Established on 16 June 1980 through Batas Pambansa 79,  the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) is an agency of the Philippine  Government under the Office of the President tasked to promote and uphold the interests, rights and welfare of overseas Filipinos and strengthen their ties with the Motherland.

 

The evolution of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas can be traced over a series of policy pronouncements. Presidential Decree No. 442 (Labor Code of the Philippines), which was passed in 1974, created 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. The following years were characterized by a steady increase in migration, thus making it necessary to establish an independent unit which would constitute a local support network solely for Filipino emigrants. In June 1978, Presidential Decree No. 1412 was passed the Office of Emigrant Affairs (OEA). The decree specifically identified Filipino emigrants as the recipients of its services.

In June 1980, Batas Pambansa Blg. 79 was enacted to strengthen the government’s policy on the promotion of migrant welfare and interest. It created the Commission on Filipinos Overseas which replaced OEA but retained and further expanded its mandate.

The CFO registers and provides pre-departure orientation seminars to emigrants. It also promotes the transfer of technology as well as material and financial contributions from overseas for development projects in underserved communities all over the Philippines. It also provides younger generations of Filipinos overseas with opportunities to learn Philippine history and culture.


FUNCTIONS

Batas Pambansa Blg. 79, mandates the CFO to perform the following functions:

  • Provide assistance to the President and the Congress of the Philippines in the formulation of policies and measures concerning or affecting Filipinos overseas;
  • Develop and implement programmes to promote the interest and well-being of Filipinos overseas;
  • Serve as a forum for preserving and enhancing the social, economic and cultural ties of Filipinos overseas with the motherland; and
  • Liaise on behalf of Filipinos overseas with appropriate government and private agencies in the transaction of business and similar ventures in the Philippines.

CLIENTELE

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
  • Filipino Au Pair participants

VISION


The Commission on Filipinos Overseas envisions a community of well-respected and proudly competitive Filipinos overseas who contribute significantly to the productivity and well-being of the countries where they reside or work while maintaining strong political, economic and cultural ties with the Philippines.

BISYON

Hangad ng Komisyon sa mga Filipino sa Ibayong Dagat (CFO) ang isang komunidad ng mga iginagalang at mahuhusay na Filipino sa ibayong dagat na makabuluhang nag-aambag sa pagiging produktibo at kapakanan ng mga bansang kanilang tinitirahan o pinagtatrabahuhan, habang nananatili ang matibay na ugnayang pampolitika, pangkabuhayan, at pangkalinangan sa Pilipinas.


MISSION


To be the Philippines’ premier institution in promoting policies, programs, and projects with Migration and Development as a framework for the strengthening and empowerment of the community of Filipinos overseas.

MISYON

Maging pangunahing institusyon ng Pilipinas sa pagtataguyod ng mga patakaran, programa at proyektong gamit ang Pangingibang-bansa at Kaunlaran bilang balangkas para sa pagpapatibay at pagpapalakas ng mga komunidad ng mga Filipino sa ibayong dagat.

 


CFO QUALITY POLICY STATEMENT

We in the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO), a government agency responsible for upholding the interests, rights and welfare of overseas Filipinos and strengthening their ties with the Philippines, commit to effectively and efficiently deliver gender-responsive policies, programs and services for the well-being and empowerment of the community of Filipinos overseas.

In pursuit of this commitment, we shall:

Capacitate our people through continuous professional development anchored on social responsibility;

Formulate policies and facilitate quality and citizen-centric programs and services that exceed expectations of the public we serve; and

Optimize the benefits of migration with overseas Filipinos as development partners of the Philippines and their host countries while addressing the social costs.

With the commitment to uphold the principles of good governance and highest standards of excellence, we adhere to comply and continuously improve our quality management system and other legal requirements.

“Kalidad na serbisyo para sa mamamayan, abot sa labas ng bayan”.

