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»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Cebu Consular Agency Closure on Certain Dates in May

Message for U.S. Citizens: Cebu Consular Agency Closure on Certain Dates in May The Consular Agency in Cebu will be closed Thursday and Friday May 2-3, Thursday and Friday May 9-10, Monday May 13, and Thursday and Friday May 16-17. The Consular Agency will be open for normal business on Monday and Tuesday May 6-7 ... 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»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Outreach in Legazpi City on February 21, 2019

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Outreach in Legazpi City on February 21, 2019 The U.S. Embassy would like to inform U.S. citizens that the American Citizen Services (ACS) unit will be holding an outreach visit in Legazpi City on February 21, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  The ACS team will be accompanied by representatives ... 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»

U.S. and Philippines Train Investigators and Prosecutors on Prosecuting Online Sexual Exploitation of Children

Manila, October 15, 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 Interagency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) and International Justice Mission (IJM) to train more than 70 Philippine cybercrime investigators, prosecutors, and advocates on combatting online sexual exploitation ... Read More»

U.S., Philippines Celebrate Milestones in Protecting Philippine Forests and Biodiversity

Manila, October 12, 2018 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) celebrated the success of USAID’s six-year, Php1.35 billion partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in strengthening the country’s forest and biodiversity conservation. Since 2012, USAID has been partnering with the DENR, local ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Outreach in Bacolod City on October 11, 2018 and Iloilo City on October 12, 2018

Message for U.S. Citizens: Outreach in Bacolod City on October 11, 2018 and Iloilo City on October 12, 2018 NOTE:  This is a correction to the message that was sent on September 26, 2018.  Representatives from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will not be present at the event.  We regret any inconvenience this may ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Social Security Administration in Cebu City October 22 – 26, 2018

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Social Security Administration in Cebu City October 22 – 26, 2018 U.S. Embassy representatives from the Social Security Administration (SSA) will be available in Cebu City October 22 – 26, 2018.  To schedule an appointment, please contact SSA by e-mail at FBU.Manila@ssa.gov .  A representative will notify each person of the time, date, ... Read More»

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Conducts Training for Bureau of Customs Officers

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection conducted an International Seaport Interdiction Training with 25 Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) officers from September 17 to 21, 2018 in Mandaue City, Cebu.  Participants included BOC officers from the ports of Cebu, Davao, Batangas, Iloilo, Manila, Cagayan de Oro, and the Manila International Container Port.   The training, ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy to Host First NASA Space Apps Challenge in the Philippines

Manila, October 4, 2018 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines will partner with De La Salle University to host the first U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Space Apps Challenge from October 19 to 21 in Manila.  The event is open to groups of three to five people, ages 16 and above. In ... Read More»

U.S. Announces Php250 Million Project Extension to Advance Innovation and Growth in the Philippines

Manila, October 4, 2018 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), announced a Php250 million, three-year extension of USAID’s Science, Technology, Research, and Innovation for Development (STRIDE) project.  The additional assistance, which brings the total USAID investment in the innovation sector to nearly Php2 billion since 2013, ... Read More»

Embassy Supports Philippine Army Social Media Cell

Manila, October 3, 2018 — Information Operations Specialists with U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, trained a new Philippine Army (PA) social media monitoring cell on September 28 on monitoring, clarifying, and countering disinformation spread by violent extremist organizations on social media. The cell, developed at the direction of PA Commanding General ... Read More»

Peace Corps Philippines Receives 2018 Gawad Kadakilaan Award for Mindanao Project

U.S. Peace Corps Philippines received the Gawad Kadakilaan Award in September for the tremendous impact of Peace Corps’ Padayon Mindanao 2.0 program on out-of-school youth and Alternative Learning System educators in Mindanao.  Gawad Kadakilaan is an award conferred annually by the I Transform! Campaign Consortium (ITCC), led by Youthlead Philippines (YLP), in recognition of individuals ... Read More»

U.S. Marines and Armed Forces of the Philippines Launch Exercise KAMANDAG 2

Brigadier General Chris McPhillips, Commanding General of the 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Major General Nathaniel Casem, Inspector General of the Philippine Navy, and Brigadier General Melquiades Ordiales, Deputy Commandant of the Philippine Marine Corps, open exercise KAMANDAG 2 during a ceremony at Subic Bay International Airport. Subic Bay, October 1, 2018 — The 3d Marine ... Read More»

Indo-Pacific Command’s Admiral Davidson Visits Manila, Reinforces U.S.-Philippine Alliance

Admiral Philip Davidson, Commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command , spoke with Executive Secretary of the Philippines Salvador Medialdea on September 26 during Davidson’s recent visit to the Philippines. Admiral Philip Davidson met with Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana on September 27 during Davidson’s recent visit to the Philippines. Admiral Philip Davidson, Commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (Indo-PACOM), and General Carlito Galvez, ... Read More»

U.S. Indo-Pacific Command’s Admiral Davidson Visits Manila, Reinforces U.S.-Philippine Alliance

Manila, September 28, 2018 — Admiral Philip Davidson, Commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (Indo-PACOM), visited the Philippines for the annual Mutual Defense Board and Security Engagement Board (MDB-SEB) September 25 to 28, reinforcing the longstanding U. S.-Philippine alliance.  The trip marks his first visit to the Philippines as Indo-PACOM commander. The annual MDB-SEB coordinates ... Read More»

U.S. Partners with Philippines, Taiwan to Promote Environmentally Sound Management of Electronic Waste

Manila, September 28, 2018 — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration partnered to sponsor the 2018 International E-Waste Management Network workshop in Manila from September 24 to 28.  The event, hosted by the Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources, brought together participants from 17 countries to discuss new policies, ... Read More»

Annual Mutual Defense Board and Security Engagement Board Reinforces U.S.-Philippine Alliance

Adm. Philip Davidson, Commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, and Gen. Carlito Galvez, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, sign agreements on security cooperation activities for 2019 at this year’s Mutual Defense Board and Security Engagement Board Meeting at Tejeros Hall, AFP Commissioned Officers Club, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.  (Photo by ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Outreach in Bacolod City on October 11, 2018 and Iloilo City on October 12, 2018

Message for U.S. Citizens: Outreach in Bacolod City on October 11, 2018 and Iloilo City on October 12, 2018 The U.S. Embassy’s American Citizen Services (ACS) unit will provide U.S. citizen services in Bacolod City on October 11, 2018 and in Iloilo City on October 12, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  The ACS team will be accompanied by ... Read More»

US-PH Exchange Alumni Celebrate 70th Anniversary in Davao, Plan New Projects #ForMindanao

