United States Establishes Php800-Million Environmental Conservation Fund for Civil Society Organizations in the Philippines

Manila, November 26, 2021—The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), established a five-year, Php800-million ($16 million) grant facility to help civil society organizations implement biodiversity conservation, wildlife protection, natural resource management, and local climate actions in the Philippines. 

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Philippine Official Visits U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Highlights Robust Partnership

Washington, D.C., November 24, 2021—On November 17, Philippine Deputy Executive Secretary Alberto Bernardo met with U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) Director Robert S. Pope to discuss current and future projects taking place in the Philippines as well as illicit shipping throughout the Philippines’ maritime territory. 

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U.S. Embassy Launches ‘Ako ang Saklay’ Livelihood Program for Persons Overcoming Substance Use Disorder

Manila, November 24, 2021—On November 22, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines partnered with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to launch the “Ako ang Saklay” livelihood program for those recovering from substance use disorder.  The Embassy’s Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) is providing PhP5 million ($100,000) to support this …

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U.S., Global Partner Donate Tools to Improve TB Service

Manila, November 24, 2021—The United States government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Stop TB Partnership, donated a package of new tools to support better tuberculosis (TB) services in the Philippines.  United States Embassy Chargé d’Affaires (CDA) ad interim Heather Variava handed over the diagnostic equipment and anti-TB medicines to the Department of Health (DOH), represented by …

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USAID Launches Two Activities to Support Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises in the Philippines

Manila, November 22, 2021—The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) recently launched two new activities to support micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the Philippines as part of Philippine Startup Week and the continuing celebrations of USAID’s 60th anniversary. 

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USAID, The Asia Foundation Launch Inaugural National Youth Leaders’ Summit

Manila, November 22, 2021—On November 19 and 20, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and The Asia Foundation, through the Youth Leadership for Democracy (YouthLed) project, held the inaugural National Youth Leaders’ Summit.  During the summit, more than 1,000 youth leaders from across the country heard from subject matter experts about the merits …

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U.S. Supports West Philippine Sea-Based Local Governments’ Alliance for Food Security Conference

Manila, November 19, 2021—From November 17 to 19, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) sponsored a three-day virtual conference focused on building a local government unit alliance for food security in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) area.   The conference, held with support from the U.S. Department of the Interior and …

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USAID Study Shows Upskilling Out-of-School Youth Will Help PH Economy Thrive Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Manila, November 18, 2021—Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) released a study showing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Filipino out-of-school youth.  USAID Philippines Acting Mission Director Sean Callahan joined Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Briones, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Secretary Isidro Lapeña, Assistant Secretary for Alternative Learning …

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Philippines Wins First-Ever Award at State Department’s GIST Catalyst Pitch Competition

  Manila, November 16, 2021—On November 9, Philippine-based startup Galansiyang won the U.S. Department of State’s 2021 Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Catalyst Pitch Competition, placing first in both the “Spirit of GIST” and “People’s Choice” categories.  The GIST Catalyst Pitch Competition is a global competition launched in 2017 that gives science and technology entrepreneurs …

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U.S. Donates Drug Detection Equipment to PCG K9 Force

Manila, November 16, 2021—The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) recently donated drug detection and analysis equipment valued at more than Php3.5 million ($70,000) to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) K9 Force in support of U.S.-Philippine cooperation to counter maritime crimes. 

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U.S. Military Donates Medical Supplies to Support COVID-19 Response across Southern Philippines

Zamboanga City, November 15, 2021—Between October 2 and November 10, the U.S. military donated intensive care unit (ICU) beds and COVID-19 vaccine cold storage units, valued at over Php6.9 million ($138,600), across the southern Philippines.  The donations were made during seven small ceremonies and included equipment turnovers to hospitals in Pagadian City, Cotabato City, Sulu …

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EducationUSA announces International Education Week Events for Filipinos

Manila, November 12, 2021—The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines and EducationUSA, the U.S. government’s official source of information on U.S. higher education, invite all Filipinos interested in studying in the United States to join International Education Week (IEW) events from November 15 to 19.  On Monday, November 15, EducationUSA will host a virtual college essay workshop and financial aid walkthrough for high school …

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USAID, Quezon City Launch Mobile COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Initiatives

Manila, November 8, 2021—Today, the United States government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Quezon City government launched six new COVID-19 mobile testing units and one mobile vaccination team to support the city’s fight against COVID-19.   

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United States and Philippines Celebrate 60 Years of Development Partnership

Manila, November 3, 2021—Today, the U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is celebrating 60 years of development partnership with the Philippines.  USAID leads the U.S. government’s international development and humanitarian efforts to save lives, reduce poverty, strengthen democratic governance, and help people progress beyond assistance.  USAID was founded on November 3, 1961, by President John F. Kennedy, …

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U.S. Peace Corps and DepEd Train Teachers, Maximize Student Learning Amid Pandemic

Manila, October 29, 2021 – From October 12 to 29, the U.S. Peace Corps and the Department of Education (DepEd) conducted a series of virtual trainings on utilizing newly developed distance learning materials for over 1,000 teachers, principals, and supervisors from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.   This series of trainings marks the culmination of a 14-month collaboration between Peace Corps and DepEd to develop and validate learning activity sheets …

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USAID Launches New Project to Increase Digital Connectivity in the Philippines

Manila, October 29, 2021—The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), formally launched on October 28 a new project to increase digital connectivity in the Philippines.  The five-year, Php1.65-billion ($33 million) Better Access and Connectivity (BEACON) project will promote economic growth through better information and communications technology (ICT), helping bridge the digital divide in the Philippines.  “The COVID-19 pandemic has …

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USAID Launches Php750-Million Project to Support Climate Resilience in the Philippines

Manila, October 29, 2021—The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), launched on October 28 a new project to build climate resilience in the Philippines, one of the world’s most disaster-prone countries.  The five-year, Php750-million ($15 million) Climate Resilient Cities project will help cities in the Philippines adapt to, mitigate, and endure the impacts of climate change by increasing their …

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U.S. Military and Philippine Coast Guard Conduct Tactical Combat Casualty Care Training

  Manila, October 28, 2021 – From October 21 to 24, the Civilian Military Support Element-Philippines (CMSE-PHL) conducted Tactical Combat Casualty Care Training with officers and crew of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) BRP Gabriela Silang and medical officers of the PCG Nursing Corps.    The training was designed to mirror real-world medical situations likely to be encountered by the crew of the BRP Gabriela Silang and culminated with an exercise designed to …

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U.S. Embassy Convenes 4th National Conference of the Association of Anti-Drug Abuse Coalitions of the Philippines, Inc.

Manila, October 28, 2021—On October 28, the 4th National Conference of the Association of Anti-Drug Abuse Coalitions of Philippines, Inc. (AADAC) formally convened with the theme “Building Resilience Through Policy and Advocacy.”  

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USAID Hands Over Supplementary Reading Materials to Improve Reading Outcomes in Masbate

Manila, October 27, 2021—As part of its continuing efforts to improve reading outcomes and basic education for children in the Philippines, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) handed over 44,000 Minasbate language supplementary reading materials to the Department of Education (DepEd) at a virtual event on October 25.  The event also recognized writers, illustrators, editors, and …

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EducationUSA Hosts Filipino Senior HS Students at Annual College Application Drive

Manila, October 27, 2021 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines and EducationUSA, the U.S. government’s official source of information on U.S. higher education, are inviting all senior students in high school to attend EducationUSA’s annual application drive on Friday, October 29, at 7:15 p.m.  At the virtual program, students interested in studying in the United States will have an opportunity to seek free …

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U.S. Military Donates COVID-19 Vaccine Cold Storage Units to the Armed Forces of the Philippines

Manila, October 26, 2021 — On October 25, the U.S. military donated intensive care unit (ICU) beds and COVID-19 vaccine cold storage units, valued at over Php2.075 million ($40,914) to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).  

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U.S. Embassy Hosts Online Events for Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Manila, October 26, 2021 — As part of Cybersecurity Awareness Month this October, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines conducted two virtual programs tackling cybersecurity and the benefits of e-government, state-of-the-art U.S. technologies and services, policies and regulations that can strengthen cybersecurity infrastructure, and the resilience of public and private sector entities in the Philippines.  The two-part webinar series was split between “Cybersecurity in the New Reality” …

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USAID Trains Filipino Natural Resource Managers and Researchers in Ecosystem Valuation

Manila, October 22, 2021 — The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through its Sustainable Interventions for Biodiversity, Oceans, and Landscapes (SIBOL) project, trained nearly 275 government staff and researchers from Philippine public universities on how to properly account for environment-provided benefits.  The recently completed three-month training supports the Philippine government’s work to promote economic growth through the …

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U.S. Military Donates Medical Supplies to COVID-19 Response in Palawan

Manila, October 20, 2021 — On October 19, U.S. military service members in Palawan delivered intensive care unit (ICU) beds and COVID-19 vaccine cold storage units, valued at over Php758,750 ($15,175), to the Palawan provincial government to assist local partners battling COVID-19.  

