2 OWWA scholars top engineer licensure exam

MANILA, (PNA) — Two scholars of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) made it to the Top 10 of the Licensure Examination for Registered Electrical Engineers.

OWWA Administrator Carmelita S. Dimzon said Melvin P. Lacia and Leo V. Barcenas placed 5th and 6th, respectively, in the engineering examinations given last Sept. 7 and 8.

Lacia is a graduate of the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, while Barcenas graduated at the University of the Philippines-Diliman, Quezon City in March 2013.

Lacia graduated magna cum laude while Barcenas graduated cum laude.

During the recognition lunch treat for the scholars last April, Dimzon challenged those who graduated with honors to top the board exams. The two rose to the occasion.

OWWA has produced several graduates who finished with honors. In 2013 alone, OWWA produced two summa cum laude, seven magna cum laude, and 20 cum laude.

Stanley Dalisay, an OWWA scholar who finished Medical Technology at UP Manila is now in the United States studying at the West Point Academy.

In another development, 4,615 dependents of OWWA members took the qualifying examinations for school year 2014 under the Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) last Sept. 22.

Some 4,236 came from the 17 regions of the country and 379 from Jeddah, Riyadh, Al-Khobar in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

The qualifying examination was administered by the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute. It was conducted in two shifts in different venues all over the country and in select testing centers in the Middle East.

The EDSP is OWWA’s competitive scholarship grant wherein an OFW dependent can take up any four- to five-year baccalaureate course. The top 100 passers of the qualifying examination can avail of the scholarship worth P60,000 per school year.