CFO “SA IYONG SULOK” ALSO KNOWN AS ITANONG MO KAY SIS! IS A FREE WEB AND MOBILE APPLICATION BASED GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING SERVICE FOR YOUTH AND MARRIAGE MIGRANTS
In December 2014, Filipino migrants were asked about “what conditions and realities they have experienced upon arrival in their host country”, majority of the migrants conveyed their significant difficulty in adjusting to the climate, language, environment, and culture of their new homes. They also expressed experiencing limited employment opportunities overseas, the difficulty of gaining local work experience, struggles in getting accustomed to local food, language barriers, inaccessibility to public transport, homesickness, and in some instances, culture clashes with their foreign spouse or families living abroad.
Due to the overwhelming changes and pressure brought about by migration, most overseas Filipinos become vulnerable physically, emotionally and psychologically after leaving their families behind and being uprooted from their homeland. Most migrants feel anxious about their decision to live overseas and may feel discouraged by the difficulty in finding solutions to challenges they face abroad.
These problems may include the lack of employment, deskilling, culture shock, school adjustment, and homesickness.
CFO-SA IYONG SULOK (CFO-SIS): ITANONG MO KAY SIS aims to help overseas Filipinos who have previously attended the mandatory pre-departure programs of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (Peer Counseling Program and Guidance and Counseling Program) by providing post arrival counseling support service to help Filipino migrants survive and adjust to their new life abroad.
The CFO-SA IYONG SULOK (CFO-SIS): ITANONG MO KAY SIS offers free consultation, coaching and counseling through the assistance of partner counseling experts from different sectors (i.e. licensed psychologists, registered guidance and counselors, members of the academe, mental health professionals, government officers, volunteers). Accessible via online and through various mobile messaging applications (Viber, Facebook, Skype, WhatsApp), Filipinos abroad can seek counseling upon their arrival in their respective host countries on a 24/7 basis. Clients are guaranteed that all information shall be kept confidential and private. (CFO-SIS): ITANONG MO KAY SIS offers quality counseling in your own space, your own corner, your own time right at just the click of your finger.
Clients will be able to connect through chat and emaill exchange with their chosen counselors. Upon agreement, the counselors and counselees may also proceed to using other mobile messaging application (Viber, Skype, Facebook and WhatsApp).
Apart from free counseling and coaching services with registered Counselors, there are four additional services.
Below are short descriptions of the four other services at CFO-SIS: the other guidance programs and services such as:
CFO-SIS Conceptual Framework
Head, Migrant Integration and Education Division
Commission on Filipinos Overseas