BaLinkbayan to be launched in Pangasinan

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — A novel project called Balinkbayan, an exclusive portal for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) will soon be launched in Pangasinan to link OFWs and their families.

Provincial Resolution No. 353-2017 passed by the Sangguniang Panlungsod on Monday authorized Governor Amado Espino III to sign a memorandum of agreement with the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) for the implementation of the Oversea Filipinos’ One-Stop Online Portal for Diaspora Engagement, an e-governance project.

Provincial Employment Service Officer Manager Alex Ferrer said implementation of BaLinkbayan will boost further the province’s migration and development initiatives, as he pointed out that the database system for the e-governance project will be maintained by a unit in PESO specifically designated for OFW affairs.

Ferrer said that under Gov. Espino, the Migration and Development council of the province is strengthened to cater the extensive promotion of socio-economic development among Pangasinenses, particularly the Overseas Filipinos and OFWs.

BaLinkbahan ( features include: start a business, donate and volunteer, access government online services and view interactive maps.

With the BaLinkbayan, Filipinos all over the world can now stay connected and get involved in diaspora-driven initiatives in entrepreneurship, investments, philanthrophy, technology and skills transfer, said Ferrer.

The CFO, through the e-project, endeavors to provide mechanisms to effectively mainstream migration and development initiatives specific to local areas (province, cities and towns).

This project was pilot-tested in 2013 in Cagayan De Oro, Ilocos Norte and Naga.

This year, BaLinkbayan is expanded to 10 other local government units including Pangasinan.