Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force and Commander, Pacific Air Forces, Visit Manila

Manila, August 19, 2019 — Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, General David Goldfein, and Commander, Pacific Air Forces, General Charles Brown, visited Manila from August 15 to 18, 2019. During their time here, the generals met with key policymakers, including Undersecretary of National Defense Cardozo Luna, Chief of Staff of the Armed …

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U.S. Military Divers Assist Philippine Partners in Installing Artificial Reefs

Batangas, August 16, 2019 — U.S. and Philippine service members, local government workers, and non-governmental organizations partnered to install artificial habitat reefs at Barangay Hukay, Calatagan, Batangas on August 15, 2019. The project, dubbed Operation Pamamalakaya, is a collaboration between by the Philippine Air Force, DV Boer Farm, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Community …

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New Regional Counterterrorism Training Center to Boost U.S.-Philippine and Regional Cooperation

Manila, August 15, 2019 — As part of our deepening bilateral counterterrorism partnership, the U.S. and Philippine governments have agreed to establish a new state of the art Regional Counterterrorism Training Center in the Philippines. Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Police General Oscar D. Albayalde and Deputy Chief of Mission John C. Law today signed …

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USS Ronald Reagan Strike Group Conducts Port Call in Manila

U.S. Navy and Philippine Navy sailors participated in friendly games of soccer, basketball, volleyball and tug of war during a Sports Day event on August 8, 2019. Opportunities like these strengthen military to military ties and personal friendships between sailors of both nations. The enduring U.S.-Philippine relationship is a pillar of peace and security in …

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U.S. Aircraft Carrier Arrives in the Philippines

The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) leads the Ronald Reagan Strike group, including the Ticonderoga-class missile cruisers USS Antietam (CG 54) and USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Benfold (DDG 65) and USS Milius (DDG 69), during a photo exercise in 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication …

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New U.S. and Philippines Partnership to Boost Reading, Numeracy, and Socio-Emotional Learning for Filipino Students

Manila, July 31, 2019 — As part of its continuing commitment to improve education outcomes for Filipino youth, the U.S. government today launched the Advancing Basic Education in the Philippines (ABC+) project to support Department of Education (DepEd) efforts to strengthen the quality of education in the Philippines.  U.S. Chargé d’Affaires John Law and representatives …

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Filipino Students Receive Millions in Scholarship Offers from U.S. Universities

Manila, July 30, 2019 — Thirty-six Filipino advisees of EducationUSA, the U.S. Department of State’s official source on U.S. higher education information, are receiving more than Php37 million in merit and need-based scholarships from accredited American universities for the upcoming 2019-2020 academic year. EducationUSA advisers worked with these students throughout their college admissions process, including …

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U.S. and Philippine Partners Conduct a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Exercise

Manila, July 24, 2019 — The U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) is assisting interagency representatives of the Philippine government in conducting a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) exercise from July 24 to 27. DTRA designed the exercise to hone the response skills of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), the officially-mandated CBRN response …

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U.S. Delivers Military Equipment to the Armed Forces of the Philippines

Manila, July 18, 2019 — U.S. and Philippine service members teamed up to unload and inventory ten M-107 .50 caliber sniper rifles at Camp Aguinaldo on July 17, 2019. Purchased by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), this delivery is part of a series of equipment transfers designed to strengthen the AFP’s ability to …

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U.S. Government Announces Additional Php234 Million for Marawi Relief and Recovery

Jalilah and her family are among more than 30,000 Marawi residents who have benefitted from temporary shelters provided by the U.S. government.  An added Php234 million in U.S. government funding will provide shelter assistance to 2,600 additional individuals.  (Photo credit: Tiffany Tsang, Catholic Relief Services) Manila, July 18, 2019 —The U.S. government is providing an …

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8th Philippines-United States Bilateral Strategic Dialogue (BSD) Joint Statement

Manila, July 17, 2019 — The Republic of the Philippines and the United States of America held the Eighth Bilateral Strategic Dialogue from 15 to 16 July 2019 in Manila, Philippines.  Department of Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Policy Enrique Manalo and Department of National Defense Undersecretary Cesar Yano co-led the Philippine delegation.  Assistant Secretary of …

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United States, Philippines Sign Ten-Year Agreement on Science and Technology Cooperation

