of Deceased OFWs or ELAP.

Under the program, each legal dependent gets educational assistance in the amount of P5,000 for grade school, P8,000 for high school, and P10,000 for college per school year, corresponding to his/her educational level at the time the program is availed.

As in all scholarship agreements of OWWA for its various scholarship programs, the grantee shall abide by the rules particularly in keeping the required above average grade. Should the scholar fails to maintain the required grade or gets a flunks the course, he/she must reimburse the tuition fee paid for by the agency.

Aside from educational assistance component, ELAP also grants livelihood provision to the orphaned OFW families in the amount of P15,000 to be expended solely for any small business activity. This will purportedly provide another source of income for the deceased OFW’s surviving members.

Since its inception last year, OWWA in NCR has assisted close to 100 families through ELAP.

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ELAP beneficiary Girlie Capas reads the scholarship agreement for her daughter Madel whose OFW father died of heart attack while working abroad.

Posted by: tigergrassroots | November 18, 2011

Pinoys in UAE warned vs three forwarding firms

(repost from GMA news)

Overseas Filipino workers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were warned this week against patronizing three cargo firms when sending Christmas goodies to their families back home.

The warning from the Trade Department’s Philippine Shippers’ Bureau stemmed from complaints of hundreds of UAE-based OFWs that their BB (Balikbayan) boxes remain undelivered for over a year now.

News site Khaleej Times cited an advisory released through the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai indicating two of the three cargo firms are based in Dubai and one in Sharjah.

The freight-forwarding firms are Smooth Express and Express Link Cargo Services in Dubai and Dagupan Cargo Packaging Services in Sharjah.

These companies allegedly send the cargo through Urgent Cargo Express International Forwarder and Brokerage Inc. in Sucat, Parañaque [in southern Metro Manila], the Khaleej Times report said.

According to the report, OFWs in the Middle East send a large number of BB boxes containing valuables for their loved ones during the Christmas season.

Philippine Consulate General in Dubai Vice-Consul Gerry Suliguin urged victims of freight-forwarding companies, which have failed to deliver their parcels to their families, to come forward and submit their affidavits.

He said the affidavits would be forwarded to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for lodging complaints formally.

“They have to bring with them the proof of transactions when they come to the consulate to file their complaints,” Suliguin said.

For its part, the DTI said shippers can contact it for assistance at 751-3330.

The Philippine Shipper’s Bureau (PSB) is now coordinating with the Legal Department of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Philippine agents for the release of the undelivered BB boxes on humanitarian consideration.

On the other hand, it noted the largest number of complaints came from OFWs in the Middle East, specifically from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait and Qatar, followed by those in 
the USA, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Italy, the UK and Korea.

The common complaints received by the DTI-PSB included non-delivery or failure to deliver Balikbayan Boxes, pilferage of the boxes, overcharging and damaged cargo.

Investigation by the DTI-PSB showed the companies stopped remitting funds to their Philippine agents resulting in the abandonment of cargo at the BOC. — LBG, GMA News

Paolo Holandez Andrade of UST at Top 9

 Sea-based Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) Argie Andrade must have jumped for joy upon learning that his son, Paolo Holandez Andrade is among the top ten ranking examinees of the nursing licensure examination for 2011. Equally elated parents of Jacqueline Licup, Genelon Caasi, Josam Quinones, Leigh Ann Magno, Vittorio Eleazar, Maricar Ricardos, and Nikki Depay could also be singing their hearts out as they perform their respective duties in different parts of the world.

The eight newly licensed nurses are scholars of the Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in the National Capital Region.

Paolo Andrade, who obtained 86%, finished Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Sto. Tomas, together with Jacqueline Licup and Genelon Caasi. Josam Quinones, who graduated cum laude, was from St. Paul University in Quezon City.

Provision of education to OFWs and dependents through scholarship grants is one of OWWA’s flagship programs. The EDSP however was a competitive educational assistance undertaking for dependents of OFWs towards academic excellence. This year, eight (8) EDSP recipients who took Bachelor of Science courses graduated with honors.

