Commission on Filipinos Overseas launches 2012 Presidential Awards


The Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) has launched a new search for the biennial Gawad ng Pangulo Awards.

The award, which was institutionalized in 1991, aims to honor and recognize overseas Filipinos who have selflessly supported relief, rehabilitation and development programs in the home country. The roster of awardees now includes some 338 overseas Filipino individuals, organizations and their foreign partners, who have been a source of pride and have significantly contributed to the betterment of Filipino communities here and abroad.

The four (4) award categories are:

• Lingkod sa Kapwa Pilipino (Linkapil Award)—for overseas Filipino associations or individuals with exceptional or significant contributions to Philippine reconstruction, progress and development

• Banaag Award—for overseas Filipino individuals or associations for their contributions in advancing the cause of or have significantly benefited overseas Filipino communities or sectors

• Kaanib Award—for foreign individuals or organizations with exceptional or significant contributions 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

• Pamana ng Pilipino Award—for overseas Filipinos who have demonstrated the talent and industry of the Filipino and brought honor and recognition to the country through excellence and distinction in the pursuit of their work or profession

These are the procedures:

1. Any individual or organization (Filipino or foreign), based in the Philippines or overseas may submit nominations for the awards.

2. Former nominees who are not recipients of the award may be renominated under the same or different category.

3. Individuals or organizations may not be nominated in more than one category (the Secretariat reserves the right to reclassify nominations as needed).

4. If an individual and his or her organization are nominated to the same category, the primacy of the organization is upheld.

5. Only one award can be given to a person or organization for the same activities.

6. Awards may be given posthumously.

7. Nominations may be submitted to the Commission on Filipinos Overseas or to the Awards Committee of any Philippine embassy or consulate. Online nominations can be done through

8. Awards ceremonies will be held at the Malacañang Palace in December 2012.

Deadline for submission is

June 15, 2012

For more information, you can contact telephone numbers (632) 561-8291 or (632) 552-4700 local 761-767, and e-mail addresses at, and

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  • Anonymous

    Why not award all OFW’s instead?? They all deserve the praises, with the sacrifice of leaving loved ones behind for a better future for them.. This program is an exercise in futility, a way of covering up the sorry state of the home country, it is for political reasons and agenda. You are just using the Juana’s and Juan’s De la Cruz’s working in an alien land. Papogi ika nga..pampalubag loob sa mga alipin sa ibang bansa.. Magisip naman kayo ng mas worthwhile solution para sa mga OFW’s!!

  • Anonymous

    the award is an insult to ofws whose constitutional rights to travel have been violated by the government and and whose dignity humiliated by poea and immigration officials. these are the ofws who have no country and family to go home to because of the travel ban. the philippines is no country for ofws whos only crime is sacrificing their lives and limbs in order to provide food security and education to their immediate and extended families. stop this shameless awards and instead advocate in abolishing the poea and stop the violation of the ofw right too travel. did you remember the head of this award body who did not respect the long lines of people and went ahead without any delicadeza and was given special treatment because of her position in the government. what a shame, shame, shame, shame.

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