In my years as Mission Director of USAID in the Philippines, I have been a frequent visitor of Bohol, in work-related and personal capacities. I thoroughly enjoyed all those visits, not only because of Bohol’s unique attractions, but more importantly, the friendship and warm hospitality that the Boholanos offer. I’m sure I am not alone in feeling this way. I look forward to exploring your exhibit as I will surely discover new places that will persuade me to come back again. I may take advantage of the travel discounts myself.
I am pleased to be here with all of you today to launch the Professional Master’s Program in Tropical Marine Ecosystems Management of the University of the Philippines. Through this effort, the U.S. Government continues to strengthen local institutions such as universities to become key partners in coastal and marine biodiversity conservation.
The University of the Philippines (UP) and the U.S. government, through the U.S. Embassy Manila’s United States Agency for International Development (USAID) today launched a new graduate program that will help protect the Philippines’ rich marine biodiversity.
Representatives from the Philippine Government, the U.S. Embassy Manila’s United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) launched today a credit program to help restore livelihoods in Yolanda-affected regions of the Philippines.
I would like to commend our three partner cities—Batangas, Cagayan de Oro, and Iloilo—for entering into sister-city agreements among yourselves. I am encouraged by your initiative to share your learnings with each other and support each other’s initiatives.
Last updated: January 15, 2015