Assistant Secretary of Defense Randall Schriver Visits Manila, Underscores U.S. Commitment to the Philippines

Manila, August 17, 2018 — Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs Randall G. Schriver visited the Philippines August 15 to 17 to reinforce the United States’ commitment to the Indo-Pacific region and to the Philippines, a close friend, partner, and ally. “This was my first visit to the Philippines as Assistant ...
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Peace Corps Philippines, DOST-FNRI Sign Memorandum of Understanding

Peace Corps Philippines Country Director Monica Collier, (second from left) and Director Mario Capanzana of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) (third from left) during the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding at the Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati City, Metro Manila on 27 July 2018. Witnessing the ceremony is Secretary Fortunato De La Peña ...
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DCM Klecheski Swears In New Peace Corps Volunteers

MANILA, Philippines—Deputy Chief of Mission Michael Klecheski administered the swearing in ceremony of two Peace Corps Response Volunteers on August 8, 2018 at the U.S. Embassy. The Response Volunteers, who hold the title of Data Management and IT Security Specialists, are part of the U.S. Peace Corps – IBM innovative public-private partnership launched in December ...
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U.S. Government Provides New SABIR System to Enhance Philippine Air Force Capabilities

U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim and Philippine Secretary of National Defense Delfin N. Lorenzana join representatives of the Philippine Air Force and Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group with the newly-transferred Special Airborne Mission Installation and Response (SABIR) system. Manila, August 14, 2018 — U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim turned ...
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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines, August 14, 2018

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines, August 14, 2018 Location: Palawan Event:  The Western Command Armed Forces of the Philippines posted the following information on their official Facebook page: “Western Command remains on heightened alert and continues to tighten its security posture in Palawan against all forms of threats, amidst circulating information on probable ...
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U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Visits the Philippines

Manila, August 9, 2018 — Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet Adm. John C. Aquilino visited the Philippines August 7 to 9 to meet with Philippine military and political leaders and to underscore U.S. commitment to the Philippines and the Indo-Pacific region. Adm. Aquilino assumed command of the Pacific Fleet on May 17, 2018. While in ...
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U.S. Embassy Partners with the Philippine Judicial Academy to Train Judges on Financial Crimes

Cebu City, August 9, 2018 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, through the U.S. Department of Justice (U.S. DOJ) Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training (OPDAT), and the Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA) trained 28 Regional Trial Court judges on money laundering and financial crimes from August 7-8 in Cebu City. OPDAT and ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission Klecheski visits Peace Corps Volunteer in Baguio

Deputy Chief of Mission Michael Klecheski recently visited a Peace Corps Volunteer serving in Baguio City at a center that focuses on the needs and rights of children. Over the past few years, Peace Corps Volunteers have served alongside their Filipino counterparts to provide comprehensive services for children with special concerns or difficulties; conduct capability-building ...
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U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Remarks on the Visayan Forum Foundation

Manila, August 7, 2018 — The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) provided funding in the past to the Visayan Forum Foundation (VFF) for projects aimed at protecting victims of human trafficking in the Philippines.  USAID halted funding on active awards to VFF in 2011, after an investigation by the Office of the USAID Inspector ...
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U.S. Embassy Facilitates X-Ray Interdiction Training for Philippine Bureau of Customs Officers

Cebu City, August 2, 2018 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) conducted an International X-Ray Interdiction Training (IXIT) ‎with 11 Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) officers from around the country from July 23-27 in Cebu City.  IXIT teaches users of X-ray systems to more effectively target, locate, ...
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Remarks on “America’s Indo-Pacific Economic Vision”

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo  Secretary of State Indo-Pacific Business Forum U.S. Chamber of Commerce Washington, DC July 30, 2018   SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, everyone. It’s great to be with you. Thank you, Tom, for the kind introduction. Thanks to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for having me here and hosting this important Indo-Pacific Business Forum ...
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Advancing a Free and Open Indo-Pacific

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 30, 2018 Secretary Michael R. Pompeo today addressed the Indo-Pacific Business Forum in Washington, DC, to launch the economic and commercial pillars of the Trump Administration’s Indo-Pacific strategy. Before top U.S. business leaders and foreign dignitaries at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Secretary Pompeo detailed how ...
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NASA Engages Students and Scientists during Visit to the Philippines

Manila, July 25, 2018 — A team of scientists from the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) visited the Philippines to participate in National Science and Technology Week (NSTW).  During their visit, the NASA scientists interacted with Filipino scientists, engineering students, and high school teachers and highlighted NASA’s collaboration with the Philippine government on ...
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Statement by U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim

Manila, July 19, 2018 — “I am proud to announce that the United States will contribute 1.418 billion pesos over the next two years to boost counterterrorism support for Philippine law enforcement agencies.  Our joint efforts to confront shared threats to the peace and security of both of our countries is another powerful example of ...
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U.S. Embassy Supports Training for English Language Teachers

Manila, July 19, 2018 — From June 25th to July 13th, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines Regional English Language Office implemented a series of professional development workshops for more than 190 English teachers from Imus City in Cavite, Balanga City in Bataan, and across Mindanao.  Visiting American expert David Bohlke delivered the workshops, organized ...
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United States to Boost Counterterrorism Support for Philippine Law Enforcement

Manila, July 19, 2018 —The United States will contribute $26.5 million (Php1.418 billion) over the next two years to boost counterterrorism support for Philippine law enforcement agencies. The assistance will include training, equipment, and other support to build comprehensive law enforcement capacity within a rule of law framework to deny terrorist operations, funding, and movement; ...
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U.S. Embassy Supports Student Symposium on Countering Violent Extremism

Capt. Robert Barnes and Capt. Sergio Villarreal, both U.S. military officers working with Indo-Pacific Command Augmentation Teams, present a certificate of appreciation to Police Chief Superintendent Dennis Basgni, Deputy Director of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) during a recent PNP-SAF leadership symposium on countering violent extremism. During a recent PNP-SAF leadership symposium ...
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U.S. and Philippines Strengthen Alliance with Maritime Training Activity 2018

U.S. and Philippines Strengthen Alliance with Maritime Training Activity 2018 Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific U.S. Navy San Fernando City, PHILIPPINES (NNS) – The U.S. and Philippines Navies kicked off Maritime Training Activity (MTA) Sama Sama at Naval Station Ernesto Ogbinar in San Fernando City, Philippines, July 9. The week-long engagement focuses on the full ...
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Alumni of U.S. Government Exchange Programs Celebrate 70 Years of U.S.-PH Exchanges

Manila, July 5, 2018 — The U.S.-PH exchange alumni network, in partnership with the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, celebrated the 70th anniversary of U.S. government-sponsored exchanges in the Philippines during an Alumni Reconnects reunion and networking reception on June 30 at SMX Mall of Asia.  More than 200 U.S. exchange alumni attended the event. ...
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USAID Partners with Philippine Technology Company to Promote Sustainable Fisheries in Southern Mindanao

Sarangani Province, July 5, 2018 — The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched a new partnership with Manila-based Futuristic Aviation and Maritime Enterprise, Inc. (FAME) to promote sustainable fisheries and boost livelihoods in southern Mindanao. Together with FAME, USAID will begin installing transponders on the vessels of over two dozen small-scale fishers from ...
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Ronald Reagan Sailors Volunteer to Help Mount Mayon Eruption Victims in Manila

Ronald Reagan Sailors Volunteer to Help Mount Mayon Eruption Victims in Manila By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Greg Johnson USS Ronald Reagan Public Affairs Manila – Thirty Sailors assigned to the forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), participated in a community volunteer project with the Republic of the Philippines National Response and ...
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Ronald Reagan Sailors Visit the Home for the Angels Orphanage in Manila

Ronald Reagan Sailors Visit the Home for the Angels Orphanage in Manila By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class MacAdam Kane Weissman USS Ronald Reagan Public Affairs MANILA – Sailors aboard the Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), visited the Home for the Angels orphanage in Manila, June 27. Nineteen Sailors volunteered ...
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Philippine-American Friendship Week Sees Arrival of 72 New Peace Corps Volunteers

Manila, July 1, 2018 — Seventy-two new U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers joined the more than 9,000 Americans who have served as Peace Corps Volunteers in the Philippines since 1961. The new Volunteers bring diverse experiences and technical skills as well as spirited enthusiasm to learn about the Philippines.  Immediately following their arrival, the Volunteers will undergo an ...
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USS Mustin Provides Aid to Filipino Fishermen in Distress

USS Mustin Provides Aid to Filipino Fishermen in Distress Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Sara Sexton Commander, Task Force 70 Public Affairs SOUTH CHINA SEA – The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) rendered assistance to two distressed mariners, June 26, whose fishing boat had suffered an engine malfunction, rendering the ...
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Thirty-five (35) Peace Corps Volunteers from Group 275 celebrated their Close of Service (COS) Conference

  Thirty-five (35) Peace Corps Volunteers from Group 275 celebrated their Close of Service (COS) Conference at Ciudad Christhia 9 Waves Resort in San Mateo, Rizal from June 5-7, 2018. The Volunteers served in different areas of the country for 27 months, including 11 weeks of intensive Pre-Service Training. Of the thirty-five, seven have successfully applied ...
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U.S. Embassy Partners with Dangerous Drugs Board for Philippine Celebration of UN Drug Abuse Day

Compostela Valley, June 27, 2018 — U.S. Embassy in the Philippines Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) Michael Klecheski traveled to Davao and Compostela Valley on June 26 to highlight the continued U.S.-Philippine partnership in promoting drug demand reduction approaches, including treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention. DCM Klecheski, who traveled with Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) Secretary Catalino ...
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USAID and Philippine Partners Advance Peace and Prosperity in Mindanao

Davao City, Monday, June 25, 2018 — The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Lawrence Hardy II traveled to Davao from June 21 to 23 to meet with Philippine partners and recognize joint progress toward achieving the Philippines’ development objectives for Mindanao. Hardy began his visit to Davao by announcing that USAID ...
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U.S. Government Announces Php296.2 Million in Assistance for Women and Households Affected by Marawi Conflict

Davao, June 23 — U.S. Embassy in the Philippines Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) Michael Klecheski announced Php296.2 million ($5.55 million) in new assistance for humanitarian and recovery work in and around Marawi.  The additional assistance will promote the role and inclusion of women in the recovery and rehabilitation of Marawi as well as support ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Outreach in Baguio City on July 20, 2018

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines  Message for U.S. Citizens:  Outreach in Baguio City on July 20, 2018   June 22, 2018 The U.S. Embassy’s American Citizen Services (ACS) unit will offer services in Baguio City on July 20, 2018 from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The ACS team will be accompanied by representatives from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security – U.S. Citizenship and ...
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U.S. and Philippine Governments Call for Unified Action to Combat Wildlife Trafficking

Manila, June 22, 2018 —The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and Conservation International convened partners from law enforcement agencies and environmental organizations for a forum on stamping out illegal wildlife trade in the Philippines. The Philippines is a transit hub for illegal trade routes, particularly for ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement

Manila, June 18, 2018 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines welcomes the arrests of Galicano Datu III on June 12 in Mandaluyong City and Crispin dela Paz on June 14 in Marikina City by the National Bureau of Investigation for the violent death of George Anikow on November 24, 2012, bringing some measure of ...
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U.S. Embassy Recognizes Filipino Officials for Efforts to Combat Transnational Wildlife Trafficking Operations

On June 8, Deputy Chief of Mission Michael Klecheski recognized 14 public officials from the Philippine National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and Department of Environmental and National Resources – Biodiversity Management Bureau (DENR-BMB), as well as officials from the Bureau of Customs, Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine National Police – Maritime Group, and Palawan Council for ...
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U.S. Military Provides Personal Protective Equipment for the Philippine Marine Corps

Manila, June 6, 2018 — The U.S. military provided new Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the Philippine Marine Special Operations Group (MARSOG) and Inshore Boat Battalion at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, on May 31. The 525 sets of ballistic vests, lightweight ballistic plates, tactical ballistic helmets, and accessories provided through the Counterterrorism Train and Equip ...
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U.S.-Philippines Join Efforts to Fight Human Trafficking

Manila, June 6, 2018 — The Philippine and U.S. governments recently reaffirmed their mutual commitment to combat human trafficking of adults and children.  In a May 22 meeting with U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Michael Klecheski, Acting Philippine Secretary of Justice Menardo I. Guevarra pledged to prioritize the fight against human trafficking, stating “we are committed ...
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U.S. Government Provides Teacher’s Kits to Schools in Marawi and Surrounding Areas

Marawi City, June 5, 2018 — The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) donated over 3,500 teacher’s kits to the Philippine Department of Education to benefit schools affected by the conflict in Marawi. Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones, DepEd-ARMM Regional Secretary Rasol Mitmug, Jr. and over a hundred DepEd officials attended ...
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American Citizen Services Closed June 5, 2018

The American Citizen Services (ACS) unit at U.S. Embassy Manila will be closed on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.  ACS will resume normal services on Thursday, June 7, 2018.  In case of an emergency involving a U.S. citizen, please call the Embassy operator at +63-2-301-2000 for assistance. Normal ACS services are available by appointment only.  Please ...
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USAID and PBEd Launch YouthWorks PH Project for Filipino Youth