Davao City, September 25, 2018 — More than 330 alumni of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs from across Mindanao gathered in Davao City to celebrate the 70th anniversary of U.S.-Philippines exchanges, enhance regional alumni engagement, and plan collaborative projects on issues critical to Mindanao. On September 16, 120 alumni of U.S. government-sponsored exchanges from Eastern Mindanao reunited ... Read More»

U.S. and Philippines Partner to Train Judges on New Cybercrime Rules

Manila, September 25, 2018 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, through the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training (OPDAT), trained 35 metro Manila cybercourt judges from September 20 to 21.  OPDAT, together with the Philippine Supreme Court and the Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA), developed the training to help ... Read More»

U.S. Government Provides Millions of Rounds of Ammunition to the Armed Forces of the Philippines

Clark Air Base, September 24, 2018 — The U.S. government provided more than 5 million rounds of ammunition worth Php117.4 million ($2.2 million) to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for counterterrorism training. The ammunition was funded as a grant through the U.S. Counterterrorism Train and Equip Program and will be used primarily by ... Read More»

U.S. Government Supports Super Typhoon Ompong Response

Manila, September 19, 2018 — Super Typhoon Ompong triggered flooding and landslides in the northern Philippines, killing at least 81 people, destroying crops and livelihoods, and damaging homes throughout northern Luzon.  More than 180,000 found safety in government evacuation centers. In support of ongoing relief work, the U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International ... Read More»

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

Manila, September 14, 2018 — The U.S. Embassy, in partnership with the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF), recognized the accomplishments of Juliet Javellana of the Philippine Daily Inquirer and Marie Bella Chulipa of the Japan Philippines Community and Communication Stimulation and Therapeutic Activity Center of Baguio (JPCOM Cares) by awarding them with the 2018 ... Read More»

Philippine WWII Veterans Awarded U.S. Congress’ Highest Civilian Honor

Manila, September 13, 2018 — Ambassador Sung Kim presented thirteen Filipino World War II Veterans with bronze replicas of the Congressional Gold Medal at the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines on September 13, marking the first time the honor has been presented on Philippine soil. The Congressional Gold Medal is the U.S. Congress’ highest civilian ... Read More»

Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines

Location: Northern Luzon and parts of Central and Southern Luzon Event:  Typhoon Mangkhut (local name Ompong) has further intensified and is predicted to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Wednesday afternoon.  Heavy rains and strong winds are possible over Northern Luzon and parts of Central and Southern Luzon.  Surrounding seas are expected to be rough.  ... Read More»

Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines – September 12, 2018

Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines – September 12, 2018 Location:  Northern Luzon and parts of Central and Southern Luzon Event:  Typhoon Mangkhut (local name Ompong) has further intensified and is predicted to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Wednesday afternoon.  Heavy rains and strong winds are possible over Northern Luzon and parts of ... Read More»

Humanitarian Projects Begin in Ternate, Cavite

Multinational forces began humanitarian and civic assistance projects as part of exercise KAMANDAG 2 on Monday.  Philippine, Japanese, and U.S. forces attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the renovation of a high school and two daycare centers in Ternate.  The U.S. and Philippines will partner for a variety of community relations events during KAMANDAG 2. Read More»

#FriendsPartnersAllies Photo Contest

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY   OVERVIEW The U.S. and the Philippines are #FriendsPartnersAllies.  To celebrate the strong bilateral relationship, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines is organizing a photo essay contest on its Facebook Page. Interested participants must submit an original photo and a detailed caption answering the question: What does U.S.-Philippine friendship mean to you? The contest is ... Read More»

U.S. and Philippines Celebrate Cooperation on Good Governance in Education at 12th National Education Summit

Manila, September 7, 2018  — The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), convened the 12th National Education Summit on September 6, 2018 in partnership with the Philippine government and Synergeia Foundation.  More than 400 leaders from local governments, schools, and the private sector gathered to share good practices in education ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Cebu Consular Agency Offering Limited Services September 10-28, 2018

Message for U.S. Citizens: Cebu Consular Agency Offering Limited Services September 10-28, 2018 The U.S. Consular Agency in Cebu will offer limited services September 10-28, 2018. During the dates and times noted below, walk-ins will be seen for notary, legal capacity affidavit, passport, and emergency services. The Consular Agency will be open the following days and ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Partners with the Philippines to Train Prosecutors & Investigators on Counterterrorism

Zamboanga City, August 31, 2018 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, through the U.S. Department of Justice (U.S. DOJ) Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training (OPDAT), held a training on counterterrorism for 57 prosecutors and investigators from around Mindanao on August 28-30 in Zamboanga City. U.S. DOJ National Security Division Prosecutor Lolita ... Read More»

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Manisha Singh Visits Manila

Manila, August 31, 2018 — U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Manisha Singh visited Manila this week as part of a multi-stop trip to Asia to identify opportunities for broader bilateral engagement with government and private sector stakeholders as a part of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy. In separate meetings with Finance ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Outreach in Olongapo City on September 20, 2018 and Angeles City on September 21, 2018

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Outreach in Olongapo City on September 20, 2018 and Angeles City on September 21, 2018 The U.S. Embassy’s American Citizen Services (ACS) unit will be holding outreach visits in Olongapo City on September 20 and Angeles City on September 21 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The ACS team will be accompanied by representatives from the Social Security ... Read More»

U.S.-Philippines Exchange Alumni Gather in Iloilo

Iloilo City, August 23, 2018 — More than 70 alumni of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs gathered at Iloilo’s historic Old Provincial Capitol for the Visayas leg of Alumni Reconnects, a nationwide series of reunions marking the 70th anniversary of U.S.-Philippines people-to-people exchanges . Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Sr., an alumnus of the International Visitor Leadership Program, hosted the reunion.  He said, “One ... Read More»

E-Teacher Alumni Seminar in Manila Brings Together 38 Participants from 12 Countries across East Asia

The Regional English Language Office (RELO) at the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines held a regional professional development seminar for high-performing participants in the E-Teacher Program from August 17th to 19th in collaboration with the U.S. Embassies in China, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam. The E-Teacher Program facilitates online courses for English-language teachers on topics including ... Read More»

U.S. Trade and Development Agency Partners with the Philippines on Aviation Infrastructure ‎Development

Manila, August 20, 2018 — Today, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) awarded a grant to the Republic of the Philippines to fund two senior advisors to support the Department of Transportation (DOTr) in its efforts to achieve the best value for money for upcoming transportation infrastructure procurements in the aviation sector. The advisors, ... Read More»

