U.S. Department of State Consular Section
The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Manila is made up of American Citizen Services and the Visa Section.
The American Citizen Services unit assists Americans living abroad by accepting passport applications, issuing emergency passports, reports of birth and death abroad and notarials, handling applications for federal benefits and providing emergency services for American citizens in distress.
The Visa Section provides services to those seeking to enter the United States for a temporary period and for those wishing to take up indefinite or permanent residence.
Contact the Consular Section
1201 Roxas Boulevard
Manila, Philippines 1000
Contact Number: Telephone (632) 5301-2000
UNIT 8600 BOX 1150
U.S. Department of State Public Affairs Section
The Public Affairs Section (PAS) is responsible for conducting the U.S. Government’s information and educational and cultural exchange programs. The Press Office monitors Philippine media and coordinates press events for Embassy personnel and visiting USG officials. The Press Office also issues press releases on USG policy and Embassy activities and distributes a wide range of materials describing and explaining USG policy, including the wireless file.
The Thomas Jefferson Information Center is a high-tech information resource center. The center features a core reference collection of books, documents, and other print material, as well as videotapes. The staff has access to Internet and a variety of online and CD-ROM databases to retrieve and disseminate electronically up-to-date information from and about the U.S. to Philippine policymakers, journalists, scholars, and business and community leaders.
The International Visitor Program, run by PAS, sends Filipino leaders from many fields to the United States on short visits to confer with counterparts. PAS also runs the Fulbright Program. Both programs are designed to build bridges of mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and the Philippines.
The Regional English Language Office supports public diplomacy outreach through English language teaching and learning programs and materials. Programs in the Philippines include the English Access Microscholarship Program, English Language Fellow Program, English Language Specialist Program, and E-Teacher Scholarship Program. Resource materials are available for teachers and learners including webinars, print and audio books, songs and games, and downloadable online resources including English Language Teaching Forum magazine, a quarterly journal for professionals teaching English as a Foreign or Second Language.
Philip Roskamp, Counselor for Public Affairs
Heather Fabrikant, Information Officer
Matt Keener, Cultural Affairs Officer
U.S. Department of State Political Section
The Political Section is responsible for representing official U.S. views on political matters before the Philippine government and for reporting on key developments in the Philippines. Representation may include such matters as disarmament, military cooperation between our two states, or issues that come before the UN. Reporting includes such matters as campaigns and elections, human rights, foreign relations, and regional affairs.
Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Programs
The mission has an active program for promoting democratic values, human rights and respect for International Labor Organization worker rights and labor standards. The program seeks to work with government, business and NGO representatives to explain U.S. policy and foster cooperation on these important issues.
The program makes available annually certain guideline documents on these issues, including the U.S. State Department Human Rights Report and the Investor’s Guide to the Philippine labor market.
- Country Reports on Terrorism
- Country Reports on Human Rights Practices
- Supporting Human Rights and Democracy: The U.S. Record
- Trafficking in Persons Report
- International Religious Freedom Report
- International Narcotics Control Report
- United States Government Grants to Combat Trafficking in Persons – Philippines
- United States Government Grants to Promote DHRL – Philippines
- US Law Enforcement Assistance to the Government of the Philippines
U.S. Department of State Management Section
The U.S. Embassy Management Office provides management, administrative and logistic support to the 27 agencies of the Mission. Section responsibilities include the negotiation of reciprocity issues with our host government as well serving as the Ambassador’s representative to local schools, the Inter-Agency Housing Board, ARC (American Recreation Club), the USEFEA (U.S. Embassy Filipino Employees Association), and the USEFECC (U.S. Embassy Filipino Employees Credit Cooperative).
The Management Counselor directs the efforts of six sub-sections: Financial Management (FMC), Human Resources (HR), Information Management (IM), General Services Office (GSO), Medical Unit (MED) and the Community Liaison Office (CLO). The Management Section (MGT) in Manila employs more than 344 American and Filipino personnel who provide a broad range of management, liaison, administrative and support services for the Mission.
Please click U.S. Embassy Employment Opportunities to view job vacancy list.
If you want to know more, you may send an e-mail to our Human Resources Office at email@example.com. (Please note that this address is only for inquiries about job opportunities. Questions about Consular or other issues will not receive a reply.)
