Updated: Sep 12, 2021
The Skills for Employment Scholarship Program (SESP) is another scholarship program offered by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) for the land-based or sea-based OWWA member-OFWs of to their dependents/beneficiaries.
The SESP was made possible with the coordination of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). This scholarship program offers six-month vocational and one year technical course following the regular school year calendar.
Who can Avail?
This program is available to OFWs who are active OWWA participants, as well as their dependents, to cover the the costs of enrolling in TESDA-accredited tech-voc courses in any training course within their respective regions.
The SESP has an extended availability period for OWWA members and their dependents for up to six (6) months even after their membership coverage has expired.
The qualified applicant for one year technical course will receive financial assistance of up to Php 14,500 per course for a technical-vocational training for active member-OFWs or their dependents at any TESDA accredited training centers while P7,250 will be granted for six-month vocational course. The financial assistance will be given directly to the training institute where the dependents/beneficiaries are enrolled.
SESP Courses Offered
All OFW members and their dependents can participate in any TESDA-accredited courses below:
agriculture and fishery
decorative crafts and ceramics
processed food and beverages
gifts, toys and housewares
tourism (hotel and restaurant)
metals and engineering
furniture and fixtures
maritime land transport
health, social services and other community
social and personal services
Must be an active OWWA member (land-based or sea-based) or beneficiary/dependent of an active OWWA member
Must pass the TESDA qualifying examination or Multiple Aptitude Battery Test (MABT) on the program of choice
Have at least one (1) recorded membership contribution
Child not older than 21 years old or spouse of a married OFW
Brother/sister not older than 21 years old of an unmarried OFW
Three (3) additional membership contributions are required for subsequent availment. After completing the course, must submit for competency assessment and certification administered by TESDA or its accredited testing center.
Documents to Submit
Accomplished application forms (2 sets)
1"x1" ID pictures (2 copies)
Form 137/HS Report Card or Transcript of Records/ official copy of grades
Proof of OWWA Membership: official receipt of OWWA contribution/OFW E-Card
If a Member's beneficiary: proof of relationship to OWWA member (e.g. copy of marriage contract and/or birth certificate of both OFW and applicant- dependent duly certified by the Local Civil Registrar)
Photocopy of OFWs Passport
High school or college diploma
How to Apply?
1. Download and fill out the scholarship application form here. Complete all the required information.
2. After completing the Application Form above, attach all documentary requirements detailed above.
3. Bring the the application form and documentary requirements mentioned above and submit at your nearest OWWA office.