Secretary Kerry Announces New Partnerships and $25 Million in Fresh Aid for Typhoon Yolanda Victims
The “Kapag nag-DOTS, TB ay nagagamot!” TV commercial promotes adherence to Directly Observed Treatment Short-course (DOTS) for tuberculosis treatment. USAID supports the Philippine Department of Health in reducing TB mortality and prevalence.
Maylene Reyes, 21, is a mother and entrepreneur who saves her earnings with mobile money. USAID works with microfinance institutions to use mobile money to facilitate deposits, collect loan payments, and service payroll and loan payouts.
Residents who were affected by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) receive hygiene kits which include items like water containers, water purification tablets, and soap. USAID also provided food assistance, shelter supplies, and medical supplies.
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.
DONATE BEFORE APRIL 14, 2014, TO TAKE A TAX DEDUCTION THIS YEAR!
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: June 20, 2014