CFO Freedom of Information People’s Manual

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Executive Order No. 02 or the Executive Order on Freedom of Information (FOI) aims to promote an open government by increasing the transparency of the executive branch and its agencies. It strengthens the right to information as enshrined by the constitution.

FOI allows Filipino citizens to request any information about government transactions and operations, provided that it shall not put into jeopardy privacy and matters of national security. The FOI mechanism for the Executive Branch is enabled through Executive Order No. 2, series of 2016.

For FOI requests, you may directly lodge your request(s) through the E-FOI Portal:

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Also, you may reach us through the following:

Division : Mr. Elfred del Rosario
FOI Receiving Officer (through the Policy, Planning, and Research Division)
Email :
Telephone : 8552-4763
Fax : 8561-8317
Address : Citigold Center, 1345 President Quirino Avenue corner Osmeña Highway, Manila 1007 (Main Office)

(based on the latest 2018 unified template)

2017 – 2021 (as of 31 December 2021)




As the CFO’s primary clientele are the emigrants who will permanently live in other countries, we are pleased to provide you with an archive of specific statistical requests about CFO-registered emigrants. These numbers include annual statistics on Filipinos who underwent the CFO’s mandatory Pre-departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) for emigrants or Guidance and Counseling Program (GCP) for spouses or partners of foreign nationals prior to their departure. For more updated CFO statistics on registrants, you may visit the main CFO Statistics Page.

On the other hand, temporary migrants or overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are not required to register with the CFO before their departure from the Philippines. They are instead required to register with and obtain their Overseas Employment Certificates (OECs) from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). The link below that contains information about OFWs and other professions by skill and by country might help you:


CFO Freedom of Information People’s Manual – 4th Edition


These publications are available for free at CFO’s main office in Manila. Interested parties may drop-by at our office or contact CFO thru telephone numbers (02) 8552-4761 to 67 to get free copies.

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Primer on Republic Act 10906 or The Anti-Mail Order Spouse Act of 2016

Republic Act 10906 is an act providing stronger measures against unlawful practices, businesses, and schemes of matching and offering Filipinos to foreign nationals for purposes of marriage or common law partnerships. It became a law on 21 July 2016.

The Act repeals Republic Act 6955 or the Anti-Mail Order Bride Act. The salient features of the new law are the inclusion of Filipino men against acts of matching for purposes of marriage or common law partnerships to foreign nationals; matching through the use of internet; confiscation and forfeiture of proceeds and instruments derived from committing he prohibited acts in favor of the government; provision on the formulation of an implementing rules and regulations; and imposing stiffer penalties on its violation.

1343 Primer on RA 9208 Anti-trafficking in Persons Act of 2003

This primer provides concise information about the Republic Act 9208 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003 as amended by the Republic Act 10364. It serves as a handy reference on the salient provisions of the Act and the available programs and services for trafficked victims.
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2015 CFO Statistics on Philippine International Migration

This compilation features the number of CFO-registered Filipino emigrants, spouses and partners of foreign nationals, US Exchange Visitor Program (EVP), au pairs, and data on financial and material contribution of overseas Filipinos to the Philippines coursed through the CFO’s Lingkod sa Kapwa Pilipino (LINKAPIL).

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The Faces of OF-ReD

The Faces of OF-ReD is a special publication by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas, in partnership with the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte, Cooperative Bank of Ilocos Norte, United Nations Development Programme and the Western Union Foundation. The photo-book documents the inspiring, sometimes heart-breaking success stories of 20 beneficiaries of the Overseas Filipinos Remittances for Development (OF-ReD): Building a Future Back Home Project. The beneficiaries are mostly returning Ilocano women migrants and some are dependents of overseas Ilocano migrants.

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1343 Actionline against Human Trafficking poster

1343 Actionline against Human Trafficking is 24/7 hotline for emergency calls, inquiries, requests for assistance, and reports of human trafficking and other related acts such as illegal recruitment, mail order bride scheme, and child trafficking, among others. The poster reminds the public of the different forms of human trafficking, and report such incidents thru 1343 should they know or witness one.