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USAID Partners with Department of Education to Produce Gender-Responsive and Socially Inclusive TV Episodes

Manila, October 18, 2021 – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Philippine Department of Education (DepEd) celebrated the International Day of the Girl Child on Oct. 14 by deepening their commitment to produce gender-responsive and socially inclusive DepEd TV episodes.  In line with the 2021 International Day of the Girl Child theme, “Digital generation.  Our generation,” which calls for increased access to …

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USAID and DOH Launch Philippines’ First Mobile App for Mental Health

Manila, October 15, 2021 – In celebration of National Mental Health Week, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Philippine Department of Health (DOH) launched Lusog-Isip – the country’s first mobile application for mental health and self-care.    Lusog-Isip aims to expand access to culturally adapted, evidence-based tools and interventions on mental health.    Developed by USAID and DOH in response to …

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Philippines, U.S. Host Annual Mutual Defense Board and Security Engagement Board

CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – General Jose Faustino Jr, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Admiral John Aquilino, Commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command led the 2021 Mutual Defense Board and Security Engagement Board (MDB-SEB) at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, October 14. General Faustino and Admiral Aquilino’s meeting resulted in …

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U.S. Supports Advances in Philippine Legal Education with Php126-Million Program

Manila, October 14, 2021 – On October 14, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), in partnership with the Philippine Legal Education Board and the Asia Foundation, announced the release of a Revised Model Curriculum for law schools and launched a new Clinical Legal Education website.  The Revised Model Curriculum adds a Clinical Legal Education Program (CLEP) …

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U.S. Military Delivers Advanced Unmanned Aerial System to Philippine Air Force

Manila, October 14, 2021 – The U.S. military turned over four ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) worth Php200 million ($4 million) to the Philippine Air Force (PAF) during a ceremony at the Clark Air Base in Mabalacat City, Pampanga on October 13.  These platforms will provide additional capabilities in unmanned Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR), and in support …

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Embassy and Legislators Launch U.S.-Philippines Congressional Friendship Caucus to Celebrate 75 Years of Diplomatic Relations

Manila, October 13, 2021 – Today, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines and Filipino legislators held a hybrid virtual and in-person event to launch the inaugural meeting of the U.S.-Philippines Congressional Friendship Caucus.  The Friendship Caucus is a cross-party group of members from the Philippine Senate and House of Representatives seeking to strengthen bilateral relations between the United States and the Philippines.    Established in 2021 in honor of the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United …

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U.S. Provides 1.84 Million More Pfizer Vaccines to the Philippines

Manila, October 13, 2021 — The United States, in partnership with the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) facility, delivered an additional 1,842,750 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to the Philippines as part of its worldwide effort to help end COVID-19.    

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U.S. Military and Philippine Coast Guard Conduct Tactical Combat Casualty Care Training

Manila, October 12, 2021 – From October 4 to 6, members of the U.S. Civilian Military Support Element-Philippines (CMSE PHL) conducted Tactical Combat Casualty Care Training with the Philippine Coast Guard North Eastern Luzon District (PCGNELZ). This is the first time the U.S. military has been able to train directly with the PCGNELZ.

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U.S. Embassy Celebrates World Space Week with Virtual Events

Manila, October 8, 2021 — From October 2 to 5, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines staged a virtual hackathon and series of webinars featuring NASA scientists to celebrate World Space Week and to highlight the importance of science and technology in development.  The week-long event kicked off on October 2 and 3, when American Corners hosted the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Space Apps Challenge in the cities of Cagayan …

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U.S. Delivers Additional 5.57 Million Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccines to the Philippines

Manila, October 7, 2021 — The United States, in partnership with the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) facility, delivered an additional 5,575,050 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to the Philippines as part of its worldwide effort to help end COVID-19.    The vaccines, delivered in five separate shipments to Manila, Cebu, and Davao between October 1 to 6, were part of the 500 million doses of Pfizer the United States is making available for distribution …

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U.S. and Philippines Celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Peace Corps Philippines

Manila, October 6, 2021 – Today, the U.S. Peace Corps, U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, Philippine government, and other partners held a virtual event celebrating the over 9,300 American Peace Corps volunteers who have served alongside Filipino host communities across the country since October 1961.  Hundreds of former volunteers, host organizations, Peace Corps staff, and youth …

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U.S. Funds Cutting-Edge Crop Biotechnology Center in Nueva Ecija

Manila, October 1, 2021 — On September 30, the United States joined the Philippines in celebrating the inauguration of the Crop Biotechnology Center housed in the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) in the Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija.  The Center was funded with Php277 million ($5.4 million) from the U.S. Public Law 480 program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and …

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USAID Partners with Department of Agriculture to Improve Philippine Fisheries Sector

Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to formally launch a new partnership that will improve the Philippine fisheries sector’s performance and help national and local governments take an ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management.

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U.S. Peace Corps and Philippine LGUs Stage Virtual Marine Forum to Celebrate World Maritime and International Clean-up Month

Manila, September 30, 2021 – From September 21 to 29, the U.S. Peace Corps held a virtual forum on marine protected area management for 25 local government unit (LGU) partners in Luzon and Visayas.  The webinar was timed to coincide with World Maritime Month and International Clean-Up Month, highlighting the importance of protecting our maritime environment and cleaning up coastal trash so that the Philippines remains one of the world’s most biodiverse countries.   “This …

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USAID Launches Activity to Empower Women in Metro Manila’s Waste Sector

Manila, September 29, 2021 – The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), launched a new project that will help women working in Metro Manila’s solid waste and recycling sectors gain access to business and livelihood opportunities. USAID’s Women in Waste’s Economic Empowerment (WWEE) is a four-year, approximately Php75-million project that will …

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U.S. Summit Empowers Out-of-School Youth as New Workforce Amid Pandemic

Manila, September 28, 2021—On September 27, the U.S. government led a virtual private sector summit that gathered over 300 industry leaders to tackle how Filipino youth can help businesses thrive amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  The event is part of the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) five-year, Php1.9-billion Opportunity 2.0 project designed to strengthen programs and mechanisms that work to improve …

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USAID Supports Launch of First Nonstop Philippine Shipping Service between U.S. and Philippines

Manila, September 24, 2021 – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), through its Regulatory Reform Support Program for National Development (RESPOND) project, supported the Export Development Council (EDC) and University of the Philippines Public Administration Foundation to partner with Royal Cargo and Iris Logistics to launch the first nonstop Philippine shipping service between the Philippines and the United States …

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U.S., UNODC Hold Training for Facilitators of Strong Families Program in the Philippines

Manila, September 21, 2021 – The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), in partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), hosted a Strong Families Training of Trainers for the local government units (LGUs) of Makati, Marikina, Caloocan, and Quezon City from September 14 to 16 in Baguio City.   The training, which included a foundational plenary session and dynamic workshops, sought to empower LGU facilitators to …

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U.S. Provides 2.58 Million More Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccines to the Philippines

Manila, September 21, 2021 — The United States partnered with the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) facility to deliver an additional 2,582,190 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to the Philippines as part of its worldwide effort to help end COVID-19.

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U.S. Peace Corps Awards First-Ever Philippines Response Program Evaluation

Manila, September 20, 2021 – On September 16, Peace Corps Philippines Country Director Jenner Edelman signed a contract to independently evaluate the impact of the American volunteer organization’s unique “Response Program.”  The contract was awarded to Agnes Quilinguing, an independent research consultant with over 15 years of project management, monitoring, and evaluation experience with the Asian Development Bank, other international organizations and government agencies, and academe.  …

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U.S. Embassy in the Philippines Welcomes New Chargé d’Affaires, a.i.

The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines is pleased to welcome Heather Variava as the new Chargé d’Affaires, ad interim (CDA a.i.) succeeding former Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) John Law.  A CDA is an Embassy’s official representative in the absence of an Ambassador, representing the President of the United States in the host country.

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U.S. Marine Corps Commandant Visits the Philippines

The Commandant of the United States Marine Corps General David Berger visited the Philippines on September 10 to 11 to meet with senior Philippine military officials and U.S. Embassy leadership and discuss the importance of the U.S.-Philippine alliance and opportunities for future engagements.

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U.S. Donates School Equipment to Boost Online Learning in the Philippines

Manila, September 8, 2021 – As part of the United States’ commitment to support early grade learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) turned over 25 laptop computers and 479 tablets to the Philippine Department of Education (DepEd). At a ceremony held at the DepEd Central Office on September …

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More Than Allies

  by Chargé d’Affaires John Law  As my time in the Philippines draws to a close, I consider with hope the future of our bilateral relationship.  I smile as I remember how quickly Manila came to feel like home, thanks to the hospitality and Bayanihan spirit of the Filipino people.  Above all, I reflect on the deeply moving moments I have been privileged to share, from meeting Filipino …

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YouthWorks PH and Yes Pinoy Foundation to Open Up Job Opportunities for Unemployed Youth

Manila, September 3, 2021 — YouthWorks PH, a private sector-led initiative of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Philippine Business for Education (PBEd), launched a new partnership with Yes Pinoy Foundation, an organization founded by renowned actor and youth advocate Dingdong Dantes, to provide training and job opportunities for youth.

