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30/07/2013: CFO Opens 2014 Presidential Awards Nominations for Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas

30 July 2013

Washington DC.  The Embassy is pleased to inform the public that the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) has formally opened the nomination to the 2014 Presidential Awards for Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas.

Since 1991, the CFO has spearheaded the biennial Gawad ng Pangulo Awards. It was institutionalized under E.O.498 issued by former President Corazon C. Aquino to honor and recognize overseas Filipinos and foreign individuals who have selflessly supported relief, rehabilitation and development programs in the home country. The roster of awardees now includes some 367 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 in the Philippines and abroad.

The four (4) award categories are as follows:

  1. Lingkod sa Kapwa Pilipino (Linkapil) Award – conferred on Filipino associations or individuals for their exceptional or significant contribution to reconstruction, progress and development in the Philippines.
  2. Kaanib ng Bayan Award – 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.
  3. Banaag Award – conferred on Filipino individuals or associations for their significant contribution to advance the cause or promote the interests of overseas Filipino communities.
  4. Pamana ng Pilipino Award – 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.

For rules on filing of nomination, nomination forms and other information about the awards, interested parties may visit the website, www.presidentialawards.cfo.gov.ph.  Questions may be directed to the CFO by email at presidentialawards@cfo.gov.ph or to the Embassy’s Cultural Section at email address cultural@philippinesusa.org and telephone numbers (202) 467-9398.

The deadline for submission of nominations is May 31, 2014.  Everyone is encouraged to submit their nominations early. (END)