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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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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U.S. Government Partners with the Philippines on Wildland Fire Preparedness

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

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USAID Awards Grants to Combat Human Trafficking and Support Biodiversity

United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through the Philippine–American Fund (Phil-Am Fund), signed grants with seven local organizations to help combat human trafficking, as well as to support biodiversity programs. Present at the grant signing were USAID Director for Office of Economic Development and Governance Stephen Andoseh (seated 2nd from right) and President of …

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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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U.S. Embassy Celebrates World Oceans Day, Launches Call-to-Action Video

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

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U.S. Embassy Holds Underwater Photo Competition

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

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