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U.S. Provides Additional 188,370 Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccines to the Philippines

Manila, September 3, 2021 — On September 2, the United States delivered an additional 188,370 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to the Philippines as part of its worldwide effort to help end COVID-19. The shipment was provided directly to the Philippines by the U.S. government, with delivery via the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) facility, a …

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Over 550 Filipino Grad Students Explore World-Class U.S. Graduate Schools

Manila, September 2, 2021 — On August 27, at least 550 aspiring Filipino graduate students participated in EducationUSA Philippines’ annual graduate school fair. The free virtual event featured 30 U.S. graduate schools, as well as Fulbright Philippines, the oldest continuing Fulbright Commission in the world, which administers the flagship foreign exchange scholarship program between the …

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United States Donates RT-PCR Extraction Kits to Philippine Genome Center

Manila, August 27, 2021 – The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), turned over RT-PCR extraction kits equivalent to 3,000 tests to the Philippine Genome Center.  These RT-PCR extraction kits will help strengthen COVID-19 testing and genomic surveillance in the Philippines. USAID Philippines Office of Health Director Michelle Lang-Alli handed over …

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Filipino English Teacher Receives Scholarship from Harvard University, Cites EducationUSA Assistance

Manila, August 25, 2021 — Years ago, Filipino teacher Nicah Santos could only dream of studying in the United States and attending the prestigious Harvard University. But with her efforts and guidance from EducationUSA Philippines, she is now on track to begin her Master’s degree in Education Leadership, Organizations, and Entrepreneurship at Harvard’s Graduate School …

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U.S. Military Donates Medical Supplies to Support Philippine COVID-19 Response

Manila, August 25, 2021 — On August 18, U.S. military service members in Luzon delivered intensive care unit (ICU) beds, valued at over Php83,000 ($1,660), to Cagayan Valley Medical Center in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan to assist local partners battling COVID-19. The donation, provided by the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, was part of a larger donation that …

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USAID and DepEd Celebrate Joint Successes in Improving Early Grade Learning in the Philippines

Manila, August 13, 2021 – Education stakeholders gathered on August 13 for a virtual event to celebrate the collective accomplishments of the Department of Education (DepEd) and USAID Philippines in improving early grade reading and literacy in the country this past year, amid the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Through its ABC+: Advancing Basic …

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U.S.-Philippine Joint Training Enhances Philippine Maritime Law Enforcement Capabilities

Manila, August 9, 2021 — U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) instructors have concluded four weeks of Advanced Boarding Officer Course training with Philippine maritime agencies, supporting U.S.-Philippine cooperation and enhancing maritime law enforcement capabilities. The July 12-23 course focused on the Philippine Coast Guard, while the July 26-August 6 program included participants from the Philippine National …

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USAID and Local Partners Launch New Partnerships for Youth Training Ahead of National Tech-Voc Day

Manila, August 6, 2021 – Youthworks PH, a private sector-led initiative by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) is facilitating the opening of more than 300 work-based training slots for youth not in education, employment, or training in the renewable energy sector and food and beverage industry …

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More Than 140 Philippine Government and University Officials Participate in U.S.-Led Cybersecurity Workshop

Manila, August 6, 2021 — At least 140 officials from the Philippine Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Philippine universities and colleges attended the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ multi-day workshop on building an interdisciplinary approach to cyber education from July 27 to 31. The U.S. Embassy’s EducationUSA office hosted the event on Zoom in …

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President Duterte and Cabinet Officials Welcome Arrival of 3 Million U.S.-Provided Moderna Vaccines to the Philippines

Manila, August 3, 2021 — On August 3, the United States delivered a total of 3,000,060 doses of Moderna vaccine to the Philippines as part of its worldwide effort to help end COVID-19. The shipment was provided directly to the Philippines by the U.S. government, with delivery via the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) facility, …

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Welcomes Recall of VFA Abrogation, Reinforces Strong U.S.-Philippine Alliance During Manila Visit

Manila, July 31, 2021 — On July 29 and 30, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III visited the Philippines for the first time as Defense Secretary to reaffirm the strong and enduring U.S.-Philippine alliance as the two sides celebrate 75 years of diplomatic relations and the 70th anniversary of the Mutual Defense Treaty. 

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Statement of the U.S. Embassy on Recall of VFA Abrogation

Manila, July 30, 2021 — The United States welcomes President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to recall the abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA). We strongly believe that the VFA, and the broader alliance that the VFA enables, strengthens not only the security of our two nations, but also the rules-based order that benefits all nations …

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USAID and Private Sector Partners Launch Inaugural Philippine Water Challenge

Manila, July 29, 2021 — The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) partnered with the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF), Manila Water, and Maynilad to launch the inaugural Philippine Water Challenge (PhlWC), the first-ever platform to generate water and sanitation solutions in the country.  More than 700 participants from the water sector joined the virtual …

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U.S. Provides More Than 3.2 Million Johnson & Johnson Vaccines to the Philippines

Manila, July 19, 2021 — On July 16 and 17, the United States delivered a total of 3,240,850 one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccines to the Philippines as part of its worldwide effort to help end COVID-19.  This is the first time the Philippines has received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, a safe, trusted, and easy …

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U.S. Launches Delivery of Php24 Million in ICU Beds to Support Philippine COVID-19 Response

Manila, July 15, 2021 — On July 15, U.S. Embassy in the Philippines Chargé d’Affaires (CDA) John Law officially turned over 420 intensive care unit (ICU) beds, valued at Php23.9 million ($498,000), to Philippine Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III at the Department of Health compound. The donation, provided by the U.S. Indo-Pacific …

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USAID Donates Php12 Million in Equipment to DepEd to Support Access to Education for Out-of-School Youth

Legazpi City, July 15, 2021 — On July 14, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) handed over Php12 million ($240,000) worth of distance learning equipment to the Department of Education (DepEd) for its Alternative Learning System (ALS) e-Skwela Learning Centers.

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Philippine Team Wins Regional Marine Hackathon

Manila, July 9, 2021 — On July 7, Save Philippine Seas (SPS) and the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines announced Agusan del Norte-based Team Salom as the winners of this year’s Haquathon 2.0, a regional hackathon for tech-based solutions to save our seas.   Team Salom led the charge among participating teams of innovators from …

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75 Years of U.S.-Philippine Friendship

By U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires John Law  On July 4, 1946, President Manuel Roxas and U.S. High Commissioner Paul McNutt signed the Treaty of Manila, establishing the independence of the Republic of the Philippines.  The document touted “the unity of American and Philippine ideals,” and heralded a “new era of the two Governments and peoples…bound as closely as ever by ties …

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U.S. Launches Php24 Million Environmental Justice Program with Palawan Council for Sustainable Development

Manila, June 29, 2021 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), will deliver technical and practical training to the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) to address wildlife trafficking, illegal logging, and other environmental crimes on the island …

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USAID Launches Php1.6 Billion Project to Promote Clean Energy in the Philippines

Manila, June 28, 2021—The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), launched on Monday, June 28, its flagship project to support a more competitive, secure, and resilient Philippine energy sector.  The five-year, Php1.6-billion ($34 million) Energy Secure Philippines (ESP) project will promote the country’s key energy sector priorities and support its climate …

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U.S. Donates HIV Prevention Drugs, Joins Revitalized Fight Against HIV

Manila, June 25, 2021— The United States government, through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), handed over 20,000 bottles of HIV prevention drugs, or pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), to the Philippine Department of Health (DOH).  The June 25 handover coincided with the formal launch of the Php500 million ($10.3 million) USAID-PEPFAR program in the …

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U.S. Military Conducts Tactical Combat Casualty Care Training with Philippine Coast Guard

Manila, June 24, 2021 — From June 14 to 17, the U.S. Civil Military Support Element – Philippines (CMSE-PHL), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), and Philippines’ Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) conducted combined medical training in El Nido, Palawan. The PCG ship BRP-Cabra (Multi-Role Response Vessel-4409), Coast Guard District Palawan (CGDPAL) …

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U.S. and Philippines Complete Php1.1 Billion Multi-Year Cooperation Program to Detect and Stop Agricultural Pathogens

Manila, June 17, 2021 –The U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s (DTRA) Biological Threat Reduction Program (BTRP) completed the final phase of a five-year biological threat capacity building partnership with the Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA) valued at nearly Php1.1 billion ($23 million). Beginning in September 2016, BTRP and the DA collaborated to build or renovate …

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Philippine Customs Officers Participate in U.S.-Organized International Air Cargo Interdiction Training

Clark, Pampanga, June 16, 2021 – The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Export Control and Border Security (EXBS) Program conducted an International Air Cargo Interdiction Training (IACIT) for 11 Philippine customs officers at the Port of Clark from June 15 to 16. Adapting to the COVID-19 situation, the training followed a hybrid format …

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U.S. Embassy Supports First National Substance Use Science Policy and Information Forum in the Philippines

Manila, June 16, 2021 – The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) collaborated with the National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines, the Asian Center for Drug Policy, the University of the Philippines Manila, and other partners to convene the …

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U.S. Embassy Launches Bayanivation Project to Support Fisheries Sector in Surigao del Norte Town

Del Carmen, Surigao del Norte, June 15, 2021 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, together with Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) alumni, Limitless Lab, and the Municipal Government of Del Carmen, Surigao del Norte, launched the Bayanivation project in Del Carmen through a design thinking bootcamp at the Surigao State College of Technology – Del Carmen Campus held from June 2 to 4.  While following COVID-19 protocols, 38 youth leaders and 12 …

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Statement of the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines on the Suspension of the VFA Termination

Manila, June 15 2021 – We welcome the Government of the Philippines’ decision to again suspend termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA).  Our alliance continues to contribute not only to the security of our two nations, but also strengthens the rules-based order that benefits all nations in the Indo-Pacific.

