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Commission on Filipinos Overseas brings services to communities

by PS Mabaquiao

San Jose, Antique (23 June) -- In an effort to educate the communities, families and those planning to migrate to other countries, the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO)together with Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) conducted community education program on services and assistance they can provide.

Aileen D. Macapili Supervising Immigrant Services Officer, the team leader of the group from Manila and Cebu said her companions are set to visit various local officials in the towns of San Jose, Tobias Fornier and Patnongon and will also conduct pulong-pulong with church officials, PNP, NGOs, students and municipal employees.

During the Press Conference with members of the fourth estate at the Sumakwel Hall of the New Capitol Building, Macapili emphasized the importance of attending the Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) to be able to know the culture of the people and place a person is bound to go or visit to avoid problems.

Other topics discussed were Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003, Illegal recruitment, Immigration processes including issues on mail order brides and other challenges faced by Filipinos overseas.

Reynaldo Pigar of Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Region 6 discussed programs and services of the agency and how the Overseas Contract Workers (OCW) and their families could avail of such services especially now that the world is experiencing global recession.

CFO envisions a community of Filipinos overseas widely recognized as a competitive world-class community with productive roles in the countries where they live and with strong political, economic, and cultural ties with the Philippines.

Among the clients and beneficiaries of CFO's programs are: Filipino permanent migrants or permanent residents abroad, Filipinos overseas who have become citizens of other countries, Filipino spouses and fiancees of foreign nationals leaving the country, Descendants of Filipinos overseas, Filipino youth overseas, Exchange Visitor Program participants.

Both Pigar and Macapili advised families of Filipinos overseas to coordinate with Filipino communities, government consulate offices abroad (in any country they worked or lived) in cases they have problems or in difficult circumstances. They assured government authorities are more than willing to respond to their queries or problems. (PIA) [top]

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