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January 30, 2015

On January 30, the government of the Philippines and the U.S. government signed a new Bilateral Assistance Agreement for Basic Education that will help boost literacy in the Philippines. U.S. Embassy Manila’s United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Gloria D. Steele and Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Br. Armin Luistro FSC signed the Agreement which was witnessed by the U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) Brian L. Goldbeck.

The five-year Agreement pledges approximately Php580 million ($12.9 million) in U.S. assistance through USAID for basic education programs throughout the Philippines.

In close partnership with the Department of Education and various partners in the education sector, this bilateral agreement will improve reading skills for one million Filipino children. The assistance also aims to increase access to quality education for vulnerable populations, such as children with disabilities, pre-primary students, out-of school youth and persons in conflict and crisis areas.

April 24, 2014

The Philippines is considered a high-burden tuberculosis (TB) country by the World Health Organization’s Global Tuberculosis Report 2012.

April 24, 2014

LuzonHealth (Integrated Maternal, Neonatal, Child Health and Nutrition/Family Planning Regional Project in Luzon) is a five-year United States Agency for International Development health service strengthening project implemented by RTI International. The project supports the Department of Health (DOH)-led scale-up of high-impact services and client-centered information to reduce maternal and infant deaths, improve child health and nutrition and meet the demand for modern family planning services.

Government, Development Partners Renew Pledge to Reduce Newborn, Young Child and Maternal Deaths in the Philippines
April 23, 2014

The Philippine Government, through the Department of Health (DOH), development partners, civil society and other stakeholders today reaffirmed their commitment to end preventable child deaths and eliminate maternal mortality in the country.

April 23, 2014

On behalf of the U.S. Government, I thank you for the privilege to join you today as we renew a noble promise. In 1990, the Philippines, along with 175 countries around the globe, pledged at the World Summit for Child Survival and Development to save women and children from dying of preventable causes. Since then, the Philippines has made significant progress to reduce child mortality. From 1998 to 2011, deaths among children under the age of 5 decreased from 48 for every 1,000 live births to 30.

Batangas City and USAID Launch Mobile Money Payment System for Business Taxes
March 31, 2014

The City Government of Batangas in cooperation with U.S. Embassy Manila’s United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has launched an innovative payment system that will enable 4,000 business owners in the city to pay their business taxes using their mobile phones.


Last updated: January 30, 2015

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