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Filipino Students Receive P57 Million in Financial Aid from U.S. Universities

Manila, June 11, 2021 — At least 80 Filipinos accepted to U.S. universities signed up for EducationUSA Philippines’ second virtual Pre-departure Orientation (PDO) on Thursday, June 10. A real-time survey during the free event revealed that more than half of the participants had received financial aid offers from their respective schools, amounting to more than …

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Over 2 Million U.S.-Supported Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccines Arrive in Cebu, Davao, and Manila

Manila, June 11, 2021 — On June 10, the United States welcomed the successful arrival to the Philippines of 2,282,850 doses of the U.S. Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, the biggest shipment to date.  And in the weeks and months ahead, ever-increasing quantities of much-needed vaccines will continue to arrive.  This shipment will be shared between the cities of …

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Fulbright and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Strike New Partnership

Manila, June 9, 2021 – On June 9, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires John Law, representing the Philippine-American Educational Foundation (PAEF), and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Dr. Benjamin Diokno signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enhance cooperation in education, research, and training.  This is the first partnership between PAEF, also known as the …

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U.S. Embassy and Palawan State University Launch American Corner Puerto Princesa, 15th American Corner in the Philippines

Manila, June 7, 2021 — On June 4, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines and Palawan State University (PSU) launched American Corner (AC) Puerto Princesa with the virtual signing of a three-year Memorandum of Understanding between U.S. Embassy Counselor for Public Affairs Philip Roskamp and PSU President Dr. Ramon Docto. This partnership provides Palawan with …

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U.S. and Korea Strengthen Development Cooperation Partnership through Joint Projects in the Philippines

Manila, May 27, 2021— The leading development assistance agencies of the United States of America and the Republic of Korea have agreed to pursue joint development projects in the Philippines to boost the country’s climate resilience and address ocean plastic pollution. The partnership is a result of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the United …

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USAID and DTI Ink Partnership to Strengthen Entrepreneurship Training for Out-of-School Filipino Youth

Manila, May 19, 2021—The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), signed a partnership with the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to enhance entrepreneurship training programs for Filipino out-of-school youth.

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U.S. Embassy Trains 150 Filipino Education Agents and Counselors on the U.S. College Application Process

Manila, May 19, 2021 – The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ Public Affairs Section, through EducationUSA, and the U.S. Commercial Service Office invited more than 150 Filipino education agents and guidance counselors to a virtual training on the U.S. college application process on Friday, May 14. The panel discussion and workshop included presentations from experienced …

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U.S. Embassy and QBO Innovation Hub Conclude Tech Startup Incubation Program

Manila, May 19, 2021 — On May 14, QBO Innovation Hub and the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines concluded “InQbation: The Take Off,” an incubation program that supports startup founders with disruptive ideas enabled by technology.  The startups focused on technological responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Between December 2020 and May 2021, 13 startups based …

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U.S. Concludes Training Series for Philippine Coast Guard

Manila, May 14, 2021 — U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) instructors conducted three training courses for the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) from March 8 to May 14, 2021 to strengthen maritime law enforcement capabilities. The training series included a two-week Boarding Officer Course, a two-week Outboard Motor Maintenance training, and a four-week Small Boat Operations event, …

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Health Alert: Quarantine Update, May 15-31, 2021

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines   United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines    May 14, 2021   Health Alert:  Quarantine Update, May 15-31, 2021 Below are the current quarantine classifications according to the Philippine government: General Community Quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions May 15, 2021, through May 31, 2021: NCR Plus – Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite, and …

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U.S. Military Provides Additional Php5.7 Million in PPE to Support Philippine COVID-19 Response

Manila, May 11, 2021 — On April 22, U.S. military service members in Mindanao and Luzon began the delivery of nearly Php5.7 million ($118,700) worth of personal protective equipment and medical supplies to local partners battling COVID-19 in provinces across the Philippines. The supplies include protective equipment such as disposable gloves, goggles, face shields, disinfectant …

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First Tranche of U.S. Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccines Delivered to the Philippines

Manila, May 10, 2021 — The United States welcomes the successful May 10 arrival to the Philippines of 193,050 doses of the U.S. Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, one of the safest and most effective vaccines in the world. This delivery is the first tranche of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines and follows the arrival of 2,030,400 doses of the AstraZeneca …

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U.S. Embassy Launches School-Based Drug Prevention Curriculum for Philippine Law Enforcers

Manila, May 10, 2021 – The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) collaborated with the Philippine Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) and the Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Program to launch a unique, 10-day training series for law enforcers with drug prevention education responsibilities.  The ultimate goal of the …

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More Than 2 Million U.S.-Sponsored Vaccines Arrive in the Philippines

Manila, May 8, 2021 — The United States welcomes the May 8 arrival of two million additional doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to the Philippines.  This is the third shipment of vaccines made available through the COVAX Advance Market Commitment, a global initiative to support equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.  The United States already has donated …

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U.S. and Philippines Hold Virtual Proliferation Security Initiative Workshop

Manila, May 7, 2021 – The United States and the Philippines participated in a virtual Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) workshop last week to demonstrate their shared commitment to preventing the spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Through briefings and discussions of regional proliferation issues, as well as maritime scenario discussions, the United States and …

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U.S. Embassy Launches Marine Environment Conservation Training for Young Southeast Asian Leaders on Earth Day

Manila, April 28, 2021 — As part of this year’s Earth Day celebration, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines and Save the Philippine Seas, a nonprofit environmental advocacy organization, launched the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Marine Accelerator Program (YSEALI MAP) on April 22.  The program will train 62 youth leaders of 33 marine conservation …

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U.S. Army 5th SFAB and Philippine Army Conduct Bilateral Training in Nueva Ecija

Manila, April 27, 2021 – U.S. soldiers from the 5th Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) arrived in the Philippines last month to conduct their first-ever partner training rotation with the Philippine Army, with bilateral training events taking place April to June 2021, in strict adherence to Philippine government COVID-19 safety protocols. Engagements will take place …

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U.S. and Philippine Forces Conclude 36th Balikatan Exercise

Manila, April 23, 2021 – Service members from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and United States Armed Forces concluded the 36th iteration of Balikatan Exercise on Friday, April 23 with a small ceremony held at the General Headquarters at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.

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U.S. Provides Php170 Million to Support COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment in the Philippines

Manila, April 15, 2021 – The United States government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing the Philippines Php170 million ($3.5 million) to support the Department of Health (DOH) in its COVID-19 vaccination rollout.  This new assistance, which brings total U.S. government support for the Philippines’ COVID-19 response to nearly Php1.3 …

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Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III Phone Call with Philippines Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana

(first published  here ) Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby provided the following readout: Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke with Philippines Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana on the phone to reaffirm their shared commitment to the U.S.-Philippines alliance. Secretaries Austin and Lorenzana discussed the situation in the South China Sea, and the recent …

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U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Locsin

(first published  here ) The below is attributable to U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin, Jr. Both expressed their shared concerns with the massing of People’s Republic of China (PRC) maritime militia vessels in the South China Sea, including at Whitsun …

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Statement by National Security Council Spokesperson Horne on National Security Advisor Sullivan Call with National Security Advisor Esperon

(first published  here ) National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke by phone on March 31 with National Security Advisor Hermogenes Esperon of the Philippines. The National Security Advisors discussed their shared concerns regarding the recent massing of People’s Armed Forces Maritime Militia vessels at Whitsun Reef. Mr. Sullivan underscored that the United States stands with our …

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Fact Sheet: U.S. Embassy in the Philippines Partners to Combat Trafficking in Persons

The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines is involved at all stages of combating trafficking in persons including prevention, prosecution, and protection. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) combats trafficking in persons in the Philippines by supporting the work of local organizations in all regions of the country. This includes training frontline personnel from local governments and …

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Philippines and United States Celebrate 75 Years of Diplomatic Relations

Washington, D.C., March 26, 2021 – Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel Romualdez and U.S. Acting Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Ambassador Sung Kim officially launched today a bilateral campaign to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the Republic of the Philippines and the United …

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USAID Acting Administrator Lauds 3 Million Filipino Students Reached through U.S.-Philippine Partnership

Manila, March 26, 2021 — United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Administrator Gloria Steele on Thursday, March 25, congratulated participants of the 14th Philippine National Education Summit for achieving landmark national policy reforms that have improved education governance through a partnership with USAID. During her keynote address, Steele noted that nearly 3 million early grade learners in the Philippines benefitted …

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USAID, DOH and Fujifilm Partner to Introduce Portable Chest X-Ray Machine to Screen Tuberculosis

Manila, March 25, 2021 – In observance of World TB Day, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is partnering with the Department of Health (DOH) National Tuberculosis Control Program (NTP), Center for Health Development (CHD) – CALABARZON, and Fujifilm Philippines to improve tuberculosis (TB) case finding among hard-to-reach populations during the COVID-19 pandemic. USAID Philippines Office of Health Director Michelle …

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U.S. Embassy and DepEd Launch New Virtual Training Program for Filipino Teachers

Manila, March 23, 2021 – On March 22, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines and Philippine Department of Education (DepEd) launched a new six-week virtual webinar training series on “Teaching Grammar Communicatively in the Philippines” for DepEd teachers and supervisors.  More than 3,700 DepEd teachers and supervisors will participate in the series, which will run through the week of May …

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USAID and PBEd Partner with PCTA and Permex to Provide Training for 1,000 Filipino Youth

Manila, March 19, 2021 – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) signed a Php37-million ($740,000) partnership with the Philippine Cable and Telecommunications Association Inc. (PCTA) and canned goods producer Permex that will provide training and employment opportunities for more than 1,000 unemployed and out-of-school youth in the CALABARZON region and Zamboanga City. The …

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U.S. Hands Over Php3.7 Million in Equipment to Strengthen Philippine Maritime Law Enforcement Capability

Manila, March 16, 2021 — On March 15, representatives from the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Defense, and U.S. Coast Guard joined Philippine National Police – Maritime Group (PNP-MG) Director, Police Brigadier General John Mitchell Jamili, for the handover of Php3.65 million ($75,000) in U.S.-funded equipment at the PNP-MG Headquarters at Camp Crame, …

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United States and Philippines Sign New Php4.8-Billion Agreement to Improve Education

Manila, March 11, 2021 — The United States, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Philippine Department of Education (DepEd), signed a new, five-year bilateral assistance agreement valued at more than Php4.8 billion ($100 million) to improve basic education outcomes in the Philippines. Through this agreement, USAID and DepEd continue and …

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BFAR-USAID Study Calls for Public Support to Combat Illegal Fishing

