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 ...
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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 ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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; ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ‎.  ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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) ...
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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. – 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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: ACS Newsletter – June 2017

Greetings from American Citizen Services (ACS) section! Please click on this  link  to view the June 2017 ACS Newsletter conveniently on our  website . The newsletter may be viewed using Adobe Acrobat Reader. For further information: See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Philippines Country Specific Information . Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive ...
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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 ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel Alert – Hurricane and Typhoon Season 2017

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the Hurricane and Typhoon Seasons in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane and Typhoon Season will last through November 2017, though most tropical cyclones typically develop between May and October.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommends that those ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Incident at Resorts World Manila

Local media reports gunfire and explosions at Resorts World Manila near the Manila International Airport.  Exercise caution and review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates.  Heed any instructions given by local authorities. For further information about security in the Philippines: See the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Check Points in Metro Manila

May 28, 2017 Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Check Points in Metro Manila The U.S. Embassy has received information that the Philippine government has placed the Philippine National Police (PNP) on full alert throughout Metropolitan Manila. A unit of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has been deployed to Quezon City to assist ...
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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 ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Mindanao Security Situation

May 24, 2017 Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Mindanao Security Situation The U.S. Embassy cautions U.S. citizens that there is an ongoing conflict between terrorist groups and Philippine Security Forces in Marawi City, Mindanao.  Media reports suggest that there are multiple dead and injured.  On May 23, 2017, the Philippine government declared martial law throughout ...
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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.
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Agency in Cebu – Services Available May 22-26, 2017

The U.S. Embassy would like to remind U.S. citizens that the U.S. Consular Agency in Cebu will open from May 22-26, 2017 for notary, passport, and citizenship services, and from May 24-25, 2017 for Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Department of Homeland Security – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHS-USCIS) services.  Please see below ...
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U.S. Government Donates Law Enforcement and Community Medical Facility for Philippine Police and Military Use in Tawi-Tawi

Tawi-Tawi, May 11, 2017 — During a visit to Tawi-Tawi yesterday, U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Michael S. Klecheski handed over a Law Enforcement and Community Medical Facility to the Philippine National Police Maritime Group (PNP MG), the Philippine Navy, and the Philippine Marines in support of the shared U.S.-Philippine goal to strengthen maritime public ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel Advisory for Palawan Province

The U.S. Embassy has received credible information that terrorist groups may be planning to conduct kidnapping operations targeting foreign nationals in the areas of Palawan Province, Philippines, to include Puerto Princesa City, and the areas surrounding Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. U.S. citizens are advised to carefully consider this information as they make their ...
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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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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Agency in Cebu – SSA and DHS-USCIS Offering Services May 24-25, 2017

U.S. Embassy representatives from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Department of Homeland Security – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHS-USCIS) will be available at the U.S. Consular Agency office in Cebu on Wednesday, May 24 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Thursday, May 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. SSA will ...
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Notice to Nonimmigrant Visa Applicants Scheduled on April 27 and 28

Because of the ASEAN event and the resulting road closures and security precautions implemented by the Philippine government on April 27-28, 2017, it has become necessary to reschedule nonimmigrant visa interviews scheduled on these days.  If your interview is affected by this announcement, please refer to the table below for your new schedule.  An e-mail ...
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ANNOUNCEMENT: Notice to Immigrant Visa Applicants with April 27 Interview Appointment

Your immigrant visa interview scheduled on April 27, 2017 has been rescheduled for the same time on April 26 due to the recent MMDA traffic advisory regarding the 30th ASEAN Summit and expected heavy traffic and significant delays due to rerouting and planned detours in Pasay City, Manila City, and Makati City.  Please come prepared ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Agency in Cebu – Pre-planned Closure and Limited Services Until Further Notice

The U.S. Consular Agency in Cebu will offer limited services April 17 to 21 and will be closed to the public for all services from April 24 to May 19, 2017. (As a reminder, the U.S. Consular Agency will also be closed on April 13 to 14, 2017 in observance of Maundy Thursday and Good ...
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U.S.-Philippines Child Protection Compact (CPC) Partnership Notice of Funding Opportunity and Request for Proposals

On April 11, 2017, the United States and the Philippines signed a CPC Partnership, a jointly-developed plan to address and respond to online sexual exploitation of children and child labor trafficking in the Philippines.  The U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office) intends to provide $3.5 million in ...
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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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Peace Corps Volunteers Assist in Opening of First E-Reading Room in Marinduque

Peace Corps Volunteers assisted in the opening last month of Marinduque’s first E-Reading Room funded by the Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens Memorial Foundation through the initiative of Tigwi National High School. The E-Reading Room is envisioned to help improve the academic performance of all students, especially struggling students. The E-Reading Room is also expected to ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’affaires, a.i. Michael Klecheski at the 75th commemoration of the Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor)

Remarks by Chargé d’affaires, a.i. Michael Klecheski at the 75th commemoration of the Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor) Mount Samat National Shrine in Bataan, April 9, 2017 As prepared Thank you Mr. President, Ambassador Ishikawa, veterans and other distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, it is my great honor to be on this podium today. On a ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Angeles City Outreach – April 20, 2017 and Olongapo City Outreach – April 21, 2017