U.S. and Philippine government officials led by U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Michael Klecheski (7th from left), USAID Mission Director Lawrence Hardy II (3rd from left), and Philippine Department of Education Assistant Secretary Nepomuceno Malaluan (4th from left), join representatives from the Philippine business sector, led by PBEd Chair Ramon del Rosario (9th from left), for ...
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U.S. Embassy Holds Ramadan Iftars in Manila and Marawi

Manila, May 31, 2018 — Chargé d’ Affaires Michael S. Klecheski broke the Ramadan fast with more than 100 leaders of the National Capital Region (NCR) Muslim community at an iftar reception at the University of the Philippines-Diliman campus in Quezon City to express solidarity with the Muslim community.  Simultaneously, U.S. government exchange alumni hosted ...
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USAID and DOH Launch National Project to Strengthen Philippine Health Workers

USAID Mission Director Lawrence Hardy II, Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Roger Tong-An, DOH Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Secretary Kadil Sinolinding, and Chemonics International Director of Project Management Unit for HRH2030 Kartlos Kadkaze formally launch USAID’s Human Resources for Health in 2030 (HRH2030) Philippines. USAID Mission Director Hardy and DOH ARMM Secretary Sinolinding assemble ...
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The United States Partners with the Dangerous Drugs Board to Support Drug Abuse Prevention through the 26th Annual National Youth Congress

Kalibo, Aklan, May 22, 2018 — Deputy Chief of Mission Michael S. Klecheski and Philippine Dangerous Drugs Board Chairperson Catalino Cuy highlighted the U.S.-Philippine partnership in promoting drug abuse prevention at the 26th Annual National Youth Congress.  The Dangerous Drugs Board’s annual National Youth Congress brings together more than 200 youth leaders from across the ...
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Balikatan 34 Strengthens U.S.-Philippine Alliance through Rigorous Training

From left, Armed Forces of the Philippines Lt. Gen. Emmanuel B. Salamat, commander, AFP Northern Luzon Command; Undersecretary Cardozo M. Luna, Philippine Undersecretary of National Defense; Mr. Michael S. Klecheski, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires; AFP Gen. Carlito G. Galvez Jr., chief of staff, AFP and U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Thomas D. Weidley, commanding general, 1st ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Social Security Administration in Cebu City from June 4-8, 2018

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Message for U.S. Citizens:  Social Security Administration in Cebu City from June 4-8, 2018 May 17, 2018   U.S. Embassy representatives from the Social Security Administration (SSA) will be available in Cebu City from June 4 through June 8, 2018.  To schedule an appointment, please contact SSA by email at   FBU.manila@ssa.gov ‎.  ...
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U.S. Peace Corps and Municipality of Banaue complete the Batad Tappiyah Falls Project

The office of Mayor Jerry Dalipog and the community of Banaue welcomed Peace Corps Country Director Monica Collier and Peace Corps Response Program Coordinator Milo Cruz to Banaue on April 23, 2018. The Municipality of Banaue presented the Peace Corps with a Certificate of Commendation for its generous support and distinguished contribution to the improvement ...
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USAID’s Php1.9 Billion Early-Grade Literacy Project Improves Reading Skills of 1.8 Million Filipino Children

Manila, May 9, 2018 — The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) completed its five-year, Php1.9 billion Basa Pilipinas project, which improved literacy and reading comprehension among more than 1.8 million students from kindergarten to grade three.  USAID partnered with the Department of Education (DepEd) to implement the project in eight school divisions in the provinces ...
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Enderun Colleges Wins Great American Taste Culinary Competition Using U.S. Ingredients

Manila, May 8, 2018 — Enderun Colleges beat out two other culinary schools to win the first-ever Great American Taste Culinary Competition, hosted by the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines and the U.S. Department of Agriculture in partnership with the Lyceum of the Philippines University on Saturday, May 5, 2018. The team from Enderun Colleges ...
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U.S. and Philippines Stand Shoulder-to-Shoulder during Balikatan 34 Opening Ceremony

From left, Armed Forces of the Philippines Lt. Gen. Emmanuel B. Salamat, commander, Armed Forces of the Philippines Northern Luzon Command; Sung Y. Kim, U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines; Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana, Philippine Secretary of National Defense; Armed Forces of the Philippines Lt. Gen. Carlito G. Galvez Jr., chief of staff, Armed Forces of ...
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U.S. Government Announces Additional Php182 Million to Support Marawi Humanitarian Response

Manila, May 4, 2018 — The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), announced an additional Php182 million ($3.5 million) to support ongoing humanitarian relief in Marawi.  This brings the total U.S. government contribution to the Marawi response to nearly 1.4 billion pesos ($26.4 million). The new assistance will enable USAID ...
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U.S., Philippine Governments and WFP Celebrate Accomplishments of Disaster Resilience Project

(L-R)  Office of the Cabinet Secretary Assistant Secretary Evelyn Cruzada; Department of Social Welfare and Development Undersecretary Hope Hervilla; World Food Programme Country Director Stephen Gluning; United States Agency for International Development’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance(USAID/OFDA) Regional Advisor Joe Curry; Office of Civil Defense Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad; Department of the Interior and Local Government ...
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U.S. Embassy Facilitates Training on Substance Use Addiction Treatment and Rehabilitation

Manila, April 26, 2018 —The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, in partnership with the Dangerous Drugs Board, the Philippine National Police (PNP), and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), hosted a 10-day drug treatment and rehabilitation training for 30 representatives from the PNP, PDEA, and select universities.  The training, held from April 16 to 26, ...
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AmCham Business Leadership Program for Outstanding Filipino Students

Manila, April 24, 2018 — The American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (AmCham) selected 31 college students from across the nation to participate in the annual Business Leadership Program (BLP) in Manila from April 17 to April 25. Now on its 16th year, the BLP exposes student leaders to leading American companies, including Capital ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Outreach in Olongapo City on May 17, 2018 and Angeles City on May 18, 2018

April 19, 2018 Message for U.S. Citizens:  Outreach in Olongapo City on May 17, 2018 and Angeles City on May 18, 2018 The U.S. Embassy’s American Citizen Services (ACS) unit will be holding outreach visits in Olongapo City on May 17 and Angeles City on May 18 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The ACS team will be accompanied by representatives from ...
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Balikatan 34

Manila, April 19, 2018 — The Government of the Philippines has invited U.S. forces to train alongside the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in the 34th iteration of Balikatan (BK), from May 7 to 18, at multiple locations in Luzon. Philippine and U.S. forces began community engagement activities in Luzon today prior to the ...
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U.S. Embassy in the Philippines Launches Training Course on Cultural Heritage Conservation

Iloilo City, April 16, 2018 — For the first time, the United States Embassy in the Philippines is funding a cultural heritage conservation training program.  The Php1.245 million course will focus on best practices in protecting and preserving irreplaceable cultural sites and objects. The University of Santo Tomas Graduate School – Center for Conservation of ...
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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 13, 2018) Location:  Philippines Event:  Health officials in the Philippines have reported an outbreak of measles throughout the country. Actions to Take: U.S. citizens living in or traveling to the Philippines should make sure they are vaccinated against measles with the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine. Avoid contact with ...
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USS Theodore Roosevelt Arrives in Manila

USS Theodore Roosevelt Arrives in Manila Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew Langholf, USS Theodore Roosevelt Public Affairs The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17, and the guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) arrived in Manila, Republic of the Philippines for a scheduled port visit, ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’affaires, a.i. Michael Klecheski at the 76th commemoration of the Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor)

Remarks by Chargé d’affaires, a.i. Michael Klecheski at the 76th commemoration of the Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor) Mount Samat National Shrine in Bataan, April 9, 2018 As prepared Executive Secretary Medialdea, Ambassador Haneda, members of the Philippine government and of the diplomatic corps, esteemed veterans, ladies and gentlemen. It is an honor to ...
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U.S. Embassy Holds Conservation Camp for ASEAN Youth in Bohol

Bohol, March 28, 2018 — From March 19-26, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, in partnership with Save Philippine Seas, convened 30 youth leaders from all ten Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member nations for the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Sea and Earth Advocates (SEA) Camp in Bohol.  The week-long YSEALI SEA Camp empowered participants to lead sustainable ...
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Fulbright Philippines Celebrates 70 Years of Excellence

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State Ambassador Jennifer Galt (center) speaks with Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel “Babe” Romualdez (right) and former U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines John Maisto (left) at a 70th Anniversary of the Philippine Fulbright Program reception hosted by the ...
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American Muslim Scholars Lead Institute for Muslim Women

Manila, March 21, 2018 — From March 5 to 16, prominent American Muslim scholars from the U.S.-based KARAMAH organization led a 12-day Institute on Law, Leadership, and Conflict Resolution for 34 female madrasa teachers and community leaders from across Mindanao in addition to delegates from Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Singapore.  The U.S. Embassy in the ...
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USAID and Department of Health Celebrate Accomplishments of Partnership for Tuberculosis Control

U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim (center) formally hands over tuberculosis technical assistance packages to Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III (right) during the completion ceremony of U.S. Agency for International Development’s Innovations and Multi-Sectoral Partnerships to Achieve Control of Tuberculosis project, as USAID Philippines Mission Director Lawrence Hardy II (left) looks on. Manila, March 21, ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Passport Execution Fee Increase

March 19, 2018 Message for U.S. Citizens:  Passport Execution Fee Increase Effective April 2, 2018, the passport execution fee will increase by $10.  The $10 execution fee increase applies to U.S. passport applicants using the DS-11 form including: first-time applicants over age 16, children under age 16, and applicants who reapply after reporting their previous ...
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U.S. Government Announces Food Aid for Families Affected by Marawi Conflict

Ambassador Sung Kim (center) leads the ceremonial handover of rice to Undersecretary Emmanuel Leyco, Officer-in-Charge of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (second from left) and Assistant Secretary Kristoffer James Purisima, Spokesperson of Task Force Bangon Marawi (leftmost) during the ceremonial handover held in Taguig City.  Also present are Stephen Gluning, Country Director of ...
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U.S. Treasury’s Office of Development Results and Accountability Director visits ADB-funded Angat water transmission improvement project in Bulacan

Did you know the United States is one of the largest stakeholders of Manila-based Asian Development Bank (ADB)? Clarence Severens, Director at the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Development Results and Accountability, visited the ADB-funded Angat water transmission improvement project in Norzagaray, Bulacan on February 9.  The project aims to provide access to safe, adequate and ...
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U.S. Military Turns Over New Scan Eagle Unmanned Aerial System to Secretary of National Defense and Philippine Air Force

Manila, March 13, 2018 — U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim turned over a Scan Eagle Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) to Secretary of National Defense Delfin N. Lorenzana during a transfer ceremony at Villamor Air Base, Pasay City, on March 13. Ambassador Kim and officials from the Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group delivered ...
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U.S.-Philippine Cooperation Leads to the Rescue of Five Children and an Arrest for Sexual Exploitation and Abuse of Children

Manila, March 9, 2018 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines commends the Philippine National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Anti-Human Trafficking Division, and the Philippine National Police (PNP) Women and Children Protection Center for the arrest of Philippine citizen Anselmo Ico Jr. and the rescue of five children in Bulacan, Philippines. The coordinated international effort ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Cebu Consular Agency Offering Limited Services March 15, 2018

March 6, 2018 Message for U.S. Citizens: Cebu Agency Offering Limited Services March 15, 2018 The U.S. Consular Agency in Cebu will offer limited services on Thursday, March 15, 2018.  Passport, notary, and legal capacity affidavit services will NOT be available on March 15.  Normal services will resume on Friday, March 16. The Consular Agency typically accepts walk-ins ...
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U.S. Homeland Security Investigations Trains Philippine National Police Officers in United States

Manila, March 5, 2018— U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) hosted 22 Philippine National Police (PNP) officers from the newly-formed Philippine Transnational Criminal Investigative Unit (TCIU) for an intensive three-week International Task Force Agent Training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Brunswick, Georgia, from January 16 to February 2.  While there, the local ...
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Bonhomme Richard Arrives in Manila for a Port Call

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cosmo Walrath, USS Bonhomme Richard Public Affairs MANILA, Philippines – The amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), with embarked 3d Marine Division Marines, arrived in Manila, Philippines, for a scheduled port visit, Mar. 4. More than 2,500 Sailors and Marines aboard Bonhomme Richard are visiting Manila to ...
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U.S. Department of Homeland Security Under Secretary and Counterterrorism Coordinator David J. Glawe’s Visit to the Philippines

Manila, March 2, 2018 — U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Under Secretary and Counterterrorism Coordinator David J. Glawe and Secretary of Justice Vitaliano Aguirre II met today to discuss the strong U.S.-Philippine partnership to combat threats from terrorism and transnational organized crime.  Their conversation reaffirmed our joint efforts to combat child exploitation, secure global ...
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USAID Mission Director’s Visit Reinforces U.S. Government Commitment to Conservation and Development in Palawan

Puerto Princesa, March 2, 2018 — United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Lawrence Hardy II visited Palawan this week to engage with development partners and reinforce the U.S. government’s commitment to the province’s sustainable growth.  To celebrate World Wildlife Day, Hardy kicked off his trip with a visit to the Palawan Wildlife ...
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USS Bremerton Visits Subic Bay during Indo-Pacific Deployment

By Ens. James Gloria, USS Bremerton Public Affairs Subic Bay, March 1, 2018 — The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Bremerton (SSN 698) arrived at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone March 1 for a routine port visit during its deployment to the Indo-Pacific region. The visit highlights the strong partnership between the United States and ...
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Youth Art Collab Wall Mural at the American Center Manila

