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  • Secretary Kerry Announces New Partnerships and $25 Million in Fresh Aid for Typhoon Yolanda Victims

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  • USAID helped reach millions of women with health information and provided thousands of women of reproductive age with health services. Photo shows a pregnant woman from ARMM receiving a tetanus shot, during a pre-natal care visit.

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  • Members of the Tupi Balangon Farmer’s Association, who were trained in good agricultural practices by USAID, sort and pack organically-grown bananas for export at their farm in Tupi, South Cotabato Province.

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  • Out-of-school youth from Bongao, Tawi-Tawi proudly display their certificates of completion of EQuALLS2’s training on the production and marketing of seaweed during their graduation.

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  • Evacuees staying in temporary shelters in Cagayan De Oro City received drinking water containers as part of the continuing assistance by the United States Government to survivors of Tropical Storm Sendong.

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USAID Announces Additional $10 Million for Philippine Relief Effort
USAID Announces Additional $10 Million for Philippine Relief Effort
President Obama Speaks on Typhoon Haiyan
President Obama Speaks on Typhoon Haiyan
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About Philippines

The Philippines has historic ties with the United States and is an important development, trade and regional security partner. The U.S. Government, through USAID, has made broad-based inclusive growth a main focal point. By addressing this key development constraint, the Philippines will have the potential to enjoy the same level of economic success as its neighbors. Additionally, specific aspects of this goal will help to improve the lives of a majority of the population which live on $2 a day or less.

In November 2011, the Philippines and U. S. Governments agreed to the new Partnership for Growth (PFG), which mobilizes the resources of both governments to address the most serious constraints to economic growth and development in the Philippines. Through this enhanced bilateral engagement, the PFG will help the Philippines move from a low economic growth path to a higher, sustained and more inclusive growth trajectory in line with other high-performing emerging economies.

USAID's programs in the country focus on accelerating and sustaining broad-based and inclusive economic growth, improving the quality of education at the basic and higher levels, enhancing natural resources and environmental services, strengthening family health and promoting peace and stability in conflict-affected areas of Mindanao.


On March 25, President Obama signed H.R.3771, the Philippines Charitable Giving Assistance Act into law. This law incentivizes contributions to Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda relief in the Philippines by allowing people to deduct donations to Philippines recovery efforts from their 2013 taxes, if the donations are made between now and April 14, 2014. Without this law, a person would have to wait until he or she filed their taxes next year to claim the deduction.

There is still much to do in the Philippines, so if you haven't contributed yet (or would like to contribute again), you may donate to any reputable and registered non-governmental organization with 501(c)3 status that works on relief and recovery initiatives in the Philippines. To find a list of such organizations, please visit USAID’s Center for International Disaster Information at www.cidi.org

The law was co-sponsored in the House of Representatives by Reps. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), Mike Thompson (D-CA), Joe Heck (R-NV), and Darrell Issa (R-CA).

Last updated: April 02, 2014

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Mission Contact

Gloria Steele, Mission Director
Annex 2 Building, U.S. Embassy, 1201 Roxas Boulevard, Ermita
Postal Code - M 
+63 (2) 301-6000
+63 (2) 301-6213

USAID Contact

Kyle Abbattista, Desk Officer
U.S. Agency for International Development
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
, DC 
(202) 712-4289