U.S. Department of State Economic Section
The economic section advances the Department of State’s economic statecraft agenda in order to contribute to American prosperity and jobs back home. It promotes free trade; a level playing field for American companies; American exports; energy security; environmental sustainability; innovation through robust science, entrepreneurship and technology practices; job-creating investment in the United States; and American values through corporate social responsibility. Through the Bilateral Stratetic Dialogue, Trade and Investment Framework Agreement, Partnership for Growth and other bilateral mechanisms, it promotes areas of mutual interest with the Philippines, including international economic cooperation in fora such as the World Trade Organization, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, and ASEAN, in order to sustain a more democratic, secure, and prosperous world. It aims to provide access for American businesses operating in the Philippines to the U.S. government, while providing timely and relevant information to Americans operating or considering operating here.
For more information on how our Economic Section can help you, please refer to our Business Tab.
Other U.S. Government Agencies
Economic policy in the United States is developed by a wide range of Cabinet-level departments and independent agencies. The National Economic Council, part of the Executive Office of the President, was established by President Clinton at the beginning of his first Administration to coordinate the nation’s economic policy under the President.
The Department of State staffs the economic sections of U.S. Embassies around the world and plays a coordinating role in developing international aspects of American economic policy.
The Department of the Treasury has primary responsibility for the United States’ international economic policy, particularly in the field of financial and fiscal policy. The Treasury Department also develops tax policy, manages the country’s debt and regulates parts of the financial system. The Internal Revenue Service and the Comptroller of the Currency are part of the Treasury Department.
The Department of Commerce is responsible for a wide range of economic policy functions, including the implementation of anti-dumping and countervailing duty laws, the licensing of sensitive exports, and the promotion of American exports. The U.S. Commercial Service promotes American exports and assists American business through offices throughout the United States and in U.S. Embassies overseas. The Patent and Trade Office administers U.S. patent and trademark laws, and also advises the administration on trade related aspects of domestic and international intellectual property rights protection.
The Department of Agriculture works to ensure a safe, affordable, nutritious and accessible food supply, to expand global markets for agricultural and forest products, and to reduce hunger in America and around the world.
The Department of Labor works with employers and workers to ensure appropriate wages, safe work places, and equal employment opportunities. The Department also publishes a wide range of wage, labor and other economic statistics.
The Department of Energy is a leading science and technology agency whose research supports U.S. energy security, national security, and environmental quality. The DOE also houses the Energy Information Administration, an independent agency which collects, analyzes and publishes a wide range of U.S. and international energy statistics.
The Department of Transportation is responsible for ensuring the efficiency, safety and reliability of the U.S. transportation infrastructure. DOT houses organizations such as the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The United States Trade Representative serves as the President’s principal advisor, negotiator and spokesman on trade, commodity and direct investment policy. USTR chairs the Trade Policy Review Group to coordinate U.S. Government positions on international trade and trade-related investment issues.
The Federal Communications Commission’s task is to encourage competition in all communications markets and to protect the public interest. The FCC develops and implements policies concerning interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable.
The International Trade Commission supports both the Administrative and Legislative branches of the U.S. government by determining the impact of imports on U.S. industries and directing actions against unfair trade practices. ITC also updates and publishes the Harmonized Tariff Schedules of the United States.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
The VA Manila Regional Office and Outpatient Clinic is currently closed due to COVID-19.
Note: Effective July 27, 2020, our phone lines will be open to take calls from veterans from Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
” To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan”
These words, spoken by Abraham Lincoln, guide the United States Department of Veterans Affairs each day. For 90 years the VA has had a presence in Manila and today, its Regional Office and Outpatient Clinic remain VA’s only full service office located in a foreign country.
As an integral part of the U.S. Mission to the Philippines, VA Manila partners with its Philippine counterparts and many Veterans Service Organizations to serve those who have served both our nations. By providing a full range of compassionate and timely benefits and services, VA Manila and its partners hold sacred the honor, privilege and responsibility entrusted to us – to care for those to whom we owe so much.
The U.S. government provides veteran’s benefits programs for certain Philippine nationals as well as veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces living in the Philippines.
To provide veterans the world-class benefits and services they have earned – and to do so by adhering to the highest standards of compassion, commitment, excellence, professionalism, integrity, accountability, and stewardship.
Integrity: Act with high moral principle. Adhere to the highest professional standards. Maintain the trust and confidence of all with whom I engage.
Commitment: Work diligently to serve Veterans and other beneficiaries. Be driven by an earnest belief in VA’s mission. Fulfill my individual responsibilities and organizational responsibilities.
Advocacy: Be truly Veteran-centric by identifying, fully considering, and appropriately advancing the interests of Veterans and other beneficiaries.
