CFO Press Release
The principals of the COMELEC, DFA, CFO and other migrant serving agencies during the MOA Signing on the Establishment of Local Field Registration Centers for Overseas Voting
February 12, 2020 – The Commission on Filipinos Overseas will again host one of the COMELEC Registration Centers for Overseas Voters for the upcoming 2022 National Elections.
During the February 12 ceremonial signing of Memorandum of Agreement for the Establishment of Local Field Registration Centers for Overseas Voting among migrant serving agencies at Bayleaf Hotel Manila, CFO Secretary Francisco P. Acosta showed his strong support to help the Commission on Elections and the Department of Foreign Affairs in the government’s extensive campaign to encourage more overseas Filipinos to register and vote for the upcoming elections. This is CFO’s contribution in making voter registration closer to emigrants and other CFO clientele who will be abroad during the overseas voting period. This is also in accordance with R.A. No. 10590 (Overseas Voting Act of 2013), where CFO is mandated to assist the COMELEC in supporting the overseas registration and voting processes, and expediting all election activities.
Also present during the MOA signing are Comm. Ma. Rowena Amelia V. Guanzon and Comm. Antonio T. Kho, Jr .of COMELEC, Usec. Brigido DJ. Dulay of DFA, Dep. Admin. Jocelyn T. Sanchez of Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Dep. Admin. Josefino I. Torres of Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, and OIC. Dep. Admin. Arsenio F. Lingad II of Maritime Industry Authority.
The agreement allows the concerned agencies to jointly establish registration facilities for departing overseas Filipinos who are qualified to be overseas voters. Previously, the CFO inked similar agreement with the COMELEC and DFA to host a registration center at the CFO Main Office in Manila. During the last midterm election registration period (2017-2019), CFO and COMELEC were able to register more than 7,300 new overseas voters, the highest among the local field registration centers. The total registered overseas voters as of 2019 is 1.8 million; out of this figure, the total overseas voter turn-out was recorded at 334,928.
After the MOA signing, COMELEC also presented their plan to develop a mobile application and pilot test within the year online/internet voting as one of the modes of overseas voting. This initiative has the potential to increase overseas voter turn- out.
The implementation of overseas voting since 2003 is aimed to strengthen the democratic system in the Philippines and politically empower the overseas Filipinos, who have been staunch partners in Philippine development and nation-building. CFO strongly lobbied for the passage of the law during the 12th Congress.
Effective February 2020 until September 30, 2021, emigrants, OFWs, and vacationing migrants may now register as an overseas voter at the Commission on Filipinos Overseas, Citigold Center, 1345 Quirino Ave. cor South Superhighway, Manila.