Message for U.S. Citizens:  Photo Requirements for U.S. Passport Applications

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines October 23, 2020 Message for U.S. Citizens:  Photo Requirements for U.S. Passport Applications  Poor-quality photos are the number one reason passport applications are delayed. When we receive a passport photo that does not meet  U.S. Department of State standards , we must stop processing the application, contact you to request new photos, and wait for ... Read More»

Vice President Robredo, USAID, PBEd Team Up to Provide Training to Unemployed and Out-of-School Youth

Manila, October 22, 2020 — The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Philippine Business for Education (PBEd), and the Office of the Vice President of the Philippines (OVP) today launched a partnership to provide free technical-vocational skills and employability training for over 1,000 unemployed and out-of-school Filipino youth. The OVP, through its TrabaHOPE ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Virtual Town Hall for U.S. Citizens in the Philippines

U.S. Embassy in the Philippines October 21, 2020 Message for U.S. Citizens:  Virtual Town Hall for U.S. Citizens in the Philippines Do you have questions about the services available for U.S. citizens at the U.S. Embassy in Manila or the U.S. Consular Agency in Cebu? Wondering about the status of services provided by the Federal ... Read More»

New U.S. Government Assistance Protects Philippine Communities from Natural Disasters

Manila, October 20, 2020 — The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has provided an additional Php170 million ($3.5 million) to bolster the Philippine government’s capacity to help protect high risk communities against the impacts of natural disasters. USAID will assist communities in Metro Manila, Northern Samar, and Maguindanao provinces ... Read More»

COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information Last updated: 10/19/20 Country-Specific Information:  The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines continues to closely monitor COVID-19 developments in the Philippines.  The Philippine Department of Health provides  regular updates  on the number of confirmed cases.  All regions in the Philippines remain under some level of quarantine restricting movement.  On October 15, the Philippine government announced modifications to these restrictions allowing individuals between the ages of ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Federal Voting Assistance Program Town Halls 

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Message for U.S. Citizens:  Federal Voting Assistance Program Town Halls October 16, 2020 CAST YOUR VOTE! The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) is offering recurring virtual voting assistance via Zoom every week to provide direct support to overseas citizens. Voters can participate in any of the meetings and speak with ... Read More»

USAID, Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, LGUs, and NGOs Set Up Handwashing Facilities in Cagayan de Oro and Tagbilaran

(Clockwise from top left) USAID Mission Director Lawrence Hardy II, Executive Director Francis Bernard Israel Batoy of the Bohol Integrated Development Foundation, Inc., Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno, Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Inc. Founder and President Charlito Manlupig, Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, Inc. President Cecile Alcantara, and Tagbilaran City Mayor John Geesnell Yap II formalize ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Hosts Virtual NASA Space Apps Challenge in Davao, Supports Teams Across the Philippines

Manila, October 16, 2020 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, in partnership with the American Corner at Ateneo de Davao University, hosted the 2020 National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Space Apps Challenge in Davao October 2 to 4. The three-day program opened with a “virtual data boot camp” featuring mentors from the U.S. ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Election Day is November 3 – Submit Your Ballots Now! Voter Assistance Events in October

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Message for U.S. Citizens: Election Day is November 3 – Submit Your Ballots Now! Voter Assistance Events in October October 13, 2020   Calling all U.S. citizen voters – Election Day is November 3!  Submit or mail in your signed, voted ballot as soon as possible. Check  www.FVAP.gov  for information about ballot ... Read More»

U.S. Government Provides Food Assistance for Conflict-Affected Families in Mindanao

Manila, October 13, 2020 — The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has provided an additional Php73 million ($1.5 million) in food assistance to support displaced families in Lanao del Sur province.  This brings the total U.S. commitment to humanitarian and recovery work in and around Marawi to more than ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Election Day is November 3 – Submit Your Ballots Now! Voter Assistance Events in October

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Message for U.S. Citizens: Election Day is November 3 – Submit Your Ballots Now! Voter Assistance Events in October October 9, 2020 Calling all U.S. citizen voters – Election Day is November 3!  Submit or mail in your signed, voted ballot as soon as possible.  Check  www.FVAP.gov  for information about ballot submission procedures and ... Read More»

USAID Provides Laptops and Learning Materials to Support Education for Out-of-School Youth

Manila, October 7, 2020 — The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), turned over 150 laptop computers, printers, projectors, and 80 sets of learning materials to the Department of Education (DepEd) on Tuesday, October 6, as part of the United States’ ongoing commitment to support the Philippine government’s Basic Education ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Options for Notary Services during the Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic 

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Message for U.S. Citizens: Options for Notary Services during the Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic October 5, 2020 In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, notary services remain suspended at the U.S. Embassy in Manila and at the Consular Agency in Cebu, including for the “Affidavit of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage.”  If ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Virtual Voting Town Hall

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Message for U.S. Citizens:  Virtual Voting Town Hall October 2, 2020 Do you have questions about voting in the upcoming U.S. election?  Do you want to learn more about the voter registration process?  Do you know how to submit your voted ballot? Due to popular demand, please join us for a second Virtual ... Read More»

Hanggang Sa Muli: An Unforgettable Four Years

Hanggang Sa Muli: An Unforgettable Four Years By U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim It is with a heavy but full heart that I bid farewell to the Philippines, my home for the last four years.  As I think back to my November 2016 swearing in, I recall vividly the immense pride I felt ... Read More»

Limited Non-Emergency Passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad Services Resume

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Limited Non-Emergency Passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad Services Resume September 28, 2020 Effective  October 5, 2020, we will begin offering limited non-emergency  Consular Report of Birth Abroad  (CRBA) and  passport  services at the U.S. Embassy in Manila and limited passport services at the  U.S. Consular Agency in Cebu , by appointment only.  All notary services, including for an “Affidavit in Lieu ... Read More»

EducationUSA Networking Event Forges New U.S.-Philippine University Partnerships

Manila, September 29, 2020 — On Friday, September 18, 126 representatives from Philippine and U.S. universities met for a virtual partnerships fair hosted by EducationUSA and the Commission on Higher Education International Affairs Staff (CHED-IAS). At the event, university presidents and senior officials from 68 Philippine schools and 45 U.S. institutions heard from the U.S. ... Read More»

United States and Philippines Sign New Php10.5-Billion Agreement to Boost Economic Growth and Development

Manila, September 28, 2020 — The United States, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Philippine Department of Finance (DOF) signed a new, five-year bilateral assistance agreement valued at more than Php10.5 billion ($213 million) to boost the country’s economic development and growth. This agreement enables USAID and the Philippines to ... Read More»

Visa Update: Cancelation of Certain Nonimmigrant Visa Appointments Through October 30

The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines has canceled all nonimmigrant B1/B2 (Business/Tourist), R1 (Temporary Religious Worker), and certain J (Exchange Visitor) visa interview appointments scheduled through October 30 in response to continued significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  U.S. Embassies and Consulates have continued to provide emergency and mission-critical visa services since March ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Celebrate Absentee Voting Week September 27-October 4, 2020

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Message for U.S. Citizens: Celebrate Absentee Voting Week September 27-October 4, 2020 September 23, 2020 Do you have questions about voting in the upcoming U.S. election?  Do you want to learn more about the voter registration process?  Do you know how to submit your voted ballot? For answers to these and other ... Read More»

U.S. Exchange Alumni’s COVID-19 Info Campaign Releases Materials in Filipino, Cebuano, and Hiligaynon

Manila, September 18, 2020 — As part of the ongoing AdaptPH campaign, alumni of the U.S. State Department Young Southeast Asian leaders Initiative (YSEALI) produced informational materials on COVID-19 in Filipino, Hiligaynon, and Cebuano languages.  AdaptPH is a U.S. Embassy in the Philippines-funded nationwide information campaign that encourages Filipinos to observe public safety protocols to ... Read More»

USAID Partners with the Philippine Government and Private Sector to Help Filipina Entrepreneurs Boost their Businesses

Manila, September 18, 2020 — The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has forged a new partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), National Confederation of Cooperatives (NATCCO), and the Philippine private sector to empower Filipina entrepreneurs. Together with Facebook, Shopee, and Lazada, USAID’s “Connecting Women Entrepreneurs to ... Read More»

United States Donates Animal Biosecurity Laboratory to the Department of Agriculture

Manila, September 17, 2020 – The United States, through the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) continues to support the government and people of the Philippines through a donation of a newly constructed Regional Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (RADDL) in the city of Tarlac.  The laboratory will conduct surveillance and testing on local agricultural samples from ... Read More»

U.S. Government Boosts City of Manila’s Fight Against COVID-19

Manila, September 17, 2020 — U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim today visited the Delpan Quarantine Facility in Tondo, Manila, to hand over 5,000 hygiene kits and 16 handwashing stations to Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno in support of the city government’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. “The U.S. government is a friend, partner, and ally of ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Don’t forget to sign and seal your ballots! September 15, 2020

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Message for U.S. Citizens:  Don’t forget to sign and seal your ballots! September 15, 2020 Overseas absentee voting is fast, easy, and available anywhere in the world, but there are a few important things you must remember to do: -Sign your ballot and place it in a sealed envelope. -Include a return address ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy, DepEd Launch New Teacher Training Program

Manila, September 14, 2020 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd), on Monday launched a new virtual series for teachers and educators in support of the country’s transition to digital learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.  DepEd Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction Diosdado San Antonio and U.S. Embassy ... Read More»

Visa Update: Interview Waiver Update for Nonimmigrant Visa Applicants

The Department of State has temporarily extended the expiration period requirement for interview waiver from within 12 months to 24 months. This policy is in effect until December 31, 2020 and applicable for applicants renewing their nonimmigrant visa in the same classification. From now through December 31, 2020, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines may ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting Overseas – October 5 Registration and Ballot Request Deadlines in some States September 9, 2020

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting Overseas – October 5 Registration and Ballot Request Deadlines in some States September 9, 2020 Overseas absentee voting is fast, easy, and available anywhere in the world. Overseas voters who are eligible to vote can participate in all general, primary, and special elections for federal offices. Some ... Read More»

FAQs: Phased Resumption of Routine Visa Services

Which additional visa services is the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines beginning to provide? The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines is continuing to provide emergency, mission-critical visa services. As Philippine conditions permit, the Embassy is phasing in processing some routine nonimmigrant and immigrant visa cases, for example: travelers with urgent travel needs; students (F-1, M-1, ... Read More»

Visa Update: Phased Resumption of Routine Visa Services

The Department of State suspended routine visa services worldwide in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As global conditions evolve, U.S. Embassies and Consulates have initiated a phased resumption of routine visa services. The resumption of routine visa services is on a post-by-post basis, in coordination with the Department’s Diplomacy Strong framework for safely ... Read More»

BFAR and USAID Host Workshop to Battle Illegal Fishing

Manila, September 2, 2020 — The U.S. and Philippine governments launched on Wednesday, September 2, a workshop attended by 135 participants to measure and understand the negative impacts of illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the country. Supported by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the United States Agency for International ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (September 1, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (September 1, 2020) Location: The Philippines Event: Change in quarantine status for several regions across the Philippines. According to the Philippines government, the following quarantine classifications will be in effect September 1-30, 2020: Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ):  Mindanao – Iligan City General Community Quarantine ... Read More»

United States Provides 100 Ventilators to the Philippines to Support COVID-19 Response

Manila, August 28, 2020 — The United States donated 100 new, state-of-the-art ventilators and associated supplies to the Philippines to assist its fight against COVID-19.  U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, and Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque led the handover of the ventilators at Malacañang Palace on Friday, August 28. The donation ... Read More»

Visa Update: Cancelation of Certain Nonimmigrant Visa Appointments Through September 30

The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines has canceled all nonimmigrant B1/B2 (Business/Tourist), R1 (Temporary Religious Worker), H1B, H2B, H4, L (Temporary Workers and their families), and certain J (Exchange Visitor) visa categories scheduled through September 30 in response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. U.S. Embassies and Consulates have continued to provide ... Read More»

U.S. Government Assistance to Boost Davao City’s Campaign Against COVID-19

Manila, August 26, 2020 — The U.S. government donated personal protective equipment (PPE) and hygiene kits to support Davao City’s efforts to address COVID-19.  U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim handed over the items to Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio during a virtual event on Wednesday, August 26. USAID, together with U.S. company Procter ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Limited Consular Services Resume; Passport Renewal by Mail Information, August 24, 2020 

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Message for U.S. Citizens:  Limited Consular Services Resume; Passport Renewal by Mail Information August 24, 2020 Effective September 1, the American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Manila will resume limited provision of in-person passport services, by appointment only.  Notary services, including Affidavits In Lieu of a Certificate of Legal ... Read More»

U.S. Government Launches New Project for Out-of-School Youth in the Philippines

Manila, August 19, 2020 — The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), launched a new project that will support the education, employment, and livelihood needs of at least 180,000 out-of-school youth across the Philippines. Through the five-year, Php1.9 billion ($37.5 million) Opportunity 2.0: Second-chance Opportunities for Out-of-school Youth project, the ... Read More»

A-Z to U.S. Elections

Here are some selected glossary and facts about the U.S. Presidential Elections, in alphabetical order: ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ A An absentee voting ballot is filed by a voter who cannot be physically present ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (August 18, 2020)  

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (August 18, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:   Metro Manila and Four Nearby Provinces Move To General Community Quarantine (GCQ) while the Rest of the Country Remains under Modified GCQ. On August 17, Philippine President Duterte approved the recommendation of Inter-Agency Task Force for the ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Absentee Voting Week is September 27-October 4 – August 17, 2020

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Message for U.S. Citizens:  Absentee Voting Week is September 27-October 4 August 17, 2020 Be an Active Voter by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2020 U.S. elections and participating in Absentee Voting Week! In some states, voter registration and ballot request deadlines for the November 2020 are as ... Read More»

U.S. Launches New Biodiversity Project to Protect the Philippines’ Environment

Manila, August 11, 2020 — The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), launched the Philippines Sustainable Interventions for Biodiversity, Oceans, and Landscapes (SIBOL) project that will support the sustainable management of the country’s natural resources and combat environmental crimes. The five-year, Php1.1 billion ($22 million) project will provide support to the Philippine government ... Read More»

Alert: Updated Travel Advisory – U.S. Embassy Manila (August 7, 2020)  

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Alert: Updated Travel Advisory – U.S. Embassy Manila (August 7, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  The U.S. Department of State has updated its Philippines Travel Advisory. Reconsider travel to the Philippines due to COVID-19. Additionally, exercise increased caution in the Philippines due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, a measles outbreak, and kidnapping. Some areas have increased ... Read More»

EducationUSA Prepares 78 Filipino Students for U.S. Study

Manila, August 7, 2020 — EducationUSA Philippines prepared 78 Filipino students to begin their studies at U.S. universities during its first-ever virtual pre-departure orientation (PDO) on Thursday, August 6. At the virtual event, U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim welcomed students and thanked them for the contributions they will make to U.S. classrooms and campuses.  “Each student ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Returning Election Materials through the U.S. Embassy, July 30, 2020

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Message for U.S. Citizens:  Returning Election Materials through the U.S. Embassy July 30, 2020 Cast your vote!  Starting August 3, 2020, voters may drop-off completed voter forms and ballots at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, located at 1201 Roxas Boulevard, Ermita, Manila.  The ballot box will be located in front of the public entrance at the ... Read More»

U.S. Exchange Alumni Launch AdaptPH to Promote COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Manila, Philippines, August 3, 2020 — In response to the continued challenges posed by the pandemic, alumni of the U.S. Department of State-sponsored Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) launched AdaptPH, a nationwide campaign encouraging Filipinos to observe public protocols that help prevent the spread of COVID-19. AdaptPH’s website (www.adapt.ph) offers free downloadable information kits for local governments, public ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (August 3, 2020)  

