Friday, September 30, 2016

FAQs Part II: Who needs to attend the CFO Guidance and Counseling Seminar?

 Click to watch the CFO's GCP video orientation
Click to watch CFO's GCP orientation video
She Writes…

For Filipino partners of foreign nationals, the most expensive consequence of not attending the Commission on Filipino Overseas’ (CFO) Guidance and Counseling Program (GCP) is probably getting disallowed to travel abroad.

This means that a one-way ticket, which can cost between P5,000- P50,000 ($109-$1,000) will not be refunded, plus other unplanned expenses such as food and last minute accommodations.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Appreciating Barrier-free Living in Southern California

Most coffee houses and restaurants are accessible to persons with disabilities.

We write…

As advocates and supporters of causes concerning persons with disabilities, we consider it a privilege that transportation and infrastructure in Southern California are built with PWDs in mind.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

FAQs Part I: CFO Sticker for Filipino Spouses of Foreign Nationals

Commission on Filipinos Overseas has two offices located in Cebu and Manila and desks in the three Metro Manila airports.

She writes…

Our very first blog entry on the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) receives the most follow up questions and as much as we would want to respond right away, we aren’t always able to do so.

This is why we are publishing several entries on the frequently asked questions about the CFO Guidance and Counseling Program (GCP). Some of these questions have already been answered on the original entry’s comment thread, but are included here for better visibility.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Philippine Elections: Reflections from Afar

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Observing the Philippine elections outside the country for the first time was just as engaging as being on the ground. Since my last election assignment was in Maguindanao, the 7,000-mile distance made it safer (no flying bullets, no detonating bombs, no supporters on a rampage) but the bickering and propaganda was just as loud that I needed periods of disconnection from Facebook.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Basic Essentials to Survive in the US as an Immigrant Spouse

We write…

If your petition was successful and you have safely arrived in the United States, your immigrant journey has only just commenced.

The petition process and waiting for its approval is a remarkable rite of passage on its own. But once you arrive in the US and start living life with your spouse, there’s more paperwork that would allow you to live with ease in your new city.