U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim helped put the finishing touches on the mural. The Doodle Art Enthusiasts (DAE) community teamed up with Kris Abrigo to bring the mural to life.  Ambassador Kim (center) and Counselor for Public Affairs Carolyn Glassman (right) with (from left to right): DAE muralist Daryl Andre Victoria, Franz Lawrence ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement

Manila, February 23, 2018 — On February 22, Ambassador Sung Kim met with Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea to discuss the recently released Worldwide Threat Assessment Report published by the Director of National Intelligence. Ambassador Kim explained the nature of the report – an annual assessment on conditions in each of the world’s various regions based ...
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U.S. Commits Php5.2 million in Mt. Mayon Emergency Assistance

Manila, February 15, 2018 — The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has committed Php5.2 million in emergency assistance to address the immediate needs of people most affected by the Mt. Mayon volcanic eruption.  This follows the Albay provincial government’s declaration of a state of calamity. USAID’s Office of Foreign ...
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Philippine and U.S. Officials Visit the USS Carl Vinson

MANILA, February  14, 2018 — Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea; Secretary of the Presidential Communications Operations Office Martin Andanar; Philippine Marine Corps Commandant Maj. Gen. Alvin Parreño; Commander of Philippine Fleet Rear Adm. Gaudencio Collado; Executive Director, Department of Foreign Affairs Office of American Affairs, Louis Alferez; and Director, Department of Foreign Affairs Office of American ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Bacolod City Outreach – March 15, 2018 and Iloilo City Outreach – March 16, 2018

February 15, 2018 Message for U.S. Citizens:  Bacolod City Outreach – March 15 and Iloilo City Outreach – March 16, 2018   The U.S. Embassy’s American Citizen Services (ACS) unit will provide U.S. citizen services in Bacolod City on March 15, 2018 and in Iloilo City on March 16, 2018 from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  The ACS team will be accompanied ...
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EducationUSA Hosts First-Ever Education Fair in Cebu City, Philippines

Cebu, February 15, 2018— EducationUSA, the U.S. government’s official resource for students interested in pursuing higher education opportunities in the United States, will host its first-ever university fair in Cebu on Friday, March 9 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Radisson Blu Hotel.  The EducationUSA Fair will feature 22 U.S. colleges and universities. ...
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EducationUSA Hosts 3rd Annual Education Fair in the Philippines

Manila, February 13, 2018 — EducationUSA, the U.S. government’s official resource for students interested in pursuing higher education opportunities in the United States, will host its annual university fair in Manila on Thursday, March 8 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza.  The EducationUSA Fair will feature 33 U.S. colleges and ...
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First Female Philippine Air Force Aviator Selected for U.S. Aviation Leadership Program, Inspired by Zamboanga Siege

Manila, February 12, 2018 — 2nd Lt. Catherine Mae Gonzales recently became the first female aviator from the Philippine Air Force to be selected for the Aviation Leadership Program (ALP), a United States Air Force scholarship program which provides undergraduate pilot training to select officers from other nations’ air forces. Gonzales, who was among the ...
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U.S. Government Exchange Alumni Lead Projects #ForMindanao

Manila, February 1, 2018 — As part of its continuing response to the Marawi crisis, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines has launched the Php18.5 million #ForMindanao campaign supporting 37 projects throughout Mindanao led by Philippine alumni of U.S. government-sponsored exchanges, many of whom have already played a crucial role in responding to humanitarian needs ...
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U.S.-Philippine Cooperation Leads to Drug Seizure and Arrests

Manila, January 30, 2018 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines commends the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on the seizure of approximately six kilograms of crystal methamphetamine and the arrest of two Philippine citizens suspected to be involved in the importation of the methamphetamine. On January 24, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) provided PDEA ...
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Marine Conservation Camp for Mindanao Youth in Cebu

Cordova, Cebu, January 26, 2018 — From January 23 to 31, the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Sea and Earth Advocates (SEA) Camp in Cebu will bring together 25 young marine conservationists from Mindanao to learn how to lead sustainable development initiatives in their home communities.  This week-long workshop on environmental conservation and youth leadership ...
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U.S. Equipment Delivery to AFP to Increase Interoperability and Effectiveness

Ammunition and explosives delivered from the U.S. to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) at Subic Bay, Luzon.  This delivery is one of many recent deliveries from the U.S. through the Mutual Logistics Support Agreement (MLSA) that enhance the AFP’s counterterrorism capabilities and directly support AFP members engaged in current counterterrorism operations. Manila, January ...
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Natural Disaster Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (January 22, 2018)

Natural Disaster Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (January 22, 2018) Location:  Vicinity of Mayon Volcano, located in Albay Province, approximately 300 kilometers southeast of Manila, on the island of Luzon. Event:  In light of increased seismic unrest, lava fountaining, and summit explosions, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology (PHIVOLCS) raised Mayon Vocano’s status from Alert Level ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens:  Baguio City Outreach – February 1, 2018

January 19, 2018 Message for U.S. Citizens:  Baguio City Outreach – February 1, 2018 The U.S. Embassy’s American Citizen Services (ACS) unit will conduct an outreach event in Baguio City on February 1, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The event will be held at the U.S. Embassy Residence Compound in Baguio City, and requires advance registration to attend.  To ...
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Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila

Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (January 15, 2018) Location:  Vicinity of Mayon Volcano, Albay Province, Luzon, Philippines Event:  The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens in the Philippines to exercise caution if contemplating travel in the vicinity of the Mayon Volcano, located in Albay Province, approximately 300 kilometers southeast of Manila, on the island of ...
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Peace Corps receives a Special Citation in Volunteerism from the PNVSCA

Left to right: Henrietta T. de Villa, National Volunteer Month Steering Committee Honorary Chair; Paul Negley, Peace Corps Philippines Director of Management and Operations; Undersecretary Jose Miguel R. Dela Rosa, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA); and Joselito C. De Vera, Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) Executive Director Congratulations to Peace Corps for ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Reminder – Outreach in Angeles City on January 18, 2018 and Olongapo City on January 19, 2018

January 11, 2018 Message for U.S. Citizens: Reminder – Outreach in Angeles City on January 18, 2018 and Olongapo City on January 19, 2018 The U.S. Embassy would like to remind U.S. citizens that the American Citizen Services (ACS) unit will be holding outreach visits in Angeles City on January 18, 2018 and Olongapo City on January 19, ...
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U.S. Government Announces Additional Php330M in Recovery and Rehabilitation Funding for Marawi and Surrounding Areas

Manila, January 9, 2018—The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has allocated an additional Php330 million ($6.6 million) to support vulnerable populations affected by the conflict in Marawi City and surrounding areas.  This assistance will provide opportunities for young women and men to enhance job skills and attain livelihoods, helping ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Procession of the Black Nazarene

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Procession of the Black Nazarene The U.S. Embassy in Manila will have a delayed opening at 10 am on Tuesday, January 9, due to the Procession of the Black Nazarene, one of the largest religious gatherings in the Philippines. The Manila City government has declared this day a local holiday ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Improvements to Safety and Security Information

January 4, 2018 Message for U.S. Citizens:  Improvements to Safety and Security Information On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, the Department of State will make changes to our safety and security information to make it easier to find, understand, and use. Travel Advisories will replace Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts.  Every country will have a Travel ...
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Resilience and Preparedness in the New Marawi

A few months after returning from a U.S. government-funded exchange focused on emergency response, Lanao del Sur official Tong Pacasum is using what he learned to improve emergency response in Marawi and Lanao del Sur. In September 2017, Mr. Saripada “Tong” Pacasum, Disaster Risk Reduction Officer of the Lanao del Sur Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction ...
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U.S. Embassy Charge d’Affaires launches the American Space Innovation Fair

On December 7, U.S. Embassy Charge d’Affaires Michael Klecheski opened the American Corner Manila’s “Invention Stories: A Maker’s Journey to Innovation” Fair, underscoring the U.S. government’s commitment to empower innovators to create real-world solutions while promoting sustainable development. The STEAM Upcycling Graduates The Fair was the culminating event of the American Corner’s nine-month STEAM (Science, ...
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U.S. Government Provides 1.1 Million Books to Public Schools to Boost Reading Skills and Promote Learning

U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Michael Klecheski (back row, second from right) led the ceremonial handover of 1.1 million library books to the Philippine Department of Education (DepEd). Witnessing the event were students of Highway Hills Integrated School in Mandaluyong City and (L-R, back row) DepEd Region VII Officer-in Charge Juliet Jeruta; DepEd Region I Regional ...
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U.S. Government Program Provides Seaport Interdiction Training and Personal Radiation Detectors to Philippine Bureau of Customs

Manila, December 8, 2017 — The U.S. Export Control and Related Border Security Program (EXBS), in coordination with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), conducted an International Seaport Interdiction Training (ISIT) with Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) officers in Manila from December 4-8, 2017.  21 BOC officials from ten seaports completed the training, which included ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Caution

Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Worldwide Caution  As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  ...
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U.S.-Philippine Joint Poultry Processing Facility Inaugurated

U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim helps cut the ribbon to inaugurate the new C-Joy poultry processing facility.  (L-R) Jollibee Foods Corp. (JFC) President and CEO Ernesto Tanmantiong, Cargill VP Todd Hall, Ambassador Kim, C-Joy Poultry Meats Production President and CEO Paul Fulbright, JFC Founder and Chairman Tony Tan Caktiong, Santo Tomas Mayor Edna Sanchez, Representative Maria ...
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U.S. Government Provides Tablet Computers to Public Schools for Literacy Teaching

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Lawrence Hardy II (second from right) led the turnover ceremony of more than 3,200 tablet computers during his visit to Mansasa Elementary School in Tagbilaran City, Bohol.  Hardy was joined by Tagbilaran City Mayor John Greesnell Yap, Department of Education officials, and USAID Office of Education ...
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U.S. Embassy Joins Philippine Partners to Promote HIV/AIDS Awareness on World AIDS Day

    Manila, December 02, 2017 — To commemorate Worlds AIDS Day on December 1, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines joined with Better Together, LoveYourself, UNAIDS, the City of Taguig, and other partners to support the first-ever “Love Gala.” “The Love Gala: Stand Up for World AIDS Day 2017″ united partners in the fight ...
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U.S. Government-Backed Organization Opens New Shelter for Trafficking Survivors

Fellowship for Organizing Endeavors (FORGE) Executive Director Atty. Ruth N. Restauro welcomes USAID Mission Director Lawrence Hardy II to the FORGE Boys’ Home.  USAID Phil-Am Fund Chief of Party Eugene Gonzales makes the introductions. (L-R) FORGE Board of Trustees Chairperson Orlando Carvajal, FORGE Executive Director Restauro, USAID Mission Director Hardy.  (L-R) Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking ...
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U.S. Government Convenes Mindanao Business Leaders to Spur Investment in Marawi City

General Santos City, December 1, 2017 — The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) convened a one-day forum on November 28 in General Santos City for more than 100 business leaders and government officials to identify ways to promote investment and help rehabilitate Marawi City. The forum was organized in partnership with the business ...
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U.S. Government Donates Fume Hood to PNP Crime Lab

Police Chief Superintendent Aurelio C. Trampe, Jr., PNP Crime Laboratory Director, shakes hands with U.S. Department of Justice International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP) Assistant Program Director Byron San Marco after signing the donation letter. Back row: ICITAP Office Manager Tito Donato looks on with PNP Crime Laboratory Police Chief Inspector Miladenia Tapan, Police ...
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U.S. Government and General Santos City Renew Partnership to Advance Inclusive and Sustainable Urban Growth

General Santos City, November 29, 2017— United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Lawrence Hardy II and General Santos City Mayor Ronnel Rivera signed a Memorandum of Understanding on November 27, 2017, making General Santos City the eighth and newest partner in USAID’s Cities Development Initiative. Through this initiative, USAID works closely with ...
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U.S. and Philippine Armies Refine Skills during SALAKNIB

Manila, November 28, 2017 — U.S. Army soldiers and their Philippine Army (PA) counterparts conducted SALAKNIB from November 16 to 27, 2017 in Luzon, Philippines.  Together, the allied forces participated in subject matter expert exchanges and practical exercises to share information, and further reinforce our illustrious, decades-long military partnership.   The American and Filipino soldiers ...
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The U.S. Government Turns Over Prosecutor Training Materials to the Philippine Department of Justice

Ambassador Sung Kim turns over the prosecutor’s manual and training materials to Secretary of Justice Vitaliano N. Aguirre II. Leading the turnover ceremony, seated from left: International Law Development Program (IDLO) Program Coordinator Cathleen Cagaanan, Acting Prosecutor General Jorge G. Catalan, Jr., Department of Justice Secretary Vitaliano N. Aguirre II, U. S. Ambassador to the ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Consular Agency Opening Dates in November and December, 2017

November 21, 2017 Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Consular Agency Opening Dates in November and December, 2017 The U.S. Embassy would like to inform U.S. citizens that the U.S. Consular Agency in Cebu will be open November 27-29, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for walk-in notary, legal capacity affidavit, passport, and emergency services. ...
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U.S.-Philippine Cooperation Leads to Arrest of Colombian National for Possession of Drugs at NAIA

Manila, November 14, 2017 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines commends the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Inter Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group (NAIA IADITG), the Philippine Bureau of Customs, and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on the seizure of 1 kg of drugs, suspected to be cocaine, and the arrest of the traveler ...
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American and Filipino Service Members Honored at 2017 Veterans Day Commemoration