Manila, March 10, 2021 – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) released on March 9 the results of a study which quantified illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the Philippines. The report  identifies what more should be done to eradicate IUU fishing in Philippine waters. IUU …

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USAID Turns Over Wildlife Ambulance to DENR

Manila, March 5, 2021 – To mark World Wildlife Day and strengthen the Philippine government’s wildlife rescue and rehabilitation efforts, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) turned over on March 2 a new wildlife ambulance to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).  This turnover was part of USAID’s Php1.2-billion Protect Wildlife …

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Statement by National Security Council Spokesperson Horne on National Security Advisor Sullivan Call with National Security Advisor Esperon

Statement by National Security Council Spokesperson Emily Horne on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan Call with National Security Advisor Hermogenes Esperon of the Philippines (first published here ) National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke by phone on February 12 with National Security Advisor Hermogenes Esperon of the Philippines. The National Security Advisors welcomed the 70th anniversary …

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USAID Donates Php16M in Learning Equipment to Support Out-of-School Children and Youth

Manila, February 22, 2021 – As part of the United States’ ongoing commitment to support the Philippine government’s Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan during the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) turned over 371 laptop computers worth more than Php16 million ($333,000) to the Department of Education (DepEd). At a ceremony …

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U.S. Military Turns Over C-130 Hercules Aircraft to Philippine Air Force

Manila, February 19, 2021 – Chargé d’Affaires (CDA) John Law, alongside representatives from the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group (JUSMAG), on Thursday turned over the first of two C-130H Hercules Aircraft to be delivered under a recent transfer to Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana and Philippine Air Force (PAF) …

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USTDA Bolsters BIR’s Digital Transformation

Manila, Philippines – On February 16, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant to the Philippine Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) for technical assistance to upgrade its digital infrastructure and enhance citizen services for millions of Filipinos. USTDA’s assistance continues a successful, decades-long partnership that has advanced priority information and communications technology infrastructure …

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6-Year Php1 Billion USAID Initiative Boosts Digital Payments Infrastructure in the Philippines

Manila, February 17, 2021 – On February 16, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) marked the successful completion of its E-PESO project in the Philippines.  Over the past six years, the project has promoted broad-based economic growth and financial inclusion by significantly increasing the use of digital payments in the Philippines. During the …

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CHED and EducationUSA Complete Phase 1 of Nationwide Flexible Learning Project

Manila, February 4, 2021 — In response to challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Affairs Staff of the Philippine Commission on Higher Education (CHED) teamed up with the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines for the “eLearning Essentials: Responding and Reimagining Education in the Philippines” project, the country’s first international collaboration on flexible learning. …

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United States and Philippines Sign New Php7.25-Billion Agreement to Protect the Environment

Manila, February 3, 2021 – The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Philippine National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) signed a new, five-year bilateral assistance agreement valued at more than Php7.25 billion ($150 million) to protect the Philippine environment. Through this agreement, the United States and the Philippines deepen …

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USAID and RMN Partner to Promote Marine Conservation in the Visayan Sea

Manila, February 2, 2021 – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Radio Mindanao Network (RMN) Foundation formalized a media partnership to promote marine conservation in the Philippines.  The partnership will target coastal communities that rely on radio as a source of information and entertainment in the Visayan region, the country’s seafood capital …

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Regional Search for Tech-Based Solutions to Save Philippine Seas Now Open for Proposals

Manila, February 1, 2021 — Save Philippine Seas and the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines are launching Haquathon 2.0 (H20), a regional search for tech-based platforms, software, and hardware to save our seas.  The call for applications is now open and will run until March 14. The themes of H20 include illegal, unreported, and unregulated …

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U.S. Provides Php24M to Support Measles, Rubella, and Polio Vaccination Campaign in the Philippines

Manila, January 29, 2021 – Today, the U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), partnered with the Philippine government and other development partners to launch the second phase of the Measles-Rubella and Oral Polio Vaccine Supplemental Immunization Activity (MR OVP SIA). 

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Locsin

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE JANUARY 27, 2021 (State.gov link: https://www.state.gov/secretary-blinkens-call-with-philippine-secretary-of-foreign-affairs-locsin/ ) The below is attributable to U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin, Jr. Secretary Blinken and Secretary Locsin reaffirmed that a strong U.S.-Philippine Alliance is vital to a free and open …

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United States Helps Bolster Philippines’ Capacity to Combat Wildlife Crime

Manila, January 22, 2021 – On January 22, U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Director Kelia Cummins joined Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary Ernesto Adobo, Jr., DENR Biodiversity Management Bureau Officer-in-Charge and Assistant Director Amelita DJ. Ortiz, and United Nations Office on Drugs and …

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U.S. Military and Philippine National Police Partner to Provide First Responder Training in Zambales

Manila, January 15, 2021 — On January 12 and 13, the United States Civil Military Support Element – Philippines (CMSE PHL), in partnership with the Philippine National Police Maritime Group (PNP-MG) – Zambales, conducted training for 25 first responders in Masinloc, Zambales. First responders from the Masinloc Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, Masinloc …

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U.S. Government Announces Php42 Million in Grants to Address Ocean Plastic Pollution

Manila, January 14, 2021 – The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Clean Cities, Blue Ocean (CCBO) program, has awarded grants worth nearly Php42 million ($890,000) to five organizations in support of local solutions that address ocean plastics pollution.

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United States and Philippines Commission Zoonotic Disease Laboratory in Tuguegarao

Manila, January 12, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Defense Cooperative Threat Reduction program of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), in partnership with the Philippine Department of Agriculture, the Bureau of Animal Industry, and the local Cagayan community, completed the construction and commissioning of a zoonotic disease diagnostic laboratory in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan. The …

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From Resilience to Recovery

From Resilience to Recovery By U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires John Law During his 1946 inaugural address, President Manual Roxas told a newly independent Philippines and the world, “We have yet a greater bulwark today…the friendship and devotion of America.”   For three quarters of a century, Americans and Filipinos have met and overcome adversity together.  As 2020 closes, …

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U.S. Embassy Awards Php400,000 in Grants to Outstanding Youth Organizations for Positive Community Impact

On December 19, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines recognized the achievements of Filipino youth organizations making a positive impact on their communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and natural disasters of 2020 with the YOUnified Awards Night. The winning organizations will receive a plaque and Php 50,000 grants ($1,030) from the U.S. Embassy to bolster their community initiatives.  

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U.S. Embassy, USAID STRIDE, and DTI Launch FAB LABs Philippines

Manila, December 18, 2020 — The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through the Science, Technology, Research and Innovation for Development (STRIDE) Program, and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), in partnership with the U.S. Embassy’s American Spaces Philippines, launched on December 18 FAB LABs Philippines, a makerspace network of nineteen FAB LAB …

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U.S. and Philippine Coast Guard Leadership Discuss Partnership and Common Interests

Manila, December 18, 2020 — On December 17, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines hosted a virtual meeting between U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Commandant Admiral Karl Schultz and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Commandant Admiral George Ursabia, Jr. to informally discuss an array of topics, including current training programs and regional cooperation in Southeast Asia.  Each …

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U.S. Hands Over Php2.3M in Equipment and WildALERT System to Boost DENR Capacity to Protect Philippine Wildlife

Manila, December 16, 2020 — As part of its support to strengthen wildlife law enforcement and protection in the Philippines, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) provided essential equipment and supplies to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to boost its work in combating wildlife trafficking and providing holistic care for …

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U.S. and Philippine Military Personnel Partner for First Responder Training and Medical Assistance Provision in Palawan

Manila, December 16, 2020 — From December 5 to 8, members of the U.S. Civilian Military Support Element – Philippines (CMSE PHL) provided medical humanitarian assistance and conducted a first responder training in El Nido, Palawan alongside Philippine partners. 

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U.S. Resumes Small Boat Operations “Train the Trainer” Program for Philippine Coast Guard

In support of U.S.-Philippine cooperation to enhance maritime law enforcement capability, U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) instructors conducted a Small Boat Operations course for 16 Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) participants in Manila from November 16 to December 11, 2020. 

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Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Turns Over Php1.4 Billion in Military Equipment to Strengthen Security Cooperation

Manila, December 8, 2020 — Acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller met with Philippine Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana and Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin Jr. on December 8.  While in Manila, he announced the recent transfer of Php1.4 billion ($29.3 million) in defense articles, including sniper and anti-IED equipment, to senior Philippine military officials.  The visit demonstrates the …

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U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires John Law and Secretary Teodoro Locsin Launch International Visitor Leadership Program 80th Anniversary Celebration

U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires John Law, U.S. Department of State Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Education and Cultural Affairs Matthew Lussenhop, and Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. deliver remarks during the online launch of the IVLP 80th Anniversary Week Celebration. Manila, December 8, 2020 — On December 7, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires John Law and Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. led …

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USAID and PBEd Partner with Construction Industry Leaders to Train More Than 5,000 Filipino Youth

Manila, December 7, 2020 — The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) have teamed up with Aboitiz Construction and D. M. Consunji, Inc. (DMCI) – two of the biggest construction companies in the country – to provide free technical and vocational training to over 5,000 youth across …

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United States Hands Over Php3.6 Million in Anti-Drug Equipment to Bureau of Customs

BOC Commissioner Leonardo B. Guerrero (left) showcases the donated equipment along with U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Country Attaché Christopher Adduci (center) and U.S. Embassy Director for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Kelia Cummins (right). Manila, December 3, 2020 — On December 3, representatives from the U.S. Department of State’s Office of International Narcotics and …

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United States Commits Php875 Million to Support GPH HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment Efforts

Manila, December 1, 2020 – In observance of World AIDS Day, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines announced the launch of a new President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)-funded program, which will begin this month. Through PEPFAR, the U.S. government has committed more than Php875 million ($18.2 million) over two years for U.S.-Philippines bilateral …

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U.S. Embassy Convenes 3rd National Conference of the Association of Anti-Drug Abuse Coalitions of the Philippines, Inc.

