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Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO)

Address

Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO)
Citigold Center
1345 Pres. Quirino Avenue
corner Osmeña Highway (South Superhighway)
Manila, Philippines 1007

Contact Information

If calling from Philippines:

Tel: 02 561 8321
Fax: 02 561 8332

If calling from overseas:

Tel: +632 561 8321
Fax: +632 561 8332

Website

Email

Alternate Address

CFO Cebu Desk
Causing-Lozada Building
Osmeña Boulevard corner MJ Cuenco Street
Cebu City, Philippines

Activities

The Commission on Filipinos Overseas is an agency under the Department of Foreign Affairs and is mandated to promote the interest and well-being of Filipinos overseas, particularly those of Filipino permanent residents abroad including those in intermarriages.

ANTI-TRAFFICKING ACTIVITIES:

  • CFO provides mandatory guidance and counseling services to departing Filipino spouses and partners of foreign nationals. These services intend to assist Filipino spouses and other partners of foreign nationals in making informed decisions on intermarriage and settlement overseas. Topics covered during the counseling program include migration laws, welfare and support services abroad, issues and concerns in intercultural marriages, among others. In 2004, CFO extended counseling services to 18,933 Filipino spouses and other partners of foreign nationals.

    During the counseling sessions, would-be trafficking victims are detected through the CFO watchlist, a database that enables CFO counselors to identify foreigners who are involved in trafficking activities under the pretext of intermarriage. More than 2,000 suspected trafficking and/or prospective domestic violence victims are provided with intensive counseling sessions every year.

  • CFO provides assistance to Filipino nationals in distress through referrals to relevant government agencies and crisis counseling for victims of domestic violence and trafficking.

  • CFO embarks on a nationwide community education program (CEP) which aims to reach prospective migrants on the grassroots level to inform them on significant and contemporary issues on migration. the last two years, the CEP also served as a venue to popularize the provisions of the newly signed R.A. 9208 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003.

    Participants are composed of local government officials, non-government organizations, students and faculty members from public/private high schools and colleges/universities, churches and parishes.

  • CFO maintains the Migrants Advisory Information System (MAIS), a database which stores information on at least fifty nine countries, including their immigration policies, culture, welfare and employment policies, support networks, and other information of importance to prospective migrants. Through this system, accurate information on the migration laws of other countries are made accessible to the public.

  • CFO advocates bills and provides assistance to the House of Representatives and the Senate in drafting proposed legislation which promotes the interest of Filipinos overseas, including measures on anti-trafficking in persons.
  • In cooperation with non-government organizations, CFO publishes and distributes primers and posters/calendars on the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003.
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