OWWA announces new EDSP scholars for SY 2019

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration is proud to announce the new set of 400 scholars under the Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) for school year 2019. 

Eighty-four of the new EDSP grantees come from Region IV-A while the National Capital Region and Region III has 46 each.Meanwhile, Middle East-based qualifiers from Al Khobar and Riyadh have  21 passers each.

Other qualifiers come from the following regions according to the number of passers: Region VI (43), Region VII (33), Region V (32), Region X (13), Region XI (12), Region XII (10), Regions I and II (9), CAR and Region IX (6), Region IV-B (4), Region VIII (3) and CARAGA with two grantees. 

Top and second ranks went to Mark Edward Miranda Gonzales and Eden Jomari Ceniza Cesista, respectively. Both finished their high school in Riyadh. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia although their registered address is Metro Manila.

“First, I congratulate the OFW parents of these bright kids. This early, they are already spared of the school fees for the next four or five years. From OWWA mandate’s perspective, I am pleased that these OFW parents have now benefited from one of the most significant welfare programs of OWWA,” said DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III.

“Our scholarship grants are directed to their dependents. I just hope that our new scholars will do their part of this benefit package by being diligent and focused so they would remain as scholars up to the time they finish the course. Their parents have done their part when they became active OWWA members,” said OWWA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac.


The EDSP is OWWA’s educational assistance program for dependents of active OWWA members who wish to enroll in any four- or five-year baccalaureate program. It is competitive in nature, requiring all the applicants to be included in the top 400 of the roster who passed the pre-qualifying examination administered by the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI). An EDSP scholar is granted P60,000 per school year. 


The pre-qualifying examination was held in October 2018 in all the testing centers in the Philippines and in January 2019 in Alkhobar and Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 


For inquiries and application process of EDSP for school year 2019, please visit the OWWA Regional Welfare Offices or contact Hotline 1348.