According to Mr. Raffy Lopez, Chief Operating Officer of ABS-CBN Global Ltd., TFC has long recognized the importance of reaching the growing overseas Filipino population.
“As the largest communications network that pioneered in providing up-to-date information on the Philippines and its diaspora communities, our decision to link up with the Commission on Filipinos Overseas is a strategic move,” Lopez said in his speech. “Together, we hope to equip them for a life far different from their lives in the Philippines, guide them in their journey and to continue to be their pillar of strength as they trudge the unsteady, early stages of life as an overseas Filipino. In all these, CFO and TFC have found specific ways to bring our efforts together,” Lopez added.
The CFO, a 32-year old government agency under the Office of the President, will work closely with TFC to improve their frontline services for departing migrants such as direct hires, spouses or partners of foreign nationals, reuniting petitioned families, and exchange visitor program participants.
Secretary Imelda Nicolas, CFO Chairperson said that “with this Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with TFC, the network joins CFO in our collective desire to provide good governance to the Filipino people, wherever they may be.” Secretary Nicolas added that “with TFC, the overseas Filipino community feels closer to home and is updated on what is happening in the Philippines and hopefully will be informed about the programs and activities the Philippine government is undertaking especially through our agency.”
“Specifically, TFC captured migrants’ post arrival anxieties, job search experiences, bouts of loneliness and eventual adjustments in vignettes entitled “Ako ang TFC”. The video clips aim to show the reality that beset migrants as well as how TFC can help ease their resettlement concerns. These will also make Pre-Departure Orientation Seminars more realistic since these are authentic accounts from Canada, Australia, the United States and other destinations under the TFC umbrella,” said Secretary Nicolas.
Secretary Nicolas and Mr. Lopez were joined by ABS-CBN Global Ltd. Chief Marketing Officer Jojo Ines, CFO Media Consultant Anna Leah Sarabia, Admin & Finance Division Chief Regina Galias, and ABS-CBN Global Ltd. Manila Country Manager Edson Aguiflor at the MOA signing.
The joint efforts of TFC and the CFO as well as the alignment of their respective vision and mission will increase the promotion and protection of the welfare of overseas Filipinos. “The information that will reach our constituencies shall get more people involved and inspired and will strengthen the “bayanihan spirit” among our more than nine million overseas Filipinos,” Secretary Nicolas ended in her speech. The Filipino diaspora’s many good deeds, accomplishments and contributions to their hometown communities have been a source of pride among relatives and friends as well.
Through the TFC-CFO partnership, a more relevant and timely information dissemination will result in a tightly knit Philippine citizenry who will be able to re-connect across continents.