All over the world, Filipinos of all ages and across different fields are recognized for their talent, skills, and other positive attributes. Today, another top award is up for grabs — one that is closer to home, yet recognizes Pinoys who have traveled far and wide.
The Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) has recently announced that nominations are now open for the 2020 Presidential Awards for Filipino individuals and organizations overseas. This is a biennial search for those who have greatly contributed to Philippine development initiatives, as well as those who have promoted the interests of Filipino communities abroad.
Search On for 2020 Presidential Awards
The Philippine Presidential Awards was introduced in 1991, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) stated in a press release. Since then, the prestigious awards have been conferred on 485 individuals and organizations based in 52 countries and territories.
Notably, the Presidential Awards puts emphasis on the time-honored Filipino values of bayanihan, which is a convergence of pakikipagkapwa (fellowship), pagtutulungan (teamwork), and pagkakaisa (unity). There are four award categories, as follows:
- Lingkod sa Kapwa Pilipino (LINKAPIL) Award. This is given to overseas Filipino individuals or organizations who have made outstanding or significant contributions to progress and developments in the Philippines.
- Banaag Award. This is conferred on overseas Filipino individuals or organizations whose contributions have benefited a sector of the diaspora or advanced the causes and interests of Filipino communities abroad.
- Pamana ng Pilipino Award. This is given to overseas Filipino individuals whose talent and excellence in their work or profession have brought honor and recognition to the country.
- Kaanib ng Bayan Award. This is conferred on foreign individuals (natural-born) and organizations who have greatly contributed to Philippine progress and development, or advanced the causes and interests of Filipino communities overseas.
How to Nominate an Individual or Group
To nominate an individual or group for the 2020 Presidential Awards, please visit the official website to download nomination forms and endorsement forms, as well as to know the detailed guidelines and other relevant information.
All nominations should be coursed through the Philippine Embassy or Consulate General that has jurisdiction over the place of residence or operations of the nominee, for the corresponding review and endorsement.
Together with supporting documents, original copies of the endorsed nominations should be submitted to the following address, on or before July 31, 2020:
The Presidential Awards Secretariat
COMMISSION ON FILIPINOS OVERSEAS
Citigold Center, 1345 Pres. Quirino Avenue corner
South Superhighway, Paco, 1007 Manila, Philippines
Tel. Nos.: (632) 552-4760 to 68
For more information about the 2020 Presidential Awards, including past awardees, how to nominate, and other details, please visit the Gawad ng Pangulo Facebook page.