Interested applicants may still file their application for EDSP 2012 up to September 15, 2011 at the RWO-NCR, Education and Training Unit, 2nd Floor, OWWA Center, Pasay City.

Posted by: tigergrassroots | August 19, 2011

DOLE bares OWWA hotlines for OFWs in Syria

Aside from the Foreign Affairs department and the Philippine Embassy in Syria, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has also set up hotlines for Filipinos there amid the escalating violence there.

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said families of Syria-based overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) should not hesitate to call these numbers if they need more information about the situation there.

The numbers,posted on the DOLE website late Thursday include:

  • OWWA 24/7 Assistance Center: 8336992, 5511560, and 09178986992
  • Welfare Office hotline in Damascus: +963-116-125138
  • Email: syria@owwa.gov.ph

Meanwhile, Baldoz reiterated the temporary ban on deployment of OFWs to Syria after the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) raised the alert level there to 3.

“The temporary ban covers all workers planning to work in Syria for the first time, or new hires, and those returning workers to Syria, or re-hires,” Baldoz said.

She added the DFA’s assessment of Alert Level 3 means that all Filipinos working and residing in Syria are enjoined to leave the host country.

Also, Baldoz said she has directed the Philippine Overseas Labor Office headed by Labor Attache Angel Borja Jr. to work closely with the officials of the Philippine Embassy in Damascus in intensifying efforts to reach out to Filipinos in the troubled country.

Borja has instructions to convince OFWs that now is the best time to consider leaving Syria.

The DOLE cited the latest report of Borja showing there are 2,287 documented OFWs registered with the Labor Office as of July 2011.

Based on government estimates, there are some 17,000 OFWs in Syria. — LBG, GMA News

Posted by: tigergrassroots | August 15, 2011

OFW families urged not to hoard dollars

MANILA, Philippines – Bankers are urging beneficiaries of remittances from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) not to accumulate US dollars as economic growth in the economic superpower is expected to crawl in the long term.

Bankers Association of the Philippines president Aurelio Montinola III, in an interview with reporters, advised the beneficiaries not to hold on to their dollars and instead exchange these to peso immediately.

“The most obvious (is) change, since the US is expected to experience a long-term low growth and long-term low interest rate. So if you exchange it (dollars) into pesos you’ll get a higher interest rate and possibly appreciation of the peso,” he stressed.

The peso has strengthened a little over three percent to 42.475 to $1 the other day from 43.84 to $1 last Dec. 31.

Montinola, who is also president and chief executive officer of Ayala-controlled Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), pointed out that it is not wise to hold on to other currencies.

“But many people, for many reasons, don’t like to have everything only in one currency. Therefore, they keep it in other currency. I think for a practical point of view unless you’ll be able to use the money yourself it’s hard to have other currencies,” he added.

Latest data from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) showed that the growth in OFW remittances picked up in May, expanding 6.9 percent and posting its fastest monthly growth since January amid the political tensions in the Middle East and North African (MENA) states, the disasters in Japan, and the recent decision of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to stop hiring domestic helpers from the Philippines.

The amount of money sent home by Filipinos abroad to the Philippines reached $1.688 billion in May or $110 million higher than the $1.578 billion booked in the same month last year.

The BSP said the 6.9 percent growth in OFW remittances in May was the fastest since January when the amount rose 7.6 percent while the amount was the second highest versus the record monthly remittance of $1.694 billion recorded last December.

Remittances climbed 6.2 percent to $7.898 billion in the first five months of the year from $7.438 billion in the same period last year. Major sources of remittances from January to May were the US, Canada, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, Japan, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Italy and Germany.

OFW remittances grew 8.2 percent to a record level $18.76 billion last year from $17.35 billion in 2009 due to the continued demand for skilled Filipino workers abroad as well as the expansion of remittance centers abroad giving OFWs more options to send money.

Last April, the BSP lowered its OFW remittance growth forecast to seven percent or $20.1 billion instead of the original target of eight percent or $20.2 billion this year due to the tensions in the MENA region and the disasters in Japan.