 

PAHAYAG NG PATAKARAN SA KALIDAD NG CFO

Kami, ang Komisyon sa mga Filipino sa Ibayong Dagat (CFO), isang ahensiya ng pamahalaan na nangangalaga sa interes, karapatan at kapakanan ng mga Filipino sa ibayong dagat at pinatatatag ang kanilang ugnayan sa Pilipinas, ay nangangakong epektibo at episyenteng maghahatid ng mga patakaran, programa at serbisyo para sa kapakanan at pagpapalakas ng komunidad ng mga Filipino sa ibayong dagat.

Sa pagsasagawa ng pangakong ito:

Tutulungan naming magkaroon ng kakayahan ang mga kawani sa pamamagitan ng patuloy na pagpapaunlad pampropesyon na nakabatay sa mga pananagutang panlipunan;

Bubuo kami ng mga patakaran at tutulong sa magagandang programa at serbisyo para sa mga mamamayan na higit sa kanilang inaasahan;

Lubusin ang mga benepisyo ng pangingibang-bansa na katuwang ang mga Filipino sa ibang bansa tungo sa pag-unlad ng Filipinas at ng bansang kanilang tinitirahan at pinagtatrabahuhan, habang tinutugunan ang negatibong epekto nito sa lipunan.

Sa pangako na itaguyod ang mga prinsipyo ng mahusay na pamamahala at pinakamataas na pamantayan ng kahusayan, aming susundin at patuloy na pagbubutihin ang aming Quality Management System at iba pang kahingiang pambatas.

“Kalidad na serbisyo para sa mamamayan, abot sa labas ng bayan”.

 



10-POINT GOALS OF THE COMMISSION


A. Policy Advocacy

1. To advocate for coherent, coordinated and clear development policies to be mainstreamed in the policy-making process of government: on international migration, its cost-benefit implications and the need for both national and local governments to maximize migration’s gains while minimizing its socio-economic costs, that while international migration is a reality, government must create an environment that would make migration an option rather than a matter of necessity and that the government’s primary responsibility remains focused on sustainable, integrated, equitable, nation-wide development taking into consideration the country’s economic, political and social structural problems and issues especially in relation to employment, poverty alleviation, equitable distribution of wealth and the benefit of development and improvement of all its citizens’ quality of life.

2. To support and strengthen a favorable rights-based policy environment for the promotion and protection of rights, welfare and status of overseas Filipinos; to assist in the formulation and implementation of policies and programs relevant to their rights, welfare and status.


B. Socio-economic Development

3. To develop and implement, in coordination with and with the support of other government agencies, a streamlined and facilitative entry and directional process for “development assistance” in the form of resources, knowledge, skills and technology from Filipinos overseas, that will be strategic and responsive to existing development issues and needs of the country and will optimize the assistance’s development potentials.

4. To provide mechanisms for various stakeholders to coordinate, forge partnerships, upscale and leverage diaspora funds (e.g. remittances and savings) and investments, broaden donors’ and investors’ base and replicate best practices especially in financial literacy, microfinance and social enterprises, in order to make these funds more effective tools for the country’s development and economic growth.


C. Integration and Reintegration

5. To assist in the integration of migrating Filipinos in their host countries by educating them on the realities of international migration, preparing them to meet the practical, cultural and psychological challenges attendant to migration and providing them other services as may be developed and needed, mindful of the social costs of migration to the overseas Filipinos themselves (especially for the women who are most vulnerable to abuse, discrimination and exploitation), to the families (especially the children) they have left behind and to their local communities.

6. To assist in the productive and seamless re-integration of returning overseas Filipinos and their families in the country, recommending policies, programs and measures to transform brain drain to brain gain, to enhance the returnees’ earning capabilities and for better incentives’ package for overseas Filipinos to return, to retire and to invest.


D. Culture and Education

7. To ensure that Filipinos overseas remain rooted in their Filipino culture by developing, implementing, promoting and coordinating with other institutions, global awareness and appreciation of Filipino language, culture and heritage.


