Philippine Congressional Migrant Workers Scholarship Program (CMWSP)

The CMWSP is a scholarship program extended to deserving migrant workers and/or their immediate descendants who intend to pursue 4 or 5 year courses in the priority fields in Science and Technology. It was created by virtue of Republic Act 8042, otherwise known as the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995.  under section 37, Article lX. Educational assistance is P60,000.00/year funds from the PCSO. Examination is administered by DOST.  100 passers qualify to the program.  EDSP and CMWSP have the same date of examinations.


Qualified applicants will receive financial assistance of P60,000 per semester. To qualify, an OFW should have a gross annual income of not more than $6,780 or $565 per month. The establishment of the Congressional Migrant Workers Scholarship Fund intends to support interested applicants who want to pursue courses or training primarily in the field of science and technology, as defined by the DOST.


The initial seed Fund of Two hundred million pesos (P200,000,000.00) shall be constituted from the following sources:     Fifty million pesos (P50,000,000.00) from the unexpended Countrywide Development Fund for 1995 in equal sharing by all Members of Congress; and the remaining One hundred fifty million pesos (P 50,000,000.00) shall be funded from the proceeds of Lotto draws.


The Congressional Migrant Workers Scholarship Fund shall be administered by the DOLE in coordination with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). To carry out the objectives of this section, the DOLE and the DOST shall formulate the necessary rules and regulations.


The CMWSP is a baccalaureate scholarship program mandated by RA 10022 and is funded by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO). Fourth year high school students who are dependents of OFWs with active OWWA membership may apply for either the EDSP or the CMWSP.



Qualified applicants are entitled to P60,000.00 worth of scholarship per year. In Mindanao, the testing centers are located in Ateneo de Davao High School Matina, Nabunturan National Comprehensive High School Nabunturan, Compostela Valley Province, Cor Jesu College Digos City, Davao del Sur, Holy Cross of Babak Babak, Island Garden City of Samal and Mati National Comprehensive High School Mati City, Davao Oriental.




  • Must be a Filipino citizen with no pending application for citizenship in any country and does not have dual citizenship


  • Be in good health and with good moral character


  • Meet an average grade requirement of 80% and above without failing mark in any subjects or within the upper 20% of the graduating class (for children of OFW); Must have no failing grades and have not earned more than 2 years of post secondary or undergraduate course (for OFWs)


  • Have a family gross annual income of not more than US$6,780



Courses allowed (DOST)

  • Agriculture
  • Agriculture Biotechnology
  • Agricultural Chemistry
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Applied Physics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Ceramics Engineering
  • Chemistry with Applied Computer System
  • Chemistry with Materials Science & Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry Teaching
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics & Communications Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Fisheries
  • Food Technology
  • Forestry
  • Geodetic Engineering
  • Geological Science & Engineering
  • Geology
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Industrial Management Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing Engineering Management – Biomedical Engineering
  • Management – Mechatronics and Robotics
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Teaching
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metallurgical Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
  • Physics
  • Physics with Applied Computer System
  • Physics with Materials Science & Engineering




  1. Accomplished Application Form (2 copies)
  2. 2×2 ID Photos (2 copies)
  3. Proof of relationship to OWWA member (e.g. PSA or Local Civil Registry (LCR)-authenticated birth certificate and certificate of no marriage, if OFW is single)
  4. Form 137 for incoming first year college or Transcript of Records or Certificate of Grades for those already enrolled in college
  5. Medical certificate/clearance from any DOH-accredited hospital/center/clinic
  6. Certificate of Good Moral Character issued by the principal/guidance counselor
  7. Accomplished original copy of the Scholarship Agreement


Benefits of Regular Term

  • Actual cost of tuition and other school fees not to exceed P10,000 per semester or term inclusive of outright cost for consumables to technician/ technical awardees.


  • Monthly stipend of P3,500


  • Book allowance of P1,000 per semester


  • Clothing allowance of P500 per semester


  • Actual cost of economy fare from the scholar’s residence to place of study at the start and end of each academic year.



Benefits of Summer Term

  • Actual cost of tuition fee but not to exceed P5,000 or term inclusive of outright cost for consumables to technician/ technical awardees.


  • Book allowance of P500.


  • Monthly stipend of P3,500.



The government recognizes the skill and intellect of every Filipino worker. If you intend to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree, OWWA can help you with that through Congressional Migrant Workers Scholarship Program. The exams will be administered by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) where only 100 passers will be qualified for the program. If you pass, you will be able to get an educational assistance of P60,000 per year from the PCSO to finance your schooling.



Contact information

For inquiries, visit the OWWA Cebu office at LDM Building on  Legaspi Street corner M.J. Cuenco Avenue, Cebu City or call Romyl Cabillo at 2540305 or 2543199.


Examinees in Mindanao who have yet to receive their examination permit are instructed to proceed to the OWWA regional welfare office at Doors E-G, G.B. Cam Building, Monteverde Street or call up the following numbers 0917-7011135 or 0917-7011126 look for Mesdames Mayette A. Almano or Laisa R. Bucag for further inquiries.


Application forms are also available in DOST offices.


Please go to the nearest OWWA office near you,

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