U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim and Philippine Department of Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato de la Peña signed an agreement on scientific and technological cooperation at the close of the Bilateral Strategic Dialogue on July 16. Manila, July 17, 2019 — U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim and Philippine Department …

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Assistant Secretary Stilwell Press Statement on Strategic Priorities in the Philippines

Manila, July 16, 2019 — I was honored to co-chair the U.S.-Philippines Bilateral Strategic Dialogue, July 15-16 in Manila.  As a treaty ally, our partnership with the Philippines is critical for realizing our shared vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific, with thriving sovereign nations.  A strong U.S.-Philippines alliance deters aggression and promotes regional stability, …

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Marine Aviation Support Activity 19.2

Manila, July 15, 2019 — Marine Aviation Support Activity (MASA) 19.2, a semiannual U.S.-Philippine military exercise focused on mutual defense, counterterrorism, and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, will take place in the Philippines from July 15 to 25, 2019. U.S. Marines and aircraft from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 and 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, …

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Philippine-American Friendship Week Sees Arrival of 75 New Peace Corps Volunteers

Manila, July 15, 2019 — Seventy-five new U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers arrived in Manila on July 7, 2019.  They join the more than 9,000 Americans who have served as Peace Corps Volunteers in the Philippines since 1961, making the Philippines the second oldest Peace Corps program. Inspired by President John F. Kennedy, the goal of …

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United States, Philippines to Hold Eighth Bilateral Strategic Dialogue

Manila, July 12, 2019 — The United States and the Republic of the Philippines will hold the eighth Bilateral Strategic Dialogue (BSD) July 15-16, 2019 in Manila.  The BSD brings together senior leaders to discuss cooperation on defense, economics, rule of law, and regional diplomacy between the United States and the Philippines.  U.S. Ambassador to …

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U.S. Government Awards Grants to Reduce Plastic Pollution in Philippine Oceans

Deputy Chief of Mission Law (center), Department of Environment and Natural Resources Undersecretary Benny Antiporda (far left), and USAID Mission Director Lawrence Hardy (far right), together with the representatives of EcoWaste Coalition and Mother Earth Foundation, which received grants under USAID’s Municipal Waste Recycling Program. Manila, July 11, 2019 — The U.S. government awarded two …

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USS Montgomery Departs Davao City

Manila, July 2, 2019 — The USS Montgomery, an Independence-class littoral combat ship, departed Davao City on July 1.  This was the ship’s first port visit to the Philippines during her first deployment. During the visit, Montgomery hosted local military and civic leaders for an evening reception to celebrate the U.S.-Philippine alliance. U.S. Embassy in …

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U.S.—Philippine Cooperation Leads to Arrests of Illegal Recruiters

Manila, July 1, 2019 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines commends the National Bureau of Investigation-Anti-Organized Crime Division (NBI-AOCD) for the arrests of Irmalyn Melodias-Torres and Gerald Melodias for large-scale illegal recruitment. NBI-AOCD executed the arrests on June 20 in Quezon City and June 21 in Valenzuela City.  This successful international effort came as …

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U.S. Government Conducts Targeting and Risk Management Training with Philippine Border Security Agencies

Manila, June 24, 2019 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines conducted a border security training with 19 officers from the Bureau of Customs, Bureau of Immigration, and Philippine Coast Guard from June 17 to 21.  The training provided participants with a thorough understanding of the targeting and risk management process to help identify high-risk …

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U.S. and Philippines Train Prosecutors and Investigators to Combat Online Sexual Exploitation of Children

Davao City, June 21, 2019 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines partnered with the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) and the International Justice Mission (IJM) to train 60 prosecutors and investigators in combatting online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC) from June 17 to 20 in Davao City.  The training was implemented through the U.S. …

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U.S.-Philippine Cooperation Leads to Arrest of U.S. Fugitive in Davao

Davao, June 19, 2019 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines commends the Philippine Bureau of Immigration (BI) for the arrest of a U.S. citizen fugitive in Davao. The successful arrest occurred in collaboration with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) officers in Manila and Connecticut, as well as the Department of State Assistant Regional Security Office/ …

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U.S. Homeland Security Investigations and Philippine National Police Partner on Anti-Cybersex Rescue Operation in Antipolo City

