28 June 2018
Emigrants from Mindanao will now have faster and easier access to the frontline pre-departure services of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) with the opening of its newest extension office in Davao City today.
The CFO-Davao office, which shares the same address as the regional office of the Department of Labor and Employment at the 5/F AMQ Building, corner Lakandula Street, Dacudao Avenue, Agdao, Davao City, will officially be open to serve the public starting Monday, 02 July 2018.
Due to the fixed number of attendees each room can accommodate, attendance to the Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) and Guidance and Counseling Program (GCP) is strictly by appointment only and requests for specific time slots will not be entertained. The Reservation and Registration Online System for PDOS and GCP Online Appointment System (GOAS) will be implemented effective July 16, 2018.
Filipino emigrants who wish to take their PDOS in Davao may reserve and register through the R&R Online System https://cfo.ph/PDOS_Reservation_Davao.
Filipino spouses/partners of foreign nationals attending the GCP in Davao may also secure an appointment through the GCP On-Line Appointment System (GOAS) https://cfo.ph/GCP-Davao-Appointment/.
Hereunder are the daily CFO-Davao Office Frontline schedules for your reference:
Secretary Datu Hj. Abul Khayr D. Alonto of the Mindanao Development Authority will lead the ribbon cutting ceremonies at 3pm, to be assisted by Davao City Representative Mylene Garcia-Albano, CFO Undersecretary Astravel Pimentel-Naik, DFA Mindanao Assistant Secretary Robert Ferrer, Jr., Mr. Philip Salvador who is representing the Special Assistant to the President Sec. Bong Go, and Ms. Lorna Madin who is representing Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.
Also expected to attend are representatives from the local government, regional offices of national government agencies, international organization, private sector, the academe as well as civil society organizations catering to migrants.
The first CFO office to be established in Southern Philippines, CFO-Davao office aims to provide top notch frontline services in a comfortable environment and convenient location to emigrants and marriage migrants from Davao City, its neighboring provinces, as well as the rest of Mindanao.
“This new CFO office in Davao and Mindanao is in line with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s directive to streamline government processes in a bid to bring its services closer to Filipinos across the country, especially to the people of Mindanao,” says CFO Executive Director Pimentel-Naik.
Undersecretary Pimentel-Naik further emphasized that clients from Mindanao will no longer have to fly to Cebu or Manila to process their registration papers and attend the PDOS or GCP.
For the past 38 years, the CFO has been providing PDOS to emigrants and GCP to spouses and other partners of foreign nationals. Emigrants are those Filipinos who were issued immigrant and permanent residence visas abroad.
All Filipinos who hold an immigrant visa are required by the Philippine Government to register with the CFO prior to their departure in accordance with Batas Pambansa Bilang 79 (Presidential Decree 79) and Executive Order No. 346 of 1996.
On the other hand, GCP is mandatory for spouses and other partners of foreign nationals or of former Filipino citizens as required by Republic Act 10906 (“Anti-Mail Order Spouse Act of 2016) and Republic Act 10364 (“An Act Expanding the Anti-Trafficking in Person Act of 2012”). The Department of Foreign Affairs’ Department Orders No. 15-89, 28-94 and 11-97 also require marriage migrants to attend the GCP.
Mindanao is the second largest island of the country and one of the country’s top sources of emigrants. From 1988 to 2015, CFO registered a total of 122,188 emigrants from Mindanao. Of this number, 46,014 or 37.7% came from the Davao region, followed by Northern Mindanao, Zamboanga Peninsula, SOCCSKSARGEN, CARAGA and ARMM.
In 2016, the CFO registered 8,937 emigrants from Mindanao.
Filipino spouses and partners of foreign nationals are those Filipinos who were issued fiancée and spouse visas. They are either partners or married to foreign nationals, Filipinos naturalized to their host country or Filipino dual citizens. The CFO recorded a total of 27,640 registrants from the different regions of Mindanao from 2005 to 2015. Davao region topped the source of registrants with 9, 990 or 36.14%, followed by Northern Mindanao, CARAGA, Zamboanga Peninsula, SOCCSKSARGEN and ARMM.
In 2016, the CFO registered 2,998 marriage migrants from Mindanao.
Other CFO extension offices are currently operating in Cebu City and Clark, Pampanga, with CFO desks located at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminals.
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|Submitted by||:||Commission on Filipinos Overseas (cfo.gov.ph)|
|Submitted on||:||June 28, 2018|
|Contact Info||:||IVY MIRAVALLES|
|CFO Migrant Integration and Education Division|
|CFO Migrant Integration and Education Division|