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  Migration Standpoint

The Migration Standpoint is an e-publication of the CFO that presents observations and analyses on certain migration related policy issues. It aims to give readers   better understanding of certain issues and provide useful inputs for decision-making.

Issue 2: Is There a Need for a Single Department to Cater the Needs of Overseas Filipinos?
Issue 1: For Whom Should the Balangiga Bells Toll?

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Para Sa Bayan

In the Commission on Filipinos Overseas, the phrase "para sa bayan" is often heard, as a personal reminder and motivation to continue the good and noble work for the Filipino people. This "Para sa Bayan" e-book holds a collection of speeches of former CFO Secretary Imelda M. Nicolas, covering a myriad of subjects from migration and development to migration governance, from remittances to financial inclusion, from migrants in crisis to human trafficking, and from diaspora engagement to the gender dimension of migration. Some of these speeches reflect CFO's various programs and initiatives – a paragon of work which had its foundation hinged on dedication and patriotism - towards upholding the interest and well-being of overseas Filipinos and strengthening their ties with the Motherland.


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2015 CFO Statistics on Philippine International Migration

This compilation features the number of CFO-registered Filipino emigrants, spouses and partners of foreign nationals, US Exchange Visitor Program (EVP),  au pairs, and data on financial and material contribution of overseas Filipinos to the Philippines coursed through the CFO's Lingkod sa Kapwa Pilipino  (LINKAPIL).

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Filipino Ties

The official newsletter of the CFO distributed worldwide

The Filipino Ties provides quarterly updates regarding CFO's initiatives to advance the cause of Filipino diaspora; events and activities relating to overseas Filipinos and their families left behind; and news relevant to migration and development.

July 2017 - September 2017
April 2017 - June 2017

January 2017 - March 2017
October 2016 - December 2016
July 2016 - September 2016

   Previous Issues
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  The Faces of OF-ReD 

The Faces of OF-ReD is a special publication by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas, in partnership with the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte, Cooperative Bank of Ilocos Norte, United Nations Development Programme and the Western Union Foundation. The photo-book documents the inspiring, sometimes heart-breaking success stories of 20 beneficiaries of the Overseas Filipinos Remittances for Development (OF-ReD): Building a Future Back Home Project. The beneficiaries are mostly returning Ilocano women migrants and some are dependents of overseas Ilocano migrants.


   CFO Freedom of Information People's Manual

The CFO’s Freedom of Information (FOI) People’s Manual provides guidelines in the filing and processing of requests for information received under Executive Order (E.O.) No. 2 on Freedom of Information. It also includes the types of information that can be requested from the CFO, the procedures in handling approval and denial of requests, as well as process flow charts and document templates.



2014 CFO Compendium of Statistics on International Migration

CFO Compendium of Statistics on International Migration features the yearly stock estimates of overseas Filipinos, the number of registered Filipino emigrants, spouses and partners of foreign nationals, US Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) participants, au pairs, and data on financial and material contributions of overseas Filipinos to the Philippines coursed through the CFO's Lingkod sa Kapwa Pilipino (LINKAPIL).

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2014 – 2015 CFO Annual Report

The steadfast response of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas to the dynamic process of international migration is reflected from its achievements. These achievements are highlighted in the 2014 – 2015 CFO Annual Report.


CFO Inputs to the Philippines Combined 7th and 8th Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women Report

As the government is not closing its eyes to the social costs of migration, this e-book reflects the efforts of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas to mitigate these costs. It further shows how the government is also maximizing the benefits of migration and protect the rights, the welfare and interests of overseas Filipinos in every possible way.

One aspect of migration that is usually not discussed is what we call marriage migration. In this regard, the CFO strives to address the particular vulnerabilities and situations of the predominantly female migrating spouses or partners of foreign nationals and consider their needs in every stage of the migration cycle. These are aimed to accord fully the Filipino people with their rights to mobility and give them an informed choice and option whether or not to go out of the country, free from the downside risks of migration.

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The Overseas Filipinos Remittances for Development (OFReD) is spearheaded by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), sponsored by Western Union's philanthropy arm-The Western Union Foundation (WUF) and implemented by National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) for the project's earlier stages, and currently, by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO). The OFReD Project was launched in the Province of Ilocos Norte in 2011.

The project aims to support policies that transform overseas remittances for development, savings and investments, and build a viable collective remittance fund. A sub-component of the project – the Migration and Development Initiative for Region 1 (MDI-1)  aims to mainstream migration and development in the development plans and programs of local governments in the Ilocos Region.

To know the project’s accomplishments,  click here for the presentation made before the Project Management Board.  To know more about this initiative, kindly visit
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The Philippine Financial Freedom Campaign (or PESO Sense, for short) is a Financial Education and Entrepreneurship program that utilizes new technology to reach out to all Filipinos, whether sender or receiver of remittances. The PESO Sense campaign makes use of all forms of communications such as the internet, social media and mobile applications. The PESO Sense is multi-media and multi-sectoral, involving different agencies and stakeholders and catering to as many communities and clientele as we could reach.

To know the project’s accomplishments,  click here for the presentation made before the Project Management Board.  To know more about this initiative, kindly visit


Presidential Awards 2016 Souvenir Program

The Presidential Awards for Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas, established through Executive Order No. 498 in December 1991, is a biennial award conferred to distinguished Filipino individuals and organizations in recognition of their outstanding contributions to national development efforts, or their outstanding achievements in their field of profession. The awards, implemented and managed by CFO, are also conferred to foreign individuals and organizations that provide assistance to the country or advance the cause of Filipino communities overseas. As of 2014, there are 435 Presidential awardees from 49 countries. The program is managed by the CFO.