Manila, November 13, 2017 —On November 11, U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim led the 2017 Veterans Day commemoration at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in Taguig City, Metro Manila. Veterans Day is an American holiday that originates with the formal end of hostilities of World War I with the signing of ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Closure November 13-15, 2017 due to ASEAN Summit

November 8, 2017 Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Closure November 13-15, 2017 due to ASEAN Summit Due to road closures and other events related to the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits, the U.S. Embassy would like to inform residents and visitors of the following: The Consular Section of the U.S. ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Legazpi City Outreach – December 8, 2017

November 6, 2017 Message for U.S. Citizens: Legazpi City Outreach – December 8, 2017 The U.S. Embassy would like to inform U.S. citizens that the American Citizen Services (ACS) unit will be holding an outreach visit in Legazpi City on December 8, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Please click the link below for more information.   Legazpi City ____________________________________________________________ For further ...
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USAID, DepEd, and YesPinoy Foundation Partner to Make Every Learner a Reader

USAID Deputy Chief of the Office of Program Resources Management Chris Foley (extreme right) hands over the reading materials to the Department of Education-Mandaluyong City Division led by Dr. Nanette Losario (4th from left) and Highway Hills Integrated School Principal Marvie Duran (extreme left).  Witnessing the event are YesPinoy Chairman Dingdong Dantes (3rd from right) ...
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Young ASEAN Leaders Attend Manila Summit on Advanced Leadership

Manila, October 31, 2017 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines convened 250 youth leaders representing all 10 ASEAN member states for a 5 day advanced leadership training at the 2017 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Summit in Manila from October 17-21, 2017. U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim welcomed delegates to Manila and encouraged them to be a force for positive change. He ...
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U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim’s Remarks during Engagement with Foreign Correspondents

Thank you very much, Ellen, Gaby.  Delighted to be with you this morning.  Good morning, everyone.  It’s really a great opportunity for me to discuss my favorite topic – the U.S.-Philippines relationship. In my relatively brief time here in the Philippines, I have been impressed by how everyone — both Americans and Filipinos — working ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens:  Tacloban City Outreach – November 17, 2017

October 25, 2017 Message for U.S. Citizens:  Tacloban City Outreach – November 17, 2017 The U.S. Embassy would like to inform U.S. citizens that the American Citizen Services (ACS) unit will be holding an outreach visit in Tacloban City on November 17, 2017 from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Please click the link below for more information. Tacloban City _______________________________________ For ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Social Security Administration Services in Cebu – November 21-22, 2017

October 24, 2017 Message for U.S. Citizens: Social Security Administration Services in Cebu – November 21-22, 2017   The U.S. Embassy would like to inform U.S. citizens that representatives from the Social Security Administration (SSA) will be available at the U.S. Consular Agency office in Cebu on Tuesday, November 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and Wednesday, November ...
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U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim’s Remarks at the 40/50 U.S.-ASEAN Reception

Great to see everyone! Assistant Secretary Hellen de la Vega, ASEAN Ambassadors and colleagues from ASEAN embassies, Ambassador Dan Shields, and most importantly, YSEALI leaders. It is truly an honor for me to welcome all of you to this very special celebration of two important milestones, 40th anniversary of U.S.-ASEAN relations and of course the ...
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U.S. – Philippines Child Protection Compact Partnership Activities Commence in Manila and Cebu

Manila, October 19, 2017 — The U.S. Embassy in Manila and the Philippines’ Department of Justice Interagency Council Against Trafficking in Persons (IACAT) announce the launch of activities to implement the U.S.-Philippines Child Protection Compact (CPC) Partnership, signed in Manila earlier this year by U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Michael S. Klecheski and Philippine Secretary of Justice ...
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Manila Hosts 2017 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Summit

Five-day summit brings together 250 emerging leaders representing all 10 ASEAN member states to advance leadership skills and collaborate on regional challenges. Manila, October 19, 2017 — Two-hundred and fifty emerging leaders between the ages of 18-35 representing all ten Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states have come together in Manila for five ...
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Ambassador Kim welcomes 250 YSEALI Summit Participants

U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines formally welcomed 250 youth participants of this year’s Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Summit.  The participants are YSEALI alumni from across the ASEAN region. Read Ambassador’s full remarks: Magandang umaga!   Good morning and welcome to Manila!  We are especially pleased to welcome you here in The Manila Hotel, a ...
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U.S. Embassy in the Philippines hosted award-winning filmmaker Dana Nachman for “Batkid Begins” Film Screenings and Talks

The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines and American Film Showcase (AFS) brought award-winning documentary filmmaker Dana Nachman to the Philippines to screen her documentary film “Batkid Begins” and hold Director’s Talks at universities and SM Malls in Manila and Cebu from October 3-6, 2017. The U.S. Department of State’s AFS program helps bring award-winning contemporary American documentaries and independent fiction ...
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Mourning the Loss of Washington SyCip, Who Meant So Much to the U.S. Embassy and State Department

The U.S. Embassy and State Department communities mourn the loss of Washington SyCip, who passed away last Saturday night at the age of 96.  As Ambassador Kim said, Mr. SyCip was a giant in business, education, and philanthropy .  He established the Fulbright-SyCip Distinguished Lecturing Award which brings American academics and professionals to give lectures at major universities and organizations in Metro Manila and other ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Consular Agency in Cebu – Services Available October 23-27, 2017

October 12, 2017 Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Consular Agency in Cebu – Services Available October 23-27, 2017 The U.S. Embassy would like to inform U.S. citizens that the U.S. Consular Agency in Cebu will be open October 23-27, 2017 for routine services during normal walk-in hours from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Services provided during this ...
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U.S. Armed Forces and AFP Complete Successful First KAMANDAG

Manila, October 12, 2017 — U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade, together with their Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) counterparts, successfully concluded the inaugural exercise KAMANDAG yesterday during a closing ceremony at Marine Barracks Rudiardo Brown, Taguig, Philippines. KAMANDAG, which ran from October 2 to 11, is an acronym for ...
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U.S. Government Begins Delivery of More than 6,500 Tablet Arm Chairs for Displaced Marawi Students

Saguiaran, Lanao del Sur ,October 4, 2017— The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the Department of Education, delivered its first batch of tablet arm chairs to schools in Mindanao, where displaced Marawi students are currently enrolled. USAID’s Basa Pilipinas provided five schools in the municipality ...
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U.S. and Philippines Conduct Strategic Trade Management Licensing Tabletop Exercise

Manila, October 4, 2017 — The U.S. Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) Program, together with the Strategic Trade Management Office (STMO) within the Department of Trade and Industry, recently conducted a tabletop exercise on the Philippine Strategic Trade Management Licensing Process. Experts from the U.S. Department of Energy took the lead in designing ...
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U.S. Marines and Armed Forces Philippines Launch Inaugural KAMANDAG

Manila, October 2, 2017 — U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade, together with their Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) counterparts, launch the inaugural exercise KAMANDAG today at multiple locations on the island of Luzon, Philippines. KAMANDAG, which will run until October 11, is an acronym for the Filipino phrase “Kaagapay ...
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U.S.-Philippines Partnership Advances Learning Outcomes

Manila, September 30, 2017 — The U.S. government, through the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and in partnership with Synergeia Foundation, convened the 11th National Education Summit on September 28 and 29, 2017.  Nearly 400 leaders from local governments, schools, and the private sector gathered to share best ...
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Padayon Mindanao 2.0 Holds Second Educate and Engage to Empower Camp

By Metodio B. Maraguinot Jr., Project Specialist for Padayon Mindanao; 1 September 2017 Peace Corps Philippines’ (PCP) Padayon Mindanao 2.0 project recently organized the Second “Educate and Engage to Empower” (E2E) Camp at Bohol Plaza Resort in Dauis, Bohol.  Forty eight participants joined with half coming from the project’s regional partners in Mindanao and the ...
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Ambassador Kim administers oath to 63 new Peace Corps Volunteers

U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim administered the oath to 63 Peace Corps Volunteers on September 13, 2017 at the U.S. Embassy Charles Parsons Ballroom.  The Volunteers will be assigned to different areas in the Philippines. More than 9,000 Americans have served as Peace Corps Volunteers in the Philippines since 1961. The Philippines has the second oldest ...
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U.S. Ambassador Kim’s Statement on Tempest Wind

U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim talks about recently concluded Tempest Wind drill during a joint press conference with Philippine Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana on September 26, 2017. Ambassador Kim: Thank you all for joining us this afternoon.  I am always pleased to stand next to my good friend Secretary Lorenzana especially on this occasion of ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Caution

September 22, 2017 Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Worldwide Caution  As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens ...
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Peace Corps and IBM Join Forces to Promote Disaster Preparedness

Manila, September 21, 2017 — Ambassador Sung Kim recently administered a swearing-in of three new Peace Corps Response Volunteers (PCRVs) at the Peace Corps Office in Manila. These PCRVs are experts on information communication technology and are now beginning a five-month assignment with local partner institutions including the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protests Expected Near U.S. Embassy

September 20, 2017 Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Protests Expected Near U.S. Embassy The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that the Philippine government has declared Thursday, September 21, 2017, as a National Day of Protest.  Demonstrations are expected to take place throughout the country.  A protest is planned at approximately 2:00 p.m. at Rizal Park, which ...
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U.S. and Philippine Service Members Rebuild Schools in Casiguran

Casiguran, Aurora, September 16, 2017 — U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade (3d MEB) alongside their Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) counterparts conducted a groundbreaking ceremony on the renovation of several schools and a day care center in Casiguran.  The construction work is a joint civic assistance activity which forms ...
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U.S. and Philippines Participate in Counterterrorism Crisis Response Drill

Manila, September 15, 2017 —The governments of the Philippines and the United States will embark on a bilateral, interagency counterterrorism drill, Tempest Wind, in mid-September intended to test and improve the ability of both nations to rapidly plan, coordinate, and conduct counterterrorism operations. The whole-of-government drill will be augmented by additional military assessments, national level ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Services in Angeles City and Olongapo City in September 2017

September 7, 2017 Message for U.S. Citizens:  Services in Angeles City and Olongapo City in September 2017 The U.S. Embassy would like to inform U.S. citizens that it will provide American Citizen Services in Angeles City on September 28, 2017 and in Olongapo City on September 29, 2017.  Services will be offered from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. ...
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U.S. Increases Surveillance Support for AFP Counterterrorism Efforts in Mindanao

Manila, September 11, 2017 —The United States deployed the Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to Mindanao for additional surveillance in support of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) counterterrorism efforts. Compared to current surveillance platforms used in the region, the Gray Eagle has a longer flight duration which will enable a larger area ...
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The United States of America and the Republic of the Philippines Incorporate Drug Demand Reduction into Amended Letter of Agreement

Manila, September 8, 2017 — The United States of America and the Republic of the Philippines announced plans to begin drug demand reduction programs under the existing Letter of Agreement on Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement.  Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Peter Cayetano and U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim signed an Amended Letter ...
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Ambassador Kim Announces Php730M Relief, Recovery Assistance for Marawi

Manila, September 5, 2017 – The U.S. government, through the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has committed approximately Php730 million ($14.3 million) in emergency relief and recovery assistance for communities affected by the ongoing conflict in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur and its surrounding areas.  U.S. Ambassador to ...
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U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim announces 730 million pesos USAID assistance to the Philippines for Marawi

U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim sat down with select members of the local media on September 5, 2017 to announce assistance of 730 million pesos through USAID for ongoing emergency relief operations and the longer term recovery and rehabilitation of Marawi city and the surrounding area. Ambassador Kim also talks about robust grant military assistance that ...
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U.S. Military Unit Helps Children in Angeles City

Manila, September 3, 2017 — U.S. military service members from Task Force 72 led a community relations project in support of the Duyan Ni Maria Children’s Home in Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines on August 28, 2017. The U.S. service members assisted with moving the orphanage to an improved building in a new location.  They helped ...
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U.S. Transfers M40 Field Protective Masks to AFP to Support Counterterrorism Operations

Members of the Philippine Navy and Marine Corps receive, inventory, (L), and watch a demonstration of wear and use, (R), of a delivery of 1,000 M40 field protective masks from the Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) at Marine Barracks Rudiardo Brown, Taguig, Philippines.  This delivery is one ...
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Ambassador Kim Unveils Digital Platform to Advance Philippine Anti-Corruption Initiatives

September 1, 2017, Manila — Ambassador Sung Kim and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales underscored the sustained collaboration between the United States and the Philippines in fighting corruption while unveiling a digital platform designed to enhance capacity at the Office of the Ombudsman.  The new Digital Migration System, launched on August 22, will augment the capability of ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Consular Agency in Cebu – Services Available September 11-15, 2017

August 30, 2017 Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Consular Agency in Cebu – Services Available September 11-15, 2017 The U.S. Embassy would like to inform U.S. citizens that the U.S. Consular Agency in Cebu will be open September 11-15, 2017 for routine services during normal walk-in hours from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Services provided ...
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USAID Mission Director Highlights Early Grade Reading Assistance in Visit to Cebu

  USAID Mission Director Susan Brems stands with school officials at Vito Elementary School in Cebu’s Minglanilla District.  Dr. Brems handed over books and other learning materials to the school on behalf of the American people.  USAID is helping improve the reading skills of more than 420,000 students from kindergarten to grade three in the ...
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Commander of U.S. Pacific Command visits the Philippines

