|CFO Chairperson and Secretary Justice Francisco P. Acosta with the members of the CFO Board of Commissioners|
The Commission on Filipinos Overseas held its first Board of Commissioners meeting for 2019 on April 5 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay City.
Chaired by CFO Secretary and Chairperson Justice Francisco P. Acosta, the BOC meeting was attended by CFO Usec. Astravel Pimentel P. Naik, Department of Tourism Usec. Edwin Enrile, Department of Education Asec. Alma Ruby Torio, Department of Justice Asec. George Ortha II, Department of Foreign Affairs Executive Director Enrico Fos, Ms. Maribel Dario of the Philippine Communications Operations Office, Ms. Nemesia Karen E. Arlan of the Department of Labor and Employment, and Mr. Karl Vargas of the Department of Trade and Industry.
During the meeting, the Board elected Mr. Rodrigo Garcia, Jr. of the Policy, Planning and Research Division as permanent Board Secretary. The members were also informed of the Commission’s accomplishments for the year 2018, which include among others the provision of pre-departure services and assistance to more than 12.5 million OFs, emigrants and the general public, the establishment of CFO Davao Satellite Office, and providing intervention to human trafficking victims.
Upcoming activities for the year and new initiatives were also discussed such as review of the Philippines’ participation to the US Exchange Visitor Program, proposed CFO budget for 2020, approval of the Revised CFO Registration Guidelines and proposed increase of Registration fees, piloting of online PDOS, support for Filipino children in Sabah, proposed registration of Filipino associations overseas, creation of CFO Balikbayani Card, and approval of legislative agenda – drafting of a bill strengthening the functions of CFO, and an executive order declaring the month of July as the “Anti-Trafficking Awareness Month.
The CFO Board of Commissioners is tasked to formulate general policies on matters affecting overseas Filipinos and provide functional direction for the Commission’s programs and operations, as mandated in Batas Pambansa 79 and Executive Order 346.