13 February 2020 – The Philippine Embassy in Canberra is accepting nominations for the 2020 Presidential Awards for Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas (PAFIOO).
The PAFIOO is spearheaded by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) and are conferred by the President of the Philippines at a ceremony in Malacañang.
The award, which is given every two years, seeks to honor and recognize the immense contributions of Filipinos and other individuals or organizations overseas in the national development efforts and promotion of the interests of the Filipino diaspora or have distinguished themselves in their work. The following are the categories:
Lingkod sa Kapwa Pilipino (LINKAPIL) Award – conferred on Filipino individuals or organizations for their exceptional or significant contribution to progress and development in the Philippines.
Banaag Award - conferred on Filipino individuals or organizations for their contributions that have significantly benefited a sector of the diaspora, or advanced the cause and interest of overseas Filipino communities.
Pamana ng Pilipino Award - conferred on overseas Filipino individuals, 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.
Kaanib ng Bayan Award – conferred on foreign individuals (natural-born) and organizations for their exceptional or significant contribution to Philippine progress and development, or in advancing the cause or promoting the interests of overseas Filipino communities.
The Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) extends the deadline of submission of nominations for the Presidential Awards for Filipino Individuals and Organization Overseas (PAFIOO) from 31 December 2020 to 31 May 2021.
Interested parties may submit completed nomination forms and supporting documents through the Philippine Embassy in Canberra, Philippine Consulate General in Sydney or Philippine Consulate General in Melbourne.
Contact details are in www.philembassy.org.au.
For guidelines, downloadable forms, and other relevant information about the awards, you may visit www.presidentialawards.cfo.gov.ph and its official Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/gawadpangulo/. END