Respect: Treat all those I serve and with whom I work with dignity and respect. Show respect to earn it.
Excellence: Strive for the highest quality and continuous improvement. Be thoughtful and decisive in leadership, accountable for my actions, willing to admit mistakes, and rigorous in correcting them.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has maintained a Regional Office and Outpatient Clinic in the Philippines since 1922.
Note: We recommend you schedule an appointment prior to your visit to Regional Office or Outpatient Clinic.
VA Manila Regional Office and Outpatient Clinic Leadership
- Tracey Betts – Regional Office Director
- Kevin McAllister – Regional Office Assistant Director
- Daniel Gutkoski, MHA – Outpatient Clinic Manager
1501 Roxas Boulevard (U.S. Embassy Seafront Compound)
(Between Cuneta Astrodome and the Japanese Embassy)
Pasay City 1302, Philippines
Trunk line: +63 (02) 8550-3888, or dial #MyVA (#6982)
Veterans Benefits Administration Info: Manila Regional Benefits Office
While the VA Manila Regional Office is closed, Veterans who need assistance related to claims, pensions, educational benefits, and other financial questions are encouraged to contact the VA Manila Regional Office through the Inquiry Routing and Information System (IRIS), available: https://iris.custhelp.va.gov/. During this closure, Veterans with pending claims that were being processed by VA Manila have been transferred to other VA Regional Offices in the United States and are continuing to be processed.
Department of Veterans Affairs
Claims Intake Center
P.O. Box 4444
Janesville, WI 53547-4444
Trunk line: +63 (02) 8550-3888 or dial #MyVA (#6982)
Tol Free: 1-800-1888-8782
Fax Number: +1 (844) 531-7818
Normal Hours of Operation:
Appointments: Currently not allowed
Walk-in: Currently not allowed
Call Center: Currently from Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Veterans Health Administration Info: VA Manila Outpatient Clinic
While the VA Manila Outpatient Clinic is closed, we have started providing limited telephone clinic services for Veterans with scheduled appointments between May 22 and July 3, 2020. Veterans who had primary care or mental health appointments between these dates will be contacted by a scheduling assistant to confirm your telephone appointment and verify a good phone number for you. Specialty care appointments have been cancelled through July 3. Veterans may continue to request medication refills by using VA Manila’s Automated Pharmacy Refill Line (#6982, Option 8) or through the MyHealtheVet Online Portal (https://www.myhealth.va.gov/mhv-portal-web/home). Veterans with questions may email the Clinic Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic
1501 Roxas Boulevard
Pasay City, 1302 Philippines
Trunk line: +63 (02) 8550-3888 or dial #MyVA (#6982)
Tol Free: 1-800-1888-5252
Fax Number: +63 (02) 8550-3964
Normal Hours of Operation:
Appointments: Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Effective August 3, 2020)
Walk-in: Currently not allowed
Call Center: Currently from Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Foreign Medical Program (FMP) Info:
VHA Office of Community Care
Foreign Medical Program (FMP)
P.O. Box 469061
Denver, CO 80246-9061
Toll Free: +1 (877) 354-8179
Another Option: Call the Manila Trunk line: +63 (02) 8550-3888 or dial #MyVA (#6982) and select FMP from selection menu.
Fax Number: +1 (303) 331-7803
E-mail inquiries: https://iris.custhelp.va.gov/
For information regarding the services of Manila Regional Office and Outpatient Clinic, please click the links below:
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
On July 5, 2019, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) field office in Manila permanently closed. Individuals who were previously assisted by USCIS Manila must follow the new filing instructions listed on the USCIS website. All public inquiries should be directed to the USCIS contact center.
Learn more: https://ph.usembassy.gov/visas/uscis/
Homeland Security Investigations
The Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate is responsible for investigating a wide range of domestic and international activities arising from the illegal movement of people and goods into, within and out of the United States.
HSI investigates immigration crime, human rights violations and human smuggling, smuggling of narcotics, weapons and other types of contraband, financial crimes, cybercrime and export enforcement issues. HSI special agents conduct investigations aimed at protecting critical infrastructure industries that are vulnerable to sabotage, attack or exploitation.
In addition to HSI criminal investigations, HSI oversees the agency’s international affairs operations and intelligence functions. HSI consists of more than 10,000 employees, consisting of 6,700 special agents, who are assigned to more than 200 cities throughout the U.S. and 47 countries around the world.
For more information, please visit the Homeland Security Investigations website.