CFO Primer 2015 

The CFO primer is only one of the many instruments through which the Commission on Filipinos Overseas provides relevant, accurate and comprehensive information on the programs and services purposely designed to safeguard the interests of the Filipino diaspora community worldwide.

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3rd Global Summit Souvenir Program

With its intention  to institutionalize and maximize overseas Filipinos' (OFs) involvement in the socio-cultural and economic development of the Philippines, the Commission on Filipinos Overseas started to provide in 2011 a venue for Filipinos overseas to come together and re-engage with development initiatives in the Philippines through a Global Summit of Filipinos in the Diaspora every two years in Manila. The first, second and third were held in 2011, 2013 and 2015, respectively.

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Handbook for Filipinos migrating to the United States of America (2014 Edition)

The Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) has prepared this guide to help you adapt in your new life in the U.S.

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Information Kit

The CFO prepared this guide to provide you with information that will ease your adjustment abroad. It is our way of wishing you a safe trip and a successful settlement overseas.

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Australia and New Zealand
A Guide for Europe bound Filipino Au Pair - 2017 Edition



The CFO Frontier Policy Notes are observations and analyses on certain policies and issues affecting overseas Filipinos.


Gintong Patnubay 

The comics magazine reflects real-life stories and experiences of Filipinos overseas.

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Handbook for Overseas Filipinos (8th Edition)

The handbook provides information on a wide range of policies, programs, and activities of the Philippine government affecting Filipinos overseas. As well as returning Filipinos. It also provides information on a number of programs through which Filipinos overseas can actively participate in the realization of the Philippine development agenda.

I.    Filipinos Overseas and their Contribution to National Development
II.   Recognition of Overseas Filipinos
III.  Philippine Laws and Regulations Affecting Filipinos Overseas
IV.  Immigration Policies on Visiting and Returning Overseas Filipinos
V.   Programs and Services of Government Agencies for Overseas Filipinos


LINKAPIL Operations Manual (5th Edition)

This manual addresses the information needs of Filipinos and other donors overseas concerning the transfer of various forms of assistance to the Philippines. It provides direction to donors, as well as beneficiaries in the Philippines, on the procedures and requirements in the processing of material donations from overseas.


Invest in the Philippines: Investment and Business Guide for Overseas Filipinos 

It provides leads about agencies or offices where more specific data could be obtained. The compendium also gives examples, where available, of specific industries or enterprises with attractive potentials for the information of prospective investors. Just as importantly, the compendium provides information about the requirements for doing business, from the standpoint of a number of relevant government agencies, including local government units.



Manual of Policies and Regulations for Philippine Schools Overseas

This manual was developed in order to provide policy guidelines and specific rules and regulations for the establishment, recognition, operation, and management of elementary and secondary schools in accordance with existing laws—namely, the Memorandum of Agreement of 24 February 1995 establishing the Inter-Agency Committee on Philippine Schools Abroad, and Executive Order No. 252 dated 5 May 2000 establishing the Inter-Agency Committee on Philippine Schools Overseas.

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Primer on Republic Act 10906 or The Anti-Mail Order Spouse Act of 2016

Republic Act 10906 is an act providing stronger measures against unlawful practices, businesses, and schemes of matching and offering Filipinos to foreign nationals for purposes of marriage or common law partnerships. It became a law on 21 July 2016.

The Act repeals Republic Act 6955 or the Anti-Mail Order Bride Act. The salient features of the new law are the inclusion of Filipino men against acts of matching for purposes of marriage or common law partnerships to foreign nationals; matching through the use of internet; confiscation and forfeiture of proceeds and instruments derived from committing he prohibited acts in favor of the government; provision on the formulation of an implementing rules and regulations; and imposing stiffer penalties on its violation.


Primer on RA 9208 Anti-trafficking in Persons Act of 2003

This primer provides concise information about the Republic Act 9208 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003 as amended by the Republic Act 10364. It serves as a handy reference on the salient provisions of the Act and the available programs and services for trafficked victims.

Enjoy the Benefits of Dual Citizenship

The primer provides information on the major provisions of the Citizenship Retention and Re-acquisition Act of 2003, a law passed on 29 August 2003 which grants natural-born Filipinos who have lost their Filipino citizenship through naturalization in a foreign country, the opportunity to retain or re-acquire their Filipino citizenship.


10 Questions on the Commission on Filipinos Overseas

A brochure answering ten questions about the functions, programs, activities and other basic information about the Commission on Filipinos Overseas.


Transnational Bridges ( Migration, Development and Solidarity in the Philippines)

The book is organized into two parts. Part 1 tells part of the story of two decades of the Lingkod sa Kapwa Pilipino (LINKAPIL) program. Initiated by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas in 1989, the initiative aimed at matching the resources donated by overseas Filipino associations to meet the needs of disadvantaged communities in the Philippines. The LINKAPIL program has been in existence long before remittances, diaspora philanthropy or migrant giving and the migration-development nexus caught the interest of the global community. A brief introduction about the program is provided, followed by vignettes of selected donors and a focus on livelihood projects. Part 2 presents sketches of migrant giving, migrants’ investments and models of partnership between overseas Filipinos and local institutions culled from the research conducted by MAPID-Philippines in 2008.


Lakbay Aral sa Pilipinas

The brochure provides information on how to join Lakbay-Aral, its program fee, and the tour packages.



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