Under Batas Pambansa Blg. 79, the primary clientele of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas are:

  • Filipino permanent migrants or permanent residents abroad
  • Filipinos overseas who have become naturalized citizens of other countries or dual citizens
  • Filipino spouses and other partners of foreign nationals leaving the country
  • Descendants of Filipinos overseas, as defined in Batas Pambansa Blg. 79
  • Filipino youth overseas
  • Exchange Visitor Program participants

However, the recent passage of RA10022 expanded the definition of the term Overseas Filipinos, to include generally all Filipinos residing and living overseas, whether on the long term or short term. This redefinition also emphasizes the inter-agency nature of the Commission encompassing other cabinet-level line agencies involved in issues of migration.


Under Republic Act No. 10022 (Amending the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995), the definition of “overseas Filipinos” has been expanded to encompass “migrant workers, other Filipino nationals and their dependents abroad” or all Filipinos working and living overseas, whether permanently or temporarily. Thus, the expanded CFO clientele includes the following:

• Filipino permanent residents abroad
• Filipinos who have been naturalized in other countries
• Filipinos overseas who hold dual citizenship
• Filipino spouses and other partners of foreign nationals
• Descendants of Filipinos overseas
• Filipino youth overseas
• Exchange Visitor Program participants
• Filipino Au Pair participants
• Migrant workers and their dependents abroad

This broadening of the CFO client base affirms its inter-agency, coordinative role. Thus, the CFO Board includes all the Department Secretaries of migration-related government agencies: the Departments of Foreign Affairs, Labor and Employment, Tourism, Education, the National Commission on Culture and the Arts and the Office of the Press Secretary.


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Citigold Center, 1345 Pres. Quirino Ave.
corner Osmena Highway (South Superhighway)
Manila, Philippines 1007
Telephone: (+632) 552-4700
Email: info@cfo.gov.ph

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#4 Don Julio Llorente St.,
Capitol Site, Cebu City 6000
Telephone: (032) 255-5253
Email: cfocebu@cfo.gov.ph

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