Customs and Border Protection
Customs and Border Protection is one of the Department of Homeland Security’s largest and most complex components, with a priority mission of keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S. It also has a responsibility for securing and facilitating trade and travel while enforcing hundreds of U.S. regulations, including immigration and drug laws.
For more details, please click http://www.cbp.gov/
Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group
The Joint US Military Assistance Group to the Republic of the Philippines (JUSMAGPHIL) functions as the US Security Assistance Organization (SAO) in the Philippines. The Chief of JUSMAGPHIL is also the Senior Defense Official. In addition to the military chain of command, JUSMAGPHIL is also responsible to the US Ambassador to the Republic of the Philippines. JUSMAGPHIL has responsibility for administering security assistance missions in addition to non-security assistance missions. These include Joint Combined Bilateral Exercise Programs, the second largest International Military Education and Training (IMET) program in Southeast Asia as well as coordination of joint US and Republic of the Philippines military to military engagement programs prescribed by the Mutual Defense Board.
JUSMAGPHIL offices are located on the Embassy grounds in both the Chancery and Rowe Buildings. The US Embassy is located at 1201 Roxas Blvd., Manila, telephone number 5301-2000.
Social Security Administration
The Social Security Administration (SSA) is configured to be like a U.S. stateside office, providing many of the same services and functions. The primary purpose is to administer SSA programs and services for people residing in the East-Asia Pacific Region. All SSA services related to the administration of the program are free of charge.
Foreign Agricultural Services
The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) office at the American Embassy in Manila promotes U.S. agricultural trade and assists Philippine buyers to source American food products. FAS organizes promotional activities for the supermarket, hotel and restaurant industries, offers trade servicing, prepares commodity reports, and provides technical information on USDA standards.
FAS also supports and funds agricultural developmental projects throughout the Philippines by way of various trade capacity building programs including U.S. commodity donations under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food for Progress Program. Visit our webpage http://www.fas.usda.gov/regions/philippines more information.
The mission of the Foreign Agricultural Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in the Philippines is to represent the interests of U.S. agriculture and to assist exporters of American agricultural products in assessing and developing markets in the Philippines. We also aid Philippines importers in finding U.S. suppliers for needed agricultural products.
Foreign Agricultural Service
1201 Roxas, Boulevard,
Manila, Philippines 1000
Tel: +63 2 5301-2000
Fax: +63 2 8521-0009
U.S. Agency for International Development
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is the principal agency responsible for managing U.S. Government assistance programs in more than 100 developing countries around the world. Under the overall foreign policy direction of the Secretary of State, USAID helps build and sustain democratic, well-governed states that respond to the needs of their people, reduce widespread poverty, and conduct themselves responsibly in the international system.
The United States has a long-standing and successful development partnership with the Philippines. USAID/Philippines’ current programs seek to accelerate and make economic growth more inclusive and sustainable through the Partnership for Growth (PFG), efforts to foster peace and stability in six conflict areas in Mindanao, and by supporting measures to improve the Philippines environmental resilience. Through PFG, USAID will support the Philippines increase employment opportunities that will be accomplished by working with the Government of the Philippines (GPH) to improve governance, expand its fiscal space, increase needed infrastructure, and strengthen its human capacity. In Mindanao, improved peace and stability will foster growth through improved local governance and strengthened community engagement in social and economic activities. Finally, efforts to mitigate the impact of global climate change through improved natural resource management and disaster risk reduction will make growth more sustainable.
Our assistance programs in the Philippines link directly to U.S. Government global foreign assistance priorities:
ECONOMIC GROWTH AND TRADE – USAID activities under the U.S.-Philippines PFG promote trade and investment, greater competition, increased transparency, and improved fiscal policy and management. USAID supports efforts of second-tier cities to become effective engines of growth that improves the quality of life. The Philippines has made great progress in making its regulatory environment more business friendly, ranking in this area as the world’s fourth top reformer in the World Bank and IFC’s Doing Business 2014 report.
DEMOCRACY AND GOVERNANCE – USAID supports measures to improve corporate governance and prevention of corruption. Under Partnership for Growth, USAID strengthens the rule of law through a more efficient court system and promotes a more transparent legal and regulatory regime. USAID is helping to reduce the estimated 600,000pending court cases by half by the end of 2016. USAID improves local governance and delivery of basic services in Mindanao’s conflict-affected areas, while promoting civic engagement and developing youth leaders. USAID also strengthens efforts against human trafficking and other forms of exploitation.
