ABOUT OUR SECRETARY
The Commission on Filipinos Overseas congratulates and warmly welcomes Secretary Francisco “Nick” P. Acosta as the new Chairperson of the Commission. He was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte on August 20, 2018.
Prior to his appointment, Secretary Acosta was a former Court of Appeals Associate Justice. He served at the second-highest judicial court in the Philippines (next to the Supreme Court) for more than a decade. His expertise is on litigation and corporate law, legal ethics, labor laws and social legislation.
He also previously served as Consultant at the House of Representatives and Office of Taguig City Mayor, and Board Director Member of the Philippine National Oil Company. He is currently a faculty member of his alma mater, the San Beda College of Law, where he was a consistent full scholar and graduated among the top of his class. He is the current President and Board of Trustees Member of the San Beda Law Alumni Association, and a recipient of the “Most Outstanding Bedan” for 2007.
CFO’s Executive Director, Undersecretary Astravel Pimentel-Naik is excited with Justice Acosta’s appointment. “The CFO family is looking forward to a more exciting, challenging and productive days ahead in serving the Filipino emigrants and overseas Filipinos under Secretary Acosta’s leadership,” Usec. Pimentel-Naik said.
Secretary Acosta hailed from Solano, Nueva Vizcaya and followed on the footsteps of his father who was a judge. He is not only a dedicated and outstanding public servant and educator but also a civic and religious volunteer, family-oriented man, and a proud “Ulirang Ama” awardee. He is married to Alma Madayag-Acosta. They are blessed with four children and four grandchildren.
ABOUT OUR UNDERSECRETARY
The Commission on Filipinos Overseas congratulates and welcomes Undersecretary Astravel Pimentel-Naik as its newly appointed Executive Director.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte appointed Usec. Pimentel-Naik on February 6, 2018. She took her oath of office at Malacañang on February 13, 2018.
Usec. Pimentel-Naik values excellence in governance and integrity grounded on deep faith in God. She rose from the ranks starting government service as a front desk officer. Prior to her appointment to CFO, she served as Assistant Secretary at the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office and Political Affairs Officer at the Office of Senator Aquilino “Koko” L. Pimentel III. She is also the National Chairperson of the Committee on Membership of PDP Laban. Usec. Pimentel-Naik is determined to help President Duterte push for reforms to ensure that Filipinos, including those living and working overseas, will enjoy the fruits of both their toil and the country’s resources.
The CFO was established in 1980 and is an attached agency of the Office of the President of the Philippines. Its mandate include maintaining and strengthening ties with overseas Filipinos and promoting migrant welfare and interests.
ABOUT OUR DIVISIONS
Administrative and Finance Division (AFD)
a. Provides all necessary support services to ensure the efficient flow of work in the technical offices;
b. Coordinates and supervises activities involving purchase of supplies and equipment and security of property;
c. Undertakes employee recruitment and placement and the establishment of career development programs and trainings as well as employee relations and services programs;
d. Plans, develops and administers a comprehensive personnel program including the development of manpower plans for the Commission;
e. Responsible for a high level of personnel effectiveness and morale in the agency;
a. Takes charge of activities involving collection and disbursements, accounting of funds and property, and the preparation of budgetary requirements
Projects Management Division (PMD)
a. Formulates, plans, and develops programs to effectively disseminate to Filipino overseas the projects/services being offered by the Commission;
b. Supervises the promotion of all projects / services being offered by the Commission;
c. Supervises the promotion of all projects and activities for overseas Filipinos;
d. Initiates programs/projects to facilitate acceptance of the Commission’s services and to attract Filipinos overseas to actively participate in these programs;
e. Organizes an information dissemination system to effectively enhance the awareness of overseas Filipinos of the projects of the Commission;
f. Initiates programs to strengthen the functional relationships of the Commission with overseas Philippine government offices. Design plans for an effective linkage system between overseas Filipinos and the Philippine government;
Services for Overseas Filipinos
a. In coordination with the PPRD, initiates developmental programs and projects designed to establish and/or foster linkages between overseas Filipinos and the motherland;
b. Conducts studies/researches on the development of projects/services for overseas Filipinos;
c. Formulates criteria for determining priorities for proposed external projects and ascertains resource requirements of each;
d. Undertakes projects designed to promote the welfare of overseas Filipinos and to provide them with investment and trade opportunities in the Philippines;
e. Designs and develops a mechanism by which overseas Filipinos and associations can secure immediate assistance from the CFO;
f. Sets criteria by which external programs and projects are evaluated and proposes measures for improvement;
g. Develops and organizes a mechanism or system of integration and cooperation of Filipino associations abroad
h. Devises systems and procedures for the monitoring and implementation of overseas projects and activities;
i. Directly undertakes the implementation of CFO projects and programs, in coordination with embassies and consulates;
j. Coordinates with other government and private agencies in the implementation and monitoring of CFO projects;
k. Prepares reports, technical papers, and forecasts on the operations, projects and activities of the Commission.