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U.S. and Philippine Marines Train Together in Okinawa

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USAID Supporting Women’s Livelihood Bond to Benefit 385,000 Women in Southeast Asia

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U.S. Transfers Custody of New Joint Maritime Law Enforcement Training Center

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U.S. and Filipino Divers Practice Diving and Salvage Techniques on Shipwreck in Manila Bay

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Secretary of State Tillerson Travel to the Philippines, Thailand, and Malaysia

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Agency in Cebu – Services Available August 7-11, 2017

August 1, 2017 Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Agency in Cebu – Services Available August 7-11, 2017 The U.S. Embassy would like to inform U.S. citizens that the U.S. Consular Agency in Cebu will be open August 7-11, 2017 for routine services during normal walk-in hours from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Services provided during ...
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U.S. Transfers Weapons and Munitions to AFP to Support Counterterrorism Operations

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U.S. Military Presents Two New ISR Aircraft to Philippine Air Force

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U.S. and PH Government Experts Develop Training Course on Underwater Crime Scene Investigation

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Peace Corps Volunteer Promotes Cultural Understanding in Local Elementary School

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Agency in Cebu – SSA Offering Services August 2 and 3, 2017

July 20, 2017 Message for U.S. Citizens:  Consular Agency in Cebu – SSA Offering Services August 2 and 3, 2017 U.S. Embassy representatives from the Social Security Administration (SSA) will be available at the U.S. Consular Agency office in Cebu on Wednesday, August 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and Thursday, August 3 from ...
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U.S. Government Programs Provide Relief to Marawi Evacuees

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Updated Travel Warning for the Philippines

July 18, 2017 Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Updated Travel Warning for the Philippines The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid all non-essential travel to the city of Marawi, Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago including the southern Sulu Sea, and to exercise extreme caution when traveling to other regions of Mindanao, due to ...
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USAID and Partners Celebrate Completion of P76 Million Agri Project in Bicol

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Ambassador Sung Kim Travels to Cebu City, Highlights Robust Economic Ties with PH

Cebu City, July 14, 2017 — During his trip to Cebu this week, Ambassador Sung Kim met with Governor Hilario Davide III and Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña to discuss the robust economic ties between the U.S. and the Philippines and as well as opportunities for further U.S. engagement in Cebu, both in the public ...
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Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): Strengthening Legal Protection for LGBTI Persons

The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines (Political Section) invites proposals that seek to provide assistance to local government units (LGUs) that have already passed anti-discrimination ordinances, which include protections based on sexual orientation or gender identity.  The funding opportunity ($25,000) is available through the Global Equality Fund. Project activities should include: Partnership with Local Government ...
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PACANGEL 17 Delivers Humanitarian Assistance and Training in the Philippines

Clockwise, from top left:  U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Jerome Capalad, left, teaches different methods of carrying a patient to local Filipino first responders.  – A girl from Bogo City finishes her dental treatment in Northern Cebu Province, Philippines.  – U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Natasha Smith measures vitals of a man from Bogo ...
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United States transfers 12 Ford F-550 Trucks to the Armed Forces of the Philippines Naval Special Operations Group (NAVSOG)

Mr. Frederick Riker provides the ceremonial truck key to Philippine Navy Capt. Alfonspin P. Tumanda Jr. during the transfer of 12 Ford F-550 trucks to the Philippine Naval Special Operations Group (NAVSOG) at Naval Base Heracleo Alano, Sangley Point, Cavite. Mr. Riker is the security cooperation manager for the Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group, and ...
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Philippine-American Friendship Week Sees Arrival of 67 New Peace Corps Volunteers

Manila, July 3, 2017 — Landing at Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Sunday, July 2, 67 new U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers joined the family of more than 9,000 Americans who have served as Peace Corps Volunteers in the Philippines since 1961, making the Philippines the second oldest Peace Corps program.  Inspired by President John F. ...
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Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): Regional Environment, Science, Technology, and Health (ESTH) Program for Northeast and Southeast Asia

The U.S. Department of State Bureau of East Asia Pacific Affairs (EAP) announces an open competition for environmental awards (up to $24,999) to support local and regional small-scale environmental projects in eligible countries in Southeast Asia.  Since Fiscal Year 2007, EAP and the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) have worked ...
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U.S., Philippines Co-Host Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) Engagement

Manila, July 3, 2017 — From June 27-28, 2017, representatives from the Governments of the Philippines and the United States discussed ways to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), their delivery systems, and related materials in the first bilateral Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) engagement held in the Philippines. The U.S. Department of ...
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U.S. and Philippine Navies Complete Coordinated Patrol in Southern Sulu Sea

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U.S. and Philippine Marines Practice Urban Warfare Techniques

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U.S. Embassy, UP-IIS host Iftars in Honor of Ramadan

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Pacific Angel 2017 Begins in the Philippines

Manila, June 22, 2017 — The Armed Forces of the Philippines and United States forces will work together to conduct humanitarian assistance engagements from June 23-July 3, 2017, as part of Pacific Angel 2017 (PACANGEL 17). During this exchange, U.S. and Filipino service members will partner with local non-governmental organizations and other multilateral international participants ...
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U.S. and Philippine Naval Forces Enhance Cooperation, Strengthen Alliance during Maritime Training Activity Sama Sama

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Agency in Cebu – Services Available June 19-23, 2017

June 15, 2017 Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Agency in Cebu – Services Available June 19-23, 2017  The U.S. Embassy would like to remind U.S. citizens that the U.S. Consular Agency in Cebu will open from June 19-23, 2017 for routine services.  The Consular Agency will offer services for notaries, legal capacity affidavits, and passports during normal ...
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U.S.-Philippine Cooperation Leads to Arms Smuggling Arrest in Makati City

Manila, June 15, 2017 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines congratulates the Philippine National Police (PNP) for a series of successful operations resulting in the arrest of Elizabeth Grino and Ronie Velasco for arms smuggling.  This operation was undertaken thanks to close coordination between the PNP, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland ...
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U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Reaffirms Commitment to Philippines, Strong Defense Ties with Philippine Leaders

Manila, June 14, 2017 — Adm. Scott Swift, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, visited the Republic of the Philippines June 11-14 to reaffirm the U.S. Navy’s strong partnership and ties with the Armed Forces of the Philippines. During his visit to the Philippines, Swift met with Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Peter Cayetano, Secretary ...
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Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson’s Statement on Republic of the Philippines Independence Day

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC June 11, 2017 On behalf of President Trump and the American people, congratulations and best wishes to the people of the Republic of the Philippines as you commemorate your 119th independence day on June 12. The United States proudly stands with the Philippines as a ...
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U.S. Military Presents New Weapons and Equipment to Philippine Marine Corps Commandant for Counterterror Fight

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U.S. Government Launches ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women 2017

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with Underwriters Laboratories, a global safety science company, launched the third annual ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women this month. This year’s theme is urban resilience, with a focus on health, transportation, infrastructure, and workforce safety.  In the ...
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USAID and Philippine Partners Celebrate Marine Biodiversity Program Achievements

U.S. Embassy Chargé ďaffaires Michael Klecheski, Vice President Leni Robredo, and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Dr. Susan Brems together with USAID’s Ocean Champions.  Ocean Champions are individuals who substantially contributed to the successful operations of high-impact marine conservation actions, working side-by-side with USAID in implementing the ECOFISH project, facilitating solutions ...
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Statement from the Press Secretary on the United States’ Solidarity with the Philippines

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 25, 2017 Statement from the Press Secretary on the United States’ Solidarity with the Philippines   The United States condemns the recent violence perpetrated by an ISIS-linked terrorist group in the southern Philippines. These cowardly terrorists killed Philippine law enforcement officials and endangered ...
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U.S. Embassy Message on Marawi

We are aware of the reports regarding martial law in Mindanao and are following the situation.  The Embassy offers sincere condolences to friends and family of the police officer and soldiers who lost their lives in Marawi in the name of democracy.
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U.S. Government and Legazpi City Enter into Partnership to Promote Inclusive and Resilient Urban Growth

Legazpi City, May 19, 2017 — U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Dr. Susan Brems and Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal signed a Memorandum of Understanding on May 17, 2017 making Legazpi the seventh city in the Philippines to join USAID’s Cities Development Initiative (CDI). Through this ...
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Balikatan 33 Strengthens U.S.-Philippine Defense Partnership through Counterterrorism and HADR Training

Manila, May 19, 2017 — After 12 training days in the Philippine summer heat, thousands of service members from the Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. military finished this year’s rigorous Balikatan training exercise and now stand more prepared to respond to terror threats and natural disasters in the region. Philippine and U.S. forces ...
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U.S. Government Donates Law Enforcement and Community Medical Facility for Philippine Police and Military Use in Tawi-Tawi

Tawi-Tawi, May 11, 2017 — During a visit to Tawi-Tawi yesterday, U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Michael S. Klecheski handed over a Law Enforcement and Community Medical Facility to the Philippine National Police Maritime Group (PNP MG), the Philippine Navy, and the Philippine Marines in support of the shared U.S.-Philippine goal to strengthen maritime public ...
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U.S. and Philippines Shoulder-to-Shoulder during Balikatan 33 Opening

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Ambassador Sung Kim Renews Agreement with the Commission on Higher Education

Makati, May 2, 2017—On April 28, 2017, Ambassador Sung Kim, honorary Philippine-American Educational Foundation Board Chairperson, renewed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) that continues the Fulbright-CHED Scholarship Program for Graduate Studies in the United States.  Fulbright-CHED Scholarships enable faculty and staff from higher education institutions to pursue master’s ...
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U.S. Department of State Turns Over Equipment at First Anniversary of Philippine National Police Explosive Ordinance Disposal K9 Group

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USAID Initiates Partnership to Upgrade Water and Sanitation Services in Tagbilaran

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Notice to Nonimmigrant Visa Applicants Scheduled on April 27 and 28

Because of the ASEAN event and the resulting road closures and security precautions implemented by the Philippine government on April 27-28, 2017, it has become necessary to reschedule nonimmigrant visa interviews scheduled on these days.  If your interview is affected by this announcement, please refer to the table below for your new schedule.  An e-mail ...
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ANNOUNCEMENT: Notice to Immigrant Visa Applicants with April 27 Interview Appointment

Your immigrant visa interview scheduled on April 27, 2017 has been rescheduled for the same time on April 26 due to the recent MMDA traffic advisory regarding the 30th ASEAN Summit and expected heavy traffic and significant delays due to rerouting and planned detours in Pasay City, Manila City, and Makati City.  Please come prepared ...
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Balikatan 33

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U.S. Army Pacific Presents Purple Heart Replica to Family of WWII Philippine Scout

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U.S.-Philippines Child Protection Compact (CPC) Partnership Notice of Funding Opportunity and Request for Proposals

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New Batch of Peace Corps Response Volunteers (PCRVs) join the Philippines

U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim recently administered the swearing in of six new Peace Corps Response Volunteers (PCRVs) at the Peace Corps office. The PCRVs have just completed a compressed two-week training in Manila to prepare them for their 7 to 8 month short-term assignments.  The PCRVs will work and provide technical support ...
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The United States of America and the Republic of the Philippines Sign Child Protection Compact Partnership

Manila, April 11, 2017 — The United States and the Philippines signed a new partnership on April 11 to enhance efforts to reduce online child sexual exploitation and child labor trafficking in the Philippines.  The U.S.-Philippines Child Protection Compact (CPC) Partnership, signed by Secretary of Justice and Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) Chair Vitaliano N. ...
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U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Launches Lights for All Project

Manila, April 11, 2017 — U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. (CDA) Michael S. Klecheski launched the Lights for All Project at Taguig National High School.  During the launch, CDA Klecheski joined more than 100 volunteers, including students and alumni of the U.S. Embassy’s English Access Microscholarship Program, in assembling 100 solar-powered lamps. The Lights for ...
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Peace Corps Volunteers Assist in Opening of First E-Reading Room in Marinduque

Peace Corps Volunteers assisted in the opening last month of Marinduque’s first E-Reading Room funded by the Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens Memorial Foundation through the initiative of Tigwi National High School. The E-Reading Room is envisioned to help improve the academic performance of all students, especially struggling students. The E-Reading Room is also expected to ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’affaires, a.i. Michael Klecheski at the 75th commemoration of the Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor)

Remarks by Chargé d’affaires, a.i. Michael Klecheski at the 75th commemoration of the Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor) Mount Samat National Shrine in Bataan, April 9, 2017 As prepared Thank you Mr. President, Ambassador Ishikawa, veterans and other distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, it is my great honor to be on this podium today. On a ...
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U.S. Embassy Sends Mindanao Coaches and Student Athletes to U.S. for Sports Exchange Program

Manila, April 7, 2017 — The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is sending two coaches and ten student athletes from Sarangani and Maguindanao on a trip to the United States to participate in a Sports Visitor Exchange Program for baseball and softball from April 9 to 20. While in the ...
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First Annual U.S.-PH Patient Day Highlights Positive Impact of U.S. Medical Technology in the Philippines

Makati City, April 7, 2017 — The U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, in collaboration with U.S. healthcare partners, held the first annual U.S.-Philippines Patient Day on April 5, 2017.  The event showcased the impact that U.S. medical equipment innovations and technologies are making on patients in the Philippines.  To create ...
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U.S. Ambassador Leads Inauguration of New Facilities in Leyte

