New partnership with ECMI of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines to assist in ensuring that anak OFWs finish schooling
Manila, February 6 – A social enterprise forged a partnership with the Philippine Catholic bishops’ commission for migrant workers assist children of overseas Filipino workers.
PhilSmile forged a memorandum of agreement with the Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People (ECMI) of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) for programs to assist OFW children.
The assistance will revolve around ensuring that OFW children finish schooling.
PhilSmile, for its part, offers also a payment facility in which the overseas Filipino can pay the child’s tuition through PhilSmile’s payments system and the enterprise will directly remit the tuition to the child’s school. In return also, PhilSmile will report to the overseas parent the child’s performance in school through his or her academic records.
Overseas Filipino (OFW) Parents have left 9m children behind, or 27% of all children under 18 in the Philippines, according to the UNICEF.
OFW Parents would love to see their children grow and children left behind are often distressed by not knowing whether their tuition payment is coming, said PhilSmile owner Camille Krejci.
PhilSmile offers a unique way to connect them by offering direct payment to schools and sending back the grades of the children sponsored, so they can follow-up on them.