E. Institutional development and organizational strengthening

8. To promote the leading role of CFO on the formulation of policies and in addressing key issues on migration and development

9. To improve and enhance CFO’s institutional capabilities for lobbying and advocacy for policy-setting, formulation and reform; in coordinating and building consensus with all migration-related government agencies on issues/policies/programs of major concern and critical to overseas Filipinos; and mobilizing stakeholders in the migration and development sector, especially for regular multi-stakeholder consultations and collaboration.

10. To provide accurate, timely and comprehensive data on international migration of Filipinos through linkages with government agencies and other stakeholders essential for policy formulation and protection of overseas Filipinos.


Legal Mandate

The evolution of the CFO can be traced over a series of policy pronouncements.

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Presidential Decree No. 442 (Labor Code of the Philippines), which was passed in 1974, created 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. The following years were characterized by a steady increase in migration, thus making it necessary to establish an independent unit which would constitute a local support network solely for Filipino emigrants.

In June 1978, Presidential Decree No. 1412 was passed creating the Office of Emigrant Affairs (OEA) under the Department of Labor and Employment. The decree specifically identified Filipino emigrants as the recipients of its services. The OEA was established in order to provide services specifically to Filipino emigrants.

In June 1980, Batas Pambansa Blg. 79 was enacted to strengthen the government’s policy on the promotion of migrant welfare and interest. It created the Commission on Filipinos Overseas which replaced OEA but retained and further expanded its mandate.

Pursuant to the provisions of Batas Pambansa Blg. 79, the CFO is tasked to perform the following functions:

• Provide advice and assistance to the President of the Philippines and the Congress in the formulation of policies and measures affecting Filipinos overseas;
• Formulate, in coordination with agencies concerned, an integrated program for the promotion of the welfare of Filipinos overseas for implementation by suitable existing agencies;
• Coordinate and monitor the implementation of such an integrated program;
• Initiate and directly undertake the implementation of special projects and programs, whenever necessary, to promote the welfare of Filipinos overseas with respect to their interests and activities in the Philippines;
• Serve as a forum for preserving and enhancing the social, economic and cultural ties of Filipinos overseas with their motherland;
• Provide liaison services to Filipinos overseas with appropriate government and private agencies in the transaction of business and similar ventures in the Philippines;
• Promulgate rules and regulations to carry out the objectives of BP 79;
• Call upon any agency of the Government, including government owned or controlled corporations, to render whatever assistance is needed in the pursuance of the objectives of this Act; and
• Perform such other related functions as may be directed by the President or assigned by law.

Other Laws Relevant to the CFO Mandate

Executive Order No. 728, issued on 02 March 1981, retaining the CFO under the Office of the President as a critical agency, designating the members of the Commission and providing the organizational guidelines of the secretariat of the Commission.

Executive Order No. 490, issued on 26 November 1991, transferring the CFO from Office of the President to the DFA.

Executive Order No. 498, issued on 19 December 1991, institutionalizing the Presidential Awards for Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas.

Administrative Order No. 182, issued on 06 April 1995, 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.

Republic Act No. 8042 or the Migrant Workers and Other Overseas Filipinos Act, enacted on 07 June 1995, designating the CFO as a member of the Committee on the Shared Government Information System. The CFO, as the Secretariat to the ATN Task Force, coordinates the various activities related to the establishment of the Shared Government Information System.

Administrative Order No. 242, issued on 17 January 1996, establishing the Exchange Visitors Program Committee (EVP Committee) and designating the CFO as a member and Secretariat thereof. The EVP Committee is tasked to administer the agreement between the Governments of the Philippines and the United States covering the conduct of educational, scientific, and technological exchange program. Among the specific responsibilities of CFO as secretariat include the processing of applications for need of training certificates and no objection statements, establishment of linkages with institutions in the U.S. to provide educational and training opportunities to Filipino professionals, conduct of pre-departure and on-site orientation and reintegration seminars for the participants, monitoring the status of the trainees and participants to the program, establishment of a management information system for the program, and establishment of incentive programs for the returning participants, among others.

