CFO to honor outstanding Filipinos abroad

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The Presidential Awards for Filipino Individuals and Organizations organized by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO), under the auspices of the Office of the President of the Philippines, is now open for nominations to honor outstanding Filipino people living in and working abroad.

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All nominations must be received by the CFO on or before May 31 through the Awards Secretariat. The awards ceremonies will be held in December.

This is a biennial awards system to give recognition to Filipinos and other individuals or organizations that contribute to Philippine development initiatives, or promote the interests of overseas Filipino communities.

The awards are also given to overseas Filipinos who have exceptionally distinguished themselves in their work or profession, and have thereby brought honor to the Filipino nation.

It was conceived in 1991, and in the same year, was institutionalized under E.O.498 issued by former President Corazon Aquino. Since then, it has awarded 367 Filipino individuals and organizations overseas from 46 countries and territories.

The Presidential Awards highlight the time-honored Filipino values of pakipagkapwa, pagtutulungan and pagkakaisa.

The four award categories are: Lingkod Sa Kapwa Pilipino (Linkapil) Award: This award is conferred on Filipino associations or individuals for their exceptional or significant contribution to reconstruction, progress and development in the Philippines;
Kaanib Ng Bayan Award: This award is conferred on foreign individuals or organizations for their exceptional or significant contribution to Philippine reconstruction, progress and development, or have significantly benefited a sector or community in the Philippines, or advanced the cause of overseas Filipino communities;
Banaag Award: This award is conferred on Filipino individuals or associations for their significant contribution to advance the cause or promote the interests of overseas Filipino communities;
Pamana Ng Pilipino Award: This award is conferred on Filipinos Overseas, who, in exemplifying the talent and industry of the Filipino, have brought the country honor and recognition through excellence and distinction in the pursuit of their work or profession.

You may submit the documents to the Awards Secretariat Commission on Filipinos Overseas, Citigold Center, 1345 Pres. Quirino Avenue cor. Osmeña Highway (South Superhighway) Manila, Philippines 1007.
For more information, call (632) 561-8291 or (632) 552-4700 local 761-767, or email at presidentialsawards@cfo.gov.ph.

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