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

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

Peace Corps Philippines, DOST-FNRI Sign Memorandum of Understanding

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

DCM Klecheski Swears In New Peace Corps Volunteers

MANILA, Philippines—Deputy Chief of Mission Michael Klecheski administered the swearing in ceremony of two Peace Corps Response Volunteers on August 8, 2018 at the U.S. Embassy. The Response Volunteers, who hold the title of Data Management and IT Security Specialists, are part of the U.S. Peace Corps – IBM innovative public-private partnership launched in December ... Read More»

U.S. Government Provides New SABIR System to Enhance Philippine Air Force Capabilities

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

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines, August 14, 2018

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

U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Visits the Philippines

Manila, August 9, 2018 — Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet Adm. John C. Aquilino visited the Philippines August 7 to 9 to meet with Philippine military and political leaders and to underscore U.S. commitment to the Philippines and the Indo-Pacific region. Adm. Aquilino assumed command of the Pacific Fleet on May 17, 2018. While in ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Partners with the Philippine Judicial Academy to Train Judges on Financial Crimes

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

Deputy Chief of Mission Klecheski visits Peace Corps Volunteer in Baguio

Deputy Chief of Mission Michael Klecheski recently visited a Peace Corps Volunteer serving in Baguio City at a center that focuses on the needs and rights of children. Over the past few years, Peace Corps Volunteers have served alongside their Filipino counterparts to provide comprehensive services for children with special concerns or difficulties; conduct capability-building ... Read More»

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Remarks on the Visayan Forum Foundation

Manila, August 7, 2018 — The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) provided funding in the past to the Visayan Forum Foundation (VFF) for projects aimed at protecting victims of human trafficking in the Philippines.  USAID halted funding on active awards to VFF in 2011, after an investigation by the Office of the USAID Inspector ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Facilitates X-Ray Interdiction Training for Philippine Bureau of Customs Officers

Cebu City, August 2, 2018 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) conducted an International X-Ray Interdiction Training (IXIT) ‎with 11 Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) officers from around the country from July 23-27 in Cebu City.  IXIT teaches users of X-ray systems to more effectively target, locate, ... Read More»

Remarks on “America’s Indo-Pacific Economic Vision”

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

Advancing a Free and Open Indo-Pacific

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

NASA Engages Students and Scientists during Visit to the Philippines

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

Statement by U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim

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

U.S. Embassy Supports Training for English Language Teachers

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

United States to Boost Counterterrorism Support for Philippine Law Enforcement

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

U.S. Embassy Supports Student Symposium on Countering Violent Extremism

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

U.S. and Philippines Strengthen Alliance with Maritime Training Activity 2018

U.S. and Philippines Strengthen Alliance with Maritime Training Activity 2018 Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific U.S. Navy San Fernando City, PHILIPPINES (NNS) – The U.S. and Philippines Navies kicked off Maritime Training Activity (MTA) Sama Sama at Naval Station Ernesto Ogbinar in San Fernando City, Philippines, July 9. The week-long engagement focuses on the full ... Read More»

Alumni of U.S. Government Exchange Programs Celebrate 70 Years of U.S.-PH Exchanges

Manila, July 5, 2018 — The U.S.-PH exchange alumni network, in partnership with the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, celebrated the 70th anniversary of U.S. government-sponsored exchanges in the Philippines during an Alumni Reconnects reunion and networking reception on June 30 at SMX Mall of Asia.  More than 200 U.S. exchange alumni attended the event. ... Read More»

USAID Partners with Philippine Technology Company to Promote Sustainable Fisheries in Southern Mindanao

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

Ronald Reagan Sailors Volunteer to Help Mount Mayon Eruption Victims in Manila

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

Ronald Reagan Sailors Visit the Home for the Angels Orphanage in Manila

Ronald Reagan Sailors Visit the Home for the Angels Orphanage in Manila By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class MacAdam Kane Weissman USS Ronald Reagan Public Affairs MANILA – Sailors aboard the Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), visited the Home for the Angels orphanage in Manila, June 27. Nineteen Sailors volunteered ... Read More»

Philippine-American Friendship Week Sees Arrival of 72 New Peace Corps Volunteers

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

USS Mustin Provides Aid to Filipino Fishermen in Distress

USS Mustin Provides Aid to Filipino Fishermen in Distress Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Sara Sexton Commander, Task Force 70 Public Affairs SOUTH CHINA SEA – The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) rendered assistance to two distressed mariners, June 26, whose fishing boat had suffered an engine malfunction, rendering the ... Read More»

Thirty-five (35) Peace Corps Volunteers from Group 275 celebrated their Close of Service (COS) Conference

  Thirty-five (35) Peace Corps Volunteers from Group 275 celebrated their Close of Service (COS) Conference at Ciudad Christhia 9 Waves Resort in San Mateo, Rizal from June 5-7, 2018. The Volunteers served in different areas of the country for 27 months, including 11 weeks of intensive Pre-Service Training. Of the thirty-five, seven have successfully applied ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Partners with Dangerous Drugs Board for Philippine Celebration of UN Drug Abuse Day

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

USAID and Philippine Partners Advance Peace and Prosperity in Mindanao

Davao City, Monday, June 25, 2018 — The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Lawrence Hardy II traveled to Davao from June 21 to 23 to meet with Philippine partners and recognize joint progress toward achieving the Philippines’ development objectives for Mindanao. Hardy began his visit to Davao by announcing that USAID ... Read More»

U.S. Government Announces Php296.2 Million in Assistance for Women and Households Affected by Marawi Conflict

Davao, June 23 — U.S. Embassy in the Philippines Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) Michael Klecheski announced Php296.2 million ($5.55 million) in new assistance for humanitarian and recovery work in and around Marawi.  The additional assistance will promote the role and inclusion of women in the recovery and rehabilitation of Marawi as well as support ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Outreach in Baguio City on July 20, 2018

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

U.S. and Philippine Governments Call for Unified Action to Combat Wildlife Trafficking

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

U.S. Embassy Statement

Manila, June 18, 2018 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines welcomes the arrests of Galicano Datu III on June 12 in Mandaluyong City and Crispin dela Paz on June 14 in Marikina City by the National Bureau of Investigation for the violent death of George Anikow on November 24, 2012, bringing some measure of ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Recognizes Filipino Officials for Efforts to Combat Transnational Wildlife Trafficking Operations

On June 8, Deputy Chief of Mission Michael Klecheski recognized 14 public officials from the Philippine National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and Department of Environmental and National Resources – Biodiversity Management Bureau (DENR-BMB), as well as officials from the Bureau of Customs, Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine National Police – Maritime Group, and Palawan Council for ... Read More»