Presidential Memorandum Order No. 357, issued on 2 April 1996, creating the Crisis Management and Security Committee, and designating the CFO as member and secretariat thereof. The CFO drafted the Crisis Management and Security Manual which serves as the basis and provides the parameters for the formulation of contingency plans for crisis situations by Philippine Embassies and Consulates overseas. As secretariat, the CFO monitors the compliance by the Philippine posts with the provisions of the CMSM and coordinates inter-agency effort at establishing crisis and security arrangements in times of crisis facing overseas Filipinos in massive proportion.

Executive Order No. 346, issued on 14 June 1996, redefining the structure and functional thrusts of the CFO and providing operational guidelines therefor. The CFO thrusts and functions, as redefined by E.O. 346 call for, among others, the following:

• A more pronounced and direct involvement of CFO in the economic diplomacy (Administrative Order No. 91) thrust of the government by “harnessing the fullest potentials of overseas Filipinos as partners in development efforts of the country”. The E.O. further provides that CFO shall establish the necessary programs to promote and support the economic diplomacy efforts of the government among overseas Filipino communities.

• Establishment by CFO of appropriate mechanisms to ensure the effective coordination of the Assistance-to-Nationals Program of the Philippine Government.

• Establishment of CFO Extension offices in major exit points of departing Filipino emigrants.

Republic Act No. 8239, or the Philippine Passport Act enacted on 22 November 1996 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. The CFO certificate is needed to renew or apply for a new passport at the Department of Foreign Affairs (per Department of Foreign Affairs Order Nos. 11-97 Implementing Rules and Regulations for Republic Act 8239, “Philippine Passport Act” and 28-94).

Executive Order No. 252, issued on 05 May 2000, establishing the Inter-Agency Committee on Philippine Schools Overseas, Defining its Composition, Structure, and Functions.

Executive Order No. 343, issued on 05 August 2004, transferring CFO from the Department of Foreign Affairs to the Office of the President.

Executive Order No. 373, issued on 18 October 2004, reorganizing the Composition of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas under the Office of the President (October 18, 2004), appointing a permanent Chairperson.

Administrative Order No. 202, issued on 10 October 2007, creating an Inter-Agency Committee for the Celebration of the Month of Overseas Filipinos and International Migrants Day in the Philippines, with CFO as Co-Chair.

Republic Act No. 9208 as amended by Republic Act No. 10364, enacted on 06 February 2013 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. The CFO is mandated to:

• Conduct pre-departure counseling services for Filipinos in intermarriages. It shall develop a system for accreditation of NGOs that may be mobilized for purposes of conducting pre-departure counseling services for Filipinos in intermarriages. It shall ensure that the counselors have the minimum qualifications and training of guidance counselors as provided by law.

Republic Act No. 10906, enacted on 21 July 2016 expanded the scope of RA 6955 or the Anti-Mail Order act of 1989 which only covers Filipino women. To ensure the prevention, protection, and rehabilitation for victims of mail-order spouse scheme, the law mandates CFO, among other agencies, to conduct constant monitoring and formulation of policies pertinent to the scheme, and mandatory provision of temporary shelter, free legal assistance, case management, psychological support, and other intervention programs for the victims.

Republic Act 10868 or the Centenarians Act of 2016 enacted on 23 June 2016, honors Filipino centenarians by providing incentives and additional benefits. The law grants all 100 year old Filipinos, whether living in the country or abroad, PhP 100,000.00 as a birthday gift and a letter of felicitation from the President. It directs CFO to formulate guidelines for availment by overseas Filipino centenarians in conjunction with the Department of Foreign Affairs.