Manila, November 30, 2020 – This week, the U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL)-organized 3rd National Conference of the Anti-Drug Abuse Coalitions of the Philippines, Inc. (AADAC) will take place, in partnership with the Dangerous Drugs Board and Department of Interior and Local Government.  INL is providing Php1.6 …

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U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency Leads Chemical Security Workshop Series with Philippine Government Partners

Manila, November 27, 2020 – From October 20 to November 19, the U.S. government, through the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), facilitated a series of virtual Chemical Security Regulatory Development workshops for representatives of more than seven Philippine government agencies that comprise the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear …

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U.S. Strengthens Drug Demand Reduction Programs in the Philippines through Support for Outreach and Drop In Centers

Manila, November 27, 2020 – On November 25, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), in collaboration with the Dangerous Drugs Board and the Colombo Plan, virtually launched a new program designed to strengthen drug demand initiatives in the Philippines by supporting four outreach and drop in centers …

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U.S. Secretary of the Air Force and Top Philippine Defense Officials Discuss Alliance, Security Cooperation

Manila, November 25, 2020 — U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett met with Undersecretary for the Department of National Defense (DND) Cardozo Luna and senior Philippine military officials on Wednesday, November 25, in Manila.  Secretary Barrett’s visit reaffirms the United States’ steadfast military partnership with the Philippines, the oldest U.S. treaty ally in …

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U.S. Military Delivers Advanced Unmanned Aerial System to Philippine Navy

Manila, November 25, 2020 — Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Kimberly Kelly and representatives from the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group (JUSMAG) turned over a ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) to the Flag Officer in Command, Philippine Navy, Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo, at Naval Base Heracleo Alano, Sangley Point, …

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U.S. National Security Advisor Reaffirms Alliance, Announces Military Assistance and Typhoon Relief during Philippines Visit

Manila, November 23, 2020 —U.S. National Security Advisor (NSA) Robert C. O’Brien met with Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin Jr., Secretary of Finance Carlos “Sonny” Dominguez, National Security Advisor Hermogenes Esperon, Undersecretary for the Department of National Defense (DND) Cardozo Luna and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Deputy Chief …

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U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Aleisha Woodward Joins Virtual Celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week in Manila

Manila, November 20, 2020 — Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Policy in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Aleisha Woodward joined a virtual panel discussion on Thursday, November 19, with the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines and the Department of Trade and Industry to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) and Women’s Entrepreneurship Day. The United States celebrates GEW every year …

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New Php870M USAID Project to Strengthen Water Security in Palawan, Negros Occidental, and Sarangani

(Left to right) USAID Project Management Specialist Joanne Dulce, National Economic and Development Authority Assistant Director General Roderick Planta, USAID Acting Mission Director Patrick Wesner, Safe Water Chief of Party Alma Porciuncula, USAID Environment Office Chief John Edgar, and Safe Water Deputy Chief of Party Jim Orpreocio during the MOU signing to promote water security …

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U.S. Government Supports At-Risk Communities to Mitigate COVID-19 Impact

Manila, November 19, 2020 – Through the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. government, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) launched on Wednesday, November 18 the first-ever project on “Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 on At-Risk Communities” in the Philippines in cooperation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) …

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Philippines and United States Jointly Host Virtual Land Forces Seminar

On November 17 and 18, the Philippine Army and U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC) will host the 44th annual Indo-Pacific Armies Management Seminar (IPAMS), the largest land forces seminar in the Indo-Pacific region. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 20 countries from across the region will participate in this years’ conference virtually.

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U.S. Embassy Celebrates International Education Week

Manila, November 17, 2020  —  Every November, the United States celebrates International Education Week (IEW) to promote greater student exchange and academic collaboration.  During this IEW, we mark a year of significant achievements in strengthening U.S.-Philippine higher education cooperation through expanded university linkages and student mobility. At the core of our successful education cooperation is …

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Statement of the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines on the Suspension of the VFA Termination

Manila, November 12, 2020 – We welcome the Government of the Philippines’ November 11 decision to suspend termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) for another six months. The U.S.-Philippines alliance remains vital to our robust, deep-rooted bilateral relationship.  The United States will continue to partner closely with the Philippines to strengthen our mutual security …

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U.S. Provides Php9.7M of Critical Relief to Communities Affected by Super Typhoon Rolly

November 6, 2020 – The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will provide Php9.7 million ($200,000) to support the Philippine government’s efforts to assist families hardest hit by Super Typhoon Rolly.  More than 2 million people were affected by the typhoon, and over 1 million Filipinos are currently in government evacuation …

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EducationUSA Hosts a Series of Events for Literacy Month

Manila, November 3, 2020 —  In celebration of National Literacy Month in October, EducationUSA Philippines staged a series of educational programs designed to enhance college application literacy throughout the Philippines. On October 13, EducationUSA hosted its first virtual graduate studies fair in which 25 U.S. graduate school representatives met with 215 prospective students on Zoom. …

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U.S. and Philippines Reaffirm Alliance During First-Ever Virtual Mutual Defense Board and Security Engagement Board

Manila, October 30, 2020 — Admiral Philip Davidson, Commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, and General Gilbert Gapay, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), led the 2020 Mutual Defense Board and Security Engagement Board (MDB-SEB) on October 29, held virtually for the first time due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The …

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U.S. Embassy Launches Academy for Women Entrepreneurs in the Philippines

Manila, October 28, 2020 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines launched the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) by launching a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) with more than 150 women entrepreneurs and early-stage business owners in the Philippines. AWE is part of the White House-led Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative to …

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Vice President Robredo, USAID, PBEd Team Up to Provide Training to Unemployed and Out-of-School Youth

Manila, October 22, 2020 — The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Philippine Business for Education (PBEd), and the Office of the Vice President of the Philippines (OVP) today launched a partnership to provide free technical-vocational skills and employability training for over 1,000 unemployed and out-of-school Filipino youth. The OVP, through its TrabaHOPE …

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New U.S. Government Assistance Protects Philippine Communities from Natural Disasters

Manila, October 20, 2020 — The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has provided an additional Php170 million ($3.5 million) to bolster the Philippine government’s capacity to help protect high risk communities against the impacts of natural disasters. USAID will assist communities in Metro Manila, Northern Samar, and Maguindanao provinces …

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USAID, Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, LGUs, and NGOs Set Up Handwashing Facilities in Cagayan de Oro and Tagbilaran

(Clockwise from top left) USAID Mission Director Lawrence Hardy II, Executive Director Francis Bernard Israel Batoy of the Bohol Integrated Development Foundation, Inc., Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno, Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Inc. Founder and President Charlito Manlupig, Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, Inc. President Cecile Alcantara, and Tagbilaran City Mayor John Geesnell Yap II formalize …

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U.S. Embassy Hosts Virtual NASA Space Apps Challenge in Davao, Supports Teams Across the Philippines

Manila, October 16, 2020 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, in partnership with the American Corner at Ateneo de Davao University, hosted the 2020 National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Space Apps Challenge in Davao October 2 to 4. The three-day program opened with a “virtual data boot camp” featuring mentors from the U.S. …

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U.S. Government Provides Food Assistance for Conflict-Affected Families in Mindanao

Manila, October 13, 2020 — The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has provided an additional Php73 million ($1.5 million) in food assistance to support displaced families in Lanao del Sur province.  This brings the total U.S. commitment to humanitarian and recovery work in and around Marawi to more than …

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USAID Provides Laptops and Learning Materials to Support Education for Out-of-School Youth

Manila, October 7, 2020 — The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), turned over 150 laptop computers, printers, projectors, and 80 sets of learning materials to the Department of Education (DepEd) on Tuesday, October 6, as part of the United States’ ongoing commitment to support the Philippine government’s Basic Education …

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Hanggang Sa Muli: An Unforgettable Four Years

Hanggang Sa Muli: An Unforgettable Four Years By U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim It is with a heavy but full heart that I bid farewell to the Philippines, my home for the last four years.  As I think back to my November 2016 swearing in, I recall vividly the immense pride I felt …

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EducationUSA Networking Event Forges New U.S.-Philippine University Partnerships

Manila, September 29, 2020 — On Friday, September 18, 126 representatives from Philippine and U.S. universities met for a virtual partnerships fair hosted by EducationUSA and the Commission on Higher Education International Affairs Staff (CHED-IAS). At the event, university presidents and senior officials from 68 Philippine schools and 45 U.S. institutions heard from the U.S. …

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United States and Philippines Sign New Php10.5-Billion Agreement to Boost Economic Growth and Development

Manila, September 28, 2020 — The United States, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Philippine Department of Finance (DOF) signed a new, five-year bilateral assistance agreement valued at more than Php10.5 billion ($213 million) to boost the country’s economic development and growth. This agreement enables USAID and the Philippines to …

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U.S. Exchange Alumni’s COVID-19 Info Campaign Releases Materials in Filipino, Cebuano, and Hiligaynon

Manila, September 18, 2020 — As part of the ongoing AdaptPH campaign, alumni of the U.S. State Department Young Southeast Asian leaders Initiative (YSEALI) produced informational materials on COVID-19 in Filipino, Hiligaynon, and Cebuano languages.  AdaptPH is a U.S. Embassy in the Philippines-funded nationwide information campaign that encourages Filipinos to observe public safety protocols to …

