The work of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas is guided by the following legal bases:
As of 4 October 2017

NO.
EFFECTIVITY DATE
LAW
DESCRIPTION
ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER
1 7-Mar-2016 Administrative Order No. 0007 National Policy on the Health of Migrants and Overseas Filipinos
2 10-Oct-2007 Administrative Order No. 202 Creating an Inter-agency Committee for the Celebration of the Month of Overseas Filipinos and International Migrants Day in the Philippines
3 17-Jan-1996 Administrative Order No. 242 Establishing the Exchange Visitors Program Committee (EVP Committee) and designating the CFO as a member and Secretariat
4 6-Apr-1995 Administrative Order No. 182 Establishing the Assistance-to-Nationals Task Force. CFO serves as a member and the Secretariat to the Task Force and chairs two of its Technical Working Groups, the Communication and Advocacy Technical Working Group and the Policy, Program and Research Technical Working Group
BATAS PAMBANSA
5 16-Jun-1980 Batas Pambansa Bilang 79 An Act Creating the Commission on Filipinos Overseas and for Other Purposes
EXECUTIVE ORDER
6 23-Jul-2016 Executive Order No. 2 Operationalizing in the Executive Branch the People’s Constitutional Right to Information and the State Policies to Full Public Disclosure and Transparency in the Public Service and Providing Guidelines Therefor
7 29-Apr-2011 Executive Order No. 41 Reactivating the Presidential Task Force Against Illegal Recruitment Created under E.O. No. 759
8 23-Oct-2008 Executive Order No. 759 Creating Task Force Against Illegal Recruitment
9 31-Jul-2006 Executive Order No. 550 Creating a Presidential Task Force to address concerns arising from the conduct of the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Nurses in the Philippines
10 23-Aug-2005 Executive Order No. 457 Designating the Commission on Filipinos Overseas as the lead agency for the commemoration of the Centennial of Filipino Migration to Hawaii
 11 18-Oct-2004 Executive Order No. 373 Reorganizing the Composition of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas under the Office of the President, appointing a permanent Chairperson
12 5-Aug-2004 Executive Order No. 343 Transferring the Commission on Filipinos Overseas from the Department of Foreign Affairs to the Office of the President
13 5-May-2000 Executive Order No. 252 Establishing the Inter-Agency Committee on Philippine Schools Overseas, Defining its Composition, Structure, and Functions
14 23-Mar-2000 Executive Order No. 220 Creating and Executive Council to suppress trafficking in persons, particularly women and children
15 20-Jan-2000 Executive Order No. 203 Establishing an Inter-agency Committee on the Shared Government Information System for Migration
16 14-Jun-1996 Executive Order No. 346 Redefining the structure and functional thrusts of the CFO and providing operational guidelines therefor, amending E.O. 728 and E.O. 938
17 19-Dec-1991 Executive Order No. 498 Institutionalizing the Presidential Awards for Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas
18 26-Nov-1991 Executive Order No. 490 Transferring the CFO from Office of the President to the DFA
19 2-Mar-1984 Executive Order No. 938 Establishing the Overseas Offices of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas Pursuant to Section 4 of Batas Pambansa Blg. 79
20 12-Dec-1981 Executive Order No. 728 Retaining the Commission on Filipinos Overseas Under the Office of the President as a critical agency, designationg the members of the Commission and providing for the organizational guidelines of the secretariat of the commission
21 27-Jul-1981 Executive Order No. 708 Reorgnazing the Office of the Presiding and creating the Office of the Prime Minister pursuant to the 1981 Amendments to the Constitution
MEMORANDUM CIRCULAR
22 15-Jun-2015 Memorandum Circular No. 036 Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking Revised Guidelines on Departure Formalities of International- Bound Passengers
MEMORANDUM ORDER
23 23-Dec-2014 Memorandum Order No. 3 Establishing the Interagency Committee on Migration Statistics
PRESIDENTIAL DECREE
