The Philippine Consulate General in New York is pleased to announce that the 2016 Presidential Awards for Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas is now open for nominations.

The awards, which was institutionalized through E.O. 498 in 1991, are conferred by the President of the Philippines every two years on meritorious individuals and organizations overseas to give the highest recognition to their work in the service of the Filipino community or nation, and for exceptional achievements or excellence in the pursuit of their endeavors.

The awards shall be open to Filipino and foreign individuals and organizations overseas.

Nominees should have accomplished at least five years work or contribution in the field to which they are nominated.

Following are the four categories of awards:

1. Lingkod sa Kapwa Pilipino (Linkapil Award) — This award is conferred on Filipino associations or individuals for their exceptional or significant contribution to reconstruction, progress and development in the Philippines.

2. Banaag Award — This award is conferred on Filipino individuals or associations for their significant contribution to advance the cause or promote the interests of overseas Filipino communities.

3. Pamana ng Pilipino Award — This award is conferred on Filipinos overseas 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 — This award is conferred on foreign individuals or organizations for their exceptional or significant contribution to Philippine reconstruction, progress and development, or have significantly benefited a sector or community in the Philippines, or advances the cause of overseas Filipino communities.

The Commission on Filipino Overseas, who manages the Presidential Awards, must receive the nomination forms, together with the Endorsement Forms of the Awards Committee headed by the Philippine Consulate General in New York, on or before May 31, 2016.

For this reason, nominations must be submitted to the Philippine Consulate General for review by March 31, 2016.

This will give time for the Awards Committee, headed by the Consul General, to review, validate and endorse the nominations to the Commission on Filipinos Overseas in Manila.

For further details, a copy of Primer of the 2016 Presidential Awards can be downloaded from the following link:

http://www.cfo.gov.ph/images/PresAwards2016/pa_primer_jan15.pdf

The Primer contains the following information and forms:

1. Awards Categories

2. Evaluation Criteria

3. Rules on the Filing of Nominations

4. Requirements

5. Deadline for Submission

6. Awarding Ceremony

7. Selection Process

8. Gallery of Presidential Awardees

9. Nomination Form for Individuals

10. Nomination Form for Organizations/Entities, and

11. Endorsement Form

For other queries, please call the Cultural Section at 212.819.9655 or send an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (Subject: 2016 Presidential Awards).