Leyte, April 4, 2017 — U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim made his first trip to the province of Leyte to inaugurate classrooms and a livelihood training center constructed by the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Ambassador Kim was joined by Palo Municipal Mayor Remedios “Matin” Petilla ...
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Cotabato City Youth Graduate from U.S. Government-Supported Skills Training Program

Cotabato City, March 31, 2017 — More than 100 Filipino youth are now better equipped with knowledge and life skills to help them succeed, following their completion of a job training course provided by the U.S. government in partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), the Department of Education’s Alternative Learning System, ...
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U.S. Government Inaugurates Health and Education Facilities in Leyte

Tacloban, March 31, 2017 — U.S. and Philippine officials inaugurated newly constructed health facilities and classrooms in Leyte that are part of the U.S. government initiative to help Typhoon Yolanda survivors build back better.  The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Health Chief Karen Klimowski led the ...
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U.S. Government-Funded Partnership Advances Water Security in Visayas and Mindanao

March 23, 2017, Manila — “Through our partnership with the Philippine government, more than 1.3 million Filipinos have gained access to improved sanitation and over 1.5 million more now have access to safe and clean drinking water,” said U.S. Ambassador Sung Y. Kim in his keynote address during the finale ceremony of U.S. Agency for ...
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U.S.-Philippine Cooperation Leads to Successful Anti-Trafficking Operation in Cavite

Manila, March 17, 2017 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines congratulates the Philippine National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Anti-Human Trafficking Division for a successful operation resulting in the rescue of nine children and the arrest of Arlene and Emelinda Aringo for offering children for sexual acts in exchange for fees.  This operation was undertaken ...
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U.S. Government Awards Science, Technology, and Innovation Grants to Filipino Scholars and Universities

Makati, March 17, 2017 – The United States government, through the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ United States Agency for International Development (USAID), recognized 10 research scholars and 37 grant recipients in science, technology, and innovation who support the Philippine government’s push for innovation-led and inclusive growth. The grants and scholarships are awarded by USAID’s ...
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Ambassador Kim Honors Secretary Lorenzana with Inaugural Major General Albert Jones Award

Manila, March 16, 2017 — U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim awarded the inaugural Major General Albert Jones Memorial Award to Secretary of National Defense Delfin N. Lorenzana for his steadfast commitment and invaluable contributions to the alliance of the U.S. and the Republic of the Philippines.  The ceremony took place during the ...
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Revised Executive Order on ‘Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States’ — March 6, 2017

The Philippines is not on the restricted country list in the redrafted Executive Order on ‘Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals.’ Filipinos who wish to apply for immigrant and nonimmigrant visas may continue to do so, as the U.S. visa application process has not changed for the Philippines. The new Executive Order ...
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U.S. Embassy in the Philippines Releases Notice of Funding Opportunity for YSEALI Summit 2017

Manila, March 8, 2017 — The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines announces an open competition for organizations interested in submitting a proposal for a cooperative agreement to develop and implement the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Summit, a five-day advanced leadership workshop in the Philippines. The YSEALI Summit is ...
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New U.S.-Philippine Partnership to Conserve Wildlife and Biodiversity in the Philippines

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Youth Leaders Conduct Marine Conservation Projects in Subic

Manila, February 21, 2017 — The Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Sea and Earth Advocates (SEA) Camp recently convened 25 Filipino youth from across the Philippines at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone for a week-long workshop on environmental conservation.  YSEALI SEA Camps, organized by Save Philippine Seas (SPS) in partnership with the U.S. Embassy ...
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U.S. and AFP Chaplains Work Together To Help At-Risk Communities

Manila, February 17, 2017 — Chaplains from the U.S. Armed Services and Armed Forces of the Philippines met Thursday at the Shrine of St. Therese for a professional and spiritual workshop on caring for persons with substance abuse addiction.  The subject matter expert exchange, titled “Preventing and Addressing Alcohol and Drug Problems,” offered the chaplains ...
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U.S. Ambassador Sung Y. Kim Opens Education USA Fair

Manila, February 14, 2017— EducationUSA, the U.S. government’s official source on U.S. higher education, welcomed 1400 students, parents, and educators to its annual higher education fair on Tuesday, February 7 at the Philippine Sofitel Plaza.  Representatives from 20 U.S. colleges and universities attended the fair and met with prospective Filipino students.  Ambassador Sung Kim opened ...
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USS Louisville Arrives in Subic Bay

By Commander, Task Force (CTF) 74 Public Affairs Subic Bay, February 14, 2017 — The Los Angeles-class submarine USS Louisville (SSN 724) arrived in Subic Bay for a brief port call that highlights the strong community and military connections between the Philippines and the United States, February 14, 2017. The Louisville crew will participate in ...
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American cello rock band Break of Reality visits the Philippines

Manila, February 7, 2017 — American cello rock band Break of Reality visits the Philippines The American cello rock band Break of Reality, in partnership with the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, conducted a series of free music workshops and public performances in Zambales and Manila from January 28 to February 4. In the Philippines ...
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Tuttle Man Draws 50-year Federal Prison Sentence for Child Exploitation Conviction

By the U.S. Department of Justice, United States Attorney Christopher C. Myers, District of North Dakota BISMARCK – US Attorney Christopher C. Myers announced that on February 6, 2017, Calvin Bernhardt, 54, Tuttle, ND, was sentenced before Chief United States District Judge Daniel L. Hovland to serve 50 years in prison, followed by lifetime supervised ...
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U.S. Embassy Launches Microenterprise Project for Women in Lanao del Norte

Manila, February 9, 2017 — On February 2, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, in partnership with Xavier Science Foundation (XSF), launched the Women Organizations Managing Agri-based Networks for a Sustainable Society (WOMAN) project at a ceremony in Iligan City. This two-year initiative aims to reduce poverty in Lanao del Norte by helping rural women ...
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U.S. Embassy-Sponsored “My Lake Lanao” Project Concludes in Iligan City

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U.S. Military Delivers Counterterrorism Equipment to the Philippine Army and Marine Corps

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U.S. Air Contingent Completes Bilateral Mission at Clark Air Base

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Philippine Coast Guard Personnel Graduate from U.S. Coast Guard Course on Outboard Motor Maintenance

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USS John S. McCain Arrives in Puerto Princesa

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U.S. Embassy Brings Holiday Joy to Youngsters

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USNS Bowditch Arrives for Routine Rest Stop in Subic Bay

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Interface Wins 2016 Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence in Sustainable Oceans Management

Manila, December 9, 2016 —The U.S. Department of State and U.S. Embassy in the Philippines are pleased to announce Interface as one of several winners of the 2016 Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) in Sustainable Oceans Management. Interface, a Georgia-based manufacturer of modular carpet tiles and flooring, works to decrease marine pollution ...
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BRP Andres Bonifacio Arrives in Manila

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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim after the Presentation of Credentials to President Duterte

as prepared Mabuhay!  I am very pleased to have just met with President Duterte and formally presented my credentials. It is an immense honor to be in the Philippines and to have the opportunity to contribute to one of America’s most enduring partnerships. At the heart of our partnership is the deep bond between the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Improvised Explosive Device Disabled near U.S. Embassy

Philippine National Police (PNP) authorities have confirmed that they have disabled an improvised explosive device found in a trash can approximately 250 meters south of the U.S. Embassy on Roxas Boulevard during the early morning hours of Monday, November 28, 2016.  PNP personnel quickly cordoned off the area.  There were no injuries and an investigation ...
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USS McCampbell Arrives in Manila

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U.S. Embassy Continues Partnership with Go Negosyo into 2017, Empowering Young Entrepreneurs

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EducationUSA Roadshow Arrives in Bacolod

Manila, November 17, 2016 —U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ EducationUSA team wraps up a three-city Roadshow this week in Bacolod, assisting Filipino students in navigating U.S. university admissions. Throughout the Roadshow, educational advisers and consular officers have conducted school visits, information sessions, and public outreach events in Iloilo and Cebu to publicize EducationUSA’s free educational ...
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U.S.-Philippine Cooperation Leads to Counternarcotics Arrest at NAIA

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Veterans honored at 2016 commemoration

On November 11, 2016, Chargé d’Affaires Michael S. Klecheski offered remarks at the 2016 Veterans Day commemoration at the Manila American Cemetery in Taguig City. Veterans Day, an American holiday, was created to commemorate the formal end of major hostilities of World War I with the signing of the armistice at the 11th hour of ...
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U.S. Embassy in the Philippines Inaugurates Classrooms during Yolanda Anniversary

Leyte, November 10, 2016 — As part of its commitment to help Typhoon Yolanda (internationally named Haiyan) survivors build back better, the U.S. government turned over eight new classrooms to Tolosa National High School students and faculty.  The ceremony was held on the third anniversary of Typhoon Yolanda. U.S. Embassy Manila’s Chargé d’Affaires Michael S. ...
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U.S. Secretary of State Swears In New Ambassador-Designate to the Philippines

November 4, 2016 — On November 3, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry swore in Ambassador-designate to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim in a ceremony attended by Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken, former U.S. Ambassadors to the Philippines Counselor Kristie A. Kenney and Ambassador Harry K. Thomas, Assistant Secretary of State Danny Russel, Philippine ...
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U.S. Supports Delivery of Critical Relief Supplies to Communities Affected by Typhoon Lawin

Manila, October 28, 2016 —The United States government is supporting the delivery of relief supplies to Typhoon Lawin-affected communities in northern Luzon through an ongoing three-year, $2-million partnership between the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, the Government of the Philippines, and the United Nations World Food Programme ...
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U.S. Government Officials Visit Cebu, Renew U.S. Commitment to Improve Literacy Among Filipino Youth

Last week, Mr. Trey Hicks of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee visited two Cebu elementary schools and met with government and school officials to reaffirm the U.S. government’s commitment to help improve the reading skills of young learners. On behalf of the American people, Mr. Hicks, together with the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ ...
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Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel’s Remarks as Delivered at the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (October 24, 2016)

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U.S.-Sponsored Program Helps ARMM Leaders Improve Community Access to Better Health Care

Pasay City, October 21, 2016 — U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Philip S. Goldberg joined the Zuellig Family Foundation, Inc. (ZFF), the Philippine Department of Health, and the U.S. Embassy’s Agency for International Development (USAID)/Philippines in celebrating the graduation of 38 Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) leaders who successfully completed a two-year Health Leadership ...
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U.S. and Philippine Officials Commemorate Shared Sacrifice during World War II

MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park —  Representatives from the governments of the Philippines, United States, Japan and Australia honored veterans at a commemoration of the 72nd anniversary of the Leyte Gulf landing.  Col. Kevin Wolfla, Army Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, stated that the ceremony commemorated the shared U.S. and Philippine sacrifices ...
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U.S. Embassy Go Green! Initiative Brings Bamboo to Batac

October 21, 2016 — The American Corner in Batac, at Mariano Marcos State University, organized a two-day event on the environmental benefits of bamboo planting for 100 students, faculty, and representatives from Barangay 16 Quiling Sur. Participants learned about how bamboo helps the environment from Dr. Roseller Ayson, professor at the Mariano Marcos State University ...
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Returning USA Volleyball Coach Conducts Volleyball Clinics in Manila, Baguio, and Cebu

Manila, October 21, 2016 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, along with Geraldine Bernardo, an alumna of the U.S. government’s Global Sports Mentoring Program (GSMP), hosted American volleyball coach Eric Hodgson for a series of volleyball clinics and outreach activities with students all over the Philippines. As part of his two-week visit, Hodgson held ...
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U.S. Government Official Reaffirms Support to Bohol’s Sustainable Growth

October 20, 2016 – Director of the Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources Hari Sastry visited Bohol last week to reaffirm the U.S. government’s commitment to the province’s inclusive and sustainable development.  Director Sastry was welcomed by Bohol officials, led by Governor Edgar Chatto and Tagbilaran City Mayor John Geesnell Yap II. The U.S. government, ...
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U.S. Air Contingent Completes Bilateral Mission in Lapu-Lapu City

Manila, October 20, 2016 — Over the last few weeks, U.S. and Philippine Air Force members trained side by side in mass casualty response, firefighting, security and air operations as part of the most recent U.S. Air Contingent, at the invitation of the Government of the Philippines and at the direction of U.S. Pacific Command. ...
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FBI Announces Results of Operation Cross Country: Child Sex Trafficking Crackdown Spreads to Philippines in 2016

Manila, October 20, 2016 — The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, along with representatives from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and several international law enforcement partners, announced that 82 minors were rescued and 239 traffickers and their associates were arrested as part of Operation Cross Country, an international effort focusing on ...
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U.S.-Philippine Counternarcotics Cooperation Leads to Two Consecutive Drug Seizures at NAIA

Manila, October 19, 2016 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines would like to commend the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Inter Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group (NAIA IADITG) and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for two seizures in the past week at NAIA: one on October 15, of 6.2 kg of cocaine, and one ...
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U.S. and Philippine Law Enforcement Cooperate to Curb Child Sex Tourism in the Philippines

Manila, October 18, 2016  —  The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines commends the Philippine National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), the Philippine National Police (PNP), and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for a successful NBI-led operation in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City that led to the rescue of three minors and the arrest of ...
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Are You a Maker? U.S. Embassy #TechThursday Talk Promotes STEM Education, 21st Century Skills, and Creativity through Makerspaces