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (August 3, 2020)   Location:  The Philippines Event:   Metro Manila returns to Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ); Classification for other areas remain per July 30 government announcement.  Effective August 4, 2020, per Philippine President Duterte’s directive, the following areas will revert to Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine ... Read More»

FAQs: Phased Resumption of Routine Visa Services

Which additional visa services is the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines beginning to provide? The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines is continuing to provide emergency, mission-critical visa services. As Philippine conditions permit, the Embassy will phase in processing some routine nonimmigrant and immigrant visa cases, for example: travelers with urgent travel needs; students (F-1, M-1, ... Read More»

Visa Update: Phased Resumption of Routine Visa Services

The Department of State suspended routine visa services worldwide in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As global conditions evolve, U.S. Embassies and Consulates are beginning a phased resumption of routine visa services. U.S. Embassies and Consulates have continued to provide emergency and mission-critical visa services since March and will continue to do so ... Read More»

Visa Update: Visa Appointment Cancelation Through August 28

The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines has canceled all nonimmigrant visa interviews except F-1 students scheduled through August 28 in response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. U.S. Embassies and Consulates have continued to provide emergency and mission-critical visa services since March and will continue to do so as they are able. ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (July 27, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (July 27, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Consular Services and Travel Update 1.  PASSPORTS.  The U.S. Embassy in Manila is now accepting DS-82 U.S. Passport Renewal Application for Eligible Individuals by mail only.  At this time, we are only accepting the DS-82 application.  We can only ... Read More»

U.S. Military Donates Additional Php11 Million in Medical Supplies to Philippine Frontliners

Manila, July 27, 2020 – U.S. Army and Marine Corps service members delivered an additional Php11.4 million ($230,600) in personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical supplies to hospitals in 11 cities across the Philippines, working in partnership with the Philippine Air Force, Army, and Coast Guard.  This new donation brings total U.S. government COVID-19 assistance ... Read More»

Virtual EducationUSA Law Fair Attracts Hundreds of Prospective Filipino Students

Manila, July 22, 2020 — More than 250 Filipinos interested in pursuing LL.M. (Master of Laws) degrees at world-class U. S. law schools attended EducationUSA Philippines’ first-ever virtual law university fair on Saturday, July 18. At the free virtual event, the following 15 U.S. law schools gave real-time admissions advice, industry insights, information on in-person ... Read More»

United States Donates Php14.8 Million in PPE to Philippine General Hospital and Other Medical Facilities

Manila, July 20, 2020 – The United States, through the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and in coordination with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is distributing Php14.8 million ($300,000) worth of regionally-manufactured personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) and COVID-19 treatment centers across the Philippines.  This latest donation brings ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Emb­assy Manila (July 16, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Emb­assy Manila (July 16, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Cebu City Under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ); Metro Manila remains under General Community Quarantine (GCQ); Other Areas reverted to GCQ while the Rest of the Country placed under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ)  On July 15, the Philippine ... Read More»

The Philippines’ Future Floats in the West Philippine Sea

The Philippines’ Future Floats in the West Philippine Sea By U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim The waters of the South China Sea are home to a dizzying array of marine resources, ranging from vast oil and gas reserves deep beneath the surface to the complex and beautiful ecosystems capable of supporting international seafood ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (July 6, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (July 6, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:   Corrected Status of Quarantine Levels in the Philippines This alert corrects information based on new updates.  On July 1, the Philippine government announced the below classifications for areas in the country as a continued measure against the spread ... Read More»

U.S. Independence Day: Foundational Freedoms for the Future

U.S. Independence Day: Foundational Freedoms for the Future By U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim On this day, 244 years ago, America gained her independence after a hard-fought campaign to secure life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  This year, instead of a typical July 4 celebration – enjoying a barbeque under a sky of blazing ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: July 4th Voting

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Message for U.S. Citizens: July 4th Voting July 2, 2020 Celebrate democracy this 4th of July by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2020 U.S. elections! In order to vote in the November 2020 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens must complete a  Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)  in 2020.  Whether you are a first-time ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (July 2, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (July 2, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Cebu City Under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ); Metro Manila, Talisay City, and other areas are under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) On July 1, the Philippine government announced the below classifications for areas in the country as a continued measure ... Read More»

Visa Update: Processing of Student Visa Applications

The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines and the entire Department of State team are taking this issue seriously and are seeking ways to ensure that our aspiring and returning students will receive priority attention once routine visa operations can resume. In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, all U.S. Embassies and consulates canceled ... Read More»

Visa Update: Visa Appointment Cancelation Through July 31

The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines has canceled all immigrant and nonimmigrant visa interviews scheduled through July 31 in response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of State has suspended routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates. As resources allow, embassies and consulates will continue to provide mission ... Read More»

U.S. and Philippines Host Virtual Counterterrorism Conference for Regional Criminal Justice Officials

Manila, June 26, 2020 – On June 23, the U.S. Embassy’s Department of Justice – Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (DOJ-OPDAT) and its Philippine Department of Justice partners hosted a virtual regional counterterrorism conference.  More than 70 prosecutors, investigators, and judges from the Philippines, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Bangladesh, Malaysia, and ... Read More»

Consular Update: Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) Operations

To ensure the safety of the public and U.S. Embassy employees, the Federal Benefits Unit is limiting face-to-face service to emergency appointments only until further notice. For urgent concerns and inquiries, please write to FBU.Manila@ssa.gov   and indicate the nature of your emergency. Once we approve your request for in-person service, we will schedule you an ... Read More»

Visa Update: Preparing For Your Immigrant Visa Interview

Immigrant visa applicants must ensure that visa application requirements are complete before their scheduled interview appointment: Valid passport/s + old passport with a U.S. visa (if applicable) Form DS-260 (Online Immigrant Visa Application found at http://ceac.state.gov/ceac/ ) and printout of the DS-260 confirmation page Original civil documents Medical examination results from St. Luke’s Extension Clinic (sealed ... Read More»

Visa Update: Immigrant Visa Operations

Routine visa services have been suspended at U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide. As resources allow, embassies and consulates will continue to provide emergency and mission critical visa services (such as age-out cases) for applicants who are not subject to the following presidential proclamation. On April 22, President Trump signed a proclamation suspending entry into the ... Read More»

Visa Update: Interview Waiver Program for Nonimmigrant Visas

Apply for an interview waiver rather than scheduling a visa interview to renew your B1/B2 visa. Step 1: Pay the visa application fee at www.ustraveldocs.com Step 2: Complete the Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form. Step 3: Register an account at the Visa Information and Appointment Service Center and follow the instruction(s). Step 4: Deliver your documents for Interview Waiver service to ... Read More»

Consular Update: American Citizen Services (Passport & Citizenship)

The American Citizen Services (ACS) unit continues to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens.  Routine consular services remain suspended as a result of the community quarantine.  Since passport printing centers in the United States have suspended operations effective April 2, 2020, the shipment of U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBAs) to U.S. Embassies overseas ... Read More»

Consular Update: American Citizen Services (Special Consular Services)

While the American Citizen Services (ACS) unit stands ready to provide emergency consular services to U.S. citizens at all times, in view of the National Capital Region’s continued community quarantine, routine consular services are still suspended until further notice.  We have limited staff available to handle emergency service only.  Please delay non-urgent requests and calls until routine ... Read More»

U.S. Provides Php126 Million to Support Filipino Children’s Education During Pandemic

Manila, June 18, 2020 — The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing Php126 million ($2.5 million) to help the Philippine government’s implementation of the Basic Education-Learning Continuity Plan to advance education delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the COVID-19 emergency began, USAID and the Philippine Department of Education (DepEd) ... Read More»

U.S. Provides Technical Training on COVID-19 Testing in the Philippines

Manila, June 17, 2020 – The United States, through the Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences (AFRIMS), led a two-week molecular biology training to strengthen the COVID-19 testing capabilities of Philippine medical technologists. From June 1 to June 12, the U.S. Department of Defense’s Philippines-AFRIMS Virology Research Unit (PAVRU) trained four medical laboratory technologists ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (June 16, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (June 16, 2020) Location:  The Philippines  Event:  Cebu City placed under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), Talisay City under Modified ECQ (MECQ); Metro Manila and other areas remain under General Community Quarantine (GCQ)  On June 15, the Philippine government announced the below classifications for areas in the country ... Read More»

Visa Update: Visa Appointment Cancelation Through July 3

The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines has canceled all immigrant and nonimmigrant visa interviews scheduled through July 3 due to the Philippine’s community quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. After the community ... Read More»

United States Donates Php54.8M in Supplies to Philippine Bureau of Fire Protection

Manila, June 9, 2020 – On June 4, the United States, through the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), presented a donation of Php54.8 million ($1.1 million) in sustainment supplies to the Special Response Units of the Philippine Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) National Headquarters in Quezon City. The supplies will assist the BFP in fulfilling ... Read More»

U.S. Government Announces New Mindanao-Focused COVID-19 Assistance

Manila, June 5, 2020 – The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines announced today that the U.S. government is providing an additional Php201 million ($4 million) to help support vulnerable populations in Mindanao in the fight against COVID-19, bringing the total amount of U.S. pandemic assistance to the Philippines to over Php978 million ($19.5 million) . On June 2, U.S. ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (June 3, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (June 3, 2020) Location: The Philippines Event: Philippine Bureau of Immigration Update Under the General Community Quarantine (GCQ), the Philippine Bureau of Immigration (BI) publicly announced the following guidelines and measures aimed to achieve social distancing and prevent the spread of COVID-19: 1.      ... Read More»

Embassy Statement Regarding the Visiting Forces Agreement

Manila, June 2, 2020 — On June 1, the Government of the Philippines notified the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines of its decision to suspend termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement. The United States welcomes the Philippine government’s decision.  Our long-standing alliance has benefited both countries, and we look forward to continued close security and ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (June 1, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (June 1, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event: The Philippine Government Announces General Community Quarantine (GCQ) for Metro Manila and Other Areas: According to the Philippine government, the following locations have been placed under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) from June 1 to 15: Pangasinan; Region 2 (Cagayan Valley); Region ... Read More»

U.S.-Backed Online Delivery Platform Connects Agricultural Producers with Filipino Consumers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Manila, June 1, 2020 — The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is supporting Philippine government efforts to help Filipino farmers transport their produce to key markets and address urgent food security issues. USAID worked closely with the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and the ... Read More»

Visa Update: New Bank and Payment Options for Applicants

Effective June 1, 2020, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines will change its banking partner to Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) from Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI).  Visa applicants should pay the non-refundable, non-transferable Machine Readable Visa (MRV) application fee at any RCBC branch.  To find an RCBC branch, please visit their website at ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 30, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 30, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  LAST DAY to Register for Special May 31 Flight to JFK International Airport, New York City U.S. Citizens and U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents in the Philippines:  Philippine Airlines (PAL) still has seats available for a flight departing Manila for JFK International ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 29, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 29, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Special May 31 Flight to JFK International Airport, New York City U.S. Citizens and U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents in the Philippines:  Philippine Airlines (PAL) still has seats available for a flight departing Manila for JFK International Airport in New York City on Sunday, ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 28, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 28, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Special May 31 Flight to JFK International Airport, New York City U.S. Citizens and U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents in the Philippines:  Philippine Airlines (PAL) has limited seats available for a flight departing Manila for JFK International Airport in New York City on Sunday, ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 27, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 27, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Special May 31 Flight to JFK International Airport, New York City U.S. Citizens and U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents in the Philippines:  Philippine Airlines (PAL) has limited seats available for a flight departing Manila for JFK International Airport in New York City on Sunday, ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 25, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 25, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  LAST DAY to book Manila to Los Angeles for May 26: U.S. Citizens and U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents in the Philippines:  There are still seats available for the special Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight departing Manila for Los Angeles on Tuesday, May 26.  Call ... Read More»

United States and Philippines Honor Fallen Soldiers on Memorial Day

Manila, May 25, 2020 – On Memorial Day, the United States and the Philippines are one in honoring the Filipinos and Americans who served valiantly during the liberation of the Philippines in World War II. In a video message, U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim and Philippine Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana honored the men and ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 24, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 24, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Seats Available for the May 26 Manila to Los Angeles Flight: U.S. Citizens and U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents in the Philippines:  There are still seats available for the special Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight departing Manila for Los Angeles on Tuesday, May 26.  Call ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 21, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 21, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  ONLY 12 HOURS LEFT to Register Interest in May 26 Special Philippine Airlines Flights: U.S. Citizens and U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents in the Philippines:  The deadline to register your interest in the special Philippine Airlines (PAL) flights ... Read More»

More than 120 Filipinos Join EducationUSA’s Second Annual Media Summit

Manila, May 20, 2020 — More than 120 Filipino students and working professionals participated in the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ second annual EducationUSA Media Summit on May 14.  The virtual event featured speakers from the New York Film Academy (NYFA) and University of Southern California (USC), and covered college application strategies and communication and ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 19, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 19, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Additional MNL-LAX Flight Added For May 26: U.S. Citizens and U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents in the Philippines:  An additional special Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight from Manila to Los Angeles has been added for May 26.  The deadline to register your ... Read More»

U.S. Military Provides Php10 Million in Medical Supplies to Philippine Frontliners

Manila, May 19, 2020 – Service members from the U.S. Army, Marines, and Air Force delivered over Php10 million ($203,000) in personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical supplies to hospitals in ten provinces across the Philippines, working in partnership with the Philippine Coast Guard, Army, Marines, and Air Force.  This new donation brings total U.S. ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 18, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 18, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  LAST DAY to Register Interest in Special Philippine Airlines Flights (Two Sweeper Flights Added): U.S. Citizens in the Philippines:  The deadline to register your interest in the special Philippine Airlines (PAL) flights to Los Angeles and San Francisco ... Read More»

U.S. and Philippine Governments Partner to Speed Up Distribution of SAP Subsidies

Manila, May 18, 2020 – The United States government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), formally launched the “ReliefAgad” web application on May 14 to speed up the distribution of financial assistance to Filipinos affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 17, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 17, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  DEADLINE APPROACHING to Register Interest in Special Philippine Airlines Flights: U.S. Citizens in the Philippines:  The deadline to register your interest in the special Philippine Airlines (PAL) flights to Los Angeles and San Francisco and/or sweeper flights ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 15, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 15, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event: The Philippine Government Announces Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) for Metro Manila, Laguna, and Cebu City: The Philippine government announced that Metro Manila, Laguna, and Cebu City will transition from an ECQ to a Modified ECQ on May 16 ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 15, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 15, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Two Special Flights to Assist Stranded U.S. Citizens: U.S. citizens in the Philippines:  Philippine Airlines (PAL) has announced that there will now be TWO dedicated user-pay flights to the United States: May 21 from Manila to Los Angeles, with two ... Read More»

Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 14, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 14, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Typhoon Vongfong (local name Ambo) is expected to make landfall in Samar the afternoon or early evening of May 14.  It continues to intensify while moving west at 15 kph, with maximum sustained winds of 155 kph near the center ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 14, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 14, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Deadline to Register Interest in Second Round of Flights to Assist Stranded U.S. Citizens: U.S. citizens in the Philippines:  the deadline to register your interest in the special Philippine Airlines (PAL) May 21 dedicated user-pay flights to Los Angeles ... Read More»

U.S. Holds Virtual Workshop on Counterterrorism Collaboration During COVID-19 in the Philippines

Manila, May 13, 2020 – Officials from the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., Department of Justice in the Philippines, and a Philippine Judge participated in a virtual workshop on counterterrorism hosted by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training (DOJ-OPDAT) in the Philippines on May 11.  The ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 12, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 12, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Second Round of Flights to Assist Stranded U.S. Citizens: Based on the overwhelming response to the May 9 sweeper flights and direct flights to Los Angeles, the U.S. Embassy is again partnering with Philippine Airlines (PAL) to offer another ... Read More»

