It is my pleasure to be with you today to witness the signing of the Bilateral Assistance Agreement for Basic Education between the Philippines and the United States of America.
As a former teacher, and the son of a teacher and school principal, I share your conviction that a quality basic education is the right of every child.
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 Energy Policy and Development Program (EPDP) is a four-year, PhP218 million ($5 million) project started in October 2014 to strengthen policymaking for environmentally sound energy sector development.
Today’s ceremony demonstrates the U.S. Government’s ongoing commitment to help bring peace and stability in Mindanao. Graduates, we have no doubt that you will shape a more stable and prosperous future for the Philippines.
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.
Last updated: June 26, 2015