Manila, October 17, 2016  — Thirty (30) senior high school and college students from the University of the City of Manila and De La Salle University learned about makerspaces and the value of creativity, innovation, and technology at a U.S. Embassy #TechThursday Talk.  A makerspace is a collaborative work space where people gather to create, ...
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U.S. Military Delivers Counterterrorism Equipment to the Philippine Marine Special Operations Group

Manila, October 14, 2016 — Representatives from the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group (JUSMAG) delivered 24 pallets of new military equipment to the Philippine Marine Special Operations Group (MARSOG) at Clark Air Base, Oct. 8. The equipment, for use in counterterrorism and fast boat operations, included tactical Harris radios, ballistic ...
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Philippine and U.S. Service Members Strengthen Partnerships, Improve Disaster Response

Manila, October 13, 2016 —Through mud and rain, after repairing schools, firing artillery, conducting flight operations and disaster preparedness training, Philippine and U.S. service members are now better prepared to respond to natural disasters and security threats in the region.  This is the result of Philippine Amphibious Landing Exercise 33 (PHIBLEX), completed as scheduled on ...
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New U.S.-Philippine Joint Venture to Create an Estimated 1,000 Jobs in Batangas

Manila, October 13, 2016 —U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Michael S. Klecheski participated in the opening ceremony for a new Cargill-Jollibee poultry processing plant in Santo Tomas, Batangas. Cargill Philippines, Inc. and Jollibee Foods Corporation have entered into a joint venture to build and operate a poultry processing plant.  The facility will provide dressed and ...
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New U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers Arrive in the Philippines, Ready to Help Communities

Manila, October 7, 2016 — New U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers Arrive in the Philippines, Ready to Help Communities. On October 5, U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Philip S. Goldberg swore in 11 newly arrived U.S. Peace Corps Response Volunteers.  The Volunteers will spend eight months at sites across the Philippines, collaborating with local government and ...
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U.S.-Philippine Counternarcotics Cooperation Continues with Arrest of Cocaine Smugglers at NAIA

Manila, October 7, 2016 — Congratulations to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and member agencies of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group (IADITG) on another example of successful bilateral counternarcotics and law enforcement coordination!  We are pleased that information provided by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Office in Manila ...
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U.S. Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg Underscores Strong U.S.-Philippine Ties

Manila, October 6, 2016 — In his final address to the members of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (AmCham), U.S. Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg underscored the strong U.S.-Philippine relationship and reflected upon his three-year tenure as envoy to the Philippines.  The Ambassador was the guest of honor at AmCham’s meeting held on ...
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U.S.-Philippine Law Enforcement Cooperation Results in Arrest of Cocaine Smuggler

Manila, October 5, 2016 — Congratulations to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and member agencies of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group on the arrest of Jonjon Villamin, Jr. for attempting to smuggle 4.4 kilograms of cocaine into the Philippines.  We are especially pleased that information from the U.S. Embassy’s Drug ...
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U.S. and Philippine Armed Forces Repair Schools in Cagayan Valley

Manila, October 4, 2016— U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade (3d MEB) have been working alongside their Armed Forces of the Philippines counterparts to repair portions of the Palawig and San Vicente Elementary Schools in Cagayan Valley from Sept. 23 – Oct. 11.  The construction work is part of Philippine Amphibious ...
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USS Germantown Visits Manila

Manila, September 30, 2016 — USS Germantown (LSD 42) with embarked Marines of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit will visit Manila, Philippines, to provide the crew and Marines an opportunity to experience the rich culture of the Philippines. The Germantown and embarked 31st MEU, part of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group, have been conducting ...
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Rotational Air Contingent – Philippines

by Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii September 26, 2016 —At the invitation of the Government of the Philippines, and at the direction of the U.S. Pacific Commander, the United States stood up the third iteration of the Air Contingent in the Philippines on Sept. 25. As part of this contingent, the ...
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Philippines Amphibious Landing Exercise 33

Manila, September 24, 2016 — The Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine Marine Corps have invited U.S. Marines and Sailors from the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade and Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group to participate in the 33rd iteration of the Philippines Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX 33), 4 to 12 October on multiple locations in ...
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U.S. and Philippine Coast Guards Conduct Outboard Motor Maintenance Course

  September 23, 2016 — The Philippine and U.S. Coast Guards conclude today a two-week Outboard Motor Maintenance Course as part of their continuing collaboration to improve maritime security. This is the third session of this course, which was also previously held in Palawan and Iloilo City. A total of 18 Philippine Coast Guard personnel ...
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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on the Explosion in Davao City, Philippines

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 2, 2016 Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on the Explosion in Davao City, Philippines The United States offers deep condolences to the families and other loved ones of the victims of the explosion in the Philippines’ Davao City, and our thoughts and ...
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U.S. and Philippine Governments Combat Illegal Fishing Across Southeast Asia

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, September 2, 2016 —  U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Southeast Asia Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) and the government of the Philippines, through its Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), launched yesterday a partnership in support of The Oceans and Fisheries Partnership (USAID Oceans). ...
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U.S. Embassy Chargé Michael Klecheski Hosts “The Great American Barbecue – Texas Style” Trade Reception

Chargé d’Affaires Michael S. Klecheski hosted “The Great American Barbecue – Texas Style” trade reception at his residence on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 6:30-8:30 p.m.   The event featured renowned guest chef Jay McCarthy and showcased the availability and variety of high-quality U.S. food and beverage products.   The event was organized by the U.S. ...
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USS Fort Worth Arrives Cebu

By Emily Judstra, USS Fort Worth Public Affairs Cebu, August 28, 2016 ­— The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) arrived in Cebu, the Philippines Aug. 28 for the ship’s second port call on their transit back to homeport in San Diego. While in Port at Cebu, sailors on board the USS Fort ...
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U.S. Embassy Launches New Website

Manila, August 22, 2016 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines launched its new website ( ph.usembassy.gov ) last Friday, featuring a more user-friendly layout, with relevant information front and center. Responding to the needs of the Embassy’s website visitors, shortcuts to visa information, U.S. citizen services, job opportunities, and U.S. policy are all available on ...
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Greeneville Visits Subic Bay During Indo-Asia-Pacific Deployment

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian G. Reynolds, Submarine Group 7 Deputy Public Affairs Officer Subic Bay, August 5, 2016 – The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Greeneville (SSN 772) arrived at Subic Bay Aug. 5 for a port visit as part of its Indo-Asia-Pacific deployment. “I have been looking forward to this visit ...
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EducationUSA Philippines Organizes Homecoming 2016

EducationUSA Philippines organized a homecoming event on August 2, 2016 at U.S. Embassy Manila for Filipino students interested in studying in the United States . Participants interacted with and got tips from students currently enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities. U.S. Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg welcomed the participants, shared the diverse courses offered by schools and emphasized how a U.S. education could ...
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Remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry and Philippines Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Before Their Meeting

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Remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry with YSEALI Alumni on Marine Conservation

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release REMARKS Secretary of State John Kerry With YSEALI Alumni on Marine Conservation July 27, 2016 Manila, Philippines MS. OPOSA:  According to the Secretary John Kerry, the ocean is sort of in his DNA.  He grew up with an affinity for the sea, first as ...
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U.S. Government Partners with the Philippines on Wildland Fire Preparedness

Subic, July 26, 2016 — During July 18-22, 2016, the U.S. Embassy Manila’s United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through its partnership with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), trained 50 officials from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Bureau of Fire Protection in forest fire management. The Basic Fire Training on ...
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USS Curtis Wilbur Arrives in Manila

By Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70 Public Affairs   MANILA, July 22, 2016 — The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54), arrived in Manila on July 20 for a routine port call that highlights the strong historic, community, and military connections between the Philippines and the United States. During the visit, service ...
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Secretary Kerry Travels to Vienna, Paris, Vientiane, and Manila

Press Statement Mark C. Toner Deputy Department Spokesperson Washington, DC July 19, 2016   U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Vienna, Austria, on July 22 to join EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and the U.S. Delegation in Vienna for the first day of high-level talks at the Extraordinary Meeting of the Parties to ...
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U.S. Government-Supported Program Helps Families Emerge from Poverty through Entrepreneurship

Iloilo City, July 18, 2016  — The U.S. Embassy Manila’s United States Agency for International Development (USAID) joined International Care Ministries (ICM) in Iloilo on July 1 to celebrate their partnership against poverty. Dr. Susan K. Brems, USAID Mission Director, Hon. Jed Patrick E. Mabilog, Mayor of Iloilo City, and David Sutherland, Chairman of the Board of ICM, led the graduation ceremony of 35 beneficiaries ...
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Vice President Robredo Attends U.S. Government International Conference on Urban Development

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USAID Awards Grants to Combat Human Trafficking and Support Biodiversity

United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through the Philippine–American Fund (Phil-Am Fund), signed grants with seven local organizations to help combat human trafficking, as well as to support biodiversity programs. Present at the grant signing were USAID Director for Office of Economic Development and Governance Stephen Andoseh (seated 2nd from right) and President of ...
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Statement by U.S. Department of State Spokesperson John Kirby on the Decision in the Philippines-China Arbitration

Press Statement John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC July 12, 2016   The decision today by the Tribunal in the Philippines-China arbitration is an important contribution to the shared goal of a peaceful resolution to disputes in the South China Sea. We are still studying the decision and ...
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U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Transfers Maritime Law Enforcement Equipment to PNP in Palawan

Palawan, July 8, 2016  — U.S. Embassy, Manila’s Deputy Chief of Mission, Michael Klecheski, dedicated the donation of four patrol boats designed to improve maritime law enforcement capabilities to the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Puerto Princesa. Police Chief Superintendent Jose Ma Victor ‎Ramos was in attendance to receive the donation on behalf of the ...
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U.S. Embassy Celebrates Iftar with Manila Muslim Community in Taguig City

Manila, July 1, 2016 — U.S. Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg attended an iftar reception, the traditional Muslim dinner marking the end of daily fasting during Ramadan, at Taguig National High School (TNHS) on June 28, 2016. Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano, Muslim youth and community leaders, and local and national government officials also graced the reception. ...
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Philippines Upgraded to Tier 1 in 2016 US State Department Trafficking in Persons Report

Manila, July 1, 2016 — On June 30, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry released the 2016 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, which provides the most comprehensive information on government efforts around the world to combat modern slavery. We are pleased to announce that the Philippine ranking was upgraded to Tier 1 as a direct ...
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U.S. Embassy Manila Celebrates LGBTI Pride Month

Manila, June 29, 2016 — U.S. Embassy Manila conducted a series of events in celebration of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Pride month. U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Philip S. Goldberg hosted the Mission’s LGBTI Pride Month reception on June 22 at his residence. More than 140 allies and advocates of the LGBTI ...
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USS Frank Cable Continues on Deployment After Successful Port Visits in the Philippines

CEBU, June 26, 2016 — On June 26, the forward-deployed submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) departed Cebu, its second port call while in the Republic of the Philippines. The port visits allowed Frank Cable Sailors and Military Sealift Command mariners to enjoy some rest and relaxation, experience Filipino culture and conduct community relations ...
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U.S. Embassy, SM Cares Team Up to Launch Recycling Program

Manila, June 20, 2016 — U.S. Embassy Manila inaugurated its official recycling program, in partnership with representatives from SM Cares.  Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg, along with SM President Annie S. Garcia, took part in the ribbon cutting ceremony that officially opened three recycling collection centers in the Embassy. The initiative was spearheaded by the Embassy’s ...
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VAQ-138 Growler Detachment Arrives at Clark Air Base

Clark Air Base, June 16, 2016 —At the direction of the U.S. Pacific Commander, and with the approval of the Government of the Philippines, the United States stood up an Air Contingent in April 2016 to promote interoperability and U.S.-Philippines security cooperation. As part of this contingent, the U.S. Navy sent a detachment of EA-18G ...
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President Barack Obama’s Statement on the Tragic Shooting in Orlando

Today, as Americans, we grieve the brutal murder — a horrific massacre — of dozens of innocent people. We pray for their families, who are grasping for answers with broken hearts. We stand with the people of Orlando, who have endured a terrible attack on their city. Although it’s still early in the investigation, we ...
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USS Frank Cable Arrives in Puerto Princesa

Puerto Princesa, June 11, 2016 — The submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) arrived in Puerto Princesa for a scheduled port visit.   The port visit will allow Frank Cable Sailors and Military Sealift Command mariners to enjoy some rest and relaxation and provide an excellent opportunity for them to experience the Philippine culture. ...
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Secretary of State John Kerry’s Statement on the Republic of the Philippines Independence Day

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY June 10, 2016 Republic of the Philippines Independence Day   On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I want to congratulate the people of the Philippines as you celebrate the anniversary of your nation’s independence this June 12. ...
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Project Handclasp

U.S. Sailors, Marines and Armed Forces of the Philippines service members delivered supplies to residents of the Olongapo Social Development Center on June 6, 2016 while participating in a Project Handclasp outreach program during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Philippines. Service members also took time to share a few laughs with the residents. CARAT ...
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U.S. Embassy, Philippine Law Enforcement, and Local Industry Team Up for Fight Against Smuggling

Manila, June 8, 2016 — Thirty-seven law enforcers from the Bureau of Customs, National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), and Philippine National Police (PNP) join a workshop to learn to enforce action against trademark violators, and build solid cases leading to successful prosecutions. The U.S. government agency, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is leading the workshop, with ...
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U.S. Embassy Celebrates World Oceans Day, Launches Call-to-Action Video

