More than 500 seafarers in Region 6 availed Seafarers Upgrading Program of OWWA despite of COVID-19 pandemic.
OWWA Regional Welfare Office VI has recorded five hundred fifty one (551) availees under Seafarers’ Upgrading Program (SUP) as of September 21, 2020 which is equivalent to about Php4,132,500.00 financial assistance despite of COVID-19 pandemic.
SUP is a training assistance to Filipino seafarers for maritime upgrading courses in the amount not exceeding to Php7,500.00. The program is part of the agency’s continuing effort to provide job-related skills training in priority maritime concerns identified by Maritime Training Council (MTC) and designed to upgrade knowledge and skills of Filipino seafarers to ensure their global competitiveness in accordance with technological advancements and international maritime standards.
All Filipino seafarers who are active members shall be entitled to avail of the program. Subsequent entitlements to the SUP benefit shall be allowed every after three (3) recorded payments of OWWA membership contributions.
In case of seafarers who have not yet availed of the SUP benefit but have three (3) or more OWWA contributions, they shall be allowed to avail of the program even after the expiration of their last recorded OWWA membership provided that entitlement shall be availed of within five (5) years of his last employment as a seafarer.
Interested applicants may visit OWWA Regional Welfare Office VI located in 3rd floor Robinsons Place Iloilo, Corner De Leon & Quezon Streets, Iloilo City or inquire through the following contact numbers: (033) 337-4484/ 09195752060 (Smart)/ 09178327307 (Globe).