The Commission on Filipinos Overseas has opened nominations for the 2020 Presidential Awards for Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas.
The awards are a biennial search to honour and recognise overseas Filipinos and other individuals or organisations who contribute to Philippine development initiatives, or promote the interests of overseas Filipino communities.
The awards are also given to overseas Filipinos who have exceptionally distinguished themselves in their work or profession, and have thereby brought pride to the Filipino nation.
A distinct category in the awards is also reserved for foreign individuals or organisations for their exceptional contribution to the Philippines and for advancing the cause of overseas Filipino communities. Since its inception in 1991, the awards have already been bestowed upon 485 individuals and organisations based in 52 countries and territories.
The awards highlight the time-honoured Filipino values of bayanihan or the convergence of pakikipagkapwa, pagtutulungan and pagkakaisa. The four award categories are:
- Lingkod sa Kapwa Pilipino Award – conferred for exceptional or significant contribution to progress and development in the Philippines.
- Banaag Award – conferred for 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 those, who, in exemplifying the talent and industry of the Filipino, have brought the country honour and recognition through excellence and distinction in the pursuit of their work or profession.
- Kaanib ng Bayan Award – conferred on foreign individuals and organisations for their exceptional or significant contribution to Philippine progress and development, or in advancing the cause or promoting the interests of overseas Filipino communities.
All nominations should be sent the Philippine Embassy or Consulate General that has jurisdiction over the place of residence/operation of the nominee. Original copies of the endorsed nominations and supporting documents must be submitted by July 31, 2020 to:
Presidential Awards Secretariat
COMMISSION ON FILIPINOS OVERSEAS
Citigold Center, 1345 Pres. Quirino Avenue corner
South Superhighway, Paco, 1007 Manila, Philippines
Tel: (632) 552-4760 to 68
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