EDUCATION – USAID improves reading skills for 1million children, strengthens local governance to improve education outcomes, and addresses gender disparities, particularly the high male dropout rate, as well as the needs of 19,000 out-of-school youth in conflict-affected areas. USAID improves research capacity and faculty development; supports science, research and technology partnerships to enhance innovation and entrepreneurship; and strengthens linkages with industry to ready students for jobs.
HEALTH – USAID supports the Philippines’ goal to increase access and quality of health care to improve the lives of all Filipinos, especially the poor and marginalized communities. USAID improves access to maternal and child health care, family planning information and services, and tuberculosis prevention and control services using innovative approaches to promote healthy behaviors, such as through social media. USAID health programs cover 45 provinces and 25 cities with an estimated population of 74 million potential beneficiaries, representing approximately 80percentof the country’s population.
ENVIRONMENT AND GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE – As one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, the Philippines typically loses up to $5 billion each year to natural disaster-related causes. USAID provides emergency relief and early recovery and rehabilitation support. USAID also reduces the risks of disasters, strengthens local natural resource management and biodiversity conservation, and improves the capability of local governments to implement low-emission development strategies and climate-change mitigation measures.
Lawrence Hardy II, Mission Director
Annex 2 Building, U.S. Embassy, 1201 Roxas Boulevard, Ermita
Manila, 1000 Philippines
In the 1970s, Peace Corps Philippines focused on Social and Economic Development in rural areas. Volunteers worked in health and nutrition, appropriate technology, water sanitation, agricultural extension, marketing cooperatives, fisheries, income generation, agro-forestry, upland community development, vocational education, special education of the deaf, local development planning, and small business development. From the mid-1980s until 1990, Volunteers were assigned to high schools as teacher trainers. Simultaneously other Volunteers had assignments in health, agriculture, fisheries, agro-forestry, income generation, and local development planning.
At present, Peace Corps supports the development of the Philippines in four areas : Education; Children, Youth and Family; Coastal Resource Management; and Disaster Management. Peace Corps Volunteers are engaged in English co-teaching, life-skills education, basic literacy activities, coastal resource assessments, marine protected area establishment, supporting system and process development for effective disaster management.
Peace Corps Philippines is the organization’s second oldest program. In October 1961, 130 Volunteers started assignments as teachers of English language, mathematics, and science. Since then, more than 8,000 Volunteers have served in the Philippines.
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U.S. Foreign Commercial Services
The Commercial Service Philippines in Manila helps U.S. companies enter the dynamic Philippine marketplace by finding good trade partners for their products and services, providing background checks, organizing trade missions from the U.S., staging USA pavilions at selected trade events, and by providing market information. We also work closely with Filipino companies interested in doing business with U.S. firms by helping them find U.S. products and services, and to explore new business opportunities through official trade delegations to U.S. shows, agency or distributorship agreements, joint venture and strategic alliance partnerships, franchising, or direct purchases.
Gregory O’Connor, Commercial Counselor
U.S. Embassy in the Philippines
Annex 2 Building
1201 Roxas Boulevard
0930 Manila, Philippines
Asian Development Bank
The Office of the U.S. Executive Director (OUSED) at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) represents the United States at the Board of Directors of the ADB, where the United States holds 15.57% capital stock and 12.75% voting power. In representing the United States in the ADB Board, the Office works closely with the U.S. Departments of the Treasury, State and Commerce and with other U. S. Government departments and agencies to ensure that U.S. views are expressed and reflected in decisions made by the Board on project/sector lending; policy issues; grants and technical assistance; and budget, administrative and other matters. The Office is composed of the Executive Director, the Alternate Executive Director, 2 Director’s Advisors, the Director & Senior Commercial Officer (from the U.S. Commercial Service), U. S. Administrative Associate to the ADB and 3 ADB Local Staff.
The Office, in particular through the Foreign Commercial Service (FCS-ADB), responds to inquiries and requests for assistance from U.S. firms and/or their local representatives for business information on Bank-funded projects/investments. The Office also helps look after the interests of the approximately 120 U.S. nationals employed by the Bank, and seeks to ensure that their concerns are properly addressed by ADB Management.