24 9-Jun-1978 Presidential Decree No. 1412 Creating the Office of Emigrant Affairs (OEA) under the Department of Labor and Employment
25 1-May-1974 Presidential Decree No. 442 Creating the Overseas Employment Development Board in order to set up a systematic program for the overseas employment of Filipino workers, as well as to register and monitor emigrants leaving for various countries
PRESIDENTIAL MEMORANDUM ORDER
26 2-Apr-1996 Presidential Memorandum Order No. 357 Creating the Crisis Management and Security Committee, and designating the CFO as member and secretariat
PROCLAMATION
27 21-Jun-1988 Proclamation No. 276 Declaring December as Month of Overseas Filipinos and the same month of every year thereafter
REPUBLIC ACT
28 21-Jul-2016 Republic Act No. 10906 Providing stronger measures against unlawful practices, businesses, and schemes of matching and offering Filipinos to foreign nationals for purposes of marriage or common law partnership, repealing for the purpose R.A. no. 6955
29 23-Jun-2016 Republic Act No. 10868 Honoring and Granting Additional Benefits and Privileges to Filipino Centenarians and for other Purposes
30 11-Dec-2013 Republic Act No. 10625 Reorganizing the Philippine Statistical System, Repealing for the Purpose Executive Order No. 121, Entitled Reorganizing and Strengthening the Philippine Statistical System and For Other Purposes
11-Dec-2013 Implementing Rules and Regulations of R.A. 10625 Implementing the R.A. No. 10625 known as the Philippines Statistical Act of 2013
31 27-May-2013 Republic Act No. 10590 Amending Republic Act No. 9189, Entitled An Act Providing for a System of Overseas Absentee Voting by Qualified Citizens of the Philippines Abroad, Appropriating Funds Therefor and for other Purposes
32 6-Feb-2013 Republic Act No. 10364 Establishing the Necessary Institutional Mechanisms for the Protection and Support of Trafficked Persons, Providing Penalties for Its Violations and for Other Purposes
33 26-Mar-2010 Republic Act No. 10066 Known as the Heritage Law, mandating the creation of Sentro Rizal community cultural centers to promote and popularize the nation's historical and cultural heritage and resource as well as artisctic creations and to ensure equal access to cultural opportunities through the educational system, public or private cultural entities
29-Mar-2012 Implementing Rules and Regulations of R.A. No. 10066 Implementing the R.A. No. 10066 known as Heritage Law
34 8-Mar-2010 Republic Act No. 10022 Amending Republic Act No. 8042 Otherwise Known as the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995, As Amended, Further Improving the Standard of Protection and Promotion of the Welfare of Migrant Workers, Their Families and Overseas Filipinos in Distress, and for Other Purpose
1-Jul-2010 Implementing Rules and Regulations of R.A. No. 10022 Implementing the R.A. No. 10022
35 29-Aug-2003 Republic Act No. 9225 Making the Citizenship of Philippine Citizens Who Acquire Foreign Citizenship Permanent. Amending for the Purpose Commonwealth Act. No. 63, as Amended and for Other Purposes
36 26-May-2003 Republic Act No. 9208 Known as the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act, instituting Policies to Eliminate Trafficking in Persons Especially Women and Children, Establishing the Necessary Institutional Mechanisms for the Protection and Support of Trafficked Persons, Providing Penalties for Its Violations, and for Other Purposes
37 22-Nov-1996 Republic Act No. 8239 Mandating all Filipinos going abroad as fiancé(e)s, spouses or other partners of foreign nationals to attend the CFO's guidance and counseling session in order to secure the Guidance and Counseling Certificate (GCC) and the CFO sticker
38 7-Jun-1995 Republic Act No. 8042 Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995, as Amended by Republic Act No. 10022
39 13-Jun-1990 Republic Act No. 6955 Declaring unlawful the practice of matching Filipino women for marriage to foreign nationals on a mail- order basis and other similar practices, including the advertisement, publication, printing or distribution of brochures, fliers and other propaganda materials in furtherance thereof and providing penalty therefore

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