The Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. wishes to inform the Filipino communities in its jurisdiction that it is now accepting nominations for the Year 2020 Presidential Awards for Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas.
The Presidential Awards are being organized by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) in partnership with the Philippine Embassies and Consulates General around the world to recognize the exemplary achievements and significant role of overseas Filipinos in national development.
The Presidential Awards highlights the time-honored Filipino values of bayanihan or the convergence of pakikipagkapwa, pagtutulungan and pagkakaisa. The four (4) award categories are:
1. Lingkod sa Kapwa Pilipino (LINKAPIL) Award – conferred on Filipino individuals or organizations for their exceptional or significant contribution to progress and development in the Philippines.
2. Banaag Award – conferred on Filipino individuals or organizations for their contributions that have significantly benefited a sector of the diaspora, or advanced the cause and interest of overseas Filipino communities.
3. Pamana ng Pilipino Award – conferred on overseas Filipino individuals, who, in exemplifying the talent and industry of the Filipino, have brought the country honor and recognition through excellence and distinction in the pursuit of their work or profession.
4. Kaanib ng Bayan Award – conferred on foreign individuals (natural-born) and organizations for their exceptional or significant contribution to Philippine progress and development, or in advancing the cause or promoting the interests of overseas Filipino communities.
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Nominations must be submitted through the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. on or before Friday, 29 May 2020, for onward transmittal to CFO. Non-submission of required documents may be a cause for disqualification of the nominee.
The Presidential Awards is a biennial search to honor and recognize overseas Filipinos and other individuals or organizations which contribute to Philippine development initiatives, or promote the interests of overseas Filipino communities. The awards are also given to overseas Filipinos who have exceptionally distinguished themselves in their work or profession, and have thereby brought pride to the Filipino nation. A distinct category in the awards is also reserved for foreign individuals or organizations for their exceptional contribution to the Philippines and for advancing the cause of overseas Filipino communities.