t was a full day last January 13, 2015 for our partner communities with on-going school projects funded by our kababayans abroad through the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO). CFO is an office under the Office of the President (www.cfo.gov.ph) and is mainly taking care of our migrated kababayans. CFO representatives Eve Duriman (Senior Emigrant Services Officer) and Mary Lolyn Jade Rodriguez (Project Officer) made the rounds of the municipalities of San Dionisio, Lemery and Barotac Viejo in Northern Iloilo to visit four on-going school projects. This was the first time that partner communities met officers from CFO since the projects started September 2014. The one-day schedule was tight but enough to renew the enthusiasm of partner communities to complete their projects for their children. (Please read related article entitled “On Giving Back” to appreciate the background of these projects).
Typhoon Hagupit, also known as Typhoon Ruby in the Philippines, started as a tropical storm on December 1 and then became a typhoon the next day. It explosively intensified into a Category 5 super typ...hoon on December 4. Subsequently, Hagupit began a weakening trend before making landfall in Eastern Samar as a Category 3-equivalent typhoon.
During the Philippine papal visit of Pope Francis, the role of and challenges faced by our overseas Filipinos were acknowledged and recognized.
In his first ever message in the country before high government officials, the diplomatic corps and guests in Malacanan Palace, Pope Francis referred to the "oft-neglected contribution of Filipinos of the diaspora to the life and welfare of the societies in which they live."
On July 24 and 25, 2014, two teams from the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) implemented the immediate calamity relief operation for victims of typhoon Glenda, which was sponsored by the Feed the Hungry, Inc. (FTH) of Washington, DC.