U.S. Military Provides Personal Protective Equipment for the Philippine Marine Corps

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

U.S.-Philippines Join Efforts to Fight Human Trafficking

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

U.S. Government Provides Teacher’s Kits to Schools in Marawi and Surrounding Areas

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

American Citizen Services Closed June 5, 2018

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

USAID and PBEd Launch YouthWorks PH Project for Filipino Youth

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

U.S. Embassy Holds Ramadan Iftars in Manila and Marawi

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

USAID and DOH Launch National Project to Strengthen Philippine Health Workers

USAID Mission Director Lawrence Hardy II, Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Roger Tong-An, DOH Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Secretary Kadil Sinolinding, and Chemonics International Director of Project Management Unit for HRH2030 Kartlos Kadkaze formally launch USAID’s Human Resources for Health in 2030 (HRH2030) Philippines. USAID Mission Director Hardy and DOH ARMM Secretary Sinolinding assemble ... Read More»

The United States Partners with the Dangerous Drugs Board to Support Drug Abuse Prevention through the 26th Annual National Youth Congress

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

Balikatan 34 Strengthens U.S.-Philippine Alliance through Rigorous Training

From left, Armed Forces of the Philippines Lt. Gen. Emmanuel B. Salamat, commander, AFP Northern Luzon Command; Undersecretary Cardozo M. Luna, Philippine Undersecretary of National Defense; Mr. Michael S. Klecheski, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires; AFP Gen. Carlito G. Galvez Jr., chief of staff, AFP and U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Thomas D. Weidley, commanding general, 1st ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Social Security Administration in Cebu City from June 4-8, 2018

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Message for U.S. Citizens:  Social Security Administration in Cebu City from June 4-8, 2018 May 17, 2018   U.S. Embassy representatives from the Social Security Administration (SSA) will be available in Cebu City from June 4 through June 8, 2018.  To schedule an appointment, please contact SSA by email at   FBU.manila@ssa.gov ‎.  ... Read More»

U.S. Peace Corps and Municipality of Banaue complete the Batad Tappiyah Falls Project

The office of Mayor Jerry Dalipog and the community of Banaue welcomed Peace Corps Country Director Monica Collier and Peace Corps Response Program Coordinator Milo Cruz to Banaue on April 23, 2018. The Municipality of Banaue presented the Peace Corps with a Certificate of Commendation for its generous support and distinguished contribution to the improvement ... Read More»

USAID’s Php1.9 Billion Early-Grade Literacy Project Improves Reading Skills of 1.8 Million Filipino Children

Manila, May 9, 2018 — The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) completed its five-year, Php1.9 billion Basa Pilipinas project, which improved literacy and reading comprehension among more than 1.8 million students from kindergarten to grade three.  USAID partnered with the Department of Education (DepEd) to implement the project in eight school divisions in the provinces ... Read More»

Enderun Colleges Wins Great American Taste Culinary Competition Using U.S. Ingredients

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

U.S. and Philippines Stand Shoulder-to-Shoulder during Balikatan 34 Opening Ceremony

From left, Armed Forces of the Philippines Lt. Gen. Emmanuel B. Salamat, commander, Armed Forces of the Philippines Northern Luzon Command; Sung Y. Kim, U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines; Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana, Philippine Secretary of National Defense; Armed Forces of the Philippines Lt. Gen. Carlito G. Galvez Jr., chief of staff, Armed Forces of ... Read More»

U.S. Government Announces Additional Php182 Million to Support Marawi Humanitarian Response

Manila, May 4, 2018 — The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), announced an additional Php182 million ($3.5 million) to support ongoing humanitarian relief in Marawi.  This brings the total U.S. government contribution to the Marawi response to nearly 1.4 billion pesos ($26.4 million). The new assistance will enable USAID ... Read More»

U.S., Philippine Governments and WFP Celebrate Accomplishments of Disaster Resilience Project

(L-R)  Office of the Cabinet Secretary Assistant Secretary Evelyn Cruzada; Department of Social Welfare and Development Undersecretary Hope Hervilla; World Food Programme Country Director Stephen Gluning; United States Agency for International Development’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance(USAID/OFDA) Regional Advisor Joe Curry; Office of Civil Defense Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad; Department of the Interior and Local Government ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Facilitates Training on Substance Use Addiction Treatment and Rehabilitation

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

AmCham Business Leadership Program for Outstanding Filipino Students

Manila, April 24, 2018 — The American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (AmCham) selected 31 college students from across the nation to participate in the annual Business Leadership Program (BLP) in Manila from April 17 to April 25. Now on its 16th year, the BLP exposes student leaders to leading American companies, including Capital ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Outreach in Olongapo City on May 17, 2018 and Angeles City on May 18, 2018

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

Balikatan 34

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

U.S. Embassy in the Philippines Launches Training Course on Cultural Heritage Conservation

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

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila

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

USS Theodore Roosevelt Arrives in Manila

USS Theodore Roosevelt Arrives in Manila Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew Langholf, USS Theodore Roosevelt Public Affairs The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17, and the guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) arrived in Manila, Republic of the Philippines for a scheduled port visit, ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’affaires, a.i. Michael Klecheski at the 76th commemoration of the Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor)

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

U.S. Embassy Holds Conservation Camp for ASEAN Youth in Bohol

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

Fulbright Philippines Celebrates 70 Years of Excellence

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

American Muslim Scholars Lead Institute for Muslim Women

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

USAID and Department of Health Celebrate Accomplishments of Partnership for Tuberculosis Control

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

Message for U.S. Citizens: Passport Execution Fee Increase

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

U.S. Government Announces Food Aid for Families Affected by Marawi Conflict

Ambassador Sung Kim (center) leads the ceremonial handover of rice to Undersecretary Emmanuel Leyco, Officer-in-Charge of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (second from left) and Assistant Secretary Kristoffer James Purisima, Spokesperson of Task Force Bangon Marawi (leftmost) during the ceremonial handover held in Taguig City.  Also present are Stephen Gluning, Country Director of ... Read More»

U.S. Treasury’s Office of Development Results and Accountability Director visits ADB-funded Angat water transmission improvement project in Bulacan

Did you know the United States is one of the largest stakeholders of Manila-based Asian Development Bank (ADB)? Clarence Severens, Director at the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Development Results and Accountability, visited the ADB-funded Angat water transmission improvement project in Norzagaray, Bulacan on February 9.  The project aims to provide access to safe, adequate and ... Read More»

U.S. Military Turns Over New Scan Eagle Unmanned Aerial System to Secretary of National Defense and Philippine Air Force