Jason M. Chung, Ambassador, Executive Director
VACANT, Alternate Executive Director
Office of the United States Ambassador to the Asian Development Bank
Suite 7, 9th Floor, ADB Headquarters
#6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong
Metro Manila – Tel: (632) 8632-6050, 6051, 6054
U.S. Department of Justice Attaché
The DOJ Attaché, a U.S. prosecutor, is responsible for assisting actual criminal investigations by United States and Philippines law enforcement agencies. This includes investigations of violations of U.S. law, as well as violations of Philippine law. Among other things, the DOJ Attaché prepares and supports formal treaty requests a) to extradite defendants to or from the Philippines as the case may require, and b) to acquire evidence for use in court prosecutions in United States and in the Philippines.
The DOJ Attaché acts as an advisor to U.S. prosecutors and investigators on Philippine law in order to ensure that U.S. agents and prosecutors comply with Philippine laws when investigating violations of U.S. law in the Philippines. Furthermore, the DOJ Attaché advises Philippine prosecutors on ways the United States can assist criminal investigations by Philippine law enforcement.
U.S. Department of Justice Resident Legal Advisor
The DOJ Resident Legal Advisor, a U.S. prosecutor, works closely with the Philippine criminal justice sector in identifying areas of cooperation in training, institution building and legislation.
The purpose is to forge strong ties between the two countries to better combat transnational crimes such as human and drug trafficking, money laundering, and corruption.
Drug Enforcement Administration
The DEA mission is to enforce the U.S. Controlled Substances Act and to bring to justice those persons and entities involved in the manufacturing and distribution of controlled substances and chemicals destined for illicit drug markets. The DEA Manila Country Office is responsible for the promotion of U.S. counter-drug policy and advises the U.S. Ambassador on drug related issues related to the Philippines.
DEA works together with Philippine law enforcement agencies, such as the Philippine National Police, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, and the National Bureau of Investigation, on significant drug investigations that have an international and regional impact.
Besides working with Philippine law enforcement agencies on drug investigations, DEA also conducts training for and provides infrastructure support to Philippine law enforcement agencies that conduct counter-drug operations.
For more information, visit the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration website.
Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT)
OPDAT Mission: To develop and administer technical assistance designed to enhance the capabilities of foreign justice sector institutions and their law enforcement personnel, so they can effectively partner with the Department of Justice in combating terrorism, trafficking in persons, organized crime, corruption, and financial crimes.
OPDAT carries out justice sector institution building, including technical assistance and skills development support, to enhance foreign justice sector cooperation.
The rule of law and the rights of individuals are the cornerstones of any free society. Crime and misuse of the public trust undermine confidence in government and discredit free market economies. The effective and fair administration of justice offers to the state and its citizens the greatest protection from lawlessness and support for basic human rights, and, when extant in foreign countries, provides the U.S. with a stronger base of foreign cooperation in the fight against organized crime, illegal narcotics, and terrorism.
Established in 1991, OPDAT draws on Department of Justice resources and expertise to strengthen foreign criminal justice sector institutions and enhance the administration of justice abroad. OPDAT supports the United States and the Department’s law enforcement objectives and priorities by preparing foreign counterparts to cooperate more fully and effectively with the United States in combating terrorism, trafficking in persons, organized crime, corruption, financial crimes, and other transnational crime. It does so by encouraging legislative and justice sector reform in countries with inadequate laws; by improving the skills of foreign prosecutors, investigators and judges; and by promoting the rule of law and regard for human rights.
For more information, visit the Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training website.
International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program
The mission of the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP) is to work with foreign governments to develop professional and transparent law enforcement institutions that protect human rights, combat corruption, and reduce the threat of transnational crime and terrorism. Situated in the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, and funded primarily by the State Department, ICITAP provides international development assistance that supports both national security and foreign policy objectives.
ICITAP programs are designed in partnership with the host countries, and program implementation methods include on-the-ground, pre-program assessments; program planning, management, and review; curriculum development; classroom training, seminars, and workshops; internships; equipment donations; donor coordination; and on-the-job training and mentoring provided by embedded long-term advisors.