United States and Philippines Partner to Support Fisherfolk During COVID-19

Manila, May 12, 2020 – The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has developed an online platform to enable Filipino fisherfolk to sell their produce to consumers amid the ongoing COVID-19 community quarantine. Created as part of USAID’s Fish Right project, Fish Tiangge is an online marketplace that can connect ... Read More»

U.S. Provides Php298 Million in New COVID-19 Assistance to the Philippines

Manila, May 7, 2020 – The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines announced today that the U.S. government is providing an additional Php298 million ($5.9 million) to help support the Philippines in the fight against COVID-19, bringing the total amount of U.S. pandemic assistance to the Philippines to more than Php768 million ($15.2 million). As part ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 5, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 5, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  24 HOURS LEFT to Register Interest in Special Philippine Airlines Flight: U.S. Citizens in the Philippines:  There are 24 hours left to register your interest in the special Philippine Airlines (PAL) May 9 flight to LAX and/or ... Read More»

EducationUSA, CHED Lead Virtual Capacity-Building Program for 76 Philippine Universities

Manila, May 5, 2020 — EducationUSA, the U.S. government’s official source of information on U.S. higher education, in partnership with the Philippine Commission on Higher Education (CHED), held the fourth installment of its year-long program, “Pathways to Opportunity: EdUSA-CHED Speaker Series on Internationalization,” on Wednesday, April 29.  More than 90 CHED officials, university presidents, directors, ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 4, 2020)

 United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 4, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  U.S. Embassy and Philippine Airlines (PAL) Partner to Assist Stranded U.S. Citizens (SURVEY DEADLINE EXTENDED): Due to overwhelming demand for the special May 9 PAL flights to assist stranded U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents, PAL has ... Read More»

Our Enduring Partnership: Working Together To Defeat COVID-19

Our Enduring Partnership: Working Together To Defeat COVID-19 by U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim Today’s global pandemic severely affects public health, economies and our daily lives.  Yet even in these trying times, the resilience and courage of the Philippine people continue to inspire me.  From the terrorist attack on Marawi, through devastating ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 3, 2020)

 United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 3, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event: Deadline to Register Interest in Special Philippine Airlines Flight: U.S. citizens in the Philippines:  Deadline to register your interest in the special Philippine Airlines (PAL) May 9 flight to LAX and/or sweeper flights closes at 8:00 p.m. tonight.  ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 1, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 1, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  U.S. Embassy and Philippine Airlines Partner to Assist Stranded U.S. Citizens: U.S. citizens in the Philippines:  We are partnering with Philippine Airlines (PAL) for a dedicated user-pay flight to Los Angeles on Saturday, May 9, including sweeper flights to Manila ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 30, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 30, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  U.S. Embassy and Philippine Airlines Partner to Assist Stranded U.S. Citizens: The U.S. Embassy and Philippine Airlines (PAL) have partnered together to assist stranded U.S. citizens who want to return to the United States.  We are surveying ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 26, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 26, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Breaking News – Additional Sweeper Flights to Manila on Tuesday, April 28: There may be a limited number of seats available on a first-come first-served basis for U.S. citizens on sweeper flights to Manila on April 28 from Cebu, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo, Dumaguete, Bohol, and Tacloban. If you have ... Read More»

Fact Sheet: U.S.-ASEAN Health Futures

  (first published on state.gov ) Secretary Pompeo launched the U.S.-ASEAN Health Futures initiative. Health Futures captures our existing and ongoing work with ASEAN on public health and lays the groundwork for long-term partnership, targeted assistance, and a renewed focus on our most fundamental resource – the health and wellbeing of our combined one billion people. ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 24, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 24, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) Extended Until May 15, 2020: Based on the Inter-Agency Task Force’s recommendation, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced the ECQ extension for the following high-risk administrative regions, provinces, or areas until May 15, 2020: The National Capital ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 23, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 23, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Breaking News – Sweeper Flights to Manila on Tuesday, April 28: There are a limited number of seats for U.S. citizens available on sweeper flights to Manila on April 28 from Davao, Iloilo, and Tacloban. If you have an existing international flight reservation in the coming ... Read More»

U.S. Provides Php269 Million in New COVID-19 Assistance, Total Aid Exceeds Php470 Million

Manila, April 22, 2020 — The U.S. government approved an additional Php269 million ($5.3 million) in health and humanitarian assistance to help support the Philippines in the fight against COVID-19, bringing total U.S. assistance to the Philippines to more than Php470 million ($9.3 million).  The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 20, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 20, 2020) Location:  Cebu, Philippines Event:  NEW Cebu Sweeper Flight to Manila on Tuesday, April 21: The U.S. Embassy just received information regarding an additional flight from Cebu to Manila at 9:30 AM on April 21. Seats are available for U.S. citizens on PR5846 which will depart Cebu at 9:30 ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 20, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 20, 2020) Location:  Siargao, Philippines Event:  Siargao Sweeper Flight to Manila on Thursday, April 23: Seats are available for U.S. citizens on a sweeper flight from Siargao to Manila planned for April 23. Register for the flight by emailing the Belgian Consulate at  manila@diplobel.fed.be . The cost ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 20, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 20, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Veterans Affairs (VA) Operations: The VA Benefit Office and Outpatient Clinic is closed to the public due to the enhanced community quarantine.  For VA benefits, all claims are being rerouted to offices in the United States to insure ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 20, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 20, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Sweeper Flights to Manila on Tuesday, April 21: Seats are available for U.S. citizens on sweeper flights to Manila planned for tomorrow, April 21 from Cebu, Davao, and Iloilo. For Cebu and Iloilo, register for the flight by visiting a Philippine Airlines (PAL) city or airport ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 17, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 17, 2020) Location:  Davao, Philippines Event:   Davao Sweeper Flight to Manila on Saturday, April 18 Extra Seats Now Available for April 18 Davao Sweeper Flight:  Philippine Airlines (PAL) has upgraded to a larger plane for tomorrow’s Davao sweeper flight.  There are now extra seats ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 17, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 17, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Sweeper Flights to Manila on Saturday, April 18 (Update) Reminders for April 18 Sweeper Flight Travelers:  Registration for the April 18 sweeper flights has closed.  Philippine Airlines (PAL) will reach out directly to those who registered for tomorrow’s sweeper flights. ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 16, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 16, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Sweeper Flights to Manila on Saturday, April 18 (Update): Sweeper flights to Manila are planned for April 18 from Bacolod, Bohol, Cagayan de Oro, Caticlan, Cebu, Davao, Dumaguete, Iloilo, Leyte, Puerto Princesa, and Siargao. Register for the flight with Philippine ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 16, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 16, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Sweeper Flights to Manila on Saturday, April 18: Sweeper flights to Manila are planned for April 18 from Bacolod, Bohol, Cagayan de Oro, Caticlan, Cebu, Davao, Dumaguete, Iloilo, Leyte, Puerto Princesa, and Siargao. Register for the flight with Philippine Airlines ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 14, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 14, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Quarantine Certificates: When purchasing airline tickets, airlines may ask travelers to provide a Quarantine Certificate.  The Bureau of Quarantine issues this certificate in larger cities, e.g. Cebu and Davao.  For other areas, travelers should inquire with the Provincial, City, ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 13, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 13, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  The Philippine Airlines (PAL) Ticket Office at the Davao Airport opened at 3:00 PM today, April 13. Sweeper Flights to Manila on April 14: PAL has assured the U.S. Embassy that U.S. citizens may purchase tickets for these flights, as long as seats are ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 13, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 13, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Sweeper Flights to Manila on April 14: Sweeper flights to Manila are planned for the morning of April 14th from Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, and Puerto Princessa. Book your tickets directly with a Philippine Airlines (PAL) ticket office. For ... Read More»

U.S. Donates COVID-19 Relief Supplies

Manila, April 10, 2020 — U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim announced today the U.S. government’s donation of nearly 1,300 new cots to support the Philippine government’s response to COVID-19.  Ambassador Kim stated, “I’m pleased to be able to hand over these new cots, on behalf of the U.S. government, to our Philippine partners.  We stand together with ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 9, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 9, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  The Philippine Department of Health (DOH) Launches COVID-19 Hotline: DOH is providing free telemedicine consultations for patients who need COVID-19 medical advice or other non-COVID-19 primary care consultations. National Capital Region residents can call the 24/7 hotline at (02) 8424-1724 or (02) ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 8, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 8, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  The Philippine Government Extends Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) Until April 30: The Philippine Government encourages the public to follow the government’s stay-at-home orders as it implements the extension of the Luzon-wide ECQ until April 30. Consider your plan to shelter in place:   We ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 7, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 7, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  International Flights: International commercial flight options currently exist in the Philippines.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 6, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 6, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  The Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) lists the following community quarantine areas: Luzon Baguio – starting March 16 until April 15 Cagbalete Island – starting March 10 until March 23 Cainta, Rizal – starting March 15 until April 14 Catanduanes – starting March 15 until April 14 Cavite – starting March 17, ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 5, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 5, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA) Update: The PRA Head Office and Satellite Offices are closed until further notice.  Inquiries may be sent to the following email addresses or mobile numbers: For Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV) holders: Email address:  servicing@pra.gov.ph Mobile number: +63-917-855-6354 ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 4, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 4, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  International Flights: International commercial flight options currently exist in the Philippines.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 3, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 3, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Face Masks Required in Enhanced Community Quarantine Areas: On April 2, the Philippine Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases announced the mandatory wearing of face masks in areas placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). Anyone in ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 3, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 3, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  International Flights Departing from Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on April 3: The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) updates their Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/MIAAGovPh/ ) with scheduled international flights.  Listed below are the scheduled departures for April 3. CX 906    MNL-HKG    ETD 1045 BR ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 2, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 2, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Clark International Airport Announces Airport Closing Beginning April 3, 2020 Clark will suspend all commercial flights, effective April 3, 2020. Point-to-point (P2P) bus operations will also be temporarily suspended. Flights are expected to resume as the travel restriction eases. Clark ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 1, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 1, 2020) Location:  Siargao, Philippines Event:  Potential Sweeper Flight Siargao-Manila on April 4 – Update All interested U.S. citizens who have not yet emailed  ACSInfoManila@state.gov  should do so immediately.  Please use the subject line: SIARGAO FLIGHT. Please include the following information for all U.S. citizens wishing to take this ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (March 31, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (March 31, 2020) Location:  Siargao, Philippines Event:  Potential Sweeper Flight Siargao-Manila on April 3 or 4 All interested travelers should immediately send an email to  ACSInfoManila@state.gov  with the subject line: SIARGAO FLIGHT. Please include the following information for all travelers wishing to take this flight:  full name ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (March 31, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (March 31, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  According to the Philippine Bureau of Immigration (BI): Temporary visitor visa holders who have stayed in the country for less than one year may secure their Emigration Clearance Certificates (ECCs) at the international airports. BI will temporarily allow foreign nationals with ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (March 30, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (March 30, 2020) Location:  Cebu, Philippines Event:  Sweeper Flight Cebu-Manila on March 30 – UPDATE There are still seats available on today’s 1:30 PM (March 30) Cebu-Manila sweeper flight. All interested travelers need to go immediately to the Mactan Cebu Airport to sign up and buy ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (March 29, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (March 29, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Consider your plan to shelter in place:   While the U.S. Embassy is exploring all options to address the current travel disruptions, we strongly encourage U.S. citizens to make necessary preparations if staying in the Philippines during the quarantine period.  Please comply with ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (March 29, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (March 29, 2020) Location:  Cebu, Philippines Event:  Sweeper Flight Cebu-Manila on March 30 – UPDATE The Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) and Mactan Cebu Airport Terminal provided the following UPDATES: Philippine Airlines (PAL) has confirmed a Cebu-Manila sweeper flight scheduled for Monday, March 30 at 1330H (1:30 PM). There ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (March 28, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (March 28, 2020) Location:  Cebu, Philippines Event:  Potential Sweeper Flight Cebu-Manila – UPDATE Mactan Cebu Airport Terminal relayed the following UPDATE: Foreign nationals wishing to take the Cebu-Manila Philippine Airlines sweeper flight will now be allowed to enlist through email instead of inquiring and signing up in person ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (March 28, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (March 28, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  While the U.S. Embassy is exploring all options to address the current travel disruptions, we strongly encourage U.S. citizens to make necessary preparations if staying in the Philippines during the quarantine period.  Please comply with local quarantine requirements and strictly follow local ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (March 28, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (March 28, 2020) Location:  Cebu, Philippines Event:  Potential Sweeper Flight Cebu-Manila Mactan Cebu Airport Terminal relayed the following: A sweeper flight from Cebu to Manila may be arranged if there are at least 199 foreign nationals to fill the flight.  Currently, an additional 50 foreign national travelers are required. ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (March 27, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (March 27, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Consider your plan to shelter in place:  While the U.S. Embassy is exploring all options to address the current travel disruptions, we strongly encourage U.S. citizens to make necessary preparations if staying in the Philippines during the quarantine period.  Please comply with local ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (March 26, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (March 26, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  All Flights to Operate Out of Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 Beginning March 28, 2020: As more and more air carriers suspend operations due to COVID-19, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) is streamlining its operations concentrating remaining ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (March 26, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (March 26, 2020) Location:  Cebu, Philippines Event:  Mactan Cebu Airport Terminal relayed the following: There is a 2nd sweeper flight from Philippine Airlines today, March 26, 2020, departing Cebu to Manila.  Passengers must show proof of an outbound international flight out of Manila or a hotel reservation in ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (March 26, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (March 26, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Most international flights to be suspended:  Several airlines have already suspended or indicated intent to suspend international flights until April 14, 2020, or until further notice.  While the U.S. Embassy has been making every effort possible to assist U.S. citizens ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (March 25, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (March 25, 2020) Location:  Cebu, Philippines Event:  Mactan Cebu Airport Terminal relayed the following: There is a potential sweeper flight from Philippine Airlines tomorrow, March 26, 2020, departing Cebu to Manila.  Passengers must show proof of an outbound international flight out of Manila or a hotel reservation in ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines (March 25, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines (March 25, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Most international flights to be suspended:  Several airlines have already suspended or indicated intent to suspend international flights until April 14, 2020, or until further notice.  While the U.S. Embassy has been making every effort possible to assist ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy, Manila, Philippines (March 24, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy, Manila, Philippines (March 24, 2020) Location: The Philippines Event:  The U.S. Embassy has been advised that sweeper flights operated by Cebu Pacific Airlines will be available on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 and Thursday, March 26, 2020. Please contact Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) representatives directly at the respective departure ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy, Manila, Philippines (March 24, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy, Manila, Philippines (March 24, 2020)  Location: Cebu, Philippines Event: U.S. Consular Agency in Cebu Operating Hours The government of the Philippines has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines (March 24, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (March 24, 2020) Location:  Cebu, Philippines Event:  Mactan-Cebu International Airport relayed the following: There are confirmed sweeper flights from Philippine Airlines today, March 24, 2020, departing Cebu to Manila only, open to U.S. citizens with an outbound international flight out of Manila within up to five ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines (March 23, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (March 23, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Cebu Sweeper Flights – The U.S. Embassy has been advised by Philippine local authorities that there may be “sweeper” flights available tomorrow, March 24, 2020, from Cebu.  For more information and seat reservations, please immediately contact the Mactan Cebu International ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines (March 22, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (March 22, 2020) Location:  Siargao, Philippines Event:  Sweeper Flights are available today from Siargao.  The U.S. Embassy has been advised by the Philippine Department of Tourism that the following flights are available today: Philippine Airlines 86 seats March 22, 2020 Depart Clark 10 a.m. Arrive ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines (March 17, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines (March 17, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  The government of the Philippines has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. On March 16, the government of ... Read More»