Manila, March 13, 2018 — U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim turned over a Scan Eagle Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) to Secretary of National Defense Delfin N. Lorenzana during a transfer ceremony at Villamor Air Base, Pasay City, on March 13. Ambassador Kim and officials from the Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group delivered ... Read More»

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

Manila, March 9, 2018 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines commends the Philippine National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Anti-Human Trafficking Division, and the Philippine National Police (PNP) Women and Children Protection Center for the arrest of Philippine citizen Anselmo Ico Jr. and the rescue of five children in Bulacan, Philippines. The coordinated international effort ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Cebu Consular Agency Offering Limited Services March 15, 2018

March 6, 2018 Message for U.S. Citizens: Cebu Agency Offering Limited Services March 15, 2018 The U.S. Consular Agency in Cebu will offer limited services on Thursday, March 15, 2018.  Passport, notary, and legal capacity affidavit services will NOT be available on March 15.  Normal services will resume on Friday, March 16. The Consular Agency typically accepts walk-ins ... Read More»

U.S. Homeland Security Investigations Trains Philippine National Police Officers in United States

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

Bonhomme Richard Arrives in Manila for a Port Call

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cosmo Walrath, USS Bonhomme Richard Public Affairs MANILA, Philippines – The amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), with embarked 3d Marine Division Marines, arrived in Manila, Philippines, for a scheduled port visit, Mar. 4. More than 2,500 Sailors and Marines aboard Bonhomme Richard are visiting Manila to ... Read More»

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Under Secretary and Counterterrorism Coordinator David J. Glawe’s Visit to the Philippines

Manila, March 2, 2018 — U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Under Secretary and Counterterrorism Coordinator David J. Glawe and Secretary of Justice Vitaliano Aguirre II met today to discuss the strong U.S.-Philippine partnership to combat threats from terrorism and transnational organized crime.  Their conversation reaffirmed our joint efforts to combat child exploitation, secure global ... Read More»

USAID Mission Director’s Visit Reinforces U.S. Government Commitment to Conservation and Development in Palawan

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

USS Bremerton Visits Subic Bay during Indo-Pacific Deployment

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

Youth Art Collab Wall Mural at the American Center Manila

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

U.S. Embassy Statement

Manila, February 23, 2018 — On February 22, Ambassador Sung Kim met with Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea to discuss the recently released Worldwide Threat Assessment Report published by the Director of National Intelligence. Ambassador Kim explained the nature of the report – an annual assessment on conditions in each of the world’s various regions based ... Read More»

U.S. Commits Php5.2 million in Mt. Mayon Emergency Assistance

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

Philippine and U.S. Officials Visit the USS Carl Vinson

MANILA, February  14, 2018 — Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea; Secretary of the Presidential Communications Operations Office Martin Andanar; Philippine Marine Corps Commandant Maj. Gen. Alvin Parreño; Commander of Philippine Fleet Rear Adm. Gaudencio Collado; Executive Director, Department of Foreign Affairs Office of American Affairs, Louis Alferez; and Director, Department of Foreign Affairs Office of American ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Bacolod City Outreach – March 15, 2018 and Iloilo City Outreach – March 16, 2018

February 15, 2018 Message for U.S. Citizens:  Bacolod City Outreach – March 15 and Iloilo City Outreach – March 16, 2018   The U.S. Embassy’s American Citizen Services (ACS) unit will provide U.S. citizen services in Bacolod City on March 15, 2018 and in Iloilo City on March 16, 2018 from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  The ACS team will be accompanied ... Read More»

EducationUSA Hosts First-Ever Education Fair in Cebu City, Philippines

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

EducationUSA Hosts 3rd Annual Education Fair in the Philippines

Manila, February 13, 2018 — EducationUSA, the U.S. government’s official resource for students interested in pursuing higher education opportunities in the United States, will host its annual university fair in Manila on Thursday, March 8 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza.  The EducationUSA Fair will feature 33 U.S. colleges and ... Read More»

First Female Philippine Air Force Aviator Selected for U.S. Aviation Leadership Program, Inspired by Zamboanga Siege

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

U.S. Government Exchange Alumni Lead Projects #ForMindanao

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

U.S.-Philippine Cooperation Leads to Drug Seizure and Arrests

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

Marine Conservation Camp for Mindanao Youth in Cebu

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

U.S. Equipment Delivery to AFP to Increase Interoperability and Effectiveness

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

Natural Disaster Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (January 22, 2018)

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

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Baguio City Outreach – February 1, 2018

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

Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila

Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (January 15, 2018) Location:  Vicinity of Mayon Volcano, Albay Province, Luzon, Philippines Event:  The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens in the Philippines to exercise caution if contemplating travel in the vicinity of the Mayon Volcano, located in Albay Province, approximately 300 kilometers southeast of Manila, on the island of ... Read More»

Peace Corps receives a Special Citation in Volunteerism from the PNVSCA

Left to right: Henrietta T. de Villa, National Volunteer Month Steering Committee Honorary Chair; Paul Negley, Peace Corps Philippines Director of Management and Operations; Undersecretary Jose Miguel R. Dela Rosa, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA); and Joselito C. De Vera, Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) Executive Director Congratulations to Peace Corps for ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Reminder – Outreach in Angeles City on January 18, 2018 and Olongapo City on January 19, 2018

January 11, 2018 Message for U.S. Citizens: Reminder – Outreach in Angeles City on January 18, 2018 and Olongapo City on January 19, 2018 The U.S. Embassy would like to remind U.S. citizens that the American Citizen Services (ACS) unit will be holding outreach visits in Angeles City on January 18, 2018 and Olongapo City on January 19, ... Read More»

U.S. Government Announces Additional Php330M in Recovery and Rehabilitation Funding for Marawi and Surrounding Areas

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

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Procession of the Black Nazarene

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

Message for U.S. Citizens: Improvements to Safety and Security Information

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

Resilience and Preparedness in the New Marawi

A few months after returning from a U.S. government-funded exchange focused on emergency response, Lanao del Sur official Tong Pacasum is using what he learned to improve emergency response in Marawi and Lanao del Sur. In September 2017, Mr. Saripada “Tong” Pacasum, Disaster Risk Reduction Officer of the Lanao del Sur Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Charge d’Affaires launches the American Space Innovation Fair

On December 7, U.S. Embassy Charge d’Affaires Michael Klecheski opened the American Corner Manila’s “Invention Stories: A Maker’s Journey to Innovation” Fair, underscoring the U.S. government’s commitment to empower innovators to create real-world solutions while promoting sustainable development. The STEAM Upcycling Graduates The Fair was the culminating event of the American Corner’s nine-month STEAM (Science, ... Read More»

