03 25 2019 Women Beyond Borders2

In commemoration of the 2019 Women’s Month, the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) has launched a special e-publication entitled “Women Beyond Borders: The Women Recipients of the 2018 Presidential Awards for Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas (PAFIOO)” which aims to give due recognition and tribute to the nine (9) women recipients of the 2018 PAFIOO, highlighting their significant accomplishments and contributions.



In the most recent Presidential Awards, half of the winners in the individual category were women, further emphasizing the persevering nature of women to grow where they are planted, and in this case of the Awards, how these nine (9) outstanding women were able to flourish in their own professions, take part in development efforts in their home country, and advance the cause of the community of Filipinos overseas.

The e-publication contains brief biographies of these nine (9) women and their invaluable contributions to the Filipino people Furthermore, it gives light to these exceptional women as their distinction not only serves as proof of their contribution to the Philippines, but also sets an example for many Filipino women that their potential is limitless.

To all the Filipino women and girls, we hope that this e-publication will motivate you to pursue your dreams and passions. Do not be afraid to break barriers and unleash your potentials and talents,” said CFO Undersecretary Astravel P. Naik.

Secretary Francisco P. Acosta reiterated CFO’s unwavering support to gender and development. “We at the CFO will continuously promote and deliver gender-responsive policies, programs and services. We pledge to alleviate the social costs of gender disparity brought by migration, and protect and promote the rights, welfare and interests of overseas Filipinos in every possible way,” he said.


The Women Beyond Borders: The Women Recipients of the 2018 Presidential Awards for Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas (PAFIOO) e-publication is one of the undertakings of the CFO for the 2019 Women’s Month Celebration. It is available for download here.