Antipolo City, May 31, 2019 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines commends the Philippine National Police (PNP)-HSI Transnational Criminal Investigative Unit (TCIU) and the PNP Women and Children Protection Center (WCPC) for the arrest of Philippine citizen Kechelle Abayon and the rescue of five children in Antipolo City. The coordinated effort was successful thanks in …

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

Manila, May 27, 2019 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines commends the Philippine National Police (PNP)-Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Transnational Criminal Investigative Unit (TCIU), in collaboration with the PNP Women and Children Protection Center and the Philippine Bureau of Immigration (BI), for the arrest of a U.S. citizen and the rescue of a child. …

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U.S. Government and ADB Partner to Expand Asia’s Sustainable Energy Market

Manila, June 18, 2019 — The U.S. government launched a partnership with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) June 18 to accelerate the transition to a sustainable, secure, and market-driven energy sector in Asia.  U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Asia Bureau Acting Assistant Administrator Gloria Steele and ADB Strategy, Policy, and Review Department Director General …

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U.S. Government Awards Grants to Marawi’s Displaced Communities

Members of the Kangiginawae Ko Masa organization receive a grant certificate from USAID Acting Mission Director Patrick Wesner (third from right) and Task Force Bangon Marawi Field Office Manager Assistant Secretary Felix Castro, Jr. (second from right) during the community grants handover event in Marawi City. Marawi City, June 17, 2019 — As part of …

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

Manila, June 11, 2019 — The U.S. Embassy, in partnership with the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF), recognized the accomplishments of Karen Davila of ABS-CBN and Dr. Marylendra “Neth” Penetrante of the Children & Youth Wellness Technical and Advocacy Center by awarding them with the 2019 Ninoy and Cory Aquino Awards for Journalism and …

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U.S., Philippines, and Indonesia Partner to Enhance Counterterrorism Capabilities

General Santos City, May 30, 2019 — Prosecutors, law enforcement officials, and legal experts from the United States, Philippines, and Indonesia came together from May 22 to 23 for a workshop on effective investigations and prosecutions of terrorism cases.  The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, through the U.S. Department of Justice (U.S. DOJ) Office of …

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U.S. Embassy Strengthens Philippine Law Enforcement Drug Demand Reduction Programs

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) collaborated with the Philippine Dangerous Drugs Board and the Sri Lanka-based Colombo Plan to strengthen drug demand reduction initiatives in the Philippines.  Fifty-two officers from the Philippine National Police, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, …

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U.S. Pacific Air Forces Commander’s Visit to Manila Enhances Partnership with Philippine Air Force

Manila, May 17, 2019 — U.S. Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) Commander Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. traveled to the Philippines from May 15 to 17 to meet with senior officials from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine Air Force (PAF). “Our relationship with the Philippines is one of our most enduring …

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U.S. Government and PBEd Launch Recruitment Drive for Work-Based Training Opportunities for Youth

Manila, May 17, 2019 — The U.S. government and Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) launched YouthWorks PH Recruitment Drive, part of a five-year, Php1.8 billion public-private partnership to provide life skills and employability workshops for at least 20,000 unemployed, out-of-school youth ages 18-24.  YouthWorks PH will connect youth to work-based training opportunities. U.S. Ambassador to …

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U.S., Philippine Coast Guards Conduct Joint Search and Rescue Exercise

South China Sea, May 15, 2019 — The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf (WMSL 750) and vessels from the Philippine Coast Guard conducted joint search-and-rescue exercises on May 14. The Bertholf, a 418-foot National Security Cutter based in Alameda, California, trained with the Philippine Coast Guard patrol vessels BRP Batangas and BRP Kalanggaman on small …

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U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter Bertholf visits Manila

Manila, May 15, 2019 — The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf (WMSL 750) arrived in Manila, Philippines for the first visit by a U.S. cutter to the country in over 7 years. The visit follows a bilateral exercise with the Philippine Coast Guard on May 14 in which Bertholf and Philippine San Juan-class patrol vessel …

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U.S., Philippines Celebrate Successful Partnership that Expanded Opportunities for 25,000+ Out-of-School Youth

Manila, May 3, 2019 — The U.S. and Philippine governments celebrated the successful conclusion of the six-year, Php832-million Mindanao Youth for Development (MYDev) project.  The partnership between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Education (DepEd), and 11 local government units across Mindanao expanded access …