March 27, 2017 U.S. Embassy, Manila, Philippines  Message for U.S. Citizens:  Angeles City Outreach – April 20, 2017 Olongapo City Outreach – April 21, 2017   THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES IS TRANSMITTING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION THROUGH THE EMBASSY WARDEN SYSTEM AS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO AMERICAN CITIZENS IN THE PHILIPPINES. PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION OR NEIGHBORHOOD. THANK YOU.  The U.S. Embassy would like to inform ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Adult Passport Renewals – By Appointment or Via Mail with Payment

Beginning April 1, 2017, all U.S. citizens renewing an adult passport may now choose between TWO OPTIONS when submitting their application form (DS-82) and passport to the Embassy. Option 1: Book an appointment on the U.S. Embassy website. You, or a designated representative, will need to appear for your appointment date with the completed DS-82 ...
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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 ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: American Citizen Services Section closed March 9

March 7, 2017 Message for U.S. Citizens:  American Citizen Services Section closed March 9 The U.S. Embassy American Citizen Services Section is closed to the public on Thursday, March 9, 2017.  If you have an emergency on March 9, 2017 please contact the Duty Officer at 301-2000 or email acsinfomanila@state.gov . The office will resume normal operating hours on Friday, March 10, 2017. _____________________________________________________________________ For further information: See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution , Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Bacolod Outreach – March 16, 2017 and Iloilo Outreach – March 17, 2017

March 3, 2017 Message for U.S. Citizens: Bacolod Outreach – March 16, 2017  and Iloilo City Outreach – March 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 Bacolod City on March 16, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., and Iloilo City on March 17, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  The ACS team will be accompanied by representatives of the DHS ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protests Possible Near U.S. Embassy – February 25-26

February 25, 2017 THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES IS TRANSMITTING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION AS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO U.S. CITIZENS IN THE PHILIPPINES.  PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION OR NEIGHBORHOOD.  THANK YOU.  The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration is expected to take place at Luneta Park, near ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Laoag City Outreach – March 2, 2017

February 21, 2017 Message for U.S. Citizens: Laoag City Outreach – March 2, 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 Laoag City on March 2, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  Please follow the link below for information. Laoag City Outreach _____________________________________________________________________ For further information: See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution , Travel Warnings, ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: ACS Newsletter – February 2017 Correction: New Link

February 21, 2017 Message for U.S. Citizens: ACS Newsletter – February 2017 Correction: New Link Greetings from the American Citizen Services (ACS) Section! Please click on this  link  to view the February 2017 ACS Newsletter conveniently on our  website . The newsletter may be viewed using Adobe Acrobat Reader. ___________________________________________________________________________________________ For further information: See the State Department’s travel website  for the Worldwide Caution , Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Philippines Country Specific Information. Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program ( STEP ) ...
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Message to U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy representatives of the Social Security Administration (SSA) at the U.S. Consular Agency office in Cebu

MESSAGE FOR U.S. CITIZENS U.S. Embassy representatives of the Social Security Administration (SSA) will be available at the U.S. Consular Agency office in Cebu on Wednesday, February 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and Thursday, February 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The following services will be provided: Discuss basic entitlement requirements for ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration Expected January 20, 2017

January 19, 2017 Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration Expected January 20, 2017 THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES IS TRANSMITTING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION AS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO U.S. CITIZENS IN THE PHILIPPINES.  PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION OR NEIGHBORHOOD.  THANK YOU. The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration is ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Baguio City Town and Outreach – January 24, 2017

January 17, 2017 Message for U.S. Citizens:  Baguio City Town and Outreach – January 24, 2017 The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce that Consul General Russel J. Brown will be hosting a “Meet & Greet” session for U.S. Citizens in Baguio. This meeting is Consul General Brown’s introduction to the U.S. Citizen community in Baguio and Northern Luzon. He will also take questions from the audience. The “Meet & Greet” will take place on ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Agency in Cebu Closure on January 9, 2017

January 9, 2017 Message for U.S. Citizens:  Consular Agency in Cebu Closure on January 9, 2017 The U.S. Consular Agency office in Cebu is closed on Monday, January 9, 2017. The office will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, January 10, 2017. ______________________________________________________________________________ For further information: See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution , Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Philippines Country Specific Information. Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program ( STEP ) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Embassy Closure on January 9, 2017

January 6, 2017 Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Embassy Closure on January 9, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Manila will close on Monday, January 9, 2017.  The Manila City government has declared January 9 a local holiday with all city offices and schools closed. This is due to the Procession of the Black Nazarene, one of the largest religious gatherings in the Philippines.  On January 9, ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Agency in Cebu Closed December 5-9, 2016

November 22, 2016 Message for U.S. Citizens:  Consular Agency in Cebu Closed December 5-9, 2016 The U.S. Consular Agency office in Cebu will be closed to the public from December 5 through December 9, 2016. The office will resume normal operating hours on December 12, 2016. For emergency services December 5 through December 9, please contact American Citizen Services at the U.S. Embassy in Manila by phone at +(63) (2) 301-2000 or by ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Olongapo City and Angeles City Outreach

