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

Manila, July 19, 2018 — “I am proud to announce that the United States will contribute 1.418 billion pesos over the next two years to boost counterterrorism support for Philippine law enforcement agencies.  Our joint efforts to confront shared threats to the peace and security of both of our countries is another powerful example of ...
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Enderun Colleges Wins Great American Taste Culinary Competition Using U.S. Ingredients

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

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

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

Manila, April 24, 2018 — The American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (AmCham) selected 31 college students from across the nation to participate in the annual Business Leadership Program (BLP) in Manila from April 17 to April 25. Now on its 16th year, the BLP exposes student leaders to leading American companies, including Capital ...
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U.S. Embassy Holds Conservation Camp for ASEAN Youth in Bohol

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

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

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

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

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

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

MANILA, February  14, 2018 — Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea; Secretary of the Presidential Communications Operations Office Martin Andanar; Philippine Marine Corps Commandant Maj. Gen. Alvin Parreño; Commander of Philippine Fleet Rear Adm. Gaudencio Collado; Executive Director, Department of Foreign Affairs Office of American Affairs, Louis Alferez; and Director, Department of Foreign Affairs Office of American ...
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U.S.-Philippine Joint Poultry Processing Facility Inaugurated

U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim helps cut the ribbon to inaugurate the new C-Joy poultry processing facility.  (L-R) Jollibee Foods Corp. (JFC) President and CEO Ernesto Tanmantiong, Cargill VP Todd Hall, Ambassador Kim, C-Joy Poultry Meats Production President and CEO Paul Fulbright, JFC Founder and Chairman Tony Tan Caktiong, Santo Tomas Mayor Edna Sanchez, Representative Maria ...
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The U.S. Government Turns Over Prosecutor Training Materials to the Philippine Department of Justice

Ambassador Sung Kim turns over the prosecutor’s manual and training materials to Secretary of Justice Vitaliano N. Aguirre II. Leading the turnover ceremony, seated from left: International Law Development Program (IDLO) Program Coordinator Cathleen Cagaanan, Acting Prosecutor General Jorge G. Catalan, Jr., Department of Justice Secretary Vitaliano N. Aguirre II, U. S. Ambassador to the ...
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American and Filipino Service Members Honored at 2017 Veterans Day Commemoration

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

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

Thank you very much, Ellen, Gaby.  Delighted to be with you this morning.  Good morning, everyone.  It’s really a great opportunity for me to discuss my favorite topic – the U.S.-Philippines relationship. In my relatively brief time here in the Philippines, I have been impressed by how everyone — both Americans and Filipinos — working ...
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U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim’s Remarks at the 40/50 U.S.-ASEAN Reception

Great to see everyone! Assistant Secretary Hellen de la Vega, ASEAN Ambassadors and colleagues from ASEAN embassies, Ambassador Dan Shields, and most importantly, YSEALI leaders. It is truly an honor for me to welcome all of you to this very special celebration of two important milestones, 40th anniversary of U.S.-ASEAN relations and of course the ...
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Manila Hosts 2017 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Summit

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

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

The U.S. Embassy and State Department communities mourn the loss of Washington SyCip, who passed away last Saturday night at the age of 96.  As Ambassador Kim said, Mr. SyCip was a giant in business, education, and philanthropy .  He established the Fulbright-SyCip Distinguished Lecturing Award which brings American academics and professionals to give lectures at major universities and organizations in Metro Manila and other ...
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Ambassador Kim administers oath to 63 new Peace Corps Volunteers

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

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

Manila, September 21, 2017 — Ambassador Sung Kim recently administered a swearing-in of three new Peace Corps Response Volunteers (PCRVs) at the Peace Corps Office in Manila. These PCRVs are experts on information communication technology and are now beginning a five-month assignment with local partner institutions including the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) ...
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Ambassador Kim Announces Php730M Relief, Recovery Assistance for Marawi

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

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

September 1, 2017, Manila — Ambassador Sung Kim and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales underscored the sustained collaboration between the United States and the Philippines in fighting corruption while unveiling a digital platform designed to enhance capacity at the Office of the Ombudsman.  The new Digital Migration System, launched on August 22, will augment the capability of ...
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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 ...
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Balikatan 33 Strengthens U.S.-Philippine Defense Partnership through Counterterrorism and HADR Training

Manila, May 19, 2017 — After 12 training days in the Philippine summer heat, thousands of service members from the Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. military finished this year’s rigorous Balikatan training exercise and now stand more prepared to respond to terror threats and natural disasters in the region. Philippine and U.S. forces ...
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U.S. and Philippines Shoulder-to-Shoulder during Balikatan 33 Opening

From left: Lieutenant General Oscar T. Lactao, U.S. Ambassador Sung Y. Kim, Secretary of National Defense Delfin N. Lorenzana, Department of Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Ariel Y. Abadilla, General Eduardo M. Año, and Lieutenant General Lawrence Nicholson pose shoulder-to-shoulder at the opening ceremony for Balikatan 33 at Camp Aguinaldo Manila, May 9, 2017 — U.S. Ambassador Sung ...
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New Batch of Peace Corps Response Volunteers (PCRVs) join the Philippines