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U.S. CBP and EXBS Program Conducts International Seaport Interdiction Training

Olongapo City, April 30, 2019 – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) conducted an International Seaport Interdiction Training (ISIT) for 21 officers from Philippine agencies on seaport interdiction and law enforcement. The ISIT provided a combination of classroom and practical exercises.  The classroom lectures focused on techniques to detect smuggled contrabands, identify weapons of mass …

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U.S. Embassy Launches New English Access Programs

Manila, April 15, 2019 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines launched new English Access Microscholarship Programs in Quezon City and in Taguig.  The Access Program provides 13 to 20 year-old students from low income communities with a foundation in English during two years of afterschool instruction and intensive summer learning activities. Working in partnership …

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U.S. Trains Office of the Ombudsman Investigators and Prosecutors on Cyber Investigations and Digital Evidence

Manila, April 11, 2019 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines partnered with the Office of the Ombudsman to train 35 anti-graft investigators and prosecutors on cyber investigations and digital evidence from March 27 to 28. The training was implemented through the U.S. Department of Justice (U.S. DOJ) Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and …

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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission John C. Law at the 77th Day of Valor (Araw ng Kagitingan) Ceremony

77th Day of Valor Ceremony Deputy Chief of Mission John C. Law Remarks Mount Samat National Shrine in Bataan, April 9, 2019 As delivered  Secretary Año, Madame Vice President, Congressman Garcia, Ambassador Haneda, His Excellency the Papal Nuncio, distinguished guests and most especially our honored veterans, their families and their loved ones. Magandang umaga sa …

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U.S. Trains Philippine Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Justices on Cybercrime

Seated, from left to right: Supreme Court Associate Justices Rosemari Carandang, Andres Reyes Jr., Estela Perlas-Bernabe, Antonio Carpio, Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin, Associate Justices Mariano Del Castillo, Marvic Leonen, Alexander Gesmundo, and Amy Lazaro-Javier.  Standing, from left to right: Court Administrator Midas Marquez, U.S. Department of Justice (U.S. DOJ) Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, …

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U.S. and Philippine Forces Come Together for the Opening Ceremony of Balikatan 2019

(Left to right) Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Lt. Gen. Gilbert I. Gapay, commanding general of the Southern Luzon Command and exercise co-director; Department of National Defense Undersecretary Cardozo M. Luna; Ambassador Kim; Gen. Benjamin R. Madrigal Jr., Chief of Staff of the AFP; and U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Christopher A. McPhillips, commanding …

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U.S. and Tagbilaran City Partner to Expand Access to Safe Drinking Water

Tagbilaran City officials at Tagbilaran City’s World Water Day celebration, led by Mayor John Geesnell Yap (fifth from left) and joined by USAID representatives Marian Cruz-Navata (fourth from left) and Bernadette Cariaga (second from left). With USAID assistance, the city government has improved water services, including upgrading water pipes and the metering system. Tagbilaran City, …

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Philippines Barangay Blue Ridge Visits the USS Blue Ridge

Manila, March 21, 2019 — U.S. 7th Fleet Flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) and embarked 7th Fleet staff welcomed residents of Quezon City’s Barangay Blue Ridge B for a ship tour while docked in Manila, Philippines on March 17. Because the USS Blue Ridge and Barangay Blue Ridge B share a namesake, the Blue …

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U.S.-Philippine Cooperation Leads to Arrest of U.S. Fugitive

Pampanga, March 18, 2019 — U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents, the Philippine National Police (PNP) Manila Police District/Special Operations Unit (SOU), and the Philippine Bureau of Immigration (BI)/Fugitive Search Unit (FSU) arrested a U.S. fugitive wanted on child pornography-related charges in Angeles City, Pampanga on March 16.  The successful operation was a result of …

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Humanitarian Projects Begin throughout Luzon in Support of Exercise Balikatan 19

Manila, March 15, 2019 — Multinational forces began humanitarian and civic assistance projects as part of exercise Balikatan 2019 on March 12. Philippine, U.S., and Australian forces attended ground-breaking ceremonies for the renovation of three elementary schools in Orani, Bataan Province; Pangil, Laguna Province; and San Juan, Batangas Province as well as a health clinic …

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USS Blue Ridge Arrives in Manila

