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Lingkod sa Kapwa Pilipino Program

The Lingkod sa Kapwa Pilipino program (LINKAPIL) was established by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas in 1989 to seek a broader and deeper partnership between Filipinos overseas and Filipinos in the home country based on a common desire to advance the collective good of the Filipino people and to contribute to the realization of national development. Literally, it means "service to fellow Filipinos".

The LINKAPIL program facilitates the transfer of assistance from Filipinos and other donors overseas to support projects in livelihood development, education, health and welfare, small-scale infrastructure, and technology and skills transfer.

Less developed communities, underprivileged and marginalized sectors, disabled and elderly, non-government organizations and foundations, educational institutions, private and public hospitals are among the possible beneficiaries or partners under the LINKAPIL Program.

The LINKAPIL Program relies on cooperative linkages among Filipinos overseas, the national government, local government units, non-government organizations, and the private sector to enable the transfer of resources and skills from overseas to beneficiaries in the Philippines.

The CFO serves as the principal conduit between overseas donors and the local beneficiaries of the project. It helps identify or recommend to overseas donors projects which could be undertaken in various localities in the Philippines, including coordination with government agencies that could provide support services. CFO also assists in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects, and shall submit, on a regular basis, feedback on the status or progress of projects to the sponsoring Filipinos or other donors overseas.

Donors may consider supporting specific projects under the following components of LINKAPIL: education, health and welfare, infrastructure, livelihood, and technology and skills transfer.

From 1990-2010, a total of P2.47 billion worth of donations have been coursed through the LINKAPIL with approximately 14 million beneficiaries all over the Philippines.

Importations to the country are subject to duties and taxes. Depending on the items being donated and the qualification of the beneficiary/donee, certain donated items may be entered duty-free subject to clearance of government agencies concerned. It is important to note also that while items may be exempted from import duties, these are usually still subject to Value Added Tax (VAT).
The following donations are tax/duty-free entry subject to existing rules and regulations:
Items For Donation     Exemption

1. Books including magazines, newspapers, and other periodicals that are educational in nature
    Duty and tax free
2. Computers and other similar information technology products     Duty free

3. Drugs, medicines and other pharmaceuticals having similar preparations registered with the Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD)
    Duty free
4. Essential machinery and equipment including spare parts and accessories     Duty free

5. Food and non-food products/relief items for free distribution to the needy
    Duty free
6. Heavy equipment or machineries used for construction, improvement, repair and maintenance of roads, bridges, and other infrastructure projects, including garbage trucks and other similar equipment     Duty and tax free

7. Medical equipment and machinery, including spare parts and accessories
    Duty free

You may get in touch with the CFO and inform it of the nature of the project you wish to undertake. The CFO will then advise you on the procedures necessary for the implementation of the project(s). The terms and conditions of the project(s) will be drawn up, and a Memorandum of Agreement will be drafted.

Overseas donors/sponsors may identify or select the project and specific locality in the Philippines where assistance would be provided. They may also choose from among requests for assistance lodged with the CFO from local prospective beneficiaries who may have heard of the LINKAPIL.

However, starting 2011, donors will be strongly encouraged to identify beneficiaries based on data from the Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS). The CBMS has organized data collected through surveys from the local levels who have adopted the system. It can generate a wide range of indicators, specifically 14 core indicators that are being measured to determine the welfare status of the population, which capture the multidimensional aspects of poverty. The CBMS, through poverty mapping, can aid in identifying the localities down to the households, which are in dire need of basic services.*

The CFO will serve as the principal conduit between overseas donors and the local beneficiaries of the project. It may also assist the donors by identifying or recommending projects that may be undertaken in various localities.

* Based on CBMS newsletter

A feedback system is available within the LINKAPIL Program to inform the donor about the status of the projects/activities undertaken. Regular status reports is required from the beneficiaries, which in turn, will be validated by CFO through on-the-spot monitoring and evaluation. CFO prepares and transmits to the donor progress reports indicating, among others, information on the manner and extent of resource utilization by the beneficiaries.

You may send an application letter to the CFO stating the assistance you need. The CFO will advise you of the requirements and procedures, and will endorse your application to interested donors.

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