Migrant Integration and Education Division (MIED)
a. Undertakes the systematic clearance and registration of emigrants and prepares progress reports on the activity;
b. Monitors pre-departing, visiting and returning Filipino emigrants. Takes charge of the registration activities in the various exit points;
a. Implements and promotes the welfare programs/projects and services related to pre-departing, outgoing and returning overseas Filipinos;
b. Undertakes services relative to the needs of outgoing Filipino emigrants as well as lay the ground work for the development of good will and mutually beneficial ties with Filipino migrants;
c. Provides services such as counseling, travel assistance, orientation, information dissemination, consultative services regarding immigration laws and overseas Filipinos’ land ownership privileges and other related services;
d. Organizes a mechanism for handling complaints and grievances of outgoing, visiting and returning overseas Filipinos;
Liaison and Project Development
a. In line with the general policies adopted by the Commission, formulates plans and develops programs/projects for the provision of services to local Filipino emigrants;
b. Designs researches related to welfare-assistance projects/services for pre-departing, visiting and returning overseas Filipinos;
c. Evaluates and upgrades continuously the system and procedures used in the Office’s operations; and
d. Serves as liaison between the Commission and other government agencies in the provision of local emigrant services.
Policy, Planning and Research Division (PPRD)
a. Formulates policies, directives, short and long-range plans, programs and strategies, in accordance with the guidelines set by the Management;
a. Evaluates and consolidates performance reports of various divisions and prepares the annual accomplishment report for submission to the Executive Director and Chairperson;
b. Provides technical support for the development of plans, work program and projects of different offices, in accordance with approved priority areas;
a. Undertakes all researches and studies for the development of Philippine migration policies and the determination of needs/requirements of the CFO clients;
b. Assist the Top Management in evaluating on a continuing basis the Commission’s organizational structure, functional relationship, accountability patterns and recommends appropriate measures for improvement. Institutes a reporting system to keep the Commission and Philippine Government informed of developments on Filipino international migration;
a. Responsible for the publication and dissemination of Filipino emigrant issuances, guidelines, and policies;
Management Information Systems Division (MISD)
a. Designs, implements and maintains a comprehensive database system on Filipinos overseas essential to the national policy initiatives;
b. Administers e-Government projects and programs led by the Commission;
c. Provide data and statistical report on Filipino Migration generated from the CFO databases;
d. Designs, develops, implements and maintains computerization systems which will improve the Department’s information systems and synthesize frontline processes;
e. Encoding of the frontline services registration forms;
f. Maintains communication services (IP PABX System, Internet, Local Area Network, Web Portal and Data Center);
g. Provides ICT technical support in view of the agency computerization and automation;
h. Ensures the proper operation and maintenance of the all CFO offices ‘s computer hardware and software; and
i. Generates the master list of departing emigrants and send it to POEA and Philippine overseas post on a monthly basis.