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      LINKAPIL facilitates the flow of assistance from overseas Filipinos to specific beneficiaries in the Philippines.


      1.   Computers and other similar Information Technology products.

      Qualified Recipients

      a.   Educational and training institutions registered with appropriate Philippine governments agencies;

      Educational, scientific, and cultural institutions or societies, and similar organizations duly approved by the Department of Education and UNESCO


      2.   Books, including magazines, newspapers, and other periodicals that are educational (economic, technical, vocational, scientific, philosophical, historical, cultural, or religious) in nature;


      Educational, scientific, and cultural materials covered by international agreements or commitments binding upon the Philippine government and so certified by the Department of Education;


      Bibles, missals, prayer books, Koran, Ahadith, and other religious books of similar nature and extracts therefrom, hymnal and hymns for religious use.

      Qualified Recipients:

      a.   Educational, scientific, and cultural institutions or societies, and similar organizations duly approved by competent authorities such as DepEd and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) National Commission of the Philippines.

      b.   Scientific foundations

      c.   Cultural societies

      d.   Government agencies


      3.   Drugs, medicines and other pharmaceuticals having similar preparations registered with the Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD)


      Qualified Recipients:


      a.   Government hospitals duly registered and licensed to operate by DOH as provided for in the Republic Act 4226 or the Hospital Licensure Act;

      b.   Private primary and secondary hospitals duly registered and licensed to operate by the Bureau of health Facilities and Services- DOH as provided for in Republic Act 4226;

      c.   Medical/ Relief dispensing organizations/ agencies registered and/ or accredited by the DSWD and registered with the SEC (DSWD Administrative Order No. 19, series of 2002)


      4.   Food and non-food products/ relief items for free distribution to the needy


      Relief items include: Food and non-food items, except used clothing, that are responsive to any situation affecting disadvantaged or distressed individuals and families in order to meet their basic needs (i.e. canned or packed food items, medicine, blankets, towels, evacuation tents, tarpaulins, bunk beds, etc.)


      Qualified Recipients:


      a.   Welfare/relief dispensing organizations/ agencies registered, licensed or accredited by the DSWD.


      5.   Heavy equipment or machineries used for construction, improvement, repair and maintenance of roads, bridges, and other infrastructure projects, including garbage trucks, fire trucks and other similar equipment.

      Note: Vehicle should be left hand drive and not more than ten years old.


      Qualified Recipients:

      a.   Local government units including provinces, cities, municipalities and barrios.


      6.   Medical equipment and machinery including spare parts and accessories.


      Qualified Recipients:

      a.   Government hospitals duly registered and licensed to operate by DOH as provided for in the Republic Act 4226 or the Hospital Licensure Act;

      b.   Private primary and secondary hospitals duly registered and licensed to operate by the DOH as provided for in Republic Act 4226;


      7.   Scientific instruments or apparatus intended exclusively for educational purposes or pure scientific research; articles for the blind; and visual and auditory materials and works of art and collectors’ pieces of educational, scientific, and cultural character pursuant to the Florence Educational Scientific and Cultural Agreement adopted by the General Conference of UNESCO at Florence, Italy in 1950.


      Qualified Recipients

      a.   Educational, scientific, and cultural institutions or societies, and similar organizations duly approved by the competent authorities such as DepEd and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) national Commission of the Philippines.



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        Surgical and Medical Missions (SMM) are activities where medical interventions and/or surgical services are provided in selected underserved areas and communities in the Philippines by a foreign individual or an organization, which may include Filipino nationals. The SMM may be conducted in partnership with a local partner in the Philippines, i.e. Local Government Unit (LGU), non-government organization (NGO), and church-based organizations (CBO). These activities are conducted as a professional humanitarian endeavour at no cost to the beneficiaries and not for political patronage.


        Pursuant to DOH Administrative Order No. 179, series of 2001, Filipino and foreign medical professionals, non- government organizations and medical groups which intend to provide health care services in underserved areas where specialized services, ancillary procedures, surgical interventions and medicines are given at no cost to the patient, should adhere to the following guidelines:


        • Sponsors of medical and surgical missions are required to seek clearance from the Office of the Secretary of Health, through the Bureau of Internal Health Cooperation (BIHC), prior to implementation of such activities.