U.S. Government Provides 1.1 Million Books to Public Schools to Boost Reading Skills and Promote Learning

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

U.S. Government Program Provides Seaport Interdiction Training and Personal Radiation Detectors to Philippine Bureau of Customs

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

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Caution

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

U.S.-Philippine Joint Poultry Processing Facility Inaugurated

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

U.S. Government Provides Tablet Computers to Public Schools for Literacy Teaching

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Lawrence Hardy II (second from right) led the turnover ceremony of more than 3,200 tablet computers during his visit to Mansasa Elementary School in Tagbilaran City, Bohol.  Hardy was joined by Tagbilaran City Mayor John Greesnell Yap, Department of Education officials, and USAID Office of Education ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Joins Philippine Partners to Promote HIV/AIDS Awareness on World AIDS Day

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

U.S. Government-Backed Organization Opens New Shelter for Trafficking Survivors

Fellowship for Organizing Endeavors (FORGE) Executive Director Atty. Ruth N. Restauro welcomes USAID Mission Director Lawrence Hardy II to the FORGE Boys’ Home.  USAID Phil-Am Fund Chief of Party Eugene Gonzales makes the introductions. (L-R) FORGE Board of Trustees Chairperson Orlando Carvajal, FORGE Executive Director Restauro, USAID Mission Director Hardy.  (L-R) Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking ... Read More»

U.S. Government Convenes Mindanao Business Leaders to Spur Investment in Marawi City

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

U.S. Government Donates Fume Hood to PNP Crime Lab

Police Chief Superintendent Aurelio C. Trampe, Jr., PNP Crime Laboratory Director, shakes hands with U.S. Department of Justice International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP) Assistant Program Director Byron San Marco after signing the donation letter. Back row: ICITAP Office Manager Tito Donato looks on with PNP Crime Laboratory Police Chief Inspector Miladenia Tapan, Police ... Read More»

U.S. Government and General Santos City Renew Partnership to Advance Inclusive and Sustainable Urban Growth

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

U.S. and Philippine Armies Refine Skills during SALAKNIB

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

The U.S. Government Turns Over Prosecutor Training Materials to the Philippine Department of Justice

Ambassador Sung Kim turns over the prosecutor’s manual and training materials to Secretary of Justice Vitaliano N. Aguirre II. Leading the turnover ceremony, seated from left: International Law Development Program (IDLO) Program Coordinator Cathleen Cagaanan, Acting Prosecutor General Jorge G. Catalan, Jr., Department of Justice Secretary Vitaliano N. Aguirre II, U. S. Ambassador to the ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Consular Agency Opening Dates in November and December, 2017

November 21, 2017 Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Consular Agency Opening Dates in November and December, 2017 The U.S. Embassy would like to inform U.S. citizens that the U.S. Consular Agency in Cebu will be open November 27-29, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for walk-in notary, legal capacity affidavit, passport, and emergency services. ... Read More»

U.S.-Philippine Cooperation Leads to Arrest of Colombian National for Possession of Drugs at NAIA

Manila, November 14, 2017 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines commends the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Inter Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group (NAIA IADITG), the Philippine Bureau of Customs, and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on the seizure of 1 kg of drugs, suspected to be cocaine, and the arrest of the traveler ... Read More»

American and Filipino Service Members Honored at 2017 Veterans Day Commemoration

Manila, November 13, 2017 —On November 11, U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim led the 2017 Veterans Day commemoration at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in Taguig City, Metro Manila. Veterans Day is an American holiday that originates with the formal end of hostilities of World War I with the signing of ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Closure November 13-15, 2017 due to ASEAN Summit

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

Message for U.S. Citizens: Legazpi City Outreach – December 8, 2017

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

USAID, DepEd, and YesPinoy Foundation Partner to Make Every Learner a Reader

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

Young ASEAN Leaders Attend Manila Summit on Advanced Leadership

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

U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim’s Remarks during Engagement with Foreign Correspondents

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

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Tacloban City Outreach – November 17, 2017

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

Message for U.S. Citizens: Social Security Administration Services in Cebu – November 21-22, 2017

October 24, 2017 Message for U.S. Citizens: Social Security Administration Services in Cebu – November 21-22, 2017   The U.S. Embassy would like to inform U.S. citizens that representatives from the Social Security Administration (SSA) will be available at the U.S. Consular Agency office in Cebu on Tuesday, November 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and Wednesday, November ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim’s Remarks at the 40/50 U.S.-ASEAN Reception

Great to see everyone! Assistant Secretary Hellen de la Vega, ASEAN Ambassadors and colleagues from ASEAN embassies, Ambassador Dan Shields, and most importantly, YSEALI leaders. It is truly an honor for me to welcome all of you to this very special celebration of two important milestones, 40th anniversary of U.S.-ASEAN relations and of course the ... Read More»

U.S. – Philippines Child Protection Compact Partnership Activities Commence in Manila and Cebu

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

Manila Hosts 2017 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Summit

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

Ambassador Kim welcomes 250 YSEALI Summit Participants

U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines formally welcomed 250 youth participants of this year’s Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Summit.  The participants are YSEALI alumni from across the ASEAN region. Read Ambassador’s full remarks: Magandang umaga!   Good morning and welcome to Manila!  We are especially pleased to welcome you here in The Manila Hotel, a ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy in the Philippines hosted award-winning filmmaker Dana Nachman for “Batkid Begins” Film Screenings and Talks

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

Mourning the Loss of Washington SyCip, Who Meant So Much to the U.S. Embassy and State Department

The U.S. Embassy and State Department communities mourn the loss of Washington SyCip, who passed away last Saturday night at the age of 96.  As Ambassador Kim said, Mr. SyCip was a giant in business, education, and philanthropy .  He established the Fulbright-SyCip Distinguished Lecturing Award which brings American academics and professionals to give lectures at major universities and organizations in Metro Manila and other ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Consular Agency in Cebu – Services Available October 23-27, 2017

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

U.S. Armed Forces and AFP Complete Successful First KAMANDAG

Manila, October 12, 2017 — U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade, together with their Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) counterparts, successfully concluded the inaugural exercise KAMANDAG yesterday during a closing ceremony at Marine Barracks Rudiardo Brown, Taguig, Philippines. KAMANDAG, which ran from October 2 to 11, is an acronym for ... Read More»

U.S. Government Begins Delivery of More than 6,500 Tablet Arm Chairs for Displaced Marawi Students

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

U.S. and Philippines Conduct Strategic Trade Management Licensing Tabletop Exercise

