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To make government services more accessible to its clientèle, the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) launches its Mobile Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (MOBILE-PDOS) for year 2014. The program aims to reach out to CFO's clientèle and bring its services to the regions where there are significant numbers of departing permanent migrants.
In partnership with Cagayan De Oro City government, CFO is scheduled to conduct the said Mobile PDOS at Cagayan De Oro City, Misamis Oriental (Region X) on September 25 and 26, 2014. The venue will be at the Cagayan De Oro's City tourism hall, Gaerlan St. 9000 Cagayan De Oro, Philippines.
The beneficiaries of this initiative are those who have been granted an immigrant visa class by various countries and are required to register with the Commission on Filipinos Overseas prior to departure. This is prescribed under Batas Pambansa Bilang 79 (Republic Act 79) and Section 2-b of Executive Order No. 346 of 1996: all prospective migrants are required to attend the CFO's Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) which is currently conducted at its main office in Manila and in its satellite office in Cebu.
This mandatory PDOS three-hour session covers the following, among other things: resettlement concerns, rights and obligations of the migrants as well as policies and procedures relative to their respective countries of emigration, situation in terms of employment, housing and children's education.
Upon completion of all the requirements by the migrant, his/her passport is stamped with the CFO's registration sticker, which in tum will be inspected by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) at his/her port of exit. On this regard, the BI is following the Guidelines on Departure Formalities for International-Bound Passengers set by the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) headed by the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Source : Commission on Filipino Overseas