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Energy and Environment

Image of a man in a boat patrolling a mangrove forest in the Philippines.
In Davao City, “Bantay Dagat” members supported by USAID protect mangrove areas from illegal cutting, thus conserving areas for fisheries and marine biodiversity habitats.
Bobby Timonera/USAID/EcoGov

The Philippines’ heavy reliance on foreign sources of energy in the power and transport sectors raises energy costs and results in an unfavorable investment climate compared to other countries in the region. About three million households still remain without electricity. Weak enforcement of vehicle emission standards contributes to worsening air quality in the major urban centers of the country. Nearly half of the country’s population is without access to piped water in their homes. Illegal and destructive fishing practices and conversion of forestlands threaten food security and productivity of the country’s marine and forest resources, which have biological significance worldwide. 

USAID assists the Philippines to address four key challenges in the energy and environment sectors: competitiveness, corruption, conflict and conservation. Special attention is given to Mindanao in the southern Philippines, which has an extraordinary natural resource base that could make even greater contributions to national food security were it not for continuing violent conflict and weak governance which hinders sustainable development.

USAID supports the efforts of the Philippine Department of Energy to pursue energy independence, rural electrification and power-sector reforms. We assist local governments and communities to improve governance of natural resources and conserve biodiversity.

USAID is working with a range of stakeholders to improve urban environmental management, implement activities to reduce vehicle emissions, increase private investment in water supply and sanitation and promote integrated solid-waste management.

Last updated: April 23, 2014

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