U.S., DOH Partner to Combat COVID-19 in the Philippines

Manila, March 17, 2020 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines announced today that the U.S. government has committed more than Php139 million ($2.7 million) to support the Philippine Department of Health (DOH) in its response to COVID-19 in the country. The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will collaborate with ... Read More»

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines (March 17, 2020)

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines, March 17, 2020 Location: Manila Event:  The U.S. Embassy is closed for all services today, March 17, due to the Government of the Philippines announcement of an enhanced community quarantine for Luzon.  More information will be provided as soon as possible. Actions to Take: Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov  for the latest ... Read More»

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines (March 14, 2020)

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines, March 14, 2020 Location:  The Philippines Event:  The government of the Philippines has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  The government of the Philippines has also announced that there will be no domestic land, air, or sea travel to or from Metro Manila from March ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines (March 13, 2020)

Location:  The Philippines Event: The government of the Philippines has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  The government of the Philippines has announced that there will be no domestic land, air, or sea travel to or from Metro Manila from March 15, 2020 until April 14, 2020, subject to the government of ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Dumaguete City Outreach Canceled – March 20, 2020 (Updated Copy)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Message for U.S. Citizens:  Dumaguete City Outreach Canceled – March 20, 2020 (Updated Copy) Due to the recent Philippine government announcement suspending all domestic air, sea, and land travel to and from Metro Manila, the Outreach has been canceled until further notice. ____________________________ For further information: See the State Department’s ... Read More»

U.S. Coast Guard Conducts “Train the Trainer” Course with Philippine Coast Guard

Manila, March 9, 2020 — As part of ongoing U.S.-Philippine cooperation to enhance maritime law enforcement capability, U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) instructors conducted a Small Boat Operations course for eight Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) participants in Manila from February 24 to March 6. “It’s a great exchange of professional knowledge between USCG and PCG.  It ... Read More»

Filipina Professor Chosen to Conduct Research at U.S. Physical Sciences Laboratory

Maryland, USA, March 8, 2020 — A graduate student and faculty member of the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) Biological Sciences Department has been chosen to conduct research as a short-term scholar at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Jessica Asuncion will carry out research in the Biomolecular Measurement Division ... Read More»

USAID and PBEd Partner with McDonald’s Philippines to Offer Work-Based Training Positions for 5,000 Youth

(L-R) U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim joins Chona Torre, Senior Vice President, Human Capital Group, McDonald’s Philippines; Kenneth Yang, President and CEO, McDonald’s Philippines; Dr. George Yang, Chairman and Founder, McDonald’s Philippines; Love Basillote, Executive Director, PBEd; USAID Philippines’ Education Specialist Mir Tillah; Ramon del Rosario, Chair, PBED; Department of Labor and Employment Director Dominique Rubia-Tutay ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy and PDEA Team Up for Drug Abuse Prevention Campaign

Manila, March 6, 2020 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) have teamed up to launch a nationwide campaign to combat drug use in the country. During a ceremony hosted by Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte on Thursday, March 5, PDEA National Capital Region (NCR) Director Joel Plaza ... Read More»

EducationUSA Fairs in Manila and Cebu Attract Hundreds of Filipino Youth

Manila, March 5, 2020 — EducationUSA, the U.S. government’s official resource for students interested in pursuing higher education opportunities in the United States, welcomed representatives of 26 accredited U.S. universities and colleges to its annual university fairs in Manila and Cebu on February 27 and 28, respectively.  Nearly 1,100 students, parents, and educators joined the ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Dumaguete City Outreach – March 20, 2020

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Message for U.S. Citizens:  Dumaguete City Outreach – March 20, 2020 The U.S. Embassy’s American Citizen Services (ACS) unit will be providing U.S. citizen services in Dumaguete City on March 20, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  The ACS team will be accompanied by a representative from the U.S. Department of Veterans ... Read More»

USAID Launches First Mindanao Youth Innovation Summit

Manila, March 4, 2020 — The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on March 3 launched the YOUth Innovate! Summit to engage and recognize young innovators in Mindanao, especially those directly affected by the 2017 Marawi Siege. The summit, organized by USAID and Plan International, highlighted the innovation ideas of 22 youth groups, and ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Launches Campaign to Raise Public Awareness About Consular Work

Manila, March 3, 2020 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines is launching this year its “Pros in Cons” (Professionals in Consular) information campaign, which will raise awareness about immigrant and non-immigrant visa services and operations, debunk myths and combat disinformation about consular services. The “Pros in Cons” campaign is a key component of the ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila

  United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (March 2, 2020) Location:  Virra Mall, Greenhills, San Juan City, Philippines Event:  Ongoing Security Incident in Virra Mall, Greenhills, San Juan City, Philippines Actions to Take: Avoid the area. Monitor local media for updates. If you are in the area, notify friends and family of ... Read More»

U.S. and Philippine Service Members Jointly Volunteer at Day Care

Manila, February 28, 2020 — Soldiers from the U.S. Army Civil Affairs Team and Philippine service members from the Coast Guard District Palawan Civil Relations Service conducted joint education outreach at the West Coast Day Care Center in Palawan on 26 February 2020. Service members spent the day distributing school supplies and spending time with ... Read More»

U.S. and Philippine Special Forces Train to Counter Insurgency

Manila, February 27, 2020 — U.S. and Philippine service members conducted joint/combined exchange training (JCET) in Palawan from January to February to develop counterterrorism tactics and skills.  U.S. Army Special Operations Forces and elite contingents of the Philippine 18th Special Forces Company conducted joint training that covered a variety of counterterrorism subjects and exercises. Training ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy’s American Citizen Services (ACS) at Consular Agency Cebu March 18, 2020

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy’s American Citizen Services (ACS) at Consular Agency Cebu March 18, 2020 The U.S. Embassy’s American Citizen Services (ACS) unit will provide Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) outreach service at the Consular Agency in Cebu on Wednesday, March 18, from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  Services will ... Read More»

USAID Launches Resource Centers for Children with Disabilities

(From left) USAID Director of Office of Education Dr. Thomas LeBlanc, Executive Assistant to the Mayor of Sorsogon Ms. Tess Gonzales, and Sorsogon City Health Officer Dr. Rolando De Alca at the ceremonial handover of an audiometer for the Sorsogon City Health Center under the Gabay Project. Manila, February 21, 2020 — The U.S. government, ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Cebu Consular Agency Closure February 28th, 2020

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Message for U.S. Citizens:  Cebu Consular Agency Closure February 28th, 2020 The U.S. Consular Agency in Cebu will be closed on Friday, February 28th, 2020. On Monday, March 2, the Consular Agency will return to regular operating hours, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.  The Consular ... Read More»

U.S. Sailors and Philippine Marines Build Classroom in Puerto Princesa

Manila, February 21, 2020 — U.S. and Philippine naval engineers celebrated on February 19 the opening of a new two-room classroom they built together in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. “This project provides a much-needed schoolhouse for the Malatgao National Elementary School in Palawan, which will be utilized by over 120 students.  We are proud to assist ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Commemorates 75th Anniversary of U.S. Flag Raising after Battle of Manila

Manila, February 20, 2020 — On Wednesday, February 19, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines organized a special flag-raising event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of General Douglas MacArthur’s raising of the U.S. flag over Embassy grounds during the Battle of Manila in 1945. The event is part of an ongoing Embassy series commemorating the ... Read More»

U.S. Conducts Wildlife Crime Scene Investigation Training for Philippine Government

Manila, February 14, 2020 — From February 10 to 14, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) conducted a Wildlife Crime Scene Investigation course for 19 Philippine government participants in Pasay, Metro Manila.  Participants included representatives from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, ... Read More»

EducationUSA to Host 3rd Annual Education Fair in Cebu

Cebu, February 14, 2020— EducationUSA, the U.S. government’s official resource for students interested in pursuing higher education opportunities in the United States, will host its third annual education fair in Cebu on Friday, February 28, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cebu City.  This EducationUSA Fair will feature more ... Read More»

EducationUSA to Host 5th Annual Education Fair in Manila

EducationUSA, the U.S. government’s official resource for students interested in pursuing higher education opportunities in the United States, will host its annual education fair in Manila on Thursday, February 27, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Podium Hall in Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City. Read More»

U.S. Conducts Specialized Trainings for Philippine Law Enforcement Agencies

Manila, February 7, 2020 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines is currently conducting training courses on science-driven drug investigations and substance abuse prevention for Philippine law enforcement agencies in Quezon City. The first course, provided to 40 members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), is a five-day training on chemical diversion investigations.  The ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Legazpi City Outreach – February 19, 2020 

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Message for U.S. Citizens:  Legazpi City Outreach – February 19, 2020 The U.S. Embassy’s American Citizen Services (ACS) unit will be providing U.S. citizen services in Legazpi City on February 19, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  Representatives from the Social Security Administration will provide remote assistance via a dedicated telephone ... Read More»

Ambassador Kim Joins DND, UST Officials in Ceremony Honoring WWII Internees

Manila, February 3, 2020 — U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim on Monday joined officials from the Philippine Department of Defense and the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in a wreath laying ceremony honoring the American civilians interned at UST during World War II. UST played a critical role during WWII as the ... Read More»

U.S. Government Launches Php 153 Million Project to Support Philippine Efforts to Counter Human Trafficking

Manila, January 31, 2020 — The U.S. government is supporting the Philippine government’s commitment to end modern day slavery with the launch of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s three-year, Php153 million ($3 million) Strengthening Local Systems and Partnerships for More Effective Counter-Trafficking in Persons in the Philippines project. USAID will partner with ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (January 31, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (January 31, 2020) Location:  Philippines Event:   The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan, China. Actions to Take: Consult the  CDC Website , for the most ... Read More»

Ambassador Kim Opens U.S.-Sponsored, Philippines-Hosted South East Asia Counterterrorism Experts Conference

Cebu City, January 30, 2020 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines Department of Justice Office of Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training hosted a three-day regional counterterrorism conference in Cebu City from January 28 to 30.  The South East Asia Regional Experts Exchange (SEAREE) was attended by 34 prosecutors and investigators from the Philippines, Indonesia, ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Kim Announces Php 5.1 million in Relief Assistance for Communities Affected by Taal Volcano

Nasugbu, Batangas, January 22, 2020 — During a visit to a school serving as an evacuation center in Nasugbu, Batangas on January 22, U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim announced the provision of Php 5.1 million ($100,000) in U.S. government support to those affected by the January 12 Taal volcanic eruption.  Ambassador Kim ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Baguio City Outreach – January 30, 2020 (Corrected Copy)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Message for U.S. Citizens:  Baguio City Outreach – January 30, 2020 (Corrected Copy) This message corrects the email address for registration.  The U.S. Embassy’s American Citizen Services (ACS) unit will conduct an outreach event in Baguio City on January 30, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  The event will be held at the U.S. ... Read More»

U.S. Government Awards Learning Facility Grants to Marawi’s Displaced Communities

Manila, January 17, 2020 — The United States awarded six micro-grants to community groups composed of Marawi’s displaced citizens and their host families.  Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Chairman Emmanuel Piñol joined U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Economic Development and Governance Chief Jeffrey Lehrer at the grants handover ceremony on Wednesday, January 15, ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Baguio City Outreach – January 30, 2020

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Message for U.S. Citizens:  Baguio City Outreach – January 30, 2020 The U.S. Embassy’s American Citizen Services (ACS) unit will conduct an outreach event in Baguio City on January 30, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  The event will be held at the U.S. Embassy Residence Compound in Baguio ... Read More»

Natural Disaster Alert Update – U.S. Embassy Manila (January 12, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Natural Disaster Alert Update – U.S. Embassy Manila (January 12, 2020) Location: Vicinity of Taal Volcano Island and high-risk barangays of Agoncillo and Laurel, Batangas, Philippines Event:  In light of intensified eruptive activity, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) raised Taal Volcano’s alert status from Alert Level 3 (magmatic unrest) to  ALERT LEVEL 4  (hazardous ... Read More»

Natural Disaster Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (January 12, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Natural Disaster Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (January 12, 2020) Location: Vicinity of Taal Volcano Island and high-risk barangays of Agoncillo and Laurel, Batangas, Philippines Event:  The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens in the Philippines to exercise caution if contemplating travel in the vicinity of the Taal Volcano Island and the Barangays of Agoncillo and ... Read More»

Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Manila (January 7, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (January 7, 2020) Location: The Philippines Event:  Heightened Middle East Tensions There is heightened tension in the Middle East that may result in security risks to U.S. citizens abroad. The Embassy will continue to review the security situation and will provide additional information as ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Outreach in Angeles City on January 16, 2020 and Olongapo City on January 17, 2020

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Message for U.S. Citizens: Outreach in Angeles City on January 16, 2020 and Olongapo City on January 17, 2020 The U.S. Embassy’s American Citizen Services (ACS) unit will be providing U.S. citizen services in Angeles City on January 16, 2020 and Olongapo City on January 17, 2020.  The ACS team will ... Read More»

Philippine Competition Commission Partners with Fulbright Philippines to Boost Business Competitiveness and Innovation

Philippine-American Educational Foundation Honorary Board Chairperson and U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim and Philippine Competition Commission Chairperson Arsenio M. Balisacan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish a new staff development program on competition law and policy. Manila, December 20, 2019 — On December 20, Philippine-American Educational Foundation Honorary Board Chairperson ... Read More»

Ambassador Kim and NYC Chairman Enriquez Lead YSEALI’s 6th Anniversary Celebration

Youth Panel comprised of NYC Commissioner Paul Pangilinan, World Youth Alliance President Lord Pomperada, U.N. Nutrition Ambassador Cherrie Atilano, Asian Consulting Group President Mon Abrea, and Asian Consulting Group Vice President James Reid share their stories as youth leaders and how they sustain their advocacies. Manila, December 18, 2019 — U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines ... Read More»

Holy Name University in Bohol Confers Honorary Degree on U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim

Manila, December 17, 2019 — Holy Name University in Bohol conferred an honorary degree on U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim on Monday, December 16. During the ceremony, Holy Name University President, Father Francisco Estepa awarded Ambassador Kim with the university’s honorary Doctorate of Management in Human Resources in recognition of his valuable contribution ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila, December 17, 2019

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila, December 17, 2019   Location:  Throughout the Philippines Event:  The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to exercise caution while traveling and residing in the Philippines.  The holiday season is a prime time for criminal and terrorist activity.  While victims can oftentimes ‎simply be at the wrong ... Read More»

U.S. and Philippine Armed Forces Inaugurate U.S.-Funded Peacekeeping Facility

U.S. and Philippine military personnel inaugurated a U.S. funded peacekeeping operations training facility in Tarlac on Thursday, December 12.  The center will provide training and administrative services to AFP personnel participating in peacekeeping operations, in support of the Philippines’ international commitments.  (Photos courtesy of the Armed Forces of the Philippines) Manila, December 13, 2019 — ... Read More»

U.S. and Philippine Security Forces Provide Medical Care and Supplies to High School in Post-Earthquake Cotabato

Manila, December 10, 2019 — U.S. and Philippine service members conducted medical outreach in Cotabato City, providing medical education and basic care to 228 students at Laureano Ramirez Sebastian High School on Saturday, November 30. The medical civil action program (MEDCAP), was a collaboration between members of the Philippine 6th Infantry Division Hospital, Cotabato Regional ... Read More»

U.S. and Philippine Partners Inaugurate Philippine National Police Patrol Boat Facility

