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Commission on Filipinos Overseas
Komisyon sa mga Pilipino sa Ibayong Dagat
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Commission overview
FormedJune 16, 1980 (1980-06-16)
Annual budget₱181.017 million Php (2023)[1]
Commission executive
  • Romulo Victoria Arugay, Secretary & Chairperson
Parent departmentOffice of the President of the Philippines

The Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) (Filipino: Komisyon sa mga Pilipino sa Ibayong Dagat) is an agency of the government of the Philippines under the Office of the President of the Philippines. CFO was established on June 16, 1980, through the enactment of Batas Pambansa Blg. 79.

The agency is responsible for promoting and upholding the interest of Filipino emigrants and Filipino permanent residents in other countries. It is also responsible for preserving and strengthening ties with Filipino communities outside the Philippines. It is headed by a Chairperson who is bestowed with a Cabinet rank of Secretary.[2]


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The evolution of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas can be traced with the passage of Presidential Decree No. 442 (Labor Code of the Philippines), which was enacted in 1974, creating the Office of Emigrant Affairs, along with the Overseas Employment Development Board (now POEA) among other offices created.[2]

The following years were characterized by a steady increase in migration, thus making it necessary to establish an independent unit which would constitute a local support network solely for Filipino emigrants.[2]

In June 1980, Batas Pambansa Blg. 79 was enacted to strengthen the government’s policy on the promotion of migrant welfare and interest. It created the Commission on Filipinos Overseas which replaced OEA but retained and further expanded its mandate. The decree specifically identified Filipino emigrants as the recipients of its services.[2]


The main task of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas is to register and provide pre-departure orientation seminars to Filipino emigrants; to promote the transfer of technology, material contributions, and financial contributions of Filipino emigrants from abroad to underserved communities in the Philippines; to provide the younger generation of Filipinos overseas with opportunities to learn the history of the Philippines, Filipino culture, Philippine institutions, and the Philippine languages.[2] In accordance with Batas Pambansa Blg. 79, the Commission on Filipinos Overseas is mandated to perform the following duties:[2]


The primary clientele of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas are:[2]

CFO Offices

CFO's principal office is located in Paco, Manila. It has extension offices in Cebu and Davao and maintains an assistance desk in NAIA Terminal 1 (departure area). The CFO may be reached thru the following contact information:

Programs and Services


  1. ^ Commission on Filipinos Overseas
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "About Us | Commission on Filipinos Overseas". Retrieved February 27, 2023. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.

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