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OWWA Skills for Employment Scholarship Program (SESP)

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:

  1. agriculture and fishery

  2. decorative crafts and ceramics

  3. processed food and beverages

  4. gifts, toys and housewares

  5. tourism (hotel and restaurant)

  6. jewelry

  7. metals and engineering

  8. furniture and fixtures

  9. garments

  10. construction

  11. communication/electronics/information technology

  12. maritime land transport

  13. health, social services and other community

  14. social and personal services

Qualification Requirements

  1. Must be an active OWWA member (land-based or sea-based) or beneficiary/dependent of an active OWWA member

  2. Must pass the TESDA qualifying examination or Multiple Aptitude Battery Test (MABT) on the program of choice

  3. Have at least one (1) recorded membership contribution

  4. Child not older than 21 years old or spouse of a married OFW

  5. 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

  1. Accomplished application forms (2 sets)

  2. 1"x1" ID pictures (2 copies)

  3. Form 137/HS Report Card or Transcript of Records/ official copy of grades

  4. Proof of OWWA Membership: official receipt of OWWA contribution/OFW E-Card

  5. 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)

  6. Photocopy of OFWs Passport

  7. High school or college diploma

How to Apply?

1. Download and fill out the scholarship application form here. Complete all the required information.

OWWA Application Form Evaluation and Other Forms
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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.

For more information you can visit the OWWA website at Or visit your nearest OWWA office to inquire.

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Good day Ma'am/Sir

My mother is a owwa member but I am studying in a pristidious University. Can I be a qualified for this?


Jan 03, 2022

Have a good day po Ma'am/Sir paano po pag pag self support po wala na po kasing sumusupporta sakin kundi yung sarili ko nalang po I'm first year college po tatlo po kaming mag kakapatid ako po yung sumusupporta sa kanila habang nag aaral po ako sana po ma nyo ma'am/sir kailangan kopo Kasi Sana po mapansin nyo thank you ma'am/sir


Valdez Diana
Valdez Diana
Nov 04, 2021

Greetings, Sir/Ma'am, what if hindi parents po kundi lola? siya po kasi naga support samin dahil wla na kaming parents, pwede po ba yun? Hoping and waiting to your response


I have a question po, paano po kung owwa member yung parents ko pero nag aaral po ako sa pribadong paaralan. Pwede parin po ba akong matanggap? Maski di ako enrolled sa TESDA?


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