Next year, it expects a slower growth of five percent or $21.2 billion.

Montinola also encouraged investors to diversify their portfolio as the recent downgrade of the triple A credit rating of the US continued to pummel stock markets all over the world including the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE).

“You should have some kind of strategic allocation, which is similar also to the diversification and think a little bit longer term. At the present time, given the volatility people with stock market holdings are either keeping it the same or reducing it a bit. I think you have to think longer term just to have a mix of assets to invest in,” he added.

He also said Filipinos should learn how to save .

“I think given the international volatility obviously it helps to save for the rainy day,” he added.

The Regional Welfare Office-National Capital Region (RWO-NCR) of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) invites student-dependents of OFWs based in the region to apply for Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) for school year 2012.

Eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Children of OWWA member or brother/sister of unmarried OWWA member
  • Below 21 years old
  • Filipino citizen
  • In good health and of good moral character
  • Belonging to the upper 20% of the high school graduating class
  • Have not earned units in any post-secondary/undergraduate course
  • Not a recipient of other scholarship awards

Interested applicants must bring the following documentary requirements to the Education and Training Unit of RWO-NCR at 2F, OWWA Center, F.B. Harrison, Pasay City for processing.

  • Two (2) sets of accomplished Application Form (download from www.owwa.gov.ph)
  • Two (2) copies of 2×2 ID pictures
  • Proof of relationship to OWWA member (birth certificate of applicant or birth certificate of both the single OFW and the applicant-dependent duly certified by the Local Civil Registrar or NSO)
  • Proof of OWWA Membership (Official Receipt of OWWA Contribution/Certification from OWWA Membership Registry Division)
  • Form 137/High School Report Card
  • Health Certificate attesting to physical fitness of applicant
  • Certificate of Good Moral Character by the school principal or guidance counselor
  • Certification that applicant belongs to the upper 20% of the total graduating students issued by the school principal
  • Statement of applicant that he/she has not earned units in any post secondary/undergraduate course
  • Sworn statement signed by parents or legal guardians attesting that he/she has no pending application for resident immigrant status from any country and does not have dual citizenship
  • Certificate of No Marriage from NSO for unmarried OFW

Endorsed applicants will undertake the Merit Scholarship Examination, the qualifying exam conducted annually by the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute of which OWWA-EDSP is a rider. It is slated on November 20, 2011. Testing centers will be announced later through www.owwa.gov.ph and this website.

The EDSP, an OWWA welfare program which started in 2004 through scholarship grants, entitles the qualified OFW dependents to take any four- or five-year baccalaureate course in any Metro Manila college or university at a maximum amount of P60,000 per school year.

Last year, more than 3,000 high school applicants who graduated from all the regions nationwide and in CHED-accredited schools in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia vied for the competitive scholarship program. Of the number, only the top 100 rankers were taken in the program, with 49 coming from the NCR.

Deadline for submission of applications is on September 15, 2011.

EDSP application forms can be downloaded from http://www.owwa.gov.ph.

The Regional Welfare Office-National Capital Region (RWO-NCR) of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) invites student-dependents of OFWs based in the region to apply for Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) for school year 2012.

Eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Children of OWWA member or brother/sister of unmarried OWWA member
  • Below 21 years old
  • Filipino citizen
  • In good health and of good moral character
  • Belonging to the upper 20% of the high school graduating class
  • Have not earned units in any post-secondary/undergraduate course
  • Not a recipient of other scholarship awards

Interested applicants must bring the following documentary requirements to the Education and Training Unit of RWO-NCR at 2F, OWWA Center, F.B. Harrison, Pasay City for processing.