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USAID Partners with the Philippine Government and Private Sector to Help Filipina Entrepreneurs Boost their Businesses

Manila, September 18, 2020 — The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has forged a new partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), National Confederation of Cooperatives (NATCCO), and the Philippine private sector to empower Filipina entrepreneurs. Together with Facebook, Shopee, and Lazada, USAID’s “Connecting Women Entrepreneurs to …

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United States Donates Animal Biosecurity Laboratory to the Department of Agriculture

Manila, September 17, 2020 – The United States, through the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) continues to support the government and people of the Philippines through a donation of a newly constructed Regional Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (RADDL) in the city of Tarlac.  The laboratory will conduct surveillance and testing on local agricultural samples from …

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U.S. Government Boosts City of Manila’s Fight Against COVID-19

Manila, September 17, 2020 — U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim today visited the Delpan Quarantine Facility in Tondo, Manila, to hand over 5,000 hygiene kits and 16 handwashing stations to Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno in support of the city government’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. “The U.S. government is a friend, partner, and ally of …

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U.S. Embassy, DepEd Launch New Teacher Training Program

Manila, September 14, 2020 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd), on Monday launched a new virtual series for teachers and educators in support of the country’s transition to digital learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.  DepEd Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction Diosdado San Antonio and U.S. Embassy …

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BFAR and USAID Host Workshop to Battle Illegal Fishing

Manila, September 2, 2020 — The U.S. and Philippine governments launched on Wednesday, September 2, a workshop attended by 135 participants to measure and understand the negative impacts of illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the country. Supported by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the United States Agency for International …

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United States Provides 100 Ventilators to the Philippines to Support COVID-19 Response

Manila, August 28, 2020 — The United States donated 100 new, state-of-the-art ventilators and associated supplies to the Philippines to assist its fight against COVID-19.  U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, and Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque led the handover of the ventilators at Malacañang Palace on Friday, August 28. The donation …

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U.S. Government Assistance to Boost Davao City’s Campaign Against COVID-19

Manila, August 26, 2020 — The U.S. government donated personal protective equipment (PPE) and hygiene kits to support Davao City’s efforts to address COVID-19.  U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim handed over the items to Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio during a virtual event on Wednesday, August 26. USAID, together with U.S. company Procter …

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U.S. Government Launches New Project for Out-of-School Youth in the Philippines

Manila, August 19, 2020 — The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), launched a new project that will support the education, employment, and livelihood needs of at least 180,000 out-of-school youth across the Philippines. Through the five-year, Php1.9 billion ($37.5 million) Opportunity 2.0: Second-chance Opportunities for Out-of-school Youth project, the …

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U.S. Launches New Biodiversity Project to Protect the Philippines’ Environment

Manila, August 11, 2020 — The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), launched the Philippines Sustainable Interventions for Biodiversity, Oceans, and Landscapes (SIBOL) project that will support the sustainable management of the country’s natural resources and combat environmental crimes. The five-year, Php1.1 billion ($22 million) project will provide support to the Philippine government …

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EducationUSA Prepares 78 Filipino Students for U.S. Study

Manila, August 7, 2020 — EducationUSA Philippines prepared 78 Filipino students to begin their studies at U.S. universities during its first-ever virtual pre-departure orientation (PDO) on Thursday, August 6. At the virtual event, U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim welcomed students and thanked them for the contributions they will make to U.S. classrooms and campuses.  “Each student …

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U.S. Exchange Alumni Launch AdaptPH to Promote COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Manila, Philippines, August 3, 2020 — In response to the continued challenges posed by the pandemic, alumni of the U.S. Department of State-sponsored Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) launched AdaptPH, a nationwide campaign encouraging Filipinos to observe public protocols that help prevent the spread of COVID-19. AdaptPH’s website (www.adapt.ph) offers free downloadable information kits for local governments, public …

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U.S. Military Donates Additional Php11 Million in Medical Supplies to Philippine Frontliners

Manila, July 27, 2020 – U.S. Army and Marine Corps service members delivered an additional Php11.4 million ($230,600) in personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical supplies to hospitals in 11 cities across the Philippines, working in partnership with the Philippine Air Force, Army, and Coast Guard.  This new donation brings total U.S. government COVID-19 assistance …

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Virtual EducationUSA Law Fair Attracts Hundreds of Prospective Filipino Students

Manila, July 22, 2020 — More than 250 Filipinos interested in pursuing LL.M. (Master of Laws) degrees at world-class U. S. law schools attended EducationUSA Philippines’ first-ever virtual law university fair on Saturday, July 18. At the free virtual event, the following 15 U.S. law schools gave real-time admissions advice, industry insights, information on in-person …

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United States Donates Php14.8 Million in PPE to Philippine General Hospital and Other Medical Facilities

Manila, July 20, 2020 – The United States, through the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and in coordination with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is distributing Php14.8 million ($300,000) worth of regionally-manufactured personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) and COVID-19 treatment centers across the Philippines.  This latest donation brings …

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The Philippines’ Future Floats in the West Philippine Sea

The Philippines’ Future Floats in the West Philippine Sea By U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim The waters of the South China Sea are home to a dizzying array of marine resources, ranging from vast oil and gas reserves deep beneath the surface to the complex and beautiful ecosystems capable of supporting international seafood …

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U.S. Independence Day: Foundational Freedoms for the Future

U.S. Independence Day: Foundational Freedoms for the Future By U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim On this day, 244 years ago, America gained her independence after a hard-fought campaign to secure life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  This year, instead of a typical July 4 celebration – enjoying a barbeque under a sky of blazing …

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U.S. and Philippines Host Virtual Counterterrorism Conference for Regional Criminal Justice Officials

Manila, June 26, 2020 – On June 23, the U.S. Embassy’s Department of Justice – Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (DOJ-OPDAT) and its Philippine Department of Justice partners hosted a virtual regional counterterrorism conference.  More than 70 prosecutors, investigators, and judges from the Philippines, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Bangladesh, Malaysia, and …

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U.S. Provides Php126 Million to Support Filipino Children’s Education During Pandemic

Manila, June 18, 2020 — The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing Php126 million ($2.5 million) to help the Philippine government’s implementation of the Basic Education-Learning Continuity Plan to advance education delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the COVID-19 emergency began, USAID and the Philippine Department of Education (DepEd) …

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U.S. Provides Technical Training on COVID-19 Testing in the Philippines

Manila, June 17, 2020 – The United States, through the Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences (AFRIMS), led a two-week molecular biology training to strengthen the COVID-19 testing capabilities of Philippine medical technologists. From June 1 to June 12, the U.S. Department of Defense’s Philippines-AFRIMS Virology Research Unit (PAVRU) trained four medical laboratory technologists …

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United States Donates Php54.8M in Supplies to Philippine Bureau of Fire Protection

Manila, June 9, 2020 – On June 4, the United States, through the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), presented a donation of Php54.8 million ($1.1 million) in sustainment supplies to the Special Response Units of the Philippine Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) National Headquarters in Quezon City. The supplies will assist the BFP in fulfilling …

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U.S. Government Announces New Mindanao-Focused COVID-19 Assistance

Manila, June 5, 2020 – The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines announced today that the U.S. government is providing an additional Php201 million ($4 million) to help support vulnerable populations in Mindanao in the fight against COVID-19, bringing the total amount of U.S. pandemic assistance to the Philippines to over Php978 million ($19.5 million) . On June 2, U.S. …

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Embassy Statement Regarding the Visiting Forces Agreement

Manila, June 2, 2020 — On June 1, the Government of the Philippines notified the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines of its decision to suspend termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement. The United States welcomes the Philippine government’s decision.  Our long-standing alliance has benefited both countries, and we look forward to continued close security and …

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U.S.-Backed Online Delivery Platform Connects Agricultural Producers with Filipino Consumers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Manila, June 1, 2020 — The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is supporting Philippine government efforts to help Filipino farmers transport their produce to key markets and address urgent food security issues. USAID worked closely with the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and the …

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Visa Update: New Bank and Payment Options for Applicants

Effective June 1, 2020, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines will change its banking partner to Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) from Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI).  Visa applicants should pay the non-refundable, non-transferable Machine Readable Visa (MRV) application fee at any RCBC branch.  To find an RCBC branch, please visit their website at …

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United States and Philippines Honor Fallen Soldiers on Memorial Day

Manila, May 25, 2020 – On Memorial Day, the United States and the Philippines are one in honoring the Filipinos and Americans who served valiantly during the liberation of the Philippines in World War II. In a video message, U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim and Philippine Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana honored the men and …

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More than 120 Filipinos Join EducationUSA’s Second Annual Media Summit

Manila, May 20, 2020 — More than 120 Filipino students and working professionals participated in the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ second annual EducationUSA Media Summit on May 14.  The virtual event featured speakers from the New York Film Academy (NYFA) and University of Southern California (USC), and covered college application strategies and communication and …

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U.S. Military Provides Php10 Million in Medical Supplies to Philippine Frontliners

Manila, May 19, 2020 – Service members from the U.S. Army, Marines, and Air Force delivered over Php10 million ($203,000) in personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical supplies to hospitals in ten provinces across the Philippines, working in partnership with the Philippine Coast Guard, Army, Marines, and Air Force.  This new donation brings total U.S. …

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U.S. and Philippine Governments Partner to Speed Up Distribution of SAP Subsidies

Manila, May 18, 2020 – The United States government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), formally launched the “ReliefAgad” web application on May 14 to speed up the distribution of financial assistance to Filipinos affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of …

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U.S. Holds Virtual Workshop on Counterterrorism Collaboration During COVID-19 in the Philippines