Manila, March 13, 2019 — U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) and embarked 7th Fleet staff arrived in Manila today for the ship’s first port visit to the Philippines since 2016. The Blue Ridge and 7th Fleet team have longstanding ties with the Philippines and this port visit offers opportunities to reconnect …

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U.S. and Philippines Kick Off Pacific Partnership 2019

(L-R) Royal Australian Navy Capt. Brendon Zilko, Commander of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Central Command Lt. Gen. Noel Clement, Department of National Defense Office of Civil Defense Undersecretary Ricardo B. Jalad, Tacloban City Mayor Cristina Romualdez, U.S. Embassy in the Philippines Deputy Chief of Mission John C. Law, Commander of Hawaii National …

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2019 EducationUSA Fairs in Cebu and Manila Attract Record Attendance of More Than 2,600

Manila, March 8, 2019 — EducationUSA, the U.S. government’s official resource for students interested in pursuing higher education opportunities in the United States, welcomed 43 accredited university and college representatives from the United States to its annual university fairs in Cebu and Manila on February 28 and March 1.  Nearly 800 students, parents, and educators …

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U.S. and Philippines Train Metro Manila Judges on Financial Crimes

Manila, March 8, 2019 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, through the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT), partnered with the Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA) to train 24 Metro Manila judges on financial crimes and money laundering from February 26 to 27 in Makati City. U.S. District …

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U.S. Secretary of State’s Visit Reaffirms Strong U.S.-Philippines Ties

Manila, March 1, 2019 – U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo reaffirmed the strong ties and enduring alliance between the United States and the Philippines during his first visit to the Philippines as Secretary of State. Secretary Pompeo met with President Rodrigo Duterte on February 28 to discuss the importance of the bilateral relationship …

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U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo Arrives in Philippines, Meets with President Duterte

Manila, February 28, 2019  — U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met with President Rodrigo Duterte upon his arrival to the Philippines on Thursday, February 28.  The meeting underscored our cooperation on bilateral and regional security issues. Secretary Pompeo arrived at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on Thursday at 8:36 p.m. and …

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U.S. Homeland Security Investigations and Philippine National Police Partner to Rescue Underage Victims during an Anti-cybersex Operation in Taguig

U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents and the Philippine National Police (PNP)-HSI Transnational Criminal Investigative Unit (TCIU) arrested two Philippine nationals and rescued nine minor victims during an anti-cybersex operation in Taguig, Philippines on February 16, 2019.  The successful operation was a result of close cooperation between Philippine and U.S. authorities. HSI Manila, the PNP-HSI …

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EducationUSA Fair Participant Becomes First Filipino Student at U.S. University

Manila, February 27, 2019 — Following her participation in the U.S. Embassy’s 2018 EducationUSA Fair, Marian Cedeño became the first Filipino student to attend the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) in Texas when she started classes this semester. Cedeño, who was among the top students at the Filipino Turkish Tolerance School in Zamboanga, attended …

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U.S. and Philippine Armies Launch Exercise Salaknib 19

Manila, February 27, 2019 — The Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. Army Pacific will participate in Exercise Salaknib 2019, which will be conducted in and around Fort Magsaysay, Palayan, and Nueva Ecija, Philippines from March 4 to 24, 2019.  The U.S. Army 7th Infantry Division Commander Maj. Gen. Willard M. Burleson III and …

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U.S. Ambassador Congratulates NASA Space Apps Challenge Winners

Manila, February 21, 2019 — U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim congratulated Team iNON for beating out 1,395 teams from around the world to win the Best Galactic Impact category in the 2018 NASA Space Apps Challenge.  Ambassador Kim awarded certificates of recognition to team members Revbrain Martin, Marie Jeddah Legaspi, Julius Czar Torreda, …

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U.S., Philippines Launch Strategy for Innovation and Growth

Manila, February 19, 2019 — The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) launched a strategy to build innovation capacity among public higher education institutions throughout the country on February 12, 2019. The strategy recognizes the critical role of university systems in preparing Filipino students for …

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Commander of U.S. Marine Forces Pacific Lt. Gen. Craparotta Visits Manila, Emphasizes U.S.-Philippine Alliance

Manila, February 18, 2019 — Lieutenant General Lewis A. Craparotta, Commander of U.S. Marine Forces Pacific (MARFORPAC), visited the Philippines from February 16 to 18 and emphasized the importance of the U.S.-Philippine alliance to the Indo-Pacific region. During his visit, Craparotta met with the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) …