        • For monitoring purposes, the BIHC will notify the concerned Center for Health Development that a medical/ surgical mission will be conducted in their areas of responsibility.

        • A foreign medical or surgical mission can only be conducted in a given community with the expressed and written consent of the local government unit and the local medical society.

        • All medical and surgical procedures to be employed must conform to accepted local and international standards.

        • All medicines to be dispensed should have clearance from the Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) as to safety and efficacy, and shall have an expiry date of no less than one (0) year. These medicines must have Certificates of Product Registration issued by the BFAD;

        • A referral system to follow-up all patients seen during the medical and surgical mission and those needing further evaluation and treatment must be established by the sponsor and collaborating organization(s).

        • All cases seen during the medical/ surgical mission must be documented and a summary report must be submitted to the Center for Health Development concerned within two (2) weeks after the mission with the following basic information:

        a. Number and age of cases seen;
        b. List of medicines dispensed
        c. Diagnoses of patients seen;
        d. Surgical procedures done; and
        e. Referrals made to any other health facility, if any.

        • Foreign physicians and health-related professionals may only be allowed to practice their professions in the Philippines if they have secured a Special Temporary Permits from the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).


        Only foreign physicians, whose country grants reciprocity for Philippine physicians to practice, may be granted Special Temporary Permits by the PRC.

        Presidential Decree No. 541 allows professionals who were former citizens of the Philippines and who have previously passed licensure examinations in the Philippines to practice their profession while in the country on a visit, sojourn or permanent residence. Said former Filipino professionals must be practitioners of good standing prior to their departure from the Philippines and in their adopted country.

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      Wanting to share your skills and expertise to your fellow Filipinos? BaLinkBayan will assist you in fulfilling your passion.




      With migration as a growing phenomenon, diaspora members are encouraged to engage in volunteer activities towards development in their country of origin. As the departure of its skilled professional continues, the Philippine government welcomes diaspora volunteerism to counter the risk of “brain drain.” Aside from this, diaspora volunteerism generates other positive effects for Filipino communities. It provides employment training and mentoring, reduces poverty, enhances social solidarity, and integrates minority groups. Also, it gives the Filipino diaspora a sense of personal satisfaction, fulfillment, and belonging.


      The objective of the Balik-Turo is to establish a network of overseas Filipino professionals in the fields of education, health-related professions and others, who can extend voluntary services in teaching, mentoring, lecturing, and training to become part of a continued and sustainable program of educational exchange with their counterparts in the Philippines.

      Basically, the program will bring Filipino educators abroad back to the Philippines to share information, knowledge, expertise, strategies, trends, new technologies and most recent developments in various fields of education through seminars and workshops. The direct beneficiaries are teachers from public and private educational institutions from all over the Philippines. It seeks to improve the teaching profession and to equip them with necessary tools to become globally competitive.



      The Alay-Dunong Program systematizes and strengthens the skills and technology exchange or transfer between overseas Filipinos and the mother country, in strategic areas of development such as science and technology, engineering, arts and culture, among others. Currently, a similar system exists within the Exchange Visitor Program, where Filipino J1 visa holders who apply for permanent residency in the United States are required to conduct a post graduate-level seminar as part of the requirements for the issuance of a no-objections statement from the Philippine Government. However, this is limited only to those who are originally under the EVP program.

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      Are you an overseas Filipino scientist, professional or technician who wants to return and share your expertise to your Motherland? If the answer is yes, the Balik Scientist Program is perfect for you!

      The Balik Scientist Program of the Department of Science and Technology encourages Filipino scientists and technicians to return to the country and share their expertise in order to promote scientific, agro-industrial, and economic development. Balik Scientist Program also aims to support and strengthen the scientific and technological human resources in the Philippines and to reverse the effects of migration of skilled workers.

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