U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim recently administered the swearing in of six new Peace Corps Response Volunteers (PCRVs) at the Peace Corps office. The PCRVs have just completed a compressed two-week training in Manila to prepare them for their 7 to 8 month short-term assignments.  The PCRVs will work and provide technical support ...
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First Annual U.S.-PH Patient Day Highlights Positive Impact of U.S. Medical Technology in the Philippines

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

Leyte, April 4, 2017 — U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim made his first trip to the province of Leyte to inaugurate classrooms and a livelihood training center constructed by the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Ambassador Kim was joined by Palo Municipal Mayor Remedios “Matin” Petilla ...
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U.S. Embassy Brings Holiday Joy to Youngsters

Manila, December 22, 2016 — On December 22, Ambassador Sung Kim and U.S. Marines from the Marine Security Guard Detachment from the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines distributed toys to children at Reach Youth Ministries, a local organization that provides educational, livelihood, and values formation programs to youth from the nearby San Andres Bukid communities.  ...
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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim after the Presentation of Credentials to President Duterte

as prepared Mabuhay!  I am very pleased to have just met with President Duterte and formally presented my credentials. It is an immense honor to be in the Philippines and to have the opportunity to contribute to one of America’s most enduring partnerships. At the heart of our partnership is the deep bond between the ...
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U.S. Secretary of State Swears In New Ambassador-Designate to the Philippines

November 4, 2016 — On November 3, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry swore in Ambassador-designate to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim in a ceremony attended by Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken, former U.S. Ambassadors to the Philippines Counselor Kristie A. Kenney and Ambassador Harry K. Thomas, Assistant Secretary of State Danny Russel, Philippine ...
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U.S. Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg Underscores Strong U.S.-Philippine Ties

Manila, October 6, 2016 — In his final address to the members of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (AmCham), U.S. Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg underscored the strong U.S.-Philippine relationship and reflected upon his three-year tenure as envoy to the Philippines.  The Ambassador was the guest of honor at AmCham’s meeting held on ...
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U.S. Embassy Celebrates Iftar with Manila Muslim Community in Taguig City

Manila, July 1, 2016 — U.S. Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg attended an iftar reception, the traditional Muslim dinner marking the end of daily fasting during Ramadan, at Taguig National High School (TNHS) on June 28, 2016. Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano, Muslim youth and community leaders, and local and national government officials also graced the reception. ...
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U.S. Embassy, SM Cares Team Up to Launch Recycling Program

Manila, June 20, 2016 — U.S. Embassy Manila inaugurated its official recycling program, in partnership with representatives from SM Cares.  Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg, along with SM President Annie S. Garcia, took part in the ribbon cutting ceremony that officially opened three recycling collection centers in the Embassy. The initiative was spearheaded by the Embassy’s ...
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US Ambassador Supports 2016 International Year of Pulses

Manila, April 19, 2016 — U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Philip S. Goldberg hosted a trade reception at his residence for members of the press and key food industry representatives to highlight pulses (e.g., dried peas, beans, lentils, and chickpeas) as an environmentally-friendly, nutritionally-rich protein source for meeting future food needs. The trade reception follows ...
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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg at the Commemorative Ceremony of the 70th Anniversary of the Leyte Gulf Landings

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg at the Commemorative Ceremony 70th Anniversary of the Leyte Gulf Landings  Macarthur Memorial Park, Palo, Leyte October 20, 2014   President Aquino;  Distinguished representatives of the Government and Armed Forces of the Philippines;  Governor Petilla and other officials of the Leyte Provincial Government;  To the veterans here today;  ...
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Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Brian L. Goldbeck Remarks to the Annual General Meeting of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines

Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Brian L. Goldbeck Remarks to the Annual General Meeting of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines September 24, 2014 as prepared It’s a pleasure to be here and to have the opportunity to say a few words at AmCham’s annual general meeting.   The Embassy and AmCham have a strong ...
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Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg’s Remarks during the LGBT Pride Reception

Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg Remarks during the LGBT Pride Reception Ambassador’s Residence June 25, 2014 as prepared   Friends, colleagues, and honored guests, maraming salamat sa inyong pagdalo ngayong gabi. And happy Pride.   I am honored this evening to host representatives from the LGBT community, allies, and Embassy friends as we celebrate Pride Month.   ...
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Ambassador Goldberg’s Remarks as Prepared for the APCAC Attendees (March 20, 2014)

Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg Welcoming Remarks as Prepared to APCAC Attendees New World Hotel Ballroom March 20, 2014    Thank you, Dan, for that kind welcome and introduction.  Let me start by thanking the American Chambers of Commerce for deciding to hold the Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce here in Manila.  It’s ...
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Ambassador Goldberg’s Remarks As Prepared for the FOCAP Prospects Forum

Ambassador’s Remarks for FOCAP Prospects Forum February 24 2014 (as prepared)    FOCAP President Gutierrez Chief of Staff General Bautista Secretary Deles Commissioner Jacinto-Henares Mr. Chua Members of FOCAP I appreciate the opportunity to speak to you today and your flexibility on my arrival time.  I regret that I will not be able to stay ...
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