The Enhancement Training Sponsorship Project (ETSP) is a program funded by the Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) participants who are undertaking alternative arrangements in lieu of the two year home country residency requirement of the EVP. The ETSP is one of the efforts of the government to enhance the skills pool of the Philippines, while allowing Filipino professionals to find better income overseas to support their families.
The project allots a maximum of US$1,500 per scholar. The Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO), the Secretariat of the EVP Committee, is designated as the fund manager of the grants under the ETSP.
At present, available slots are only for teachers seeking to enroll for a new program in General Science, Physical Science, Math and Special Education. They also have slots for Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Speech Pathology (Language and Hearing).
Under the ETSP, assistance may be given for short courses/ training programs in a local university. The ETSP is funded by the EVP participants undertaking alternative arrangements in lieu of the program’s 2 year home country residency arrangement.
The Department of Labor and Employment has announced that as one of the members of the government’s Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) Committee, it has agreed to post the notice of availability of scholarship grants under the Enhancement Training Sponsorship Project (ETSP) of the EVP to the department’s website.
Must be a Filipino citizen
Must have completed a four year bachelor’s degree (for Masters Degree and Training Program) or Masters Degree (for PhD program applicant)
Must be of good moral character, as attested by the last school attended or present employer
Must have satisfactory undergraduate grades particularly in subjects under his/ her field of study
Must have a field of expertise or seek graduate education in a field that is included in the current Skills List of the Philippines
Certified true copy of the bachelor’s degree transcript of records
Photocopy of proof of income
Photocopy of authority to enroll/ certificate of registration (whichever is applicable)
Original copy of certificate of good moral character issued by the last school attended or present employer
Photocopy of course prospectus
Original copy of updated curriculum vitae with passport size photo
This program is only for studies in the Philippines and not overseas.
Further reading, http://www.cfo.gov.ph/news/cfo-news-and-events/42-notice-of-availability-of-scholarship-grants-under-the-enhancement-training-sponsorship-project-of-the-exchange-visitor-program.html
In a report to the Labor and Employment Secretary, the DOLE International Labor Affairs Bureau (ILAB) said the ETSP is one of the programs that can help Filipinos find better income overseas so they can better support their families.
The scholarship fund used for the ETSP goes to qualified professionals who seek to pursue graduate and post graduate studies in the fields included in the Skills List for the Philippines. The Skills List is a directory of skills that are in short supply of practitioners in the Philippines and, therefore, very much needed.
The DOLE official likewise explained that the ETSP is only applicable for applicants who wish to pursue their studies in the Philippines and not overseas, and that they do not encourage the scholars to apply for a work abroad after the completion of their studies.
At present, available slots are only for teachers seeking to enroll for a new program in General Science, Physical Science, Math, and Special Education and slots for Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Speech Pathology (Language and Hearing).
Submit your application to
Secretary Imelda M. Nicolas
Commission on Filipinos Overseas
EVP Committee Secretariat
Citigold Center, 1345 Quirino Avenue
Corner Osmena Highway 1007
Ms. Kristine M. Domagas
Telephone: 02 561 8321 local 301/ 401
CFO – CEBU
4th Floor, K&J Building
#4 Don Julio Llorente St.,
Capitol Site, Cebu City 6000
Telephone: 032 255 5253