OWWA Programs and Services: Training Programs for OFWs and Dependents

Being an active member of OWWA comes with a lot of benefits. Apart from the OWWA loan, social benefits, and educational assistance, OWWA also offers training programs to all its members, including their respective dependents.

Here are the available Training Programs you can avail of as an OWWA member: Skills-for-Employment Scholarship Program (SESP)

SESP is offered to active overseas Filipino workers or their dependents who wish to enrol in six months or one year technical or vocational course accredited by TESDA and other government institutions. Courses include but not limited to:

  • Massage therapy
  • Food and beverage services
  • Automotive servicing with driving
  • Commercial cooking
  • Bartending
  • PC Operation and Computer Hardware Servicing
  • Healthcare services
  • Caregiving
  • Housekeeping
  • Electric installation and maintenance

SESP is in a form of financial assistance amounting to P14,500.00 per course. In case you want to enrol, you may choose from the list of courses conducted by respective OWWA-accredited training providers.

Who is eligible? 

Applicant must be an active OWWA member to be eligible for this program. In case you want to pass this on to your dependent, it will only be limited to:

  • If married:  Your spouse or child below 20 years and must not be currently enrolled.
  • If single: Only your brother or sister below 20 years old is allowed to apply.

Other than this, the applicant must be a Filipino citizen and at least elementary graduate.

What are the requirements? 

  • Proof of OWWA membership if applicant is the OFW
  • Proof of relationship to OFW-OWWA member if the applicant is the dependent or beneficiary (marriage contract for spouse and birth certificate for the dependent).
  • One OWWA membership contribution to one SESP benefit while the succeeding SESP availments must be three additional membership contributions.
  • Accomplished application form
  • 4 2×2 pictures (white background)
  • Photocopy of passport
  • School records such as diploma, report card, or Transcript of Records
  • Barangay clearance

After completing the training course, you or your beneficiary must pass Competency Assessment Test administered by TESDA or respective accredited testing center. Once you passed the assessment, you or your beneficiary will be awarded the National Certificate II (NC II), which you can use when applying for a job overseas.

Information Technology (IT) Training Program

Not everyone in the Philippines has access to computers or Internet compared to countries overseas. To bridge the gap, particularly communication gap between migrant worker and his/her family, OWWA introduced the IT Training Program exclusively for active OWWA members.

The IT Training Program aims to upgrade the worker’s IT skills and at the same time, allows you to become more familiar and knowledgeable with the Internet and how you can use it to communicate with your family back home.

Active OWWA membership is also required for this training program.

40 thoughts on “OWWA Programs and Services: Training Programs for OFWs and Dependents”

  1. Hi!
    Nasa Pinas na po ako at Hindi ko matapos yung apartment na project ko pangkabuhayan.Meron po ba kayo program para s mga umuwi n OFW para matulungan magumpisa negosyo.Saan po ba tamang lumapit?
    Salamat po.

    1. Ang OWWA Loan po ay makakatulong para matapos pa ang pangkabuhayan project. Maaaring mag-inquire sa OWWA Main Office o sa kanilang regional offices para sa karagdagang impormasyon.

    1. Hindi po namin sigurado. Maaaring kontakin ang pinakamalapit na OWWA office para sa karagdagang impormasyon. Salamat.

  2. I am currently working abroad and my employer is Taisei Corporation based here in Hanoi, Vietnam, this coming end of July my project contract is ended and I’m going back home for having a 3-4 months floating waiting for the new project to open.
    However, during my floating period I want to take a short course i.e IT & PC Harware Repair & servicing.
    Please advise and my location in Philippines is Bacoor, Cavite

    Looking forward for you prompt reply with my queries.

    Thanks & regards,

    1. Hi Jimmy. OWWA releases the schedule for their trainings. Please keep in touch with OWWA or the nearest OWWA regional office in your area for their schedule. Thanks!

