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ANNOUNCEMENT

Please be informed that the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) will be closed on Monday, 09 May 2016, in observance of the National and Local Election 2016. Announced as SPECIAL PUBLIC (NON-WORKING) HOLIDAY THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. The CFO will resume its regular operations on Tuesday, 10 May 2016.

Thank you for your cooperation.

                                                                        CFO Management
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20 April 2016

CFO ADVISORY : BAN ON OVERSEAS CAMPAIGNING LIFTED BY SC EFFECTIVE APRIL 19

The Philippine Supreme Court en banc granted on April 19, 2016 the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) on the ban on overseas campaigning during the 30-day overseas voting period (from April 9 to 9 May 2016), being enforced by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC ) under the Overseas Voting Act (RA 10590).
 
Atty. Loida Nicolas Lewis of the US Pinoys for Good Governance and Global Filipino Diaspora Council filed for Urgent Application for Temporary Restraining Order and/or Writ of Preliminary Injunction through her lawyers from the Ateneo Human Rights Center, asking the High Tribunal to issue an injunction to stop the implementation of the ban under Section 36.8 of RA 10590 and Section 74 (2) (8) of COMELEC Resolution No. 10035.
 
Atty. Lewis argued that the policy’s provision “to prohibit Filipinos abroad from campaigning and engaging in partisan political activities, not only violates their freedom of speech, expression and assembly, it also violates their right to be properly informed and educated about matters which would affect them, particularly on issues affecting the government and governance itself." Her petition also pointed out that Filipinos abroad do not fall under the criminal jurisdiction of Philippine laws.
 
Overseas Filipinos can continue to campaign for their preferred candidates effective April 19 until further notice, provided that campaigning is not within or near the vicinity of the Philippine Embassy or Consulate.

Source:

Supreme Court Resolution and Temporary Restraining Order, GR No. 223705, April 19, 2016

 



03 March 2016

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The Commission on Elections announces the adoption of Automated Election System Modified Postal Voting in the following Philippine Diplomatic Posts for purposes of the April 9, 2016 to May 9, 2016 overseas voting period:

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08 April 2016

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Are you migrating abroad with an immigrant visa? You need to attend the CFO PDOS/Peer session!

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08 April 2016

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Are you leaving as fiancé(e) /spouse or partner of a foreigner or a former Filipino? If yes, then you need to attend the GCP!

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07 April 2016

AliWW Presents Stage-Play Inspired by MAM-Award Winning Book to Celebrate International Women’s Month "Pambansang Litanya Ng Mga Inang Wala Sa Bayan"

CFO PRESS RELEASE

 “Their lives, their stories, narrated in their own distinct voices. Reading—or rather, listening to—individual OFW stories is like accompanying them in their often lonely journeys in distant lands. We sense the uncommon courage, we feel the heartbreak, we also glimpse the hope. These women serve, sweat and strive to give their best while in strange climes and on unfamiliar terrain. For family and country, for good or ill, in health or sickness, in fair weather or foul—till they come home again.” – blurb from the book Many Journeys, Many Voices

The Ateneo Library of Women’s Writings (ALiWW), with support from Western Union and the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO), presented its one-act play entitled ‘Pambansang Litanya ng mga Inang wala sa Bayan’ on March 29, 2016 at the Singson Hall in the Ateneo Grade School.

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Azon, Lilibeth, Gracia portrayed by performers Ms. Cagaanan, Ms. Elgar and Ms. Paez respectively, during the play’s climax

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