Manila, December 6, 2019 — Representatives from the U.S. Joint Interagency Task Force West (JIATF West), the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command’s counternarcotics task force in the Indo-Pacific region, and officials from the Philippine National Police – Maritime Group (PNP-MG) presided over a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new PNP-MG patrol boat facility today in Lantawan, Basilan. ... Read More»

Fact Sheet: U.S. Anti-Narcotics Cooperation with the Philippines

The United States has partnered with Philippine government agencies and law enforcement officials for many years to reduce drug demand, provide training on anti-narcotics techniques, and enhance the criminal justice sector’s ability to handle drug cases. Support for Drug Demand Reduction Since 2017, the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs ... Read More»

Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (December 3, 2019)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila  (December 3, 2019) Location:   The Philippines Event:   Typhoon Kammuri (local name Tisoy) made landfall over Sorsogon at 11:00 p.m. on December 2 and continues to maintain strength while moving westward at 20 kph, with maximum sustained winds of 155 kph near the center and ... Read More»

Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila  (December 2, 2019)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila  (December 2, 2019) Location:   The Philippines Event:   Typhoon Kammuri (local name Tisoy) is forecast to make landfall over Catanduanes, Albay, or Sorsogon the evening of Monday, December 2 to early morning, Tuesday, December 3 and track westward.  Residents of the affected storm path may ... Read More»

U.S., Philippines Partner to Train Anew on Prosecuting Online Sexual Exploitation of Children (OSEC)

Manila, November 29, 2019 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, through the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training (OPDAT), partnered with the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking and the International Justice Mission (IJM) to train 72 prosecutors and investigators in Clark, Angeles City from November 19 to 21. ... Read More»

Ambassador Kim Shares Thanksgiving Feast with Tuloy Foundation

In celebration of Thanksgiving, Ambassador Sung Kim shared a meal with the Tuloy Foundation culinary scholars at Enderun Colleges in Taguig City on Tuesday, November 26.  The Tuloy Foundation is a non-profit organization for disadvantaged children and youth. Read More»

Filipinos Studying in the U.S. Increases for Third Straight Year

Manila, November 27, 2019 — For the third straight year, the number of Filipinos studying in the United States increased, according to an annual survey of international exchange activity in the United States of America. Based on Open Doors data released this November, 3,320 Filipino students enrolled in U.S. Universities this past year.  This is ... Read More»

EducationUSA Stages Major Events for International Education Week

Manila, November 26, 2019 — In celebration of International Education Week (IEW) in November, EducationUSA staged a series of education programs, culminating in a college application drive at the Philippine Science High School in Quezon City. On November 18, EducationUSA kicked off the week-long celebration with a workshop for students and prospective Masters of Business ... Read More»

Philippine Judges Receive Financial Crimes and Money Laundering Training

Manila,  November 22, 2019 —  From November 19 to 20, 2019, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines continued to partner with the Philippine Judicial Academy in training 24 Mindanao judges on money laundering, terrorist financing, and financial crimes.  The workshop included participants from Sulu, Basilan, Marawi, and Zamboanga, all areas of the Philippines which have ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Launches New Countering Violent Extremism Program in Cotabato

Manila, November 22, 2019 — Deputy Chief of Mission John Law traveled to Cotabato to launch a new Countering Violent Extremism partnership with local government units and civil society.  He also met with BARMM officials to discuss U.S. support for the Bangsamoro Transitional Authority, totaling nearly Php 1 billion ($18.7 million). The new CONVERGE Program ... Read More»

Philippine Maritime Law Enforcement Agencies Conduct U.S.-Funded Underwater Crime Scene Investigation Training

Manila, November 21, 2019 –– As part of ongoing U.S.-Philippine cooperation on underwater crime scene investigation (UCSI), participants from the Philippine National Police – Maritime Group (PNP-MG), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) conducted an instructor development course in Batangas from November 4 to 13. This event consisted of ... Read More»

U.S.-Philippines High-Level Dialogues Mark Progress in Combating Child Trafficking

Manila, November 20, 2019 — Senior U.S. and Philippine officials conducted high-level dialogues in Manila and Cebu this week to mark progress in efforts to prosecute and convict child traffickers and provide comprehensive, trauma-informed care for child victims of online child sexual exploitation (OSEC).  The dialogues also focused on the progress made in the Philippines ... Read More»

U.S. Secretary of Defense Visits the Philippines to Reaffirm Strong Bilateral Ties

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper visited the Philippines for the first time as Defense Secretary to reaffirm the steadfast and enduring U.S. – Philippine alliance. Read More»

Philippines – U.S. Joint Defense Statement Secretary of National Defense, Delfin N. Lorenzana and Secretary of Defense, Mark T. Esper

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper and Philippine Secretary of National Defense Delfin N. Lorenzana met in Manila, Philippines on November 19, 2019, to discuss a broad range of shared security interests and priorities.  Read More»

U.S. Embassy, PNP and Quezon City Government to Host Inaugural Asia Women Leading Law Enforcement Conference in Manila

The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, in partnership with the Philippine National Police and the Quezon City government, will host the Inaugural Asia Women Leading Law Enforcement Conference from November 18 to 22 at the Novotel Manila Araneta Center in Quezon City.  Read More»

U.S. Military and Philippine Security Forces Conduct Medical Mission in Tawi-Tawi

Manila, November 12, 2019 — U.S. service members, Philippine National Police officers, local government employees, and local health practitioners conducted a joint medical outreach project on Banaran Island, Municipality of Sapa-Sapa, Tawi-Tawi on October 23, 2019. The medical mission provided health services, ranging from preventative medical and dental checkups to minor surgical procedures, for more ... Read More»

U.S., Philippine Troops Conduct Second Installation of Artificial Habitat Reefs

Manila, November 12, 2019 — U.S. and Philippine military personnel, local government representatives, non-governmental organizations, and local residents partnered together for a second time to install artificial habitat reefs in Maragondon, Cavite, on October 8, 2019. A total of 60 jackstone-type artificial habitat reefs were installed off the coast.  In August, the group also installed ... Read More»

Philippine Coast Guard Conducts Inaugural Course at U.S.-Funded Training Facility in Bulacan

Manila, October 31, 2019 –– In recognition of the extensive U. S. partnership with the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim visited the Balagtas Training Center to observe the first technical course conducted there on outboard motor maintenance on Thursday, October 30.  Commodore Joseph Badajos, Commander of PCG’s Surface Support Force, hosted the ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Hosts NASA Space Apps Challenge in Davao and Iloilo

Manila, October 25, 2019 — The United States Embassy in the Philippines, in partnership with Ateneo de Davao University and Central Philippine University, hosted the 2019 National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Space Apps Challenge in Davao and Iloilo from October 18 to 20. Fourteen teams from Davao and ten teams from Iloilo participated in ... Read More»

DOH and USAID Launch E-Learning Platform to Improve Health Care Education

  Manila, October 25,  2019 — The Department of Health (DOH), in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), formally launched the DOH Academy’s e-learning platform, which will standardize core training content for health workers through online learning modules centralized in one location. The first of its kind in the Philippines, the ... Read More»

Joint U.S. – Philippine Anti-Cybersex Operation Rescues Seven Underage Victims in Taguig City

Manila, October 25, 2019 — U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents and the Philippine National Police (PNP)-HSI Transnational Criminal Investigative Unit (TCIU) arrested two Philippine nationals and rescued seven minor victims during an anti-cybersex operation in Taguig, Philippines on October 21, 2019.  The successful operation was the result of close cooperation between Philippine and U.S. ... Read More»

U.S., Philippines, and Japan Conclude Maritime Training Activity Sama Sama

The exercise involved sailors, coast guardsmen and Marines from the U.S. and Philippine militaries, as well as sailors from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. Maritime Training Activity Sama Sama focused on regional security cooperation, strengthening maritime partnerships, and enhancing maritime interoperability. Manila, October 23, 2019 — Maritime forces from Japan, Philippines, and the United States ... Read More»

U.S., Philippine, and Japanese Forces Conclude Exercise KAMANDAG 3

Philippine and U.S. service members conducted training in amphibious operations, live fire drills, military operations in urban terrain, reconnaissance, low altitude air defense, aviation operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and other areas. Manila, October 22, 2019 — The Philippines, Japan, and the United States conducted the closing ceremony of exercise KAMANDAG 3 at Marine ... Read More»

U.S. Coast Guard Commander Visits Philippines to Commemorate Leyte Landing, Engage with Philippine Coast Guard Partners

Manila, October 18, 2019 — The United States Coast Guard’s commanding officer is conducting a three-day visit to the Philippines to mark the 75th anniversary of the operation that began the Philippines’ World War II liberation, meet with deployed U.S. Coast Guard personnel, and bolster U.S. partnerships with Philippine officials. Adm. Karl L. Schultz, Commandant ... Read More»

U.S. and Philippine Security Forces Volunteer in Community Coastal Cleanup in Zamboanga City

Manila, October 18, 2019 — U.S. and Philippine service members joined efforts to clean coastal and residential communities in Zamboanga City during the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day on Sept. 21. More than 500 volunteers, including students, local residents, local government employees, non-governmental organizations, and Philippine and U.S. service members participated in the community clean-up ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy to Host NASA Space Apps Challenge in Davao and Iloilo

Manila, October 16, 2019 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines will host its second National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Space Apps Challenge from October 18 to 20.  This year, the Embassy is bringing this global event to Davao and Iloilo, in collaboration with the American Corners in Ateneo de Davao University, Central Philippine ... Read More»

U.S., Philippines, and Japan Kick-off Maritime Training Activity Sama Sama

Manila, October 15, 2019 — The U.S. Navy, Philippine Navy, and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force launched Maritime Training Activity (MTA) Sama Sama with an opening ceremony in Puerto Princessa on Oct. 14. This is the third iteration of MTA Sama Sama, a maritime exercise designed to promote regional security cooperation, maintain and strengthen maritime partnerships, ... Read More»

U.S. Government Promotes Sustainable Natural Resource Management in Coron, Palawan

Manila, October 15, 2019 — The Calamianes Resilience Network, with the support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Calamianes Marine Protected Area Network, hosted the first environmental law enforcement summit in Coron, Palawan from October 10 to 11.  The summit drew more than 100 representatives from the national and local governments, ... Read More»

Philippine Sandiganbayan Justices Discuss Money Laundering and Financial Crimes with U.S. Experts

Manila, October 12, 2019 — 21 Sandiganbayan justices participated in a roundtable with U.S. experts organized by the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines U.S. Department of Justice Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training (DOJ/OPDAT), the Supreme Court of the Philippines, and the Philippine Judicial Academy.  The event aimed to enhance participants’ capabilities, competencies ... Read More»

New Regional Counterterrorism Training Center to Boost U.S.-Philippine and Regional Cooperation

Manila, October 11, 2019 — As part of our deepening bilateral counterterrorism partnership, today, Philippine Police Chief General Oscar Albayalde and U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim broke ground on a new state-of-the-art Regional Counterterrorism Training Center in the Philippines. The U.S. and Philippine governments will construct and operate the center on the grounds ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (October 9, 2019)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (October 9, 2019) Location: Philippines Event: Health officials have reported an outbreak of polio in the Philippines. Actions to Take: The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that all U.S. citizens living in or traveling to the Philippines be fully vaccinated against polio. Before traveling to the Philippines, adults who completed ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (October 9, 2019)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (October 9, 2019) Location: Philippines Event: Health officials have reported an outbreak of polio in the Philippines. Actions to Take: The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that all U.S. citizens living in or traveling to the Philippines be fully vaccinated against polio. Before traveling to the Philippines, adults who completed their routine polio vaccine series ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (October 9, 2019)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (October 9, 2019) Location: Philippines Event: Health officials have reported an outbreak of polio in the Philippines. Actions to Take: The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that all U.S. citizens living in or traveling to the Philippines be fully vaccinated against polio. Before traveling to the Philippines, adults who completed their routine polio vaccine series ... Read More»

U.S., Philippine, Japanese Forces Prepare to Kick Off KAMANDAG 3

Manila, October 7, 2019 — U.S., Philippine and Japanese service members will begin the third annual KAMANDAG exercise on October 9, 2019, to promote multinational military interoperability, readiness, and capabilities. The exercise is scheduled for October 9-18, 2019 at various training sites throughout Luzon and Palawan. During KAMANDAG 3, U.S. and Philippine forces will conduct ... Read More»

EducationUSA Stages Major Philippine Events for Literacy Month

Manila, October 2, 2019 — In celebration of National Literacy Month in September, EducationUSA staged a series of education programs all over the Philippines which culminated in a successful graduate studies application drive for more than a hundred working professionals in Manila. On September 7, EducationUSA kicked off the celebration with a workshop for 100 ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) Outreach at Cebu Consular Agency on October 9, 2019

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) Outreach at Cebu Consular Agency on October 9, 2019 The U.S. Embassy’s American Citizen Services (ACS) unit will provide Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) outreach service at the U.S. Consular Agency in Cebu on Wednesday, October 9 from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  Services will be provided by ... Read More»

U.S. and Philippine Governments Launch Food for Progress Program

Manila, September 30, 2019 —The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) today launched a new Food for Progress project focused on strengthening sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) regulatory systems in the Philippines.  On Friday, September 27, visiting U.S. Under Secretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney met with Philippine Under Secretary of ... Read More»

U.S. and Philippine Governments Partner with Private Sector to Expand Sustainable Seafood Markets

(L-R): USAID Fish Right Chief of Party Nygiel Armada, NGOs for Fisheries Reform Director Gregorio dela Rosa, Philippine Association of Crab Processors President Ken Choi, Saravia Blue Crab President Alfonso Gamboa, Department of Agriculture Undersecretary for Fisheries Eduardo Gongona, and USAID Philippines Environment Chief John Edgar participate in an MOU-signing ceremony to expand export potential of the ... Read More»

U.S. and Philippine Forces Conduct Joint Training in Negros Occidental

Manila, September 23, 2019 — U.S. Army Special Forces and Philippine security forces partnered for a joint training exercise at 6th Special Action Battalion Camp, Sagay City, Negros Occidental, from Aug. 26 to Sept. 20. The four-week training, dubbed Badge Piston 19, focused on refining and developing the following disciplines: human rights, law of armed ... Read More»

U.S. and Philippine Armed Forces Conduct Combined Airborne Operation

Manila, September 23, 2019 — Soldiers from the U.S. 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) are conducting a bilateral airborne operation from September 19 to 25. This type of combined, tactical-level training builds both forces’ technical competence, fosters interoperability, and provides a greater understanding ... Read More»

U.S. and Philippine Service Members Hold Medical, Dental Education Exchange in Palawan

Manila, September 20, 2019 — U.S. service members, Philippine Coast Guardsmen, local health workers, and local government employees partnered to conduct a basic medical and dental knowledge expertise exchange in Bataraza, Palawan, from Sept. 17-18. More than 60 participants from the Philippine Coast Guard (PGC) Palawan District, Bataraza Municipality Health Office, Barangay Buliluyan Health Workers, ... Read More»

U.S. and Philippines Host Women in Law Enforcement Symposium in Zamboanga City

Philippine National Police Regional Mobile Force Battalion Region 9 (PNP RMFB9) and service members from the United States Army and United States Marine Corps participated in a Women in Law Enforcement Symposium at Camp Colonel Romeo A. Abendan, Zamboanga City, on September 10-12. Manila, September 17, 2019 — U.S. military service members and Philippine police ... Read More»

U.S. Government Provides Infrastructure and Livelihood Support to Benefit Displaced Maranao

U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires John C. Law addressed the U.S. government-supported 28th Mindanao Business Conference, where he underscored the long-standing partnership between the U.S. and Mindanao, led the handover ceremonies of community grants and a public market, and toured Mindanao State University Iligan Institute of Technology’s Fab Lab.  The lab was made possible through donations ... Read More»

U.S. and Philippines Reaffirm Alliance at Mutual Defense Board and Security Engagement Board

Adm. Philip Davidson, Commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, and Philippine Gen. Benjamin Madrigal Jr., Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, led the 2019 Mutual Defense Board and Security Engagement Board at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, on Sept. 13. Manila, September 13, 2019 — Adm. Philip Davidson, Commander of the U.S. ... Read More»

U.S. Government Launches New Literacy Program for Blind, Deaf Children

  USAID Mission Director Lawrence Hardy II leads the signing of the pledge of commitment during the launch of USAID’s new education project, Gabay.  Together with the Department of Education and Resources of the Blind, USAID will work to give visually and hearing impaired children, including those who are deaf, blind and deaf-blind, access to ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Social Security Administration Outreach in Olongapo City on September 19, 2019 and in Angeles City on September 20, 2019

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Social Security Administration Outreach in Olongapo City on September 19, 2019 and in Angeles City on September 20, 2019 U.S. Embassy representatives from the Social Security Administration (SSA) will conduct outreach visits in Olongapo City on September 19 and in Angeles City on September 20 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  SSA ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim meets Philippine Prosecutors during the Inaugural National Convention of Counterterrorism Prosecutors

Manila,  September 6, 2019 — Ambassador Kim joined 70 prosecutors from across the country, including 44 prosecutors from Mindanao, in opening the National Convention of Counterterrorism (CT) Prosecutors in Manila.  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), partnered with ... Read More»

U.S. and Philippines Conduct Assault Amphibious Vehicle Subject Matter Expert Exchange

U.S. and Philippine Marines participated in an Assault Amphibious Vehicle (AAV) subject matter expert exchange (SMEE) in Subic Bay, Philippines, from Aug. 26 – Sept. 6, 2019.  The U.S. Marine Corps has partnered with the Philippine Marine Corps for the last eight years to develop skill sets and policies to enable the Philippine Navy and ... Read More»

EducationUSA Roadshow Coming to Cordillera

Manila, September 5, 2019 — In celebration of National Literacy Month, EducationUSA will conduct a roadshow in Cordillera from September 11 to 14 to engage Filipinos interested in studying in the United States and raise counselors’ awareness about the importance of digital literacy for the largely digital U.S. college admissions process. EducationUSA advisors will visit ... Read More»

EducationUSA Program Highlights Aviation Education in the U.S.

