In 1956, the Philippine Government created an Exchange Visitor Program Committee, through Administrative Order No. 191, to coordinate its participation in the Program and properly channel the services of returned participants to the benefit of various government projects.

In 1970, then President Ferdinand Marcos reconstituted the EVP Committee by turning over the chairmanship to the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, with the Secretary of Health as Co-Chairman. The membership was also expanded to include the undersecretaries of Education, Foreign Affairs, Labor, National Defense, and the Assistant Executive Secretary of the Office of the President.

On 04 May 1994, then Secretary of Foreign Affairs Roberto Romulo issued DFA Office Order No. 406-94 transferring the coordination of the Philippine participation in the Program from the Office of American Affairs of the DFA to the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO). In an effort to institutionalize the necessary mechanism for the effective implementation of EVP, CFO conducted a series of consultation meetings with various government agencies with the end-view of instituting relevant changes in the structures and mechanisms for the EVP implementation. An interim EVP Committee was consequently formed out of these efforts.

This interim Committee, drawing from the mandate provided under A.O. No. 210 and through Resolution No. 01-95, tasked the CFO to be the Secretariat to the interim Committee.

The EVP Committee was finally reconstituted on 17 January 1996 through A.O. No. 242.




WHEREAS, there is a need for the government to strengthen the educational, scientific, and technological capabilities of the country through inter-country exchange of knowledge and expertise;

WHEREAS, the governments of the Philippines and the United States of America entered into an agreement to implement the Exchange Visitors Program (EVP) in 1948;

WHEREAS, the EVP Committee was created through Administrative No. 191 dated 3 April 1956 as amended by Administrative Order No. 210 dated 21 March 1970, to coordinate Philippine participation in the EVP;

WHEREAS, there is a need to expand the membership and review the functions of the EVP Committee to make it more responsive to local and international developments affecting the country;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, FIDEL V. RAMOS, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by the law, do hereby order:

SECTION. 1. Reconstitution of the Exchange Visitors Program Committee. The EVP Committee is hereby reconstituted to be composed of the heads of the following Department/Offices or their duly designated representatives with at least a rank of a Director:


  Department of Foreign Affairs -    Chairman
  Department of Health -    Member
  Department of Education, Culture and Sports -    Member
  Department of Labor and Employment -    Member
  Department of Science and Technology -    Member
  National Economic and Development Authority -    Member
  Professional Regulation Commission -    Member
  Commission on Higher Education -    Member
  Technical Education and Skills Development Authority -    Member
  Commission on Filipinos Overseas -    Member
  Office of the President -    Member

SEC. 2. Functions. The Committee shall perform the following functions:

  • Promulgate rules and regulations to implement the Philippine participation to the Program;
  • Establish linkages with concerned institutions in the United States which could provide educational and training opportunities for Filipino professionals;
  • Provide information and advice to concerned government and private institutions in the Philippines on available training programs;
  • Screen, process and evaluate applications of prospective participants to the Program;
  • Endorse qualified applicants to appropriate United States host agencies;
  • Coordinate and conduct pre-departure and on-site orientation sessions for the participants;
  • Develop proposals for incentives schemes and re-entry programs for the participants to facilitate their return to the Philippines to share the skills and expertise they acquired overseas;
  • Conduct continuing monitoring and evaluation in compliance with the terms of the program;
  • Establish an effective management information system on EVP growth opportunities in the Philippines, and available training programs being offered under the EVP;
  • Formulate and recommend policies to the President to ensure the maximum benefits of the Programs to the country;
  • To collect such administrative fees and charges as may be necessary, just and reasonable to cover the full cost of services rendered consistent with the terms of E.O. 159, dated 23 February 1994, and DOF-DBM Joint Circular No. 02-94 dated 14 November 1994; and
  • Perform other functions as may be required by the President.

SEC. 3. Technical and Secretariat Support. The Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) shall provide secretariat support to the Committee and shall assist the Committee in coordinating with appropriate public and private sector representatives on matters pertinent to the Program.

The member-agencies shall designate a specific unit within their respective agencies to render continuing support to the EVP and extend internal resources necessary to carry out the functions of the Committee.

The Committee is authorized to call upon any department, bureau, office, agency, or instrumentality of the government, including government owned and controlled corporations, for such assistance as it may used in the discharge of its functions.

SEC. 4. Funding. Funds necessary to immediately carry out the provisions of this Administrative Order shall be sourced by the Department of Budget and Management from available sources, upon request by the secretariat. Funding requirement in the succeeding fiscal years shall be provided for in the budgetary appropriations of the member-agencies of the Committee.

SEC. 5. Repealing Clause. All orders, issuances or parts thereof inconsistent with this Administrative Order are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.

SEC. 6. Effectivity. This Administrative Order shall take effect immediately.

DONE in the City of Manila, this 17th day of January in the year of Our Lord, Nineteen Hundred and Ninety-Six.

Original Signed:


By the President:

Executive Secretary

The Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) was created through the US Surplus Property Act of 1944, as amended by Public Law No. 79-584. Said Act authorized the US Secretary of State to enter into agreement with any foreign government for the financing of certain educational activities using currencies acquired by the US government from the sale of US surplus properties outside of its territory.

Exchange Visitor Program refers to the international exchange program administered by the United States to implement the Mutual Education and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, as amended, Public Law 87-256, 22 USC 2451, et seq. (1988). The purpose of the Act is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchanges. Educational and cultural exchanges assist in furthering the United States' foreign policy objectives.

Commission on Filipinos Overseas
Citigold Center, 1345 Quirino Avenue cor.
Osmeña Highway, Manila 1007
Tel. No.:(+632) 552-4700
Fax No.: (+632) 561-8332

EVP Secretariat
CFO, Project Management Division
Tel. No.: (+632) 552-4700 local 726,728,729, 731
Telefax No.: (+632) 561-8327


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