It is my distinct honor to join you this evening to witness the City Government of Valenzuela pave the way in bringing about good governance and improved public service with the digitization of the city government’s financial transactions. This important initiative will not only make transacting with government easier but it will also significantly contribute to the Philippine Government’s campaign to fight corruption, foster transparency and increase financial inclusion.
I am happy to join you this morning on behalf of the U.S. Embassy Manila’s United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to formally launch our new partnership through the $60 million Credit Facility.
In the Philippines, about 99% of all firms are micro, small, and medium enterprises. Supporting the country’s SMEs is crucial to igniting and sustaining inclusive economic growth in the Philippines. SMEs contribute to the generation of wealth, business opportunities and employment in rural and urban areas. This vital economic sector also contributes to a dynamic supply of ideas, skills and innovation needed to propel the country’s development.
Climate change is a global issue that knows no national boundaries and a challenge that can best be addressed internally. The negative impact felt by the people living in communities like Quất Lâm is shared in communities in the U.S. That’s why environment was highlighted as an important issue in the Comprehensive Partnership that was announced last year between President Sang and President Obama. The tangible effects of climate change are one of the reasons that we are so committed to cooperating with the Government of Vietnam to address this important area.
It is my pleasure to be here today to launch the next phase of development cooperation between the United States and Vietnam. USAID’s development work has played a pivotal role in advancing the relationship between our two countries. The Country Development Cooperation Strategy launched today, outlines a shared vision and continued partnership to address Vietnam’s development needs over the next five years.
The reality that we know today is unacceptable and heartbreaking—that nearly 300,000 mothers and 3 million newborns continue to die each year from causes we know how to prevent. Without access to a skilled birth attendant who provides life-saving care in rural settings, a mother’s risk of dying at what should be the most joyous moment of her life is 120 times higher than here in the United States.
That is why Saving Mothers was specifically designed to target the three big delays that put the lives of women and newborns at risk every day: the delays in seeking, reaching, and receiving good care. In many cases, something as simple as knowing the danger signs during pregnancy or arranging for transportation to a clinic ahead of time is all it takes to save a mother’s life.
USAID has been partnering with the Philippines for more than 50 years and is committed to supporting the country’s efforts to emerge from Typhoon Haiyan stronger than ever and remain a vital economic and political partner for the United States
Since Typhoon Haiyan made landfall, we’ve been working rigorously on the ground in partnership with the Government of the Philippines to provide life-saving support and respond to the needs of affected communities. Thanks to the strategizing and coordinated teamwork across all elements of the United States – USAID, the State Department and the Department of Defense, the private sector, NGOs, the faith-based community and diaspora – our country was among the first international responders on the ground to provide aid after the storm hit.
We all know science and technology are powerful drivers of social and economic change. Mobile technology is an especially versatile and powerful tool that is changing how we interact with one another, and with our communities, our governments, and the world.
Our USAID Administrator, Dr. Rajiv Shah, has been reorienting USAID to focus more on the transformative power of science, technology, innovation and partnerships (STIP) to improve development outcomes. And here in RDMA we also have our own Teresa Leonardo effectively encouraging us all to do the same, and broadening our horizons.
At the time that USAID/Cambodia re-opened, the Royal Government of Cambodia re-established the Ministry of Health. In over 20 years, USAID/Cambodia and the Ministry of Health have worked closely together to rebuild and revitalize the national health system.
USAID’s implementing partners has taken on much of the work collaborating with the government to build capacity in Cambodian hospitals, health centers, and communities. Together they have trained and supported the health care workers who improve the lives of Cambodian mothers and children every day.
USAID has been partnering with the Philippines for more than 50 years and is committed to supporting the country’s efforts to emerge from Typhoon Haiyan stronger than ever and remain a vital economic and political partner for the United States. We are at a critical place in our response efforts where we have pivoted from providing immediate relief to building long-term recovery. We are forging partnerships with the people and Government of the Philippines, the private sector, NGOs, faith-based communities and the diaspora to together help rebuild lives and livelihoods throughout the Philippines.
Last updated: May 04, 2015