LINGKOD SA KAPWA PILIPINO (LINKAPIL) OR LINK FOR PHILIPPINE DEVELOPMENT
The unprecedented movement of Filipinos across national boundaries in the last decades has resulted in the emergence of a global community of more than ten (10) million overseas Filipino people with a collective strength that can fuel Philippine economic development. While they have found gainful employment and even acquired permanent residency or citizenship in their host countries, OFs have an abiding interest in the future of the Motherland. They remain deeply involved and maintain close ties by engaging in philanthropic undertakings and socio-cultural programs reflective of their continued concern for the Philippines.
Inspired by the promise of this vision, the CFO designed the Lingkod sa Kapwa Pilipino or LINKAPIL Program in 1989, which has resulted in the forging of broader and deeper partnerships among Filipinos beyond borders. The LINKAPIL provides a mechanism for the transfer of various forms of resources from Filipinos overseas to support small-scale, high-impact projects that address the country’s social and economic development needs.
In line with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG), this philanthropic diaspora initiative supports projects that address the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, the achievement of universal primary education, the reduction of child mortality, the improvement of maternal health, and environmental sustainability.
This initiative is also evident in the aftermath of the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda or Typhoon Haiyan. An informal survey of the CFO showed that almost PhP1.9 billion or US $44 million cash and in-kind donations were mobilized by overseas Filipinos and brought into the Philippines for the relief and rehabilitation efforts for the victims of the said Typhoon. However, this is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak, as many overseas Filipinos sent their donations to beneficiaries and/or channels that are difficult to record or to monitor e.g. parishes, faith-based organizations, hometown associations, alma maters, etc.