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PIA Press Release
2005/08/29

Bohol CFO starts early tackling of migration issues

by Rey Anthony Chiu

Tagbilaran City (29 August) -- WITH Tagbilaran City as Bohol's biggest origin of migrants both temporary or permanent, the Commission for Filipinos Overseas (CFO) picked the city as one of its community education program venues to widen information dissemination on the migration issues.

During a press briefing at the Capitol Friday, Aug 22, CFO sources say a total of about 20% from Bohol migrants come from Tagbilaran.

They did not say however if such was also the same high number of Boholanos find themselves in a difficult position adopting to an entirely different environment abroad.

CFO said while there is indeed a real problem of growing intent of Filipinos going and seeking greener pastures abroad, they are not recommending nor discouraging people to go work abroad.

CFO resource speaker said they are making sure that people who have the intent to migrate will come aptly prepared to hurdle complex situations on cultural and personal differences, especially over mixed marriages.

A lot of Filipinos who work abroad end up marrying in their host countries and breeding a lot of inter-cultural issues spawning related problems.

Attached to the Office of the President, CFO is now launching community education programs to further advice future migrants on potential issues and concerns.

Here in Bohol, CFO conducted two separate symposia at the University of Bohol and Bohol Institute of Technology, these being two educational institutions that churn out graduates opting for work abroad.

Also one of the things they brought were packages of projects that local organizations could tap for funding. Support funds are accessed by CFO from Filipino organizations abroad.

Aside from counseling services, CFO, in cooperation with allied government agencies also conduct pre departure activities as well as networking of local organizations abroad to re-establish their links at home.

Aside from intermarriage issues, the information team also discussed on of the leading Asian problems of human trafficking and illegal recruitment. (PIA) [top]

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