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U.S. Government Launches Php 153 Million Project to Support Philippine Efforts to Counter Human Trafficking
January 31, 2020

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U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim (seated, second from right) and USAID Deputy Mission Director Patrick Wesner (seated, far right) join partners in Cebu City at the project launch.


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 the Philippine government’s Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking, the non-governmental organization Partnership for Development Assistance in the Philippines, local governments, civil society, and the private sector to strengthen local systems and partnerships to end human trafficking in the Philippines.

This project complements ongoing U.S. assistance against human trafficking, such as the Child Protection Compact and the Program to End Modern Slavery.   Together, these three programs represent a more than Php510 million U.S. government commitment to anti-human trafficking efforts in the Philippines.

At the project launch, U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim stressed that, “Men, women, and children continue to fall prey to traffickers and illegal recruiters all over the world.  Through our programs, we partner with our friends and allies to strengthen social safety nets and the rule of law, as well as expand citizens’ education and employment opportunities.”

Ambassador Kim also lauded the Philippine government for its strong commitment to addressing trafficking in persons, as well as local civil society organizations for working together to fight human slavery in the country.

In the 2019 U.S. Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report, the Philippines maintained its Tier 1 ranking for the fourth consecutive year, meaning that the Philippine government continues to fully meet minimum standards for the elimination of human trafficking.


USAID is the lead U.S. government agency for international development and disaster assistance.  In the Philippines, USAID partners with the national government to build a more stable, prosperous, and well-governed nation.  For more information, visit https://www.usaid.gov/philippines or email infoph@usaid.gov.