Manila, September 5, 2019 — In collaboration with the Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM), an accredited U.S. institution that provides practical and professional aviation skills education, EducationUSA conducted an interactive workshop and discussion on U.S. aviation studies programs for 75 Filipino students and professionals at the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines on Friday, August 30. ... Read More»

ASEAN-U.S. Maritime Exercise Begins in Thailand

SATTAHIP, Thailand (NNS) – The U.S. Navy and maritime forces from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will begin the first ASEAN-U.S. Maritime Exercise (AUMX) with opening ceremonies at Sattahip Naval Base, Thailand Sept. 2. Co-led by the U.S. and Royal Thai navies, AUMX will consist of pre-sail activities in Thailand, Singapore and Brunei, ... Read More»

Philippine Airborne Campaign Targets Weather, Climate Science

NASA’s P-3B science aircraft soared into the skies over the Philippines on Sunday to begin a nearly two-month-long investigation on the impact that smoke from fires and pollution have on clouds, a key factor in improving weather and climate forecasts. The Cloud, Aerosol, and Monsoon Processes Philippines Experiment (CAMP2Ex) is the most comprehensive field campaign ... Read More»

EducationUSA Mini-Fair Brings U.S. Universities to Manila

Manila, August 27, 2019 — EducationUSA, the U.S. government’s official resource for students interested in pursuing higher education opportunities in the United States, will host a Mini-Fair with seven American universities on Tuesday, September 10, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Seda Hotel in Bonifacio Global City. This free event will provide an ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Social Security Administration at Consular Agency Cebu September 11-12

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Social Security Administration at Consular Agency Cebu September 11-12, 2019 U.S. Embassy representatives from the Social Security Administration (SSA) will be available at the U.S. Consular Agency office in Cebu on Wednesday, September 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and Thursday, September 12 from 11:30 ... Read More»

Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force and Commander, Pacific Air Forces, Visit Manila

Manila, August 19, 2019 — Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, General David Goldfein, and Commander, Pacific Air Forces, General Charles Brown, visited Manila from August 15 to 18, 2019. During their time here, the generals met with key policymakers, including Undersecretary of National Defense Cardozo Luna, Chief of Staff of the Armed ... Read More»

U.S. Military Divers Assist Philippine Partners in Installing Artificial Reefs

Batangas, August 16, 2019 — U.S. and Philippine service members, local government workers, and non-governmental organizations partnered to install artificial habitat reefs at Barangay Hukay, Calatagan, Batangas on August 15, 2019. The project, dubbed Operation Pamamalakaya, is a collaboration between by the Philippine Air Force, DV Boer Farm, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Community ... Read More»

New Regional Counterterrorism Training Center to Boost U.S.-Philippine and Regional Cooperation

Manila, August 15, 2019 — As part of our deepening bilateral counterterrorism partnership, the U.S. and Philippine governments have agreed to establish a new state of the art Regional Counterterrorism Training Center in the Philippines. Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Police General Oscar D. Albayalde and Deputy Chief of Mission John C. Law today signed ... Read More»

USS Ronald Reagan Strike Group Conducts Port Call in Manila

U.S. Navy and Philippine Navy sailors participated in friendly games of soccer, basketball, volleyball and tug of war during a Sports Day event on August 8, 2019. Opportunities like these strengthen military to military ties and personal friendships between sailors of both nations. The enduring U.S.-Philippine relationship is a pillar of peace and security in ... Read More»

U.S. Aircraft Carrier Arrives in the Philippines

The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) leads the Ronald Reagan Strike group, including the Ticonderoga-class missile cruisers USS Antietam (CG 54) and USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Benfold (DDG 65) and USS Milius (DDG 69), during a photo exercise in 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication ... Read More»

New U.S. and Philippines Partnership to Boost Reading, Numeracy, and Socio-Emotional Learning for Filipino Students

Manila, July 31, 2019 — As part of its continuing commitment to improve education outcomes for Filipino youth, the U.S. government today launched the Advancing Basic Education in the Philippines (ABC+) project to support Department of Education (DepEd) efforts to strengthen the quality of education in the Philippines.  U.S. Chargé d’Affaires John Law and representatives ... Read More»

Filipino Students Receive Millions in Scholarship Offers from U.S. Universities

Manila, July 30, 2019 — Thirty-six Filipino advisees of EducationUSA, the U.S. Department of State’s official source on U.S. higher education information, are receiving more than Php37 million in merit and need-based scholarships from accredited American universities for the upcoming 2019-2020 academic year. EducationUSA advisers worked with these students throughout their college admissions process, including ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Cebu Consular Agency Closure August 12-28, 2019

Message for U.S. Citizens: Cebu Consular Agency Closure August 12-28 The U.S. Consular Agency in Cebu will be closed from Monday, August 12 through Wednesday, August 28, 2019. On Thursday, August 29, the Consular Agency will return to regular operating hours, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.  The Consular Agency does not provide services to ... Read More»

U.S. Government Sponsors Kennedy Space Center Visit for Filipino NASA Space Apps Champions

Manila, July 26, 2019 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines sponsored a Kennedy Space Center visit for the Filipino team that won the 2018 NASA Space Apps Challenge in the “Best Galactic Impact” category.  Team iNON visited the Kennedy Space Center in Florida from July 22 to 24, 2019 to present their app to ... Read More»

U.S. and Philippine Partners Conduct a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Exercise

Manila, July 24, 2019 — The U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) is assisting interagency representatives of the Philippine government in conducting a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) exercise from July 24 to 27. DTRA designed the exercise to hone the response skills of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), the officially-mandated CBRN response ... Read More»

U.S. Delivers Military Equipment to the Armed Forces of the Philippines

Manila, July 18, 2019 — U.S. and Philippine service members teamed up to unload and inventory ten M-107 .50 caliber sniper rifles at Camp Aguinaldo on July 17, 2019. Purchased by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), this delivery is part of a series of equipment transfers designed to strengthen the AFP’s ability to ... Read More»

U.S. Government Announces Additional Php234 Million for Marawi Relief and Recovery

Jalilah and her family are among more than 30,000 Marawi residents who have benefitted from temporary shelters provided by the U.S. government.  An added Php234 million in U.S. government funding will provide shelter assistance to 2,600 additional individuals.  (Photo credit: Tiffany Tsang, Catholic Relief Services) Manila, July 18, 2019 —The U.S. government is providing an ... Read More»

8th Philippines-United States Bilateral Strategic Dialogue (BSD) Joint Statement

Manila, July 17, 2019 — The Republic of the Philippines and the United States of America held the Eighth Bilateral Strategic Dialogue from 15 to 16 July 2019 in Manila, Philippines.  Department of Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Policy Enrique Manalo and Department of National Defense Undersecretary Cesar Yano co-led the Philippine delegation.  Assistant Secretary of ... Read More»

United States, Philippines Sign Ten-Year Agreement on Science and Technology Cooperation

U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim and Philippine Department of Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato de la Peña signed an agreement on scientific and technological cooperation at the close of the Bilateral Strategic Dialogue on July 16. Manila, July 17, 2019 — U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim and Philippine Department ... Read More»

Assistant Secretary Stilwell Press Statement on Strategic Priorities in the Philippines

Manila, July 16, 2019 — I was honored to co-chair the U.S.-Philippines Bilateral Strategic Dialogue, July 15-16 in Manila.  As a treaty ally, our partnership with the Philippines is critical for realizing our shared vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific, with thriving sovereign nations.  A strong U.S.-Philippines alliance deters aggression and promotes regional stability, ... Read More»

Marine Aviation Support Activity 19.2

Manila, July 15, 2019 — Marine Aviation Support Activity (MASA) 19.2, a semiannual U.S.-Philippine military exercise focused on mutual defense, counterterrorism, and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, will take place in the Philippines from July 15 to 25, 2019. U.S. Marines and aircraft from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 and 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, ... Read More»

Philippine-American Friendship Week Sees Arrival of 75 New Peace Corps Volunteers

Manila, July 15, 2019 — Seventy-five new U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers arrived in Manila on July 7, 2019.  They join the 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. Kennedy, the goal of ... Read More»

United States, Philippines to Hold Eighth Bilateral Strategic Dialogue

Manila, July 12, 2019 — The United States and the Republic of the Philippines will hold the eighth Bilateral Strategic Dialogue (BSD) July 15-16, 2019 in Manila.  The BSD brings together senior leaders to discuss cooperation on defense, economics, rule of law, and regional diplomacy between the United States and the Philippines.  U.S. Ambassador to ... Read More»

U.S. Government Awards Grants to Reduce Plastic Pollution in Philippine Oceans

Deputy Chief of Mission Law (center), Department of Environment and Natural Resources Undersecretary Benny Antiporda (far left), and USAID Mission Director Lawrence Hardy (far right), together with the representatives of EcoWaste Coalition and Mother Earth Foundation, which received grants under USAID’s Municipal Waste Recycling Program. Manila, July 11, 2019 — The U.S. government awarded two ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Hosts First-Ever Haquathon

Manila, July 3, 2019 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, in partnership with Save Philippine Seas (SPS), hosted the first-ever Haquathon from June 28 to 30, 2019.  Thirty-five teams participated in the Haquathon, a search for tech-based solutions to save our seas. The three-day program opened with an “AdvocaSea” workshop, bringing experts in marine ... Read More»

USS Montgomery Departs Davao City

Manila, July 2, 2019 — The USS Montgomery, an Independence-class littoral combat ship, departed Davao City on July 1.  This was the ship’s first port visit to the Philippines during her first deployment. During the visit, Montgomery hosted local military and civic leaders for an evening reception to celebrate the U.S.-Philippine alliance. U.S. Embassy in ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Outreach in Baguio City on July 19, 2019

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Outreach in Baguio City on July 19, 2019  The U.S. Embassy’s American Citizen Services (ACS) unit will be providing U.S. citizen services in Baguio City on July 19, 2019.  The ACS team will be accompanied by representatives from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  Representatives from the Social Security Administration (SSA) will provide ... Read More»

U.S.—Philippine Cooperation Leads to Arrests of Illegal Recruiters

Manila, July 1, 2019 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines commends the National Bureau of Investigation-Anti-Organized Crime Division (NBI-AOCD) for the arrests of Irmalyn Melodias-Torres and Gerald Melodias for large-scale illegal recruitment. NBI-AOCD executed the arrests on June 20 in Quezon City and June 21 in Valenzuela City.  This successful international effort came as ... Read More»

USS Montgomery Arrives in Davao City

  Manila, June 29, 2019 — The Independence-class littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8) arrived in Davao City on June 29 for the ship’s first port visit to the Philippines during her first deployment. Rear Adm. Joey Tynch, commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific, stressed the importance of the U.S.-Philippine partnership. “Our navies, just like ... Read More»

U.S. Government Conducts Targeting and Risk Management Training with Philippine Border Security Agencies

Manila, June 24, 2019 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines conducted a border security training with 19 officers from the Bureau of Customs, Bureau of Immigration, and Philippine Coast Guard from June 17 to 21.  The training provided participants with a thorough understanding of the targeting and risk management process to help identify high-risk ... Read More»

U.S. and Philippines Train Prosecutors and Investigators to Combat Online Sexual Exploitation of Children

Davao City, June 21, 2019 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines partnered with the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) and the International Justice Mission (IJM) to train 60 prosecutors and investigators in combatting online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC) from June 17 to 20 in Davao City.  The training was implemented through the U.S. ... Read More»

U.S.-Philippine Cooperation Leads to Arrest of U.S. Fugitive in Davao

Davao, June 19, 2019 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines commends the Philippine Bureau of Immigration (BI) for the arrest of a U.S. citizen fugitive in Davao. The successful arrest occurred in collaboration with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) officers in Manila and Connecticut, as well as the Department of State Assistant Regional Security Office/ ... Read More»

U.S. Homeland Security Investigations and Philippine National Police Partner on Anti-Cybersex Rescue Operation in Antipolo City

Antipolo City, May 31, 2019 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines commends the Philippine National Police (PNP)-HSI Transnational Criminal Investigative Unit (TCIU) and the PNP Women and Children Protection Center (WCPC) for the arrest of Philippine citizen Kechelle Abayon and the rescue of five children in Antipolo City. The coordinated effort was successful thanks in ... Read More»

U.S.-Philippine Cooperation Leads to the Rescue of One Child and an Arrest for Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

Manila, May 27, 2019 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines commends the Philippine National Police (PNP)-Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Transnational Criminal Investigative Unit (TCIU), in collaboration with the PNP Women and Children Protection Center and the Philippine Bureau of Immigration (BI), for the arrest of a U.S. citizen and the rescue of a child. ... Read More»

U.S. Government and ADB Partner to Expand Asia’s Sustainable Energy Market

Manila, June 18, 2019 — The U.S. government launched a partnership with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) June 18 to accelerate the transition to a sustainable, secure, and market-driven energy sector in Asia.  U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Asia Bureau Acting Assistant Administrator Gloria Steele and ADB Strategy, Policy, and Review Department Director General ... Read More»

U.S. Government Awards Grants to Marawi’s Displaced Communities

Members of the Kangiginawae Ko Masa organization receive a grant certificate from USAID Acting Mission Director Patrick Wesner (third from right) and Task Force Bangon Marawi Field Office Manager Assistant Secretary Felix Castro, Jr. (second from right) during the community grants handover event in Marawi City. Marawi City, June 17, 2019 — As part of ... Read More»

