Q. Where does ERCOF obtain all this information?
R. ERCOF has compiled and continues to gather a database of business, economic, legal and practical information that are focused on topics and matters frequently encountered and asked by overseas Filipinos. The database includes programs and services for overseas Filipinos that are offered by government and private institutions but which are not normally known and therefore seldom utilized by overseas Filipinos. ERCOF has links with various Philippine based groups or professional who provide specialized information in their respective fields.
Q. What are these specialized fields where Overseas Filipinos may obtain information?
R. Family relations such as annulment, adoption, inheritance, purchase of land, other real property and management of such property through trust arrangements,
: Civil and criminal matters,
: Formation and registration of corporations, single proprietorships
: Investments, especially investments in rural areas;
: Banking and transacting with Philippine banks;
: Citizenship, visas and immigration, particularly for those returning to the Philippines,
Q. Where may an overseas Filipino obtain this information?
R. ERCOF conducts business orientation forums and legal clinics in various overseas Filipino communities in Europe, on a regular basis or upon request. ERCOF’s website also contains various sections that provide basic information on different areas of interest to Overseas Filipinos, where ideas or information are exchanged, or specific questions answered. (A discussion board is being planned for the future.) In due time, a newsletter and a comprehensive business and legal guide for overseas Filipinos will complement the onsite and online information service.
Q. Are ERCOF’s services limited only to overseas Filipino citizens? What about former native born Filipinos or children of native born Filipinos, who are now naturalized or are considered nationals of their present country of residence?
A. ERCOF’s services are actually available to anyone, whether Filipino or non Filipino, who may wish to obtain business, legal or practical information pertaining to the Philippines. However, by their design, the programs and services of ERCOF will be of primary importance and relevance to overseas Filipino citizens, as well as those who may have been naturalized citizens of their present countries of residence.
...To be continued