Revised Executive Order on ‘Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States’ — March 6, 2017

The Philippines is not on the restricted country list in the redrafted Executive Order on ‘Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals.’ Filipinos who wish to apply for immigrant and nonimmigrant visas may continue to do so, as the U.S. visa application process has not changed for the Philippines. The new Executive Order imposes a temporary pause on

Manila Declaration to Enhance International Cooperation in Combating Human Trafficking Signing

Signing of Manila Declaration to Enhance International Cooperation in Combating Human Trafficking Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Eric Kneedler joined Secretary of Justice Leila de Lima, Ambassador of the Netherlands Marion Derckx, and 20 other bilateral ambassadors and representatives of multilateral organizations in signing the “Manila Declaration to Enhance International Cooperation in Combating Human Trafficking.”  The signing of this document

Coral Gardening in Camarines Sur

A Peace Corps volunteer in Camarines Sur dives with the municipal mayor during coral gardening in one part of their marine protected area. The volunteer is one of the beneficiaries of coral gardening training funded by Small Project Assistance of USAID Philippines.

Ambassador Goldberg Attends Inauguration of Philippine Airline Flights from Manila to New York City

U.S. Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg helped inaugurate the return of Philippine Airlines (PAL) flights from Manila to New York City on March 15, 2015. In his comments the Ambassador noted, “PAL’s return to New York is a testament to our friendship, our common history and shared heritage.”  He also spoke of the increasing tourism and business travel between the U.S.

U.S. State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons Requests Statements of Interest for FY 2015 Funding

The U.S. State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP) requests Statements of Interest from NGOs, universities, and for-profit corporations interested in applying for FY 2015 funding.  J/TIP is looking for qualified organizations to conduct trainings on victim-centered investigations and prosecutions of human trafficking cases as well as efforts to enhance victim protections. The deadline for submission

Filipino Nominated in Singapore Arts Award

Filipino artist Pablo Baen Santos was named as one of the nominees for the inaugural Joseph Balestier Award for the Freedom of Art 2015 jointly announced by Art Stage Singapore and the U.S Embassy in Singapore earlier this month. Indonesian contemporary artist FX Harsono was named the winner of the Award on January 20, 2015 in Singapore.   Santos joined

EducationUSA Philippines Hosts Google Hangout on “Being an International Student in the US”

EducationUSA Philippines hosted a Google+ Hangout on Thursday, November 13, from 9:00-11:00am in celebration of the International Education Week (IEW).  The session was in the form of a talk show on “Being an International Student in the US” with Ms. Con Valdecañas of the Philippine-American Educational Foundation (PAEF) as host.  The guests were from two other locations, namely: Ms. Noelle Sallaz of

Information Session on U.S. University Admissions Process for International Students

In celebration of the International Education Week (IEW), the Philippine-American Educational Foundation-EducationUSA held an information session on U.S. University Admissions Process for International Students on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 from 5:00-7:00pm. The speaker for the session was Ms. Adina Lav, Director of Graduate Admissions and Enrollment Management at the School of Engineering and Applied Science of George Washington University in Washington,

Ambassador Goldberg Speaks at Annual Regional Conference of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Cebu

Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg accepts a token from senior leaders of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) during the 2014 Conference of the Western Convention of the VFW in Cebu.     The VFW is one of the oldest and largest veteran’s organizations in the United States, and traces its roots to 1899 when veterans of the Spanish-American War and

Peace Corps Volunteers Support Children’s Rights Training

Over 100 youth from the cities of Escalante and Sagay, gathered at the Kauswagan Hotel last month for a three-day camp and training on Children’s Rights. With the help of five Peace Corps Volunteers and four Provincial Engagement Officers of World Vision from Northern Negros, these local youth shared their creative talents and explored topics related to human rights, advocacy

Peace Corps Volunteers Implement Reading Program in Pambujan National High School