U.S. Government and CCAP Partner to Boost Cold Chain Systems in Four Cities

Iloilo City, June 14, 2019 — The U.S. government and the Cold Chain Association of the Philippines (CCAP) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to enhance the cold chain systems in the Philippines on June 7, 2019. The partnership between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and CCAP will work in Bagangas, Cagayan de ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy and Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation Recognize Outstanding Journalist and Public Servant

Manila, June 11, 2019 — The U.S. Embassy, in partnership with the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF), recognized the accomplishments of Karen Davila of ABS-CBN and Dr. Marylendra “Neth” Penetrante of the Children & Youth Wellness Technical and Advocacy Center by awarding them with the 2019 Ninoy and Cory Aquino Awards for Journalism and ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Social Security Administration at Consular Agency Cebu June 26-27

Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Social Security Administration at Consular Agency Cebu June 26-27 U.S. Embassy representatives from the Social Security Administration (SSA) will be available at the U.S. Consular Agency in Cebu City on Wednesday, June 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and Thursday, June 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. SSA ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Outreach in Angeles City on June 20, 2019 and Olongapo City on June 21, 2019

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Outreach in Angeles City on June 20, 2019 and Olongapo City on June 21, 2019 The U.S. Embassy’s American Citizen Services (ACS) unit will conduct outreach visits in Angeles City on June 20 and Olongapo City on June 21 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  The ACS team will be accompanied by representatives from the Social Security Administration ... Read More»

U.S., Philippines, and Indonesia Partner to Enhance Counterterrorism Capabilities

General Santos City, May 30, 2019 — Prosecutors, law enforcement officials, and legal experts from the United States, Philippines, and Indonesia came together from May 22 to 23 for a workshop on effective investigations and prosecutions of terrorism cases.  The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, through the U.S. Department of Justice (U.S. DOJ) Office of ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Strengthens Philippine Law Enforcement Drug Demand Reduction Programs

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) collaborated with the Philippine Dangerous Drugs Board and the Sri Lanka-based Colombo Plan to strengthen drug demand reduction initiatives in the Philippines.  Fifty-two officers from the Philippine National Police, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, ... Read More»

Haquathon

SEARCH FOR TECH-BASED SOLUTIONS TO SAVE OUR SEAS NOW OPEN! U.S. Embassy in the Philippines  and  Save Philippine Seas  (SPS) are pleased to announce the call for applications to the Haquathon, a search for tech-based solutions to save our seas. The Haquathon seeks Philippine-based individuals, groups, or organizations to create and pilot solutions that address coastal- and marine-related sustainability issues.  Proposals may be a ... Read More»

U.S. Pacific Air Forces Commander’s Visit to Manila Enhances Partnership with Philippine Air Force

Manila, May 17, 2019 — U.S. Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) Commander Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. traveled to the Philippines from May 15 to 17 to meet with senior officials from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine Air Force (PAF). “Our relationship with the Philippines is one of our most enduring ... Read More»

U.S. Government and PBEd Launch Recruitment Drive for Work-Based Training Opportunities for Youth

Manila, May 17, 2019 — The U.S. government and Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) launched YouthWorks PH Recruitment Drive, part of a five-year, Php1.8 billion public-private partnership to provide life skills and employability workshops for at least 20,000 unemployed, out-of-school youth ages 18-24.  YouthWorks PH will connect youth to work-based training opportunities. U.S. Ambassador to ... Read More»

U.S., Philippine Coast Guards Conduct Joint Search and Rescue Exercise

South China Sea, May 15, 2019 — The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf (WMSL 750) and vessels from the Philippine Coast Guard conducted joint search-and-rescue exercises on May 14. The Bertholf, a 418-foot National Security Cutter based in Alameda, California, trained with the Philippine Coast Guard patrol vessels BRP Batangas and BRP Kalanggaman on small ... Read More»

U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter Bertholf visits Manila

Manila, May 15, 2019 — The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf (WMSL 750) arrived in Manila, Philippines for the first visit by a U.S. cutter to the country in over 7 years. The visit follows a bilateral exercise with the Philippine Coast Guard on May 14 in which Bertholf and Philippine San Juan-class patrol vessel ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy’s Statement on Philippine Elections

May 15, 2019 — The United States congratulates the people of the Philippines on the completion of the 2019 midterm elections.  The campaigning and turnout for the elections are a testament to the Philippines’ vibrant democracy.  The Philippines and the United States have an enduring alliance, which is strengthened by shared commitment to democratic values and ... Read More»

U.S., Philippines Celebrate Successful Partnership that Expanded Opportunities for 25,000+ Out-of-School Youth

Manila, May 3, 2019 — The U.S. and Philippine governments celebrated the successful conclusion of the six-year, Php832-million Mindanao Youth for Development (MYDev) project.  The partnership between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Education (DepEd), and 11 local government units across Mindanao expanded access ... Read More»

Top 8 Tips to Reduce Exposure to Air Pollution

by Air Quality Expert Michael Shell Here are some tips to reduce your exposure to harmful air pollution! You can also take steps to reduce your contribution to them along the way. When possible, avoid traveling during the busiest times of the day in Metro Manila. In traffic congestion, the higher number of vehicles and ... Read More»

U.S. CBP and EXBS Program Conducts International Seaport Interdiction Training

Olongapo City, April 30, 2019 – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) conducted an International Seaport Interdiction Training (ISIT) for 21 officers from Philippine agencies on seaport interdiction and law enforcement. The ISIT provided a combination of classroom and practical exercises.  The classroom lectures focused on techniques to detect smuggled contrabands, identify weapons of mass ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Outreach in Bohol on May 7, 2019

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines  Message for U.S. Citizens:  Outreach in Bohol on May 7, 2019   The U.S. Embassy’s American Citizen Services (ACS) unit will be providing U.S. citizen services in Bohol on May 7, 2019.  Representatives from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will accompany the ACS team.  Representatives from the Social Security Administration will provide ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Outreach in Bacolod City on April 25, 2019 and Iloilo City on April 26, 2019

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Outreach in Bacolod City on April 25, 2019 and Iloilo City on April 26, 2019 The U.S. Embassy’s American Citizen Services (ACS) unit will be providing U.S. citizen services in Bacolod City on April 25, 2019 and Iloilo City on April 26, 2019.  Representatives from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Launches New English Access Programs

Manila, April 15, 2019 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines launched new English Access Microscholarship Programs in Quezon City and in Taguig.  The Access Program provides 13 to 20 year-old students from low income communities with a foundation in English during two years of afterschool instruction and intensive summer learning activities. Working in partnership ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila, April 15, 2019

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila, April 15, 2019 Location:  Throughout the Philippines Event:  The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to exercise caution while traveling and residing in the Philippines.  The holiday season is a prime time for criminal and terrorist activity.  While victims can oftentimes ‎simply be at the wrong ... Read More»

U.S. Trains Office of the Ombudsman Investigators and Prosecutors on Cyber Investigations and Digital Evidence

Manila, April 11, 2019 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines partnered with the Office of the Ombudsman to train 35 anti-graft investigators and prosecutors on cyber investigations and digital evidence from March 27 to 28. The training was implemented through the U.S. Department of Justice (U.S. DOJ) Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and ... Read More»

New Travel Advisory Issued Alert: Updated Travel Advisory – April 10, 2019

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines New Travel Advisory Issued Alert: Updated Travel Advisory – April 10, 2019 Location:  Philippines Travel Advisory Event:  The U.S. Department of State has updated its Philippines Travel Advisory.  Worldwide Travel Advisories now include country-specific information about kidnapping threats that exist for U.S. citizens traveling or residing abroad. Assistance: U.S. Embassy in the Philippines ... Read More»

Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission John C. Law at the 77th Day of Valor (Araw ng Kagitingan) Ceremony

77th Day of Valor Ceremony Deputy Chief of Mission John C. Law Remarks Mount Samat National Shrine in Bataan, April 9, 2019 As delivered  Secretary Año, Madame Vice President, Congressman Garcia, Ambassador Haneda, His Excellency the Papal Nuncio, distinguished guests and most especially our honored veterans, their families and their loved ones. Magandang umaga sa ... Read More»

U.S. Trains Philippine Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Justices on Cybercrime

Seated, from left to right: Supreme Court Associate Justices Rosemari Carandang, Andres Reyes Jr., Estela Perlas-Bernabe, Antonio Carpio, Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin, Associate Justices Mariano Del Castillo, Marvic Leonen, Alexander Gesmundo, and Amy Lazaro-Javier.  Standing, from left to right: Court Administrator Midas Marquez, U.S. Department of Justice (U.S. DOJ) Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, ... Read More»

U.S. and Philippine Forces Come Together for the Opening Ceremony of Balikatan 2019

(Left to right) Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Lt. Gen. Gilbert I. Gapay, commanding general of the Southern Luzon Command and exercise co-director; Department of National Defense Undersecretary Cardozo M. Luna; Ambassador Kim; Gen. Benjamin R. Madrigal Jr., Chief of Staff of the AFP; and U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Christopher A. McPhillips, commanding ... Read More»

U.S. and Tagbilaran City Partner to Expand Access to Safe Drinking Water

Tagbilaran City officials at Tagbilaran City’s World Water Day celebration, led by Mayor John Geesnell Yap (fifth from left) and joined by USAID representatives Marian Cruz-Navata (fourth from left) and Bernadette Cariaga (second from left). With USAID assistance, the city government has improved water services, including upgrading water pipes and the metering system. Tagbilaran City, ... Read More»

Philippines Barangay Blue Ridge Visits the USS Blue Ridge

Manila, March 21, 2019 — U.S. 7th Fleet Flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) and embarked 7th Fleet staff welcomed residents of Quezon City’s Barangay Blue Ridge B for a ship tour while docked in Manila, Philippines on March 17. Because the USS Blue Ridge and Barangay Blue Ridge B share a namesake, the Blue ... Read More»

U.S.-Philippine Cooperation Leads to Arrest of U.S. Fugitive

Pampanga, March 18, 2019 — U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents, the Philippine National Police (PNP) Manila Police District/Special Operations Unit (SOU), and the Philippine Bureau of Immigration (BI)/Fugitive Search Unit (FSU) arrested a U.S. fugitive wanted on child pornography-related charges in Angeles City, Pampanga on March 16.  The successful operation was a result of ... Read More»

Humanitarian Projects Begin throughout Luzon in Support of Exercise Balikatan 19

Manila, March 15, 2019 — Multinational forces began humanitarian and civic assistance projects as part of exercise Balikatan 2019 on March 12. Philippine, U.S., and Australian forces attended ground-breaking ceremonies for the renovation of three elementary schools in Orani, Bataan Province; Pangil, Laguna Province; and San Juan, Batangas Province as well as a health clinic ... Read More»

USS Blue Ridge Arrives in Manila

Manila, March 13, 2019 — U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) and embarked 7th Fleet staff arrived in Manila today for the ship’s first port visit to the Philippines since 2016. The Blue Ridge and 7th Fleet team have longstanding ties with the Philippines and this port visit offers opportunities to reconnect ... Read More»

U.S. and Philippines Kick Off Pacific Partnership 2019

(L-R) Royal Australian Navy Capt. Brendon Zilko, Commander of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Central Command Lt. Gen. Noel Clement, Department of National Defense Office of Civil Defense Undersecretary Ricardo B. Jalad, Tacloban City Mayor Cristina Romualdez, U.S. Embassy in the Philippines Deputy Chief of Mission John C. Law, Commander of Hawaii National ... Read More»

2019 EducationUSA Fairs in Cebu and Manila Attract Record Attendance of More Than 2,600

Manila, March 8, 2019 — EducationUSA, the U.S. government’s official resource for students interested in pursuing higher education opportunities in the United States, welcomed 43 accredited university and college representatives from the United States to its annual university fairs in Cebu and Manila on February 28 and March 1.  Nearly 800 students, parents, and educators ... Read More»

U.S. and Philippines Train Metro Manila Judges on Financial Crimes

Manila, March 8, 2019 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, through the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT), partnered with the Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA) to train 24 Metro Manila judges on financial crimes and money laundering from February 26 to 27 in Makati City. U.S. District ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Dumaguete City Outreach – March 19, 2019

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Dumaguete City Outreach – March 19, 2019 The U.S. Embassy’s American Citizen Services (ACS) unit will be providing U.S. citizen services in Dumaguete City on March 19, 2019 from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  The ACS team will be accompanied by representatives from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  Representatives from the Social Security Administration ... Read More»

U.S. Secretary of State’s Visit Reaffirms Strong U.S.-Philippines Ties

Manila, March 1, 2019 – U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo reaffirmed the strong ties and enduring alliance between the United States and the Philippines during his first visit to the Philippines as Secretary of State. Secretary Pompeo met with President Rodrigo Duterte on February 28 to discuss the importance of the bilateral relationship ... Read More»

U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo Arrives in Philippines, Meets with President Duterte

Manila, February 28, 2019  — U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met with President Rodrigo Duterte upon his arrival to the Philippines on Thursday, February 28.  The meeting underscored our cooperation on bilateral and regional security issues. Secretary Pompeo arrived at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on Thursday at 8:36 p.m. and ... Read More»

U.S. Homeland Security Investigations and Philippine National Police Partner to Rescue Underage Victims during an Anti-cybersex Operation in Taguig

U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents and the Philippine National Police (PNP)-HSI Transnational Criminal Investigative Unit (TCIU) arrested two Philippine nationals and rescued nine minor victims during an anti-cybersex operation in Taguig, Philippines on February 16, 2019.  The successful operation was a result of close cooperation between Philippine and U.S. authorities. HSI Manila, the PNP-HSI ... Read More»

EducationUSA Fair Participant Becomes First Filipino Student at U.S. University

Manila, February 27, 2019 — Following her participation in the U.S. Embassy’s 2018 EducationUSA Fair, Marian Cedeño became the first Filipino student to attend the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) in Texas when she started classes this semester. Cedeño, who was among the top students at the Filipino Turkish Tolerance School in Zamboanga, attended ... Read More»

U.S. and Philippine Armies Launch Exercise Salaknib 19

Manila, February 27, 2019 — The Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. Army Pacific will participate in Exercise Salaknib 2019, which will be conducted in and around Fort Magsaysay, Palayan, and Nueva Ecija, Philippines from March 4 to 24, 2019.  The U.S. Army 7th Infantry Division Commander Maj. Gen. Willard M. Burleson III and ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Congratulates NASA Space Apps Challenge Winners

Manila, February 21, 2019 — U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim congratulated Team iNON for beating out 1,395 teams from around the world to win the Best Galactic Impact category in the 2018 NASA Space Apps Challenge.  Ambassador Kim awarded certificates of recognition to team members Revbrain Martin, Marie Jeddah Legaspi, Julius Czar Torreda, ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Cebu Consular Agency Closed on Tuesday March 5, 2019

Message for U.S. Citizens: Cebu Consular Agency Closed on Tuesday March 5, 2019 Please be advised that the Cebu Consular Agency will be closed on Tuesday March 5, 2019. On Thursday, March 7, the Consular Agency will return to regular operating hours, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The Consular Agency normally provides services on ... Read More»

U.S., Philippines Launch Strategy for Innovation and Growth

Manila, February 19, 2019 — The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) launched a strategy to build innovation capacity among public higher education institutions throughout the country on February 12, 2019. The strategy recognizes the critical role of university systems in preparing Filipino students for ... Read More»

Commander of U.S. Marine Forces Pacific Lt. Gen. Craparotta Visits Manila, Emphasizes U.S.-Philippine Alliance

Manila, February 18, 2019 — Lieutenant General Lewis A. Craparotta, Commander of U.S. Marine Forces Pacific (MARFORPAC), visited the Philippines from February 16 to 18 and emphasized the importance of the U.S.-Philippine alliance to the Indo-Pacific region. During his visit, Craparotta met with the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) ... Read More»