The U.S. Department of Justice International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP) Philippines field office, established in 2006, works in partnership with the Philippine National Police (PNP) on a variety of police training and development projects to build the PNP’s law enforcement capacity. The ICITAP office is led by a Senior Law Enforcement Advisor/Program Manager, and staffed by an Assistant Program Manager, a Maritime Advisor, locally-employed Program Analyst, two locally-employed support staff (all at the Embassy Seafront Compound), an Operations Officer located at PNP Headquarters, Camp Crame, and several Technical Advisors and locally-employed staff serving around the country. ICITAP currently focuses resources in five key areas:
1. Maritime Border Security Initiative/PNP Maritime Special Operations Unit
In 2006, ICITAP launched the Maritime Police Project (MPP) in a strategic collaboration with the PNP Maritime Group to create the Special Boat Unit (SBU), providing the Philippines’ first viable law enforcement capability in the maritime domain. The first US-funded SBU station was constructed in Honda Bay, Palawan, and additional stations have been established, allowing the unit to project along the Malaysian sea border into the Sulu Archipelago, as well as into the South China Sea. ICITAP, along with DOD partners, has provided extensive training, technical guidance, infrastructure development, and donations of equipment & spare parts. Four patrol boats were put into service in 2010, with two additional boats donated in 2012. ICITAP has also sponsored joint exercises and meetings between Philippine, Indonesian, and Malaysian maritime officials to enhance regional cooperation. In early 2015, the ICITAP MPP was expanded to include training and support for the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), leading to a new project name, Maritime Border Security Initiative (MBSI). Simultaneously, PNP expanded and re-designated the SBU as the Maritime Special Operations Unit (MSOU), with MSOU1 headquartered in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi, and MSOU2 headquartered in Honda Bay. ICITAP will continue to partner with PNP-Maritime Group and PCG for improved security along the Philippines’ southern sea border.
2. Mindanao Law Enforcement Development (MLED) Project
The primary goals of the MLED project are:
- To strengthen the institutional capacity and performance of the PNP in conflicted areas of Mindanao;
- To organize, train, develop, and equip the PNP to combat transnational organized crime and terrorism;
- To build and sustain the willingness and capability to deliver fair, effective policing services;
- To enhance police-public stakeholder relationships through implementation of community policing projects.
MLED activities are in previously-conflicted areas in Mindanao, and were initially carried out in concert with U.S. DOD engagement initiatives (Operation Enduring Freedom), in support of the transition of security responsibilities in Mindanao from the Armed Forces of the Philippines to PNP. Joint Special Operations Task Force Philippines was deactivated in early 2015, but ICITAP’s support to PNP continues in the region. The intention of MLED is to provide foundational police training to virtually every police officer serving in the critical areas of concern, which include Zamboanga City, Sulu Province, Cotabato City, and Isabela City. Another component of MLED was the establishment of a modern crime laboratory in Zamboanga to handle the forensic examination of evidence in many areas of concern to MLED. The project involved construction of: construction of a new laboratory facility in 2010; extensive procurement of modern equipment, instrumentation, and supplies; highly specialized training for laboratory personnel; and expert technical mentorship. The crime laboratory has become the most advanced forensic laboratory in the Philippines. An additional objective of this project is to support the PNP to work with and complement PNP counter-terrorism tactical units, especially in the southern Philippines’ most conflict-affected areas, focusing on increasing their investigative capacities.
3. Police Leadership Project
The objective of this project component is to develop leadership and management skills for young police commissioned officers-in-training through mentoring, collaboration, and training, as well as doctrine development with current PNP leadership, PNP Training Service, and the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA).
4. PNP Law Enforcement Center for Excellence
ICITAP, working with the PNP Directorate for Human Resources and Doctrine Development, will establish a PNP Law Enforcement Center for Excellence in coordination with the Philippine Public Safety College, and PNP Academy. Training curricula will be developed and presented to commissioned officers at three critical points in their careers: junior officers promoting to mid-level (captain to major), mid-level officers promoting to senior level (lieutenant colonel to colonel), and newly-appointed executive level officers (generals).
5. Law Enforcement Curriculum and Instructor Development Project
ICITAP supports the PNP Training Service and the Philippine Public Safety College through the development, delivery, and institutionalization of modern and effective curriculum and training throughout the nation.
Model Police Station Program (completed)
ICITAP’s Model Police Station (MPS) program was established in 2007. For PNP, MPS provided professional development, advancement of an internally sustainable training capacity, and the provision of technical expertise and equipment. ICITAP, various Directorates within PNP Headquarters, and many local police directors/chiefs, worked diligently to create the MPS. The project was implemented in multiple phases, and provided training and mentorship on 22 core police competencies at 28 locations throughout the country. Upon conclusion of the MPS project in March 2013, ICITAP training had reached nearly 18,000 PNP officers and 105 PNP civilian staff (of whom 115 became PNP/ICITAP adjunct instructors), with 550 courses delivered involving 508,848 training hours, and US$178,468 in equipment donated.
These ICITAP projects address training and developmental needs collaboratively identified by the PNP, ICITAP, and other U.S. Government entities, in police competencies that include criminal investigations, maritime law enforcement, community policing, law enforcement leadership, trafficking in persons, counter-terrorism, crimes against women & children, and many others.