  • Two (2) sets of accomplished Application Form (download from www.owwa.gov.ph)
  • Two (2) copies of 2×2 ID pictures
  • Proof of relationship to OWWA member (birth certificate of applicant or birth certificate of both the single OFW and the applicant-dependent duly certified by the Local Civil Registrar or NSO)
  • Proof of OWWA Membership (Official Receipt of OWWA Contribution/Certification from OWWA Membership Registry Division)
  • Form 137/High School Report Card
  • Health Certificate attesting to physical fitness of applicant
  • Certificate of Good Moral Character by the school principal or guidance counselor
  • Certification that applicant belongs to the upper 20% of the total graduating students issued by the school principal
  • Statement of applicant that he/she has not earned units in any post secondary/undergraduate course
  • Sworn statement signed by parents or legal guardians attesting that he/she has no pending application for resident immigrant status from any country and does not have dual citizenship
  • Certificate of No Marriage from NSO for unmarried OFW

 

Endorsed applicants will undertake the Merit Scholarship Examination, the qualifying exam conducted annually by the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute of which OWWA-EDSP is a rider. It is slated on November 20, 2011. Testing centers will be announced later through www.owwa.gov.ph and this website.

The EDSP, an OWWA welfare program which started in 2004 through scholarship grants, entitles the qualified OFW dependents to take any four- or five-year baccalaureate course in any Metro Manila college or university at a maximum amount of P60,000 per school year.

Last year, more than 3,000 high school applicants who graduated from all the regions nationwide and in CHED-accredited schools in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia vied for the competitive scholarship program. Of the number, only the top 100 rankers were taken in the program, with 49 coming from the NCR.

Deadline for submission of applications is on September 15, 2011.

EDSP application forms can be downloaded from http://www.owwa.gov.ph.

Posted by: tigergrassroots | August 7, 2011

VP Binay: Sweden open to hiring Pinoy nurses

Job opportunities in Sweden may be opened for Filipino nurses after Vice President Jejomar Binay met with Swedish officials there earlier this month.

The Vice President met and discussed with Speaker of Parliament Per Westerberg and issues concerning the Filipinos living in Sweden.

“The Speaker of Parliament also ‘favorably viewed’ the suggestion to ‘explore closer cooperation in the health sector,’ including the possible employment of Filipino nurses in Sweden,” said a news release posted on the Office of the Vice President website.

On Sunday, Binay arrived from Sweden where he attended the 22nd World Scouts Jamboree in Kristianstad, scheduled from August 1 to 6.

He said he was happy to announce “positive developments” resulting from “productive meetings” with key Swedish officials, including the Swedish Speaker of Parliament, Housing Minister and the Stockholm City Council vice president.

During his meeting with Westerberg, Binay said he raised the request of Filipinos living and working in Sweden to extend the option of letting migrants and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) use their earned social security benefits in the Philippines in Sweden.

Binay is the Presidential Adviser on OFW Concerns.

“In this regard, I urged the Swedish Government to resume negotiations with the Philippines on a bilateral social security agreement,” he said.

Binay, who chairs the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), also met with Swedish Housing Minister Stefan Attefall.

During the meeting, he invited the participation of Sweden in helping meet the Philippines’ goal of building 3.6 million housing units within the next 10 years.

“I extended an invitation to the Minister and to Swedish companies engaged in housing and construction to come visit us in the Philippines to share best practices and explore opportunities in the Philippine housing sector,” he said.

Waste management system

Meanwhile, Binay said he was “impressed by the waste management system of the City of Stockholm” and said he hoped to “bring similar solutions to the Philippines through our local government units and by proposing a possible review of the Clean Air Act.”

Binay’s delegation included Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr.; Mayor Dale Corvera of Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte; and Mayor Arlene Arcillas of Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

The Philippine delegation reached an agreement with Stockholm City Council Vice President Ulf Fridebäck and Mayor of Lund Annika Annerby Jansson to enter into bilateral cooperation centering on city-to-city projects between Stockholm and the cities of Makati, Cabadbaran and Sta. Rosa.

Scouts

Binay also said that as the chair for Asia Pacific chapter of the Boy Scouts and as the highest elected public official to join the jamboree, he had the chance to meet with the King of Sweden.

The 22nd World Scout Jamboree in Rinkaby was attended by more than 40,000 scouts from 151 member countries of the World Organization of Scouting Movement. — LBG, GMA News

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