Manila, June 7, 2016 — U.S. Embassy Manila’s Public Affairs Section joins the global celebration of World Oceans Day on June 8 with the United for an Abundant Ocean video:  https://www.facebook.com/manila.usembassy/videos/10154316357214623/  which encourages the public to keep the oceans healthy, clean, and blue. Luis Manzano, World Wildlife Fund-Philippines’ “Ambassador”, narrates the video and discusses how the Philippines ...
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President Barack Obama’s Statement on the Occasion of Ramadan

As another new moon heralds the start of the holy month of Ramadan, Michelle and I extend our best wishes to Muslims across the United States and around the world. For many, this month is an opportunity to focus on reflection and spiritual growth, forgiveness, patience and resilience, compassion for those less fortunate, and unity ...
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U.S. Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg Visits Leyte

May 31, 2016 — On May 27, U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Philip S. Goldberg inaugurated 10 newly-constructed classrooms in Palo City, Leyte as part of the U.S. government’s rehabilitation efforts in areas devastated by Typhoon Yolanda. Ambassador Goldberg joined Leyte Governor Dominic Petilla, Eden Dadap, Head of Special Programs, Department of Education Region 8; ...
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U.S. Embassy Holds Underwater Photo Competition

Manila, May 27, 2016 —  You can help us save the oceans! In celebration of Oceans Month the U.S. Embassy Manila’s Public Affairs Section launched “SOS: Save Our Seascapes,” an underwater photo challenge, via the U.S. Embassy Manila Facebook account. President Barack Obama declared June to be Oceans Month last year as a way to ...
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US and Philippine Government Officials Celebrate Completion of “Millennium Road to Progress”

Manila, May 27, 2016 —  U.S. Embassy Manila’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) completed a 222 kilometer road project on Samar, thus creating new conditions for a significant improvement in that island’s economy.  United States Ambassador to the Philippines Philip S. Goldberg led a delegation of U.S. MCC officials who joined Philippine officials, led by Department of ...
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USCIS to Implement Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program

Release Date: May 09, 2016  Manila, May 20, 2016 — Beginning June 8, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will allow certain Filipino World War II veteran family members who are beneficiaries of approved family-based immigrant visa petitions an opportunity to receive a discretionary grant of parole on a case-by-case basis, so that they ...
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Readout of the President’s Call with Presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines

President Obama spoke by phone today with presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines to convey his congratulations. President Obama noted that the successful election and record voter participation were emblematic of the Philippines’ vibrant democracy. The President highlighted the enduring values that underpin our thriving alliance with the Philippines and the longstanding ties between ...
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Marine Conservation Camp for Filipino Youth Begins June 6 in Boracay

Manila, May 13, 2016 — The Young Southeast Asian Youth Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Sea and Earth Advocates (SEA) Camp, a project of Save Philippine Seas (SPS) and the U.S. Embassy in Manila, begins on June 6 and runs until June 12, coinciding with UN World Oceans Day, Coral Triangle Day, and Philippine Independence Day. The ...
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US Embassy Manila’s Statement on Philippine Elections

May 13, 2016 — The United States offers its sincerest congratulations to the people of the Philippines on the conclusion of the May 9, 2016 general elections, and to the presumptive president-elect Rodrigo Duterte. We look forward to the official conclusion of the electoral process for the many offices contested in the national elections. The ...
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US Ambassador Supports 2016 International Year of Pulses

Manila, April 19, 2016 — U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Philip S. Goldberg hosted a trade reception at his residence for members of the press and key food industry representatives to highlight pulses (e.g., dried peas, beans, lentils, and chickpeas) as an environmentally-friendly, nutritionally-rich protein source for meeting future food needs. The trade reception follows ...
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US Embassy Manila Donates Barracks at Camp Kasim, Jolo, Sulu to the Philippine National Police

Manila, April 19, 2016 — U.S. Embassy Manila donated a newly-refurbished building at the Sulu Training Center, Camp Kasim, Jolo, Sulu to the Philippine National Police (PNP). The construction of the barracks began in early 2015 by the U.S. Pacific Command’s Joint Interagency Task Force West, and was completed on April 4, 2016 at a ...
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Gains Noted, but Challenges Remain in the Philippines According to the 2015 United States Human Rights Report

  On Wednesday, April 13, 2016, United States Secretary of State John Kerry released the 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, also known as “the Human Rights Report.”  The Secretary is required each year to provide the United States Congress with “a full and complete report regarding…  the status of internationally recognized human rights.”  ...
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Vote and Help Global Innovation through Science and Technology Semi-Finalists from the Philippines make it to the Finals!

Manila, April 13, 2016 — U.S. Embassy Manila is pleased to announce that two of the semi-finalists selected in the 2016 U.S. Department of State’s Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Tech-I pitch competition are from the Philippines.   The GIST Tech-I pitch competition is an annual competition for science and technology entrepreneurs from ...
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U.S. and Philippines Partner to Enhance Delivery of Financial Services to Vulnerable Populations

March 23, 2016 – Last week, the U.S. Embassy Manila’s Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) Michael S. Klecheski joined U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce Arun Kumar; Deputy Minister Yasuki Kaibori from Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport and Tourism; Minister for Economic Affairs Makoto Iyori from the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines; and Government ...
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U.S. and Philippines Partner to Enhance Delivery of Financial Services to Vulnerable Populations

Quezon City, March 23, 2016 – The U.S. Government and the Department of Social Welfare (DSWD) entered into a new partnership to improve the lives of the Philippines’ most vulnerable families.   U.S. Embassy Manila’s United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Dr. Susan Brems and DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman signed a Memorandum ...
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U.S. Embassy Manila Brings DanceMotion USA to the Philippines

Manila, March 21, 2016 — U.S. Embassy Manila partnered with the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) to bring DanceMotion USASM to the Philippines on March 12–21, 2016. Through this program, American contemporary dance group Dance Heginbotham conducted lectures, workshops, and performances in Manila, Laguna, Bacolod, and Dumaguete with over 1,000 persons with disabilities, university ...
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Balikatan Joint Exercise Returns to the Philippines

Manila, March 18, 2016—Balikatan 2016 (BK 16) began Wednesday, when the AFP started preliminary work on five different school buildings and community medical engagements. In the coming weeks U.S. forces will join the AFP as they work shoulder-to-shoulder during these engagements and throughout the exercise.   Balikatan is an annual Philippine-U.S. military bilateral training exercise ...
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USS Russell Arrives in Manila Bay

Manila, March 15, 2016 — The USS Russell (DDG 59), an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, arrived in Manila Bay on March 13 as part of a routine visit for maintenance and crew rest. The USS Russell is making its way back to its homeport in San Diego, California after a highly successful deployment to the ...
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USS Antietam in Manila Bay

Manila, March 11, 2016 — The USS Antietam (CG-54), a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser, named for the site of the 1862 Battle of Antietam, Maryland during the American Civil War, docked in Manila Bay on March 8 as part of a routine visit for maintenance and crew rest.   The ship, which was commissioned in ...
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USS Charlotte Arrives in Subic Bay

Manila, 11 March, 2016 — The USS Charlotte (SSN-766), a Los Angeles-class submarine and the fourth ship of the United States Navy to be named for Charlotte, North Carolina has docked in Subic Bay as part of a routine visit.   The USS Charlotte was launched 3 October, 1992 and commissioned 16 September, 1994. Its ...
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U.S. Embassy Manila brought the U.S. Navy 7th Fleet Band and the Philippine Navy Band together in a one-night-only free public performance.

Manila, March 8, 2016 — U.S. Embassy Manila brought the U.S. Navy 7th Fleet Band and the Philippine Navy Band together in a one-night-only free public performance. Sharing their common passion for advancing peace and goodwill through music, the bands rendered popular hits and original Filipino music that wowed the crowds during their engaging concert ...
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USS Blue Ridge Arrives in Manila Bay

Manila, 4 March, 2016 — The USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19), the lead ship of the two Blue Ridge-class command ships of the United States Navy and command ship of the United States Seventh Fleet, has docked in Manila Bay as part of a routine visit.   The ship’s primary role is providing command, control, communication, ...
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USAID Turns over Health Training Models in Davao

Manila, March 1 , 2016 — In a recent visit to Davao City, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Philippines’ Mission Director Susan Brems handed over new health training models to the Department of Health-Davao Region and Brokenshire Memorial Hospital in support of the shared U.S.-Philippines goal to improve the delivery of health services in ...
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US Official Inaugurates New School and Livelihood Facility in Tacloban City

Tacloban City, February 10, 2016 — United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Chief Financial Officer Reginald Mitchell visited Tacloban City on February 4 to inaugurate new structures as part of the U.S. government’s continuing support for communities impacted by Typhoon Yolanda.   Mr. Mitchell joined Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez, and Department of Education ...
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United States Agency for International Development Official Visits Bohol; Renews US Commitment to the Province’s Growth

Manila, January 28, 2016 — United States Agency for International Development (USAID) General Counsel John Simpkins visited the province of Bohol January 26-27 to renew the U.S. government’s commitment to the province’s inclusive and sustainable development.   Mr. Simpkins joined Bohol officials, led by Governor Edgar Chatto and Tagbilaran City Mayor John Geesnell Yap II, ...
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Energy Stakeholders Meet on Inclusive and Sustainable Energy Development in the Philippines

Manila, January 25, 2016 — The U.S. Embassy Manila’s United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the UPecon Foundation, Inc. held the Energy Policy and Development Program (EPDP) Conference 2016: “Toward Inclusive and Sustainable Energy Development” on January 12-13, 2016 in Makati City.   More than 100 participants, including policymakers, practitioners, and stakeholders based in ...
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America’s First Motorcycle Brand Opens First Store in the Philippines

Manila, January 20, 2016 — Iconic U.S. company, Indian Motorcycle, launched its first shop in the Philippines on January 14. U.S. Embassy Manila’s Chargé d’Affaires (CDA) Michael S. Klecheski welcomed the guests and delivered the opening remarks.   In his speech, CDA Klecheski said, “Indian Motorcycle is an example of what U.S.-made products are known ...
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US Ambassador Offers Opportunity to Showcase Art

Manila, January 20, 2016 — In a video produced by the U.S. Embassy Manila’s Public Affairs Section, U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Philip S. Goldberg opens his residence to the public for the first time as he promotes and explains the artwork he personally chose for the U.S. Embassy’s “Arts in Embassies” program. The video ...
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US Embassy Statement on Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement

Manila, January 12, 2016 — The U.S. welcomes the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), which will further strengthen the U.S.-Philippine bilateral relationship. EDCA is a mutually beneficial agreement that will enhance our ability to provide rapid humanitarian assistance and help build capacity for the Armed Forces of the Philippines.  ...
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US Government Transfers 114 M113A2 Armored Personnel Carriers to Armed Forces of the Philippines Under the USG Excess Defense Article Program

Manila, December 10, 2015—77 units of M113A2 Armed Personnel Carriers (APC) arrived at Subic Bay yesterday evening. This was the first shipment of 114 such vehicles to arrive. The second shipment of 37 units is scheduled to arrive on 14 Dec, and the remainder will be delivered later this month. The APCs will be transferred ...
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US Government and Catholic Relief Services Provide Safe Housing to Over 3,000 Families Affected by Typhoon Yolanda

Manila, December 8, 2015 — On Thursday, December 3rd, representatives from U.S. Embassy Manila’s United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Catholic Relief Services and Tacloban City gathered in the city’s Astrodome to mark the end of the 24-month Typhoon Haiyan Recovery Program, implemented by Catholic Relief Services (CRS).   Over the last two years, ...
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Statement on Olongapo Verdict

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Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Abe of Japan Before Bilateral Meeting

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Remarks by President Obama in Meeting on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

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Trans-Pacific Partnership Leaders Statement

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USTDA Promotes Efficient Power Distribution in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – Today, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant to the Philippines’ Cagayan Electric Power and Light Company, Inc. (CEPALCO) to support the utilization of smart grid technologies to manage, monitor and distribute electricity more efficiently. “It is vital to ensure that energy resources are distributed and consumed as effectively as ...
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USS Fitzgerald Visits Manila in Support of APEC

Manila, November 16, 2015 — The Arleigh Burke-class USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) arrived today in Manila Bay in general support of APEC. The ship’s five-day support mission is in conjunction with its routine patrol in the 7th Fleet area of operations. During its short visit, there will be no scheduled liberty for U.S. Sailors aboard. ...
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USTDA Supports Aviation Emergency Response in the Philippines

Manila, Philippines — The U.S. Trade and Development Agency today signed a cooperation agreement with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) to launch a specialized training program for aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) vehicles that CAAP procured from Oshkosh Corporation.  The program builds upon USTDA’s ongoing cooperation with the Philippines in aviation security ...
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Key West Visits Subic Bay

Manila, November 5, 2015 — The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Key West (SSN 722) arrived in Subic Bay yesterday for a routine port visit as part of its deployment to the Western Pacific. After more than a month at sea, the crew of 150 sailors is looking forward to its first stop in Subic ...
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US Government Promotes Entrepreneurship in Iloilo to Reduce Poverty

Manila, November 5, 2015 — The U.S. Embassy Manila’s United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched a 17-month project that will empower 10,000 people in the province of Iloilo through entrepreneurship. The project, implemented in partnership with International Care Ministries (ICM), will deliver an intensive 16-week training program to Iloilo’s poorest households, improving access to health, providing opportunities for entrepreneurship, and ...
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