Manila, May 13, 2020 – Officials from the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., Department of Justice in the Philippines, and a Philippine Judge participated in a virtual workshop on counterterrorism hosted by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training (DOJ-OPDAT) in the Philippines on May 11.  The …

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United States and Philippines Partner to Support Fisherfolk During COVID-19

Manila, May 12, 2020 – The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has developed an online platform to enable Filipino fisherfolk to sell their produce to consumers amid the ongoing COVID-19 community quarantine. Created as part of USAID’s Fish Right project, Fish Tiangge is an online marketplace that can connect …

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U.S. Provides Php298 Million in New COVID-19 Assistance to the Philippines

Manila, May 7, 2020 – The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines announced today that the U.S. government is providing an additional Php298 million ($5.9 million) to help support the Philippines in the fight against COVID-19, bringing the total amount of U.S. pandemic assistance to the Philippines to more than Php768 million ($15.2 million). As part …

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EducationUSA, CHED Lead Virtual Capacity-Building Program for 76 Philippine Universities

Manila, May 5, 2020 — EducationUSA, the U.S. government’s official source of information on U.S. higher education, in partnership with the Philippine Commission on Higher Education (CHED), held the fourth installment of its year-long program, “Pathways to Opportunity: EdUSA-CHED Speaker Series on Internationalization,” on Wednesday, April 29.  More than 90 CHED officials, university presidents, directors, …

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Our Enduring Partnership: Working Together To Defeat COVID-19

Our Enduring Partnership: Working Together To Defeat COVID-19 by U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim Today’s global pandemic severely affects public health, economies and our daily lives.  Yet even in these trying times, the resilience and courage of the Philippine people continue to inspire me.  From the terrorist attack on Marawi, through devastating …

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U.S. Provides Php269 Million in New COVID-19 Assistance, Total Aid Exceeds Php470 Million

Manila, April 22, 2020 — The U.S. government approved an additional Php269 million ($5.3 million) in health and humanitarian assistance to help support the Philippines in the fight against COVID-19, bringing total U.S. assistance to the Philippines to more than Php470 million ($9.3 million).  The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), …

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U.S., DOH Partner to Combat COVID-19 in the Philippines

Manila, March 17, 2020 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines announced today that the U.S. government has committed more than Php139 million ($2.7 million) to support the Philippine Department of Health (DOH) in its response to COVID-19 in the country. The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will collaborate with …

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U.S. Coast Guard Conducts “Train the Trainer” Course with Philippine Coast Guard

Manila, March 9, 2020 — As part of ongoing U.S.-Philippine cooperation to enhance maritime law enforcement capability, U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) instructors conducted a Small Boat Operations course for eight Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) participants in Manila from February 24 to March 6. “It’s a great exchange of professional knowledge between USCG and PCG.  It …

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Filipina Professor Chosen to Conduct Research at U.S. Physical Sciences Laboratory

Maryland, USA, March 8, 2020 — A graduate student and faculty member of the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) Biological Sciences Department has been chosen to conduct research as a short-term scholar at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Jessica Asuncion will carry out research in the Biomolecular Measurement Division …

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USAID and PBEd Partner with McDonald’s Philippines to Offer Work-Based Training Positions for 5,000 Youth

(L-R) U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim joins Chona Torre, Senior Vice President, Human Capital Group, McDonald’s Philippines; Kenneth Yang, President and CEO, McDonald’s Philippines; Dr. George Yang, Chairman and Founder, McDonald’s Philippines; Love Basillote, Executive Director, PBEd; USAID Philippines’ Education Specialist Mir Tillah; Ramon del Rosario, Chair, PBED; Department of Labor and Employment Director Dominique Rubia-Tutay …

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U.S. Embassy and PDEA Team Up for Drug Abuse Prevention Campaign

Manila, March 6, 2020 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) have teamed up to launch a nationwide campaign to combat drug use in the country. During a ceremony hosted by Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte on Thursday, March 5, PDEA National Capital Region (NCR) Director Joel Plaza …

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EducationUSA Fairs in Manila and Cebu Attract Hundreds of Filipino Youth

Manila, March 5, 2020 — EducationUSA, the U.S. government’s official resource for students interested in pursuing higher education opportunities in the United States, welcomed representatives of 26 accredited U.S. universities and colleges to its annual university fairs in Manila and Cebu on February 27 and 28, respectively.  Nearly 1,100 students, parents, and educators joined the …

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USAID Launches First Mindanao Youth Innovation Summit

Manila, March 4, 2020 — The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on March 3 launched the YOUth Innovate! Summit to engage and recognize young innovators in Mindanao, especially those directly affected by the 2017 Marawi Siege. The summit, organized by USAID and Plan International, highlighted the innovation ideas of 22 youth groups, and …

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U.S. Embassy Launches Campaign to Raise Public Awareness About Consular Work

Manila, March 3, 2020 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines is launching this year its “Pros in Cons” (Professionals in Consular) information campaign, which will raise awareness about immigrant and non-immigrant visa services and operations, debunk myths and combat disinformation about consular services. The “Pros in Cons” campaign is a key component of the …

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U.S. and Philippine Service Members Jointly Volunteer at Day Care

Manila, February 28, 2020 — Soldiers from the U.S. Army Civil Affairs Team and Philippine service members from the Coast Guard District Palawan Civil Relations Service conducted joint education outreach at the West Coast Day Care Center in Palawan on 26 February 2020. Service members spent the day distributing school supplies and spending time with …

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U.S. and Philippine Special Forces Train to Counter Insurgency

Manila, February 27, 2020 — U.S. and Philippine service members conducted joint/combined exchange training (JCET) in Palawan from January to February to develop counterterrorism tactics and skills.  U.S. Army Special Operations Forces and elite contingents of the Philippine 18th Special Forces Company conducted joint training that covered a variety of counterterrorism subjects and exercises. Training …

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USAID Launches Resource Centers for Children with Disabilities

(From left) USAID Director of Office of Education Dr. Thomas LeBlanc, Executive Assistant to the Mayor of Sorsogon Ms. Tess Gonzales, and Sorsogon City Health Officer Dr. Rolando De Alca at the ceremonial handover of an audiometer for the Sorsogon City Health Center under the Gabay Project. Manila, February 21, 2020 — The U.S. government, …

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U.S. Sailors and Philippine Marines Build Classroom in Puerto Princesa

Manila, February 21, 2020 — U.S. and Philippine naval engineers celebrated on February 19 the opening of a new two-room classroom they built together in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. “This project provides a much-needed schoolhouse for the Malatgao National Elementary School in Palawan, which will be utilized by over 120 students.  We are proud to assist …

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U.S. Embassy Commemorates 75th Anniversary of U.S. Flag Raising after Battle of Manila

Manila, February 20, 2020 — On Wednesday, February 19, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines organized a special flag-raising event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of General Douglas MacArthur’s raising of the U.S. flag over Embassy grounds during the Battle of Manila in 1945. The event is part of an ongoing Embassy series commemorating the …

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U.S. Conducts Wildlife Crime Scene Investigation Training for Philippine Government

Manila, February 14, 2020 — From February 10 to 14, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) conducted a Wildlife Crime Scene Investigation course for 19 Philippine government participants in Pasay, Metro Manila.  Participants included representatives from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, …

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U.S. Conducts Specialized Trainings for Philippine Law Enforcement Agencies

Manila, February 7, 2020 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines is currently conducting training courses on science-driven drug investigations and substance abuse prevention for Philippine law enforcement agencies in Quezon City. The first course, provided to 40 members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), is a five-day training on chemical diversion investigations.  The …

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Ambassador Kim Joins DND, UST Officials in Ceremony Honoring WWII Internees

Manila, February 3, 2020 — U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim on Monday joined officials from the Philippine Department of Defense and the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in a wreath laying ceremony honoring the American civilians interned at UST during World War II. UST played a critical role during WWII as the …

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U.S. Government Launches Php 153 Million Project to Support Philippine Efforts to Counter Human Trafficking

Manila, January 31, 2020 — The U.S. government is supporting the Philippine government’s commitment to end modern day slavery with the launch of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s three-year, Php153 million ($3 million) Strengthening Local Systems and Partnerships for More Effective Counter-Trafficking in Persons in the Philippines project. USAID will partner with …

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Ambassador Kim Opens U.S.-Sponsored, Philippines-Hosted South East Asia Counterterrorism Experts Conference

Cebu City, January 30, 2020 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines Department of Justice Office of Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training hosted a three-day regional counterterrorism conference in Cebu City from January 28 to 30.  The South East Asia Regional Experts Exchange (SEAREE) was attended by 34 prosecutors and investigators from the Philippines, Indonesia, …

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U.S. Ambassador Kim Announces Php 5.1 million in Relief Assistance for Communities Affected by Taal Volcano

Nasugbu, Batangas, January 22, 2020 — During a visit to a school serving as an evacuation center in Nasugbu, Batangas on January 22, U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim announced the provision of Php 5.1 million ($100,000) in U.S. government support to those affected by the January 12 Taal volcanic eruption.  Ambassador Kim …

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

Manila, January 17, 2020 — The United States awarded six micro-grants to community groups composed of Marawi’s displaced citizens and their host families.  Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Chairman Emmanuel Piñol joined U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Economic Development and Governance Chief Jeffrey Lehrer at the grants handover ceremony on Wednesday, January 15, …

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Philippine Competition Commission Partners with Fulbright Philippines to Boost Business Competitiveness and Innovation

Philippine-American Educational Foundation Honorary Board Chairperson and U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim and Philippine Competition Commission Chairperson Arsenio M. Balisacan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish a new staff development program on competition law and policy. Manila, December 20, 2019 — On December 20, Philippine-American Educational Foundation Honorary Board Chairperson …

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