November 22, 2016 Message for U.S. Citizens:  Olongapo City Outreach – December 7, 2016 and                                     Angeles City Outreach – December 8, 2016 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 Olongapo City on December 7, 2016 and Angeles City on December 8, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 ...
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Message for U.S.Citizens: Tacloban City Outreach – November 8, 2016

October 27, 2016 Message for U.S. Citizens: Tacloban City Outreach – November 8, 2016 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, Leyte on November 8, 2016 from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Please click the link below for more information. Tacloban City Outreach _______________________________________________________________________ For further information: See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution , Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Consular Agency Cebu – Resuming Normal Services on October 24, 2016

October 19, 2016 Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Consular Agency Cebu – Resuming Normal Services on October 24, 2016 Beginning Monday, October 24, 2016 the U.S. Consular Agency in Cebu will resume normal operations.  The Consular Agency is open from 8:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. (Monday – Friday) and closed on Wednesdays and designated U.S. and Philippine holidays. If you need to contact the Cebu office, you may call (63 32) ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting Assistance at the Embassy

October 11, 2016 Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting Assistance at the Embassy The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens that the American Citizen Services (ACS) unit will hold voting assistance hours on Wednesday October 12, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the U.S. Embassy.  ACS staff will be available to assist U.S. citizens with completion of their Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) or the Federal ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Final Opportunities to Return Voted Ballots

October 6, 2016 Message for U.S. Citizens: Final Opportunities to Return Voted Ballots Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States.  The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 8.  U.S. citizens who want ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Agency in Cebu – Closure and Limited Services until further notice

September 27, 2016  Message for U.S. Citizens:  Consular Agency in Cebu – Closure and Limited Services until further notice The U.S. Consular Agency office in Cebu will be closed to the public on September 28, 2016. On September 29 and 30 the U.S. Consular Agency office in Cebu will not offer Passport, Notary and CRBA services. However, the Agency will remain open for inquiries and emergency assistance. Beginning October 3, 2016 all services for walk-in ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: American Citizen Services Unit Closure – Friday, September 30, 2016

September 27, 2016 Message for U.S. Citizens:  American Citizen Services Unit Closure – Friday, September 30, 2016 The American Citizen Services (ACS) unit will be closed on Friday, September 30, 2016.  No routine ACS services will be provided on that day.  The ACS unit will open again on Monday, October 3, 2016. In case of emergencies, U.S. citizens should call the Embassy operator at +63-2-301-2000 for assistance. ______________________________________________________________________________ For further information: ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Agency in Cebu – No Passport, Notary and CRBA services on Monday, September 26, 2016

September 23, 2016 Message for U.S. Citizens:  Consular Agency in Cebu – No Passport, Notary and CRBA Services on Monday, September 26, 2016 The U.S. Consular Agency office in Cebu will not offer Passport, Notary and CRBA services on Monday, September 26, 2016. However, the Agency will remain open for inquiries and emergency assistance. Routine paid services for walk-in customers will resume on Tuesday, September 27, 2016. On September 26 the Consular Agency office in Cebu will be able ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Absentee Voting Week is September 26 – October 3

September 16, 2016 Message for U.S. Citizens: Absentee Voting Week is September 26 – October 3 In many states, the voter registration deadline for the November 2016 elections is October 10.  For some voters this might mean their paper voter registration and absentee ballot request must reach their local election officials by October 10.  In order to vote in the November 2016 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting Outreach on September 1, 2016 – NOTE EXTENDED HOURS

August 26, 2016 Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting Outreach on September 1, 2016 – NOTE EXTENDED HOURS The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens that the American Citizen Services (ACS) unit will hold voting outreach on Thursday, September 1, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Quezon City.  ACS staff will be available to assist U.S. citizens to register to vote in the November 8, 2016 U.S. elections. Location:  Church of Jesus ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Angeles City Outreach (September 22, 2016) and Olongapo City Outreach (September 23, 2016)

August 23, 2016 Message for U.S. Citizens:  Angeles City Outreach – September 22, 2016 and                                          Olongapo City Outreach – September 23, 2016 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 Angeles City, Pampanga on September 22, 2016 and Olongapo City, Zambales on September 23, 2016 ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting Outreach on September 1, 2016

August 19, 2016 Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting Outreach on September 1, 2016 The U.S. Embassy would like to inform U.S. citizens that the American Citizen Services (ACS) unit will be holding voting outreach on September 1, 2016 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. in Quezon City.  ACS staff will be available to assist U.S. citizens to register to vote in the 2016 U.S. elections. Location:  Church of Jesus ...
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Worldwide Caution [updated March 3, 2016]

March 3, 2016 Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens:  Update to Worldwide Caution The U.S. Embassy wishes to advise all U.S. citizens that the Department of State issued an updated Worldwide Caution Alert on March 3, 2016. The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against ...
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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.” ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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[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  www.state.gov/j/ct , provides the Department of State’s annual assessment of trends and events in international terrorism that occurred ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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