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

U.S. Marines and Armed Forces Philippines Launch Inaugural KAMANDAG

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

U.S.-Philippines Partnership Advances Learning Outcomes

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

Padayon Mindanao 2.0 Holds Second Educate and Engage to Empower Camp

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

Ambassador Kim administers oath to 63 new Peace Corps Volunteers

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

U.S. Ambassador Kim’s Statement on Tempest Wind

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

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Caution

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

Peace Corps and IBM Join Forces to Promote Disaster Preparedness

Manila, September 21, 2017 — Ambassador Sung Kim recently administered a swearing-in of three new Peace Corps Response Volunteers (PCRVs) at the Peace Corps Office in Manila. These PCRVs are experts on information communication technology and are now beginning a five-month assignment with local partner institutions including the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protests Expected Near U.S. Embassy

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

U.S. and Philippine Service Members Rebuild Schools in Casiguran

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

U.S. and Philippines Participate in Counterterrorism Crisis Response Drill

Manila, September 15, 2017 —The governments of the Philippines and the United States will embark on a bilateral, interagency counterterrorism drill, Tempest Wind, in mid-September intended to test and improve the ability of both nations to rapidly plan, coordinate, and conduct counterterrorism operations. The whole-of-government drill will be augmented by additional military assessments, national level ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Services in Angeles City and Olongapo City in September 2017

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

U.S. Increases Surveillance Support for AFP Counterterrorism Efforts in Mindanao

Manila, September 11, 2017 —The United States deployed the Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to Mindanao for additional surveillance in support of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) counterterrorism efforts. Compared to current surveillance platforms used in the region, the Gray Eagle has a longer flight duration which will enable a larger area ... Read More»

The United States of America and the Republic of the Philippines Incorporate Drug Demand Reduction into Amended Letter of Agreement

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

Ambassador Kim Announces Php730M Relief, Recovery Assistance for Marawi

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

U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim announces 730 million pesos USAID assistance to the Philippines for Marawi

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

U.S. Military Unit Helps Children in Angeles City

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

U.S. Transfers M40 Field Protective Masks to AFP to Support Counterterrorism Operations

Members of the Philippine Navy and Marine Corps receive, inventory, (L), and watch a demonstration of wear and use, (R), of a delivery of 1,000 M40 field protective masks from the Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) at Marine Barracks Rudiardo Brown, Taguig, Philippines.  This delivery is one ... Read More»

Ambassador Kim Unveils Digital Platform to Advance Philippine Anti-Corruption Initiatives

September 1, 2017, Manila — Ambassador Sung Kim and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales underscored the sustained collaboration between the United States and the Philippines in fighting corruption while unveiling a digital platform designed to enhance capacity at the Office of the Ombudsman.  The new Digital Migration System, launched on August 22, will augment the capability of ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Consular Agency in Cebu – Services Available September 11-15, 2017

August 30, 2017 Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Consular Agency in Cebu – Services Available September 11-15, 2017 The U.S. Embassy would like to inform U.S. citizens that the U.S. Consular Agency in Cebu will be open September 11-15, 2017 for routine services during normal walk-in hours from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Services provided ... Read More»

USAID Mission Director Highlights Early Grade Reading Assistance in Visit to Cebu

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

Commander of U.S. Pacific Command visits the Philippines

(L-R) Deputy Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Rear Adm. Narciso A. Vingson Jr. and Commander of U.S. Pacific Command Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr. honor fallen Filipinos at the Heroes’ Cemetery in Taguig. (L-R) U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim, Commander of U.S. Pacific Command Adm. Harry B. ... Read More»

U.S. Delivers New Aerostat Radar System to Philippine Navy

The 28M Class Tethered Aerostat Radar System (TARS) at the Naval Education and Training Command in Zambales. (L-R) Col. Ernest C. Lee, Chief of the Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group (JUSMAG) and Vice Adm. Ronald Joseph S. Mercado, Flag Officer in Charge of the Philippine Navy shake hands after signing formal turnover documents giving the ... Read More»

U.S. and Philippine Marines Train Together in Okinawa

Manila, August 15, 2017 — From July 11 to 26, Philippine Marines from Assault Armor Battalion and U.S. Marines from Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division worked together to become familiar with Amphibious Assault Vehicles and how to best utilize their capabilities. This is the first time that members of the Armed Forces of the ... Read More»

U.S. Marine Corps Commandant Visits the Philippines

(L-R): Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Robert B. Neller and Commandant of the Philippine Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Emmanuel Salamat stand in front of Philippine Marines in formation as they prepared to render honors at the Philippine Heroes Memorial in Fort Bonifacio. (L-R): Commandant of the Philippine Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Emmanuel Salamat ... Read More»

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

BANGKOK, August 10, 2017 — The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is guaranteeing a four-year, $8 million Women’s Livelihood Bond that will provide access to credit, market linkages, and affordable goods and services for an estimated 385,000 Southeast Asian women. The bond, structured by the Singapore-based Impact Investment Exchange (IIX), is expected to be ... Read More»

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

(From L-R) Director of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Maritime Group PCSUPT Marcelo C. Morales, PNP Director General Ronald M. de la Rosa, and U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Michael Klecheski participate in the blessing of the new Joint Maritime Law Enforcement Training Center in Puerto Princesa City. (From L-R) PNP Maritime Group PCSUPT ... Read More»

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

Manila, August 5, 2017 — This week, U.S. Navy divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit One (MDSU-1) and members of the Philippine Coast Guard Special Operations Group (PCGSOG) participated in a combined information exchange and diving survey on the sunken vessel MV Captain Ufuk in Manila Bay’s South Harbor. This exchange focused on ship ... Read More»

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

 Statement by Heather Nauert, Spokesperson Secretary of State Tillerson Travel to the Philippines, Thailand, and Malaysia August 1, 2017— U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Manila, Bangkok, and Kuala Lumpur August 5 – 9.  In Manila, he will participate in the ASEAN Regional Forum, the East Asia Summit Ministerial, the U.S.-ASEAN Ministerial, and ... Read More»

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

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

U.S. Transfers Weapons and Munitions to AFP to Support Counterterrorism Operations

Members of both the U.S. and Philippine armies unload and inspect a delivery of 992 2.75 inch rockets from the U.S. to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) at Clark Air Base, Pampanga.  This delivery is one of many recent deliveries from the U.S. through the Mutual Logistics Support Agreement (MLSA) that enhance the ... Read More»

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

(L-R): Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines General Eduardo Año, Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana, U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim, and Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Peter Cayetano at the turnover and blessing ceremony for two new Cessna 208B aircraft from the U.S. to the Philippine Air ... Read More»