 

NO.
EFFECTIVITY DATE
LAW
DESCRIPTION
1 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

 2 9-Jun-1978 Presidential Decree No. 1412 Creating the Office of Emigrant Affairs (OEA) under the Department of Labor and Employment

 3 16-Jun-1980 Batas Pambansa Bilang 79 An Act Creating the Commission on Filipinos Overseas and for Other Purposes
 
 4 27-Jul-1981 Executive Order No. 708 Reorganizing the Office of the Presiding and creating the Office of the Prime Minister pursuant to the 1981 Amendments to the Constitution
 
 5 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
 
 6 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
 
 7 21-Jun-1988 Proclamation No. 276 Declaring December as Month of Overseas Filipinos and the same month of every year thereafter

 8 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

 9 26-Nov-1991 Executive Order No. 490 Transferring the CFO from Office of the President to the DFA

 10 19-Dec-1991 Executive Order No. 498 Institutionalizing the Presidential Awards for Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas
 
 11 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
 
 12 7-Jun-1995 Republic Act No. 8042 Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995, as Amended by Republic Act No. 10022
 
 13 17-Jan-1996 Administrative Order No. 242 Establishing the Exchange Visitors Program Committee (EVP Committee) and designating the CFO as a member and Secretariat
 
 

29-Feb-1996

Implementing Rules and Regulations of R.A. No. 8042

Implementing the Migrant Workers Act of 1995 as Amended by R.A. No. 8042


 
 14 2-Apr-1996 Presidential Memorandum Order No. 357 Creating the Crisis Management and Security Committee, and designating the CFO as member and secretariat
 
 15 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
 
 16 22-Nov-1996 Republic Act No. 8239 The Philippine Passport Act of 1996, a provision of which mandates 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
 
 17 20-Jan-2000 Executive Order No. 203 Establishing an Inter-agency Committee on the Shared Government Information System for Migration
 
 18 23-Mar-2000 Executive Order No. 220 Creating and Executive Council to suppress trafficking in persons, particularly women and children
 
 19 5-May-2000 Executive Order No. 252 Establishing the Inter-Agency Committee on Philippine Schools Overseas, Defining its Composition, Structure, and Functions
 
 20 13-February-2003 Republic Act No. 9189
Known as the Overseas Absentee Voting Act of 2003. It provides for a system of overseas voting by qualified citizens abroad.
 
 21 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
 
 22 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
 
 23 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
 
Reorganizing the Composition of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas under the Office of the President, appointing a permanent Chairperson
 
 24 18-Oct-2004 Executive Order No. 373
 25 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
 
 26 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
 

 

 27 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

 28 23-Oct-2008 Executive Order No. 759 Creating Task Force Against Illegal Recruitment
 
 29 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
 
 30 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
 
  1-Jul-2010 Implementing Rules and Regulations of R.A. No. 10022 Implementing the R.A. No. 10022
 
 31 29-Apr-2011 Executive Order No. 41 Reactivating the Presidential Task Force Against Illegal Recruitment Created under E.O. No. 759
 
  29-Mar-2012 Implementing Rules and Regulations of R.A. No. 10066 Implementing the R.A. No. 10066 known as Heritage Law
 
 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 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
 
 34 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
 
 35 23-Dec-2014 Memorandum Order No. 3 Establishing the Interagency Committee on Migration Statistics
 
 36 15-Jun-2015 Memorandum Circular No. 036 Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking Revised Guidelines on Departure Formalities of International- Bound Passengers
 
 37 7-Mar-2016 Administrative Order No. 0007 National Policy on the Health of Migrants and Overseas Filipinos
 
 38 23-Jun-2016 Republic Act No. 10868 Honoring and Granting Additional Benefits and Privileges to Filipino Centenarians and for other Purposes
 
 39 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
 
 40 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 Therefore
 
       

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, designating 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 Reorganizing 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 13-Feb-2003 Republic Act No. 9189
Known as the Overseas Absentee Voting Act of 2003. It provides for a system of overseas voting by qualified citizens abroad.
38 22-Nov-1996 Republic Act No. 8239 The Philippine Passport Act of 1996, a provision of which mandates 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
39 7-Jun-1995 Republic Act No. 8042 Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995, as Amended by Republic Act No. 10022
40 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