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U.S.-Philippine Partnership Fosters Citizen Engagement and Good Governance in Mindanao

Cebu City, February 14, 2019 — The U.S. and Philippine governments celebrated the accomplishments of a six-year U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) project that has worked to improve peace and stability in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao.  The Enhancing Governance, Accountability and Engagement (ENGAGE) project is a six-year, Php 860 million U.S.-Philippine partnership to advance …

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U.S., Philippines Unveil New Coast Guard Maritime Training Facility

Bulacan, February 11, 2019 – The United States and the Philippines jointly unveiled the Outboard Motor Center of Excellence, a new maritime training facility, in Balagtas, Bulacan on February 11.  The U.S. government funded the Php 39 million facility, which will enhance the Philippine Coast Guard’s capacity to train its workforce and sustain its equipment.  …

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U.S. Partners with Philippines to Improve Broadband Access

Manila, February 7, 2019 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines awarded a Php 23.8 million grant to the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to support implementation of the Philippines National Broadband Network Project.  U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim and DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo M. Rio, Jr. signed the grant during …

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U.S., Philippines Cut the Ribbon on Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement Project

Pampanga, January 30, 2019 — U.S. Ambassador Sung Y. Kim and Secretary of National Defense Delfin N. Lorenzana cut the ribbon on the first major project under the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) at Cesar Basa Air Base, Pampanga, on January 29. The ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the completion of construction on a Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief warehouse, which will …

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U.S. Peace Corps Strengthens Partnership with Philippine Department of Education and Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency

The U.S. Peace Corps signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Education and Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency on December 17, 2018. The MOU outlines the roles and responsibilities of the three agencies in the design, promotion, implementation, evaluation, and support of Peace Corps Philippines projects and activities in the Education …

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U.S. and Philippines Partner to Train Prosecutors and Investigators on Countering Trafficking in Persons at Airports

Angeles City, December 14, 2018 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, through the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training (OPDAT), partnered with the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) and the Philippine Society of Criminologists and Criminal Justice Professionals (PSCCJP) to train 21 NAIA and Clark-based airport investigators and 20 …

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U.S. and Philippine Coast Guards Conduct Maritime Law Enforcement Training

Manila, December 13, 2018 — A U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Mobile Education and Training Team (MTT) conducted two Maritime Law Enforcement (MLE) training courses with the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in November.  The courses, an MLE Boarding Officer Course (BOC) and MLE Instructor Development Course (IDC), teach maritime law enforcement procedures and fundamentals. Both the …

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U.S. Indo-Pacific Commander Admiral Davidson Visits Manila

Manila, December 12, 2018 — Admiral Philip Davidson, Commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, visited Manila from December 10 to 11. While in Manila, Admiral Davidson attended the Balangiga Bells handover ceremony and the Armed Forces of the Philippines Change of Command. During his visit, Admiral Davidson met with President Rodrigo Duterte and Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana …

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U.S. Government Returns Balangiga Bells to the Philippines

Manila, December 11, 2018 — This morning at 10:30 a.m., the three Balangiga Bells arrived at Villamor Air Base in Manila.  U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim participated in a ceremony officially turning the bells over to the Philippine government. “The history of these bells spans the entire relationship between the United States and …

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U.S. Government Returns Balangiga Bells to the Philippines

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Remarks by Ambassador Sung Kim at the Ceremony of the Return of the Balangiga Bells

Return of Balangiga Bells U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim Manila December 11, 2018 As prepared Magandang hapon.  Good afternoon.  Thank you all for joining us today.  It is a tremendous honor for me to be a part of this historic occasion. I’m proud and grateful to be joined by Executive Secretary Medialdea, …

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Balangiga Bells Depart Okinawa

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All Three Balangiga Bells Reunited in Okinawa, Japan

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Balangiga Bells Departed Wyoming on November 15, 2018

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U.S., Philippines Partner to Train Judges from Visayas and Zamboanga Peninsula on New Cybercrime Rules

Cebu City, November 21, 2018 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, through the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training (OPDAT), partnered with the Philippine Supreme Court Sub-Committee on Commercial Courts (SCC) and the Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA) to train 26 cybercourt judges from Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern …

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U.S., Philippines Launch Php1.3 Billion Sustainable Fisheries Project

U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission John Law (3rd from left) and Bureau of Fisheries Director Eduardo Gongona (2nd from left) unveil the Fish Right program billboard to mark the official launch of the new partnership between the U.S. and Philippine governments to promote sustainable fisheries in the country.  Also in the photo are (L-R) …

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U.S. Government Announces Additional Assistance for Families Displaced by Typhoon Ompong

The U.S. Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission John C. Law addresses media representatives, partners, and landslide-affected families in Itogon, Benguet.  The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development, is providing Php37.3 million in new assistance for families that lost their homes and livelihoods during Typhoon Ompong in Benguet and Cagayan provinces Baguio …

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Announces Return of Balangiga Bells

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U.S.-Philippines High-Level Dialogue Marks Progress in Combating Child Trafficking

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Manila, November 13, 2018 — General Robert Brown, Commander of U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC), visited the Philippines from November 10 to 13, emphasizing the importance of the U.S.-Philippine alliance to the Indo-Pacific region. While in the Philippines, Gen. Brown attended a U.S. and Philippine Veterans Day ceremony at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in …

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Chief of Naval Operations Visits Philippines, Highlights Importance of U.S.-Philippine Alliance

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#ForMindanao Summit Highlights Results of Grassroots Marawi Conflict Response Initiative

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Ambassador Kim Announces Php1.35 billion Marawi Response Project

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U.S.-Philippine Cooperation Leads to Arrest of Visa Fixer

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

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

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

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Embassy Supports Philippine Army Social Media Cell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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U.S. Government Supports Super Typhoon Ompong Response

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

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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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#FriendsPartnersAllies Photo Contest

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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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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

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DCM Klecheski Swears In New Peace Corps Volunteers

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

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U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Visits the Philippines

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

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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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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

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

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

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

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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

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

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USS Mustin Provides Aid to Filipino Fishermen in Distress

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

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

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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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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AmCham Business Leadership Program for Outstanding Filipino Students

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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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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Balikatan 33 Strengthens U.S.-Philippine Defense Partnership through Counterterrorism and HADR Training

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

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U.S. and Philippines Shoulder-to-Shoulder during Balikatan 33 Opening

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

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U.S. and Philippine Armed Forces Repair Schools in Cagayan Valley

Manila, October 4, 2016— U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade (3d MEB) have been working alongside their Armed Forces of the Philippines counterparts to repair portions of the Palawig and San Vicente Elementary Schools in Cagayan Valley from Sept. 23 – Oct. 11.  The construction work is part of Philippine Amphibious …

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Philippines Amphibious Landing Exercise 33

Manila, September 24, 2016 — The Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine Marine Corps have invited U.S. Marines and Sailors from the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade and Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group to participate in the 33rd iteration of the Philippines Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX 33), 4 to 12 October on multiple locations in …

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U.S. and Philippine Coast Guards Conduct Outboard Motor Maintenance Course

  September 23, 2016 — The Philippine and U.S. Coast Guards conclude today a two-week Outboard Motor Maintenance Course as part of their continuing collaboration to improve maritime security. This is the third session of this course, which was also previously held in Palawan and Iloilo City. A total of 18 Philippine Coast Guard personnel …

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VAQ-138 Growler Detachment Arrives at Clark Air Base

Clark Air Base, June 16, 2016 —At the direction of the U.S. Pacific Commander, and with the approval of the Government of the Philippines, the United States stood up an Air Contingent in April 2016 to promote interoperability and U.S.-Philippines security cooperation. As part of this contingent, the U.S. Navy sent a detachment of EA-18G …

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Secretary of State John Kerry’s Statement on the Republic of the Philippines Independence Day

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY June 10, 2016 Republic of the Philippines Independence Day   On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I want to congratulate the people of the Philippines as you celebrate the anniversary of your nation’s independence this June 12. …

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US and Philippine Government Officials Celebrate Completion of “Millennium Road to Progress”

Manila, May 27, 2016 —  U.S. Embassy Manila’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) completed a 222 kilometer road project on Samar, thus creating new conditions for a significant improvement in that island’s economy.  United States Ambassador to the Philippines Philip S. Goldberg led a delegation of U.S. MCC officials who joined Philippine officials, led by Department of …

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