History

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In 1989, the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) initiated a program that would systematically manage donations from Filipinos based overseas and direct them towards enhancing local development initiatives. The program was named, Lingkod sa Kapwa Pilipino (LINKAPIL), which literally translates to “service to fellow Filipinos.” The program was a pioneering government effort in engaging overseas Filipinos to partner with local institutions in promoting development. The longevity of the program speaks of the enduring sense of bayanihan of Filipinos even when they have found new homes in other countries.