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16/07/2012: Important Announcement for Filipino Spouses/Partners of Foreign Nationals

Beginning 16 July 2012, the Guidance and Counseling Program (GCP) for Filipino spouses / partners of foreign nationals will be conducted by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) in its Manila and Cebu offices.

Under Department Orders No. 11-97, No. 15-89, and No. 28-94 of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Filipino spouses and other partners of foreign nationals are required to attend the guidance and counseling program as a pre-requisite to the issuance of passports. The objective is to enable the spouses/partners make informed decisions and prepare them for the realities of cross-cultural marriages.

The number of attendees per session is LIMITED, and participants will be accommodated strictly on a first-come, first-served basis. Only for those with COMPLETE GCP REQUIREMENTS will be considered. A guidance and counseling certificate will be issued to those who have satisfactorily completed the guidance and counseling program. This certificate will be presented to Philippine immigration authorities at the airport on the day of departure.

The schedule of sessions in Manila and Cebu is listed here.

Filipino spouses of Korean nationals who have passed the GCP will be required to take the Two-Day South Korea Cultural Workshop (SKCW). This will be conducted EXCLUSIVELY at the CFO offices in Manila and Cebu starting July 25, 2012.

Meanwhile, GCP Counseling sessions at the People's Reform Initiative for Social Mobilization Inc. (PRISM) will continue until July 13, 2012, and at the St. Mary Euphrasia Foundation-Center for Overseas Workers (SMEF-COW) until September 15, 2012.

For further assistance, you may email the CFO at imiravalles@cfo.gov.ph or info@cfo.gov.ph.