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

With the Naval Base Coronado in the background, a Port of San Diego Harbor Police Department patrol boat conducts a harbor patrol with representatives from the Philippine Coast Guard Special Operations Group, the Philippine National Police Maritime Group, and the Philippine Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources. Manila, July 26, 2017 — The U.S. Embassy ... Read More»

Peace Corps Volunteer Promotes Cultural Understanding in Local Elementary School

A Peace Corps Volunteer and Camp 30 Elementary School recently completed the World Map Project. The project is a creative and enjoyable way to help students, teachers and community members learn geography and appreciate the uniqueness of each country. It also promotes cultural understanding and encourages discussions about world peace and friendship. Read More»

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

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

U.S. Government Programs Provide Relief to Marawi Evacuees

Manila, July 19, 2017 — The U.S. government is partnering with the Philippine government in delivering critical health and education services to civilians who have been affected by the ongoing conflict in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur. “The United States and the Philippines are longstanding friends, partners and allies,” said U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines ... Read More»

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

July 18, 2017 Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Updated Travel Warning for the Philippines The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid all non-essential travel to the city of Marawi, Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago including the southern Sulu Sea, and to exercise extreme caution when traveling to other regions of Mindanao, due to ... Read More»

USAID and Partners Celebrate Completion of P76 Million Agri Project in Bicol

(L-R) USAID Executive Office Acting Chief Timothy Marlowe, DA-RFO5 Technical Director Rodell Tornilla, Bicol Agri-Water Project (BAWP) Director Dr. Agnes Rola, Agricultural Training Institute Policy and Planning Division Assistant Head Dr. Vicente Dayanghari Jr., Bicol University Graduate School Dean Dr. Antonio Payonga, and BAWP Co-Principal Investigator Dr. Cely Binoya at the Farmers’ Summit in Nabua, ... Read More»

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

Cebu City, July 14, 2017 — During his trip to Cebu this week, Ambassador Sung Kim met with Governor Hilario Davide III and Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña to discuss the robust economic ties between the U.S. and the Philippines and as well as opportunities for further U.S. engagement in Cebu, both in the public ... Read More»

Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): Strengthening Legal Protection for LGBTI Persons

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

PACANGEL 17 Delivers Humanitarian Assistance and Training in the Philippines

Clockwise, from top left:  U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Jerome Capalad, left, teaches different methods of carrying a patient to local Filipino first responders.  – A girl from Bogo City finishes her dental treatment in Northern Cebu Province, Philippines.  – U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Natasha Smith measures vitals of a man from Bogo ... Read More»

United States transfers 12 Ford F-550 Trucks to the Armed Forces of the Philippines Naval Special Operations Group (NAVSOG)

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

Philippine-American Friendship Week Sees Arrival of 67 New Peace Corps Volunteers

Manila, July 3, 2017 — Landing at Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Sunday, July 2, 67 new U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers joined the family of more than 9,000 Americans who have served as Peace Corps Volunteers in the Philippines since 1961, making the Philippines the second oldest Peace Corps program.  Inspired by President John F. ... Read More»

Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): Regional Environment, Science, Technology, and Health (ESTH) Program for Northeast and Southeast Asia

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

U.S., Philippines Co-Host Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) Engagement

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

U.S. and Philippine Navies Complete Coordinated Patrol in Southern Sulu Sea

Top left: Sailors assigned to littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) drive an 11-meter rigid-hull inflatable boat to Philippine Navy ship Ramon Alcaraz (FF 16) for personnel transfer.  The U.S. and Philippine navies are conducting a coordinated counter-piracy patrol to protect maritime commerce and enhance maritime security in the region by enhancing both navies’ ... Read More»

U.S. and Philippine Marines Practice Urban Warfare Techniques

During Maritime Training Activity (MTA) Sama Sama 2017 last week in Zambales, Philippines, U.S. Marines from 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, 3d Marine Division helped Philippine Marines to improve their basic urban warfare techniques based on feedback from Philippine military forces in Marawi.  These techniques included how to clear rooms, hallways, and multi-level buildings.  The bilateral ... Read More»

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

Above left: U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) Michael Klecheski joined UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan, Dean of the IIS Macrina Morados, students, professors, government officials, and civil society members at the University of the Philippines (UP) Institute of Islamic Studies (IIS)to break fast in culmination of the holy month of Ramadan.  Representatives of ... Read More»

Pacific Angel 2017 Begins in the Philippines

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

U.S. and Philippine Naval Forces Enhance Cooperation, Strengthen Alliance during Maritime Training Activity Sama Sama

Manila, June 19, 2017 — The U.S. and Philippine navies will participate in the Maritime Training Activity Sama Sama June 19-25 in the vicinity of Cebu. Maritime Training Activity Sama Sama is designed to enhance the complexity and diversity of training opportunities, while strengthening the longstanding alliance between the U.S. and the Republic of the ... Read More»

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

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

U.S.-Philippine Cooperation Leads to Arms Smuggling Arrest in Makati City

Manila, June 15, 2017 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines congratulates the Philippine National Police (PNP) for a series of successful operations resulting in the arrest of Elizabeth Grino and Ronie Velasco for arms smuggling.  This operation was undertaken thanks to close coordination between the PNP, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland ... Read More»

U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Reaffirms Commitment to Philippines, Strong Defense Ties with Philippine Leaders

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

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson’s Statement on Republic of the Philippines Independence Day

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC June 11, 2017 On behalf of President Trump and the American people, congratulations and best wishes to the people of the Republic of the Philippines as you commemorate your 119th independence day on June 12. The United States proudly stands with the Philippines as a ... Read More»

U.S. Military Presents New Weapons and Equipment to Philippine Marine Corps Commandant for Counterterror Fight

A Philippine Marine and U.S. military official inspect a new M4 carbine during a weapons and equipment delivery from the Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group as part of the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ defense modernization efforts and a U.S. government grant program aimed at assisting Philippine security forces conducting counterterrorism operations. Manila, June 5, ... Read More»

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

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

USAID and Philippine Partners Celebrate Marine Biodiversity Program Achievements

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

Statement from the Press Secretary on the United States’ Solidarity with the Philippines

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

U.S. Embassy Message on Marawi

We are aware of the reports regarding martial law in Mindanao and are following the situation.  The Embassy offers sincere condolences to friends and family of the police officer and soldiers who lost their lives in Marawi in the name of democracy. Read More»

U.S. Government and Legazpi City Enter into Partnership to Promote Inclusive and Resilient Urban Growth

Legazpi City, May 19, 2017 — U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Dr. Susan Brems and Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal signed a Memorandum of Understanding on May 17, 2017 making Legazpi the seventh city in the Philippines to join USAID’s Cities Development Initiative (CDI). Through this ... Read More»