For more information, visit the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP) website .
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the primary law enforcement agency for the United States Government charged with the enforcement of over 200 categories of federal laws and providing cooperative services to other law enforcement agencies, such as fingerprint identification, laboratory examinations, and police training. The FBI’s investigative functions fall into the categories of counter terrorism, foreign counterintelligence, civil rights, organized crime / drugs, violent crimes and major offenders, cyber and financial crimes.
Legat offices are staffed by FBI law enforcement professionals and support staff who work to stop foreign crime as far from American shores as possible and to help solve international crimes that do occur as quickly as possible. Legat offices work with law enforcement and security agencies in their host country to coordinate investigations of interest to both countries. The rules for joint activities and information sharing are generally spelled out in formal agreements between the United States and the host country.
For more information, visit the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) website.
Millennium Challenge Corporation
The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is a U.S. Government agency helping lead the fight against global poverty through sustainable economic growth. It was created by Congress in 2004 and operates based on the guiding principles of competitive selection, country-led design, country-led implementation and a focus on results. More than $10 billion has been provided to the world’s poorest countries supporting projects that improve vital infrastructure, support good governance, enhance access and provision of social services, and develop opportunities for finance and enterprise. A performance-based model, our partner countries are required to demonstrate a commitment to good governance, economic freedom and investing in their citizens or MCC may stop investing.
In the Philippines, MCC signed a five-year, $434 million Compact in September 2010 supporting the following projects:
Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), implemented with the Department of Social Welfare and Development, is a community-driven development model that helps local communities identify, design, and implement basic infrastructure and social services projects on their own.
Secondary National Roads Development Project (SNRDP) implemented with the Department of Public Works and Highways will reduce transportation costs and improve access to markets and social services through the rehabilitation of a 222-km road segment in the provinces of Samar and Eastern Samar.
Revenue Administration Reform Project (RARP) will modernize tax administration and mitigate risks of corruption in the Department of Finance.
The Philippine government created the Millennium Challenge Account-Philippines (MCA-P) to manage Compact implementation, MCA-P is composed of 40 professional and administrative staff, works with government agencies and engages contractors to provide support services. Immediate results have been reported in the final year of implementation:To date, over 2,400 Kalahi-CIDSS sub-projects such as roads, schools, health stations, rural electrification, harvest facilities, and flood control measures have been completed and are being used by the residents of the poorest municipalities in Luzon and Visayas. By the Compact’s end on May 2016, more than 3,500 sub-projects will be completed, exceeding initial project target of 2,740 and benefiting millions of Filipinos.
Road construction in Samar and Eastern Samar is in full swing, with more than 70% of the road project carriageway completed and local councils against human trafficking established in 16 municipalities covered by the project area.
BIR is improving tax collection and growing the revenue base, primarily through a more focused and automated audit and arrears management programs, upgraded back-end tax administration system, and intensified public awareness campaigns. Contributing to the fight against corruption, several customs and revenue employees have been dismissed from service due to improvements in the investigative capacity of the Department of Finance.
MCC’s resident country mission in Manila is composed of Resident Country Director John A. Polk, Deputy Resident Country Director Burak Inanc and three LES who provide oversight for the Compact.
3/F, Department of Finance Building
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex
Roxas Boulevard, Manila
Tel: (632) 8405-0146, Fax: (632) 8527-2106
- U.S. Embassy Manila Consular Affairs Section (as of January 2015; PDF 460KB)
- U.S. Department of State Management Section (as of February 2013; PDF 337KB)
- U.S. Department of State Public Affairs Section (as of March 2014; PDF 263KB)
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (as of February 2013; PDF 519KB)
- U.S. Department of Justice (as of March 2013; PDF 308KB)
- U.S. Department of Justice-OPDAT (as of March 2014; PDF 244KB)
- U.S. Department of Justice-ICITAP (as of March 2014; PDF 483KB)
- Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines (as of February 2013; PDF 336KB)
- Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group (as of February 2013; PDF 406KB)
- Drug Enforcement Administration (as of March 2014; PDF 297KB)
- U.S. Foreign Agricultural Services (as of February 2014; PDF 246KB)
- U.S. Foreign Commercial Services (as of February 2013; PDF 294KB)
- U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) (as of February 2014; PDF 317KB)
- Millennium Challenge Corporation (as of March 2014; PDF 235KB)
- Peace Corps (as of March 2014; PDF 346KB)