  3. Lahat po ba ng tesda lang ang maaring acredited ng owwa?wla po bang private services for driving?let me know pla..kung anu anu po ang institute na covered by owwa?i want to endroll a driving lessons,thanks in advance for response

    1. Hi Melanie. We do not have access to private companies accredited by OWWA. You may contact OWWA and request for a list. Thanks

  4. Magandang araw po! Ask ko lng po kung ilang weeks or months po yung caregiving course? Tsaka available po ba yun dito sa hong kong?
    thank you po!

    1. Hello Marie. We’re not sure how long the caregiving course will be. You can check with TESDA to know more about caregiving course. Thanks!

  5. Hi Im an ofw from Duba 30 yrs old owwa member, maybe 2018 Uuwi ako ng Pilipinas pde b ako makaavail ng 14500 kung mag study ng caregiving… Paano. Please tell me the details.

    1. Hello Rose Ann. Please submit the requirements to avail of the training programs. Here are the requirements:
      Proof of OWWA membership if applicant is the OFW
      One OWWA membership contribution to one SESP benefit while the succeeding SESP availments must be three additional membership contributions.
      Accomplished application form
      4 2×2 pictures (white background)
      Photocopy of passport
      School records such as diploma, report card, or Transcript of Records
      Barangay clearance

  6. Good day po madam im ofw (HSW)here in qatar gusto ko po sana maginquire about sa svholarship prog.pwedi po b jan sister ko 20 years old n po sya pero sa feb.2018 mg 21 n po sya.is she qualify pa po ba?ngdalwang icip po kc aq kc yung nilgay q dpendent q sa pinillupan qng form noon ay ang brothrt q. kya bka po d n pd kaso yung brother q po kc nass grade 11 plang this tym.at ask din po aq ng accredited school university in bicol region.thank you!…

    1. Hi Karen. If single po kayo, your brother and sister below 20 years old can enjoy training programs from OWWA. Pero in your case, yung brother niyo nalang po since siya lang ang below 20. Lahat naman ng schools pwede as long as doon pumasa ang brother mo sa choice of school. We suggest you inquire by June next year para umabot sa deadline. Salamat!

  7. Good day.
    Meron po bang OWWA Accredited Training Center sa Antipolo para sa Short Course na Technical Drafting?
    Isang buwan lang po kasi ang bakasyon ko, gusto ko po sanang ma-avail ang SESP ng OWWA.
    Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Jocas. Hindi kami sigurado dito. You can contact OWWA Regional Office for Antipolo to check accredited training centers in Antipolo through this number: 523-7418. Thanks!

  8. Good day po im ofw here in hongkong any school or advance training po na pwede ko pasukan every holiday? Thank you

    1. Hello Loriza. Apologies but we don’t have access to training centers in Hongkong. We suggest that you check the listings in the Philippine Embassy kung mayroon silang mao-offer na training schedules for OFWs there 🙂

    1. Hi Angelo. You can check the training centers accredited by POEA regarding this. Unfortunately, we don’t have a list for that.

  9. Hello,

    I would like to enroll in a culinary or food and beverage course. The problem is, my schedule with my current employer. I’m usually away at work for 5 weeks, then at home for 5 weeks. I’m not sure how long will the course take, but since I’m only on leave for 5 weeks, I might not get to finish the Course.

    My Question is, How long will the course take? And just in case i need to report back at work while still enrolled/taking the course, can I continue the lessons when I get back on leave again. Is there such arrangement?

    I hope you can give me an advise regarding this one.

    Thanks in advance

    1. Hi JM! The course depends on TESDA. You can browse through TESDA website to see the duration of food and beverage courses they offer 🙂

  10. Ask lng po paano ko b malaman kung active member aq??im ofw then pg my oec aq my kaltas dn for owwa..hnd ko po alam account ko s owwa or number ko?? Paano kopo b malalaman and like ko kc maka avail ng SESP ng owwa po…tnx sa sasagot god bless

  11. Gudpm po pwede q po ba ma avail ung owwa sa short course training ng computer maintenance sa mfi Pasay po….

    1. Hi Sajise! Please submit the requirements indicated in this post to check if you can avail of this benefit. Salamat po!

    1. Hi Mercedita. TESDA or any TESDA-accredited facilities po ang nagco-conduct ng courses at hindi po si OWWA 🙂

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