U.S.-Philippine Partnership Fosters Citizen Engagement and Good Governance in Mindanao

Cebu City, February 14, 2019 — The U.S. and Philippine governments celebrated the accomplishments of a six-year U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) project that has worked to improve peace and stability in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao.  The Enhancing Governance, Accountability and Engagement (ENGAGE) project is a six-year, Php 860 million U.S.-Philippine partnership to advance ... Read More»

EducationUSA to Host 2nd Education Fair in Cebu City, Philippines

Cebu, February 12, 2019 — EducationUSA, the U.S. government’s official resource for students interested in pursuing higher education opportunities in the United States, will host its second annual education fair in Cebu on Thursday, February 28 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Radisson Blu Hotel.  The EducationUSA Fair will feature more than 30 ... Read More»

EducationUSA to Host 4th Annual Education Fair in Manila

Manila, February 12, 2019 — EducationUSA, the U.S. government’s official resource for students interested in pursuing higher education opportunities in the United States, will host its annual education fair in Manila on Friday, March 1 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Shangri-La at the Fort, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.  The EducationUSA Fair will ... Read More»

U.S., Philippines Unveil New Coast Guard Maritime Training Facility

Bulacan, February 11, 2019 – The United States and the Philippines jointly unveiled the Outboard Motor Center of Excellence, a new maritime training facility, in Balagtas, Bulacan on February 11.  The U.S. government funded the Php 39 million facility, which will enhance the Philippine Coast Guard’s capacity to train its workforce and sustain its equipment.  ... Read More»

U.S. Partners with Philippines to Improve Broadband Access

Manila, February 7, 2019 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines awarded a Php 23.8 million grant to the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to support implementation of the Philippines National Broadband Network Project.  U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim and DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo M. Rio, Jr. signed the grant during ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Social Security Administration at the Consular Agency in Cebu City February 12-13

Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Social Security Administration at the Consular Agency in Cebu City February 12-13 U.S. Embassy representatives from the Social Security Administration (SSA) will be available at the U.S. Consular Agency in Cebu on Tuesday, February 12 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Wednesday, February 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 ... Read More»

U.S. and Philippine Air Forces conclude the Bilateral Air Contingent Exercise – Philippines (BACE-P)

Members of the U.S. and Philippine Air Forces marked the successful completion of 12 days of bilateral training and increased mutual cooperation during the seventh iteration of the Bilateral Air Continent Exchange – Philippines (BACE-P) at Cesar Basa Air Base, Pampanga. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Anthony Small) Pampanga, February 5, 2019 — ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Outreach in Olongapo City on February 13, 2019 and Angeles City on February 14, 2019

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Outreach in Olongapo City on February 13, 2019 and Angeles City on February 14, 2019 The U.S. Embassy’s American Citizen Services (ACS) unit will conduct outreach visits in Olongapo City on February 13 and Angeles City on February 14 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The ACS team will be accompanied by representatives from the Social Security Administration ... Read More»

Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): Marine Hackathon

The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines announces an open competition for non-profit organizations interested in organizing a marine hackathon in June 2019 to create digital solutions to marine life and ecosystem challenges such as illegal, unreported & unregulated fishing, the destruction of coral reefs that affect the environment and human life, and coastal communities’ quality ... Read More»

U.S., Philippines Cut the Ribbon on Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement Project

Pampanga, January 30, 2019 — U.S. Ambassador Sung Y. Kim and Secretary of National Defense Delfin N. Lorenzana cut the ribbon on the first major project under the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) at Cesar Basa Air Base, Pampanga, on January 29. The ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the completion of construction on a Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief warehouse, which will ... Read More»

Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Manila, December 26, 2018

Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Manila, December 26, 2018 Location:  Manila-Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) Event:  On December 26, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a formal notice regarding the aviation security measures at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. Actions to Take: Read the DHS Notice for further information. Exercise Increased Caution when traveling to or from Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Assistance: U.S. Embassy ... Read More»

U.S. Peace Corps Strengthens Partnership with Philippine Department of Education and Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency

The U.S. Peace Corps signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Education and Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency on December 17, 2018. The MOU outlines the roles and responsibilities of the three agencies in the design, promotion, implementation, evaluation, and support of Peace Corps Philippines projects and activities in the Education ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila, December 21, 2018

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila, December 21, 2018 Location:  Throughout the Philippines Event:  The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to exercise caution while traveling and residing in the Philippines.  The holiday season is a prime time for criminal and terrorist activity.  While victims can oftentimes ‎simply be at the wrong place at the wrong time, ... Read More»

U.S. and Philippines Partner to Train Prosecutors and Investigators on Countering Trafficking in Persons at Airports

Angeles City, December 14, 2018 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, through the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training (OPDAT), partnered with the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) and the Philippine Society of Criminologists and Criminal Justice Professionals (PSCCJP) to train 21 NAIA and Clark-based airport investigators and 20 ... Read More»

U.S. and Philippine Coast Guards Conduct Maritime Law Enforcement Training

Manila, December 13, 2018 — A U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Mobile Education and Training Team (MTT) conducted two Maritime Law Enforcement (MLE) training courses with the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in November.  The courses, an MLE Boarding Officer Course (BOC) and MLE Instructor Development Course (IDC), teach maritime law enforcement procedures and fundamentals. Both the ... Read More»

U.S. Indo-Pacific Commander Admiral Davidson Visits Manila

Manila, December 12, 2018 — Admiral Philip Davidson, Commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, visited Manila from December 10 to 11. While in Manila, Admiral Davidson attended the Balangiga Bells handover ceremony and the Armed Forces of the Philippines Change of Command. During his visit, Admiral Davidson met with President Rodrigo Duterte and Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana ... Read More»

U.S.-Philippines Partnership Helps Boost Revenue for Philippine Government

Manila, December 12, 2018 — The U.S. and Philippine governments recently held a completion ceremony to celebrate the success of a five-year, Php822 million partnership that helped improve fiscal performance in the Philippines. In 2013, the U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), launched a five-year project, Facilitating Public Investment (FPI), to ... Read More»

U.S. Government Returns Balangiga Bells to the Philippines

Manila, December 11, 2018 — This morning at 10:30 a.m., the three Balangiga Bells arrived at Villamor Air Base in Manila.  U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim participated in a ceremony officially turning the bells over to the Philippine government. “The history of these bells spans the entire relationship between the United States and ... Read More»

U.S. Government Returns Balangiga Bells to the Philippines

READ: U.S. Secretary of Defense Announces Return of Balangiga Bells SEE PHOTOS: Balangiga Bells Departed Wyoming on November 15, 2018 SEE PHOTOS: All Three Balangiga Bells Reunited in Okinawa, Japan SEE PHOTOS: Balangiga Bells Depart Okinawa READ: U.S. Government Returns Balangiga Bells to the Philippines Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Sung Kim at the Ceremony of the Return of the Balangiga Bells

Return of Balangiga Bells U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim Manila December 11, 2018 As prepared Magandang hapon.  Good afternoon.  Thank you all for joining us today.  It is a tremendous honor for me to be a part of this historic occasion. I’m proud and grateful to be joined by Executive Secretary Medialdea, ... Read More»

Balangiga Bells Depart Okinawa

READ: U.S. Secretary of Defense Announces Return of Balangiga Bells SEE PHOTOS: Balangiga Bells Departed Wyoming on November 15, 2018 SEE PHOTOS: All Three Balangiga Bells Reunited in Okinawa, Japan SEE PHOTOS: U.S. Government Returns Balangiga Bells to the Philippines READ: U.S. Government Returns Balangiga Bells to the Philippines Read More»

All Three Balangiga Bells Reunited in Okinawa, Japan

READ: U.S. Secretary of Defense Announces Return of Balangiga Bells SEE PHOTOS: Balangiga Bells Departed Wyoming on November 15, 2018 SEE PHOTOS: Balangiga Bells Depart Okinawa SEE PHOTOS: U.S. Government Returns Balangiga Bells to the Philippines READ: U.S. Government Returns Balangiga Bells to the Philippines Read More»

Balangiga Bells Departed Wyoming on November 15, 2018

READ: U.S. Secretary of Defense Announces Return of Balangiga Bells SEE PHOTOS: All Three Balangiga Bells Reunited in Okinawa, Japan SEE PHOTOS: Balangiga Bells Depart Okinawa SEE PHOTOS: U.S. Government Returns Balangiga Bells to the Philippines READ: U.S. Government Returns Balangiga Bells to the Philippines Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Social Security Administration in Cebu City December 12-13

Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Social Security Administration in Cebu City December 12-13 U.S. Embassy representatives from the Social Security Administration (SSA) will be available at the U.S. Consular Agency in Cebu City on Wednesday, December 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and Thursday, December 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. SSA will ... Read More»

U.S., Philippines Partner to Train Judges from Visayas and Zamboanga Peninsula on New Cybercrime Rules

Cebu City, November 21, 2018 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, through the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training (OPDAT), partnered with the Philippine Supreme Court Sub-Committee on Commercial Courts (SCC) and the Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA) to train 26 cybercourt judges from Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern ... Read More»

U.S., Philippines Launch Php1.3 Billion Sustainable Fisheries Project

U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission John Law (3rd from left) and Bureau of Fisheries Director Eduardo Gongona (2nd from left) unveil the Fish Right program billboard to mark the official launch of the new partnership between the U.S. and Philippine governments to promote sustainable fisheries in the country.  Also in the photo are (L-R) ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Road Closures and Detours on November 20-21

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Road Closures and Detours on November 20-21 The Manila District Traffic Enforcement Unit and the Philippine National Police have informed the U.S. Embassy of road closures and detours expected during the visit of Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China on November 20-21, 2018.  For security purposes, actual road ... Read More»

U.S. Government Announces Additional Assistance for Families Displaced by Typhoon Ompong

The U.S. Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission John C. Law addresses media representatives, partners, and landslide-affected families in Itogon, Benguet.  The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development, is providing Php37.3 million in new assistance for families that lost their homes and livelihoods during Typhoon Ompong in Benguet and Cagayan provinces Baguio ... Read More»

U.S. Secretary of Defense Announces Return of Balangiga Bells

Manila, November 15, 2018 — U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced the return of the Balangiga Bells to the Philippines during a ceremony at F. E. Warren Air Force Base, Cheyenne, Wyoming, on November 14 (GMT-7).  Philippine Ambassador to the U.S. Jose Manuel Romualdez attended the ceremony which marked the beginning of the process ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Hosts Great American Thanksgiving Celebration

Manila, November 15, 2018 — Ambassador Sung Kim hosted a Thanksgiving celebration at the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines on November 13 to showcase U.S. food products available in the Philippines. At the celebration, visiting U.S. Under Secretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney thanked customers in the Philippines for supporting ... Read More»

U.S.-Philippines High-Level Dialogue Marks Progress in Combating Child Trafficking

Manila, November 15, 2018 — Senior U.S. and Philippine officials conducted a high-level dialogue on November 6 to mark progress and outline next steps in the four-year U.S.-Philippines Child Protection Compact (CPC) Partnership.  The dialogue centered on assessing progress toward achieving the CPC Partnership’s goals of improving the government’s capacity to investigate and prosecute cases ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: New Social Security Business Hours

Message for U.S. Citizens: New Social Security Business Hours Beginning Monday, December 3, 2018, the Social Security Administration (SSA) office at the U.S. Embassy in Manila will be open for in-office appointments and walk-in services from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Philippine and U.S. holidays.  SSA’s telephone hours (phone number +63-2-301-2000 ... Read More»

U.S. Commits Php595 Million to Extend U.S.-Philippines Partnership for Advancing Peace and Stability in Mindanao

Manila, November 15, 2018 — The U.S. government announced a Php595 million extension of the Mindanao Peace and Development Assistance Agreement on Tuesday, November 13.  The bilateral agreement, a partnership between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), supports projects that enhance governance, expand economic opportunities, provide infrastructure, and ... Read More»

U.S. Army Pacific’s General Brown Visits Manila, Emphasizes U.S.-Philippine Alliance

Manila, November 13, 2018 — General Robert Brown, Commander of U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC), visited the Philippines from November 10 to 13, emphasizing the importance of the U.S.-Philippine alliance to the Indo-Pacific region. While in the Philippines, Gen. Brown attended a U.S. and Philippine Veterans Day ceremony at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Outreach in Tacloban City on November 14, 2018

Message for U.S. Citizens: Outreach in Tacloban City on November 14, 2018 October 31, 2018 The U.S. Embassy’s American Citizen Services (ACS) unit will provide U.S. citizen services in Tacloban City on November 14, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  The ACS team will be accompanied by representatives from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  Representatives from the Social Security Administration will ... Read More»

Chief of Naval Operations Visits Philippines, Highlights Importance of U.S.-Philippine Alliance

Manila, October 30, 2018 — Admiral John M. Richardson, U.S. Navy Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), visited the Philippines on October 28 and 29, highlighting the importance of the U.S.-Philippine alliance to the Indo-Pacific region. While in the Philippines, Adm. Richardson met with Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Gen. ... Read More»

Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (October 29, 2018)

Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (October 29, 2018) Location:  Northern and Central Luzon Event:  Typhoon Rosita (Yutu) is forecast to make landfall near the border of Aurora and Isabela provinces Tuesday morning, October 30.  Residents of Northern and Central Luzon, including Baguio City, will likely experience heavy rains, high winds, flooding, and dangerous driving ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Hosts NASA Space Apps Challenge

Manila, October 23, 2018 — The United States Embassy in the Philippines, in partnership with De La Salle University (DLSU), hosted the 2018 National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Space Apps Challenge at the DLSU American Corner from October 19 to 21. Fifteen teams participated in the three-day  program, which included a one-day “data  boot camp” followed by a 48-hour hackathon.  On the final day, ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Cebu Consular Agency Limited Hours November 5 – December 10, 2018

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Cebu Consular Agency Limited Hours November 5 – December 10, 2018 October 23, 2018 Beginning Monday November 5, the Consular Agency in Cebu will be open only on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m, providing the full range of emergency and non-emergency services. Please note that the Consular ... Read More»

U.S. Government and DOH Celebrate Improved Health of Filipino Families

U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim and Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III are joined by (L-R) DOH Assistant Secretary Lyndon Lee Suy, DOH ARMM Secretary Kadil Sinolinding, U.S. Agency for International Development Mission Director Lawrence Hardy II and Commission on Population Executive Director JP Perez III to open an exhibit highlighting ... Read More»

#ForMindanao Summit Highlights Results of Grassroots Marawi Conflict Response Initiative

Misamis Oriental, October 17, 2018 – Community leaders from Marawi, Lanao del Norte, and Lanao del Sur came together for a #ForMindanao Summit in Misamis Oriental to showcase projects funded by the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ Php18.5 million #ForMindanao campaign.  With this funding, community leaders have assisted approximately 43,000 Mindanaoans affected by the Marawi crisis. ... Read More»

Ambassador Kim Announces Php1.35 billion Marawi Response Project

U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim visited Marawi October 16, 2018. During the visit, he met with (left to right) Marawi Mayor Majul Gandamra, Lanao del Sur Vice Governor Mamintal Alonto Adiong, Jr., Governor Bedjoria Soraya Alonto Adiong, and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Assemblyman Zia Alonto Adiong. (Photo credit: Lanao del Sur ... Read More»

U.S.-Philippine Cooperation Leads to Arrest of Visa Fixer

Manila, October 16, 2018 —A joint investigation by the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines Office of Overseas Criminal Investigations (OCI) and the Philippines National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Anti-Organized and Transnational Crime Division resulted in the arrest of a visa fixer, Manuel “Nonoy” Bala, on October 5, 2018. On October 5, 2018, OCI requested that ... Read More»