Peace Corps volunteers in Northern Samar recently implemented introductory sessions for their after-school reading programs, Reading Buddy Program (RBP) and StoryTime, in Pambujan National High School, with the help of the school’s teachers, administration and students. The programs aim to focus on useful reading strategies and applications gathered from personal experiences and from the Bagong Kulturang Pinoy training the volunteers

Asia Policy Speech by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to be Streamed Live

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will deliver an important policy speech on the U.S. vision for Asia-Pacific engagement at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, on Thursday, August 14, at 6:30 a.m., Manila time (GMT +8).  Secretary Kerry is expected to speak on the next steps in the United States’ Asia-Pacific strategy. His speech will conclude a five-day trip

Public Water Supply Speaker Talks About Climate Change Effects to Water Supply

Paul Fleming, the lead for the Seattle Public Utilities’ Climate Resiliency Program recently visited the Ateneo de Manila University to talk about climate change and water supply. Fleming spoke about the implications of climate change for society and the water utility sector and how Seattle Public Utilities prepared for challenges to climate change and extreme weather events. He also emphasized

USAID and UNDP Release “Being LGBT in Asia: The Philippines Country Report”

As part of the week-long celebration of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Philippines and the United Nations Development Program released the “Being LGBT in Asia: The Philippines Country Report” on May 12, 2014 at the RCBC Plaza, Makati City.    During the event, U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission

U.S. Embassy Closed on May 26, U.S. Memorial Day

The U.S. Embassy and its affiliated offices will be closed to the public on Monday, May 26, 2014, in observance of the U.S. Memorial Day, a U.S. federal holiday.  Regular services will resume on Tuesday, May 27, 2014.   Memorial Day is an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May and honors the men and women who lost

[FACT SHEET] 2013 Country Reports on Terrorism

COUNTRY REPORTS ON TERRORISM Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington D.C. April 30, 2014  On April 30, 2014, the State Department submitted Country Reports on Terrorism 2013 to the U.S. Congress as required by law. This report, available on, provides the Department of State’s annual assessment of trends and events in international terrorism that occurred from January 1 to December 31,

Peace Corps Volunteers Support Regional Forum on Human Trafficking in Bicol

On Saturday, March 15, 2014, two Peace Corps Volunteers in partnership with the Bicol University Graduate School in Legazpi and Dr. Nora Licup, Dean of the Graduate School, as part of their Lifelong Learning Program Lecture Series presented a Regional Forum on Human Trafficking in Bicol.    The resource speakers for this program were Rev. Fr. Shay Cullen, MSSC, President/CEO,

Celebrating Women through Education and Art

In honor of Women’s Month this March, the Philippine Normal University in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental hosted a series of events to celebrate women.  The events included an environmental/gardening activity, a seminar on gender, a film showing, and a talent showcase.   The gardening event allowed students to beautify an area of the school with flowers representing women in their lives.  

General Guidelines for 2014 Small Grants Spring Competition

The U.S. Embassy in Manila is pleased to announce that it is now accepting proposals for the 2014 Small Grants Spring Competition.  This competition provides grants of up to $20,000 to non-governmental organizations and non-profit organizations to promote democratic values and cooperation in the East-Asia Pacific region. The focus of proposals can be either Philippine specific, multi-country or regional. Proposals

US Food and Beverage Exports to the Philippines on the Rise

U.S. food and beverage (f&b) exports to the Philippines were up 15 percent from January to September 2013, on track to achieve a 4th consecutive year of record sales, and the tantalizing $1 billion milestone. Among the top-20 markets worldwide, the Philippines is one of only two to double in three years. In addition, growth across the sector is exceptionally

USAID Fact Sheet on Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda (as of January 24, 2014)

HIGHLIGHTS -USAID/OFDA commits more than $3.9 million in additional protection, shelter and settlements, and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) support. -Recent heavy rains cause flooding in some typhoon-affected areas, contaminating water supplies, damaging or destroying emergency shelter materials, and hampering relief operations Read the full fact sheet here: USAID Fact Sheet on Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda (as of January 24, 2014) (PDF 225 KB)

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