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Filipinas about to marry foreigners told to check status of petitioners with CFO

by Prix D Banzon

Davao City (1 February) -- The government is urging Filipinas who are about to marry foreign nationals to tap the services of the Commission of Filipino Overseas (CFO) to intervene on their behalf and check the status of their petitioners.

Chery Joy Veniles, CFO senior emigrant officer said they have the scheme to check whether the foreign national is engaged in serial or multiple-sponsorship. It can also take a look of petitioner who are misrepresenting or into same sex relationship.

The CFO implements programs to promote the interest and well-being of Filipino overseas. It also serves as a forum for preserving and enhancing the social, economic, and cultural ties of Filipinos overseas with the country and provide liaison services to Filipinos overseas with appropriate government and private agencies in the transaction of business and similar ventures in the Philippines.

Veniles said as of December 2006 the number of overseas Filipinos are about 8.2 million, 46.09 percent of this or 3.65 million are overseas Filipino workers while 42.80 percent or 3.39 million are permanent residents. Those that fall under irregular are 0.88 million or 11.11 percent and they are the "TNT" because of expired contracts and does not want to come home.

She said the registered Filipino emigrants in 2006 was about 82,967 while in 2007 in went down to 80,596.

But last year's figure is expected to increase in 2008 with the opening of New Zealand to Filipino skilled workers.

The destination of registered Filipino emigrants are USA cornering about 68.83 percent, Canada, 14.18percent, Australia, 6.57 percent, Japan, 6.27 percent, Germany, 0.73 percent and United Kingdom, 0.52 percent.

For Filipinos married to foreign nationals Veniles said they were able to register about 24,904 in 2006 with a slight decrease in 2007 of 23,927.

She said that of this figure Davao City ranked 5th among the cities in the Philippines with the highest number of marriage to foreign nationals.

She said about 1/3 of it are from this city at medyo malaki ang figure.

She said for the period 1989 to 2006 the number of spouses/other partners of foreign nationals that they registered totaled 309,745.

The country of destination are USA, 124,638, Japan, 94,792, Australia, 25,073, other unspecified countries, 21,989, Canada, 12,401, Germany, 11,307, Taiwan, 6,950, and UK, 5,780.

Meanwhile, Veniles said that six out of 10 Filipinas are successful in their marriage but they are based in the Philippines.

She said they often encounter cases of Filipinas having difficulty in marriage while abroad firstly because of the language barrier where most of them could not express well and having a hard time to adjust in the lifestyle abroad. (PIA) [top]

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