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January 14, 2015

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Acknowledgements: [TBC] Mayor Cherrylyn Santos-Akbar; Members of the Isabela City Out-of-School Youth Development Alliance; Young graduates of the MYDev-supported ALS and technical skills training here in Isabela City; Ladies and Gentlemen.

Buenas dias! (Good morning!)

I am honored to join you on this day, which marks the beginning of new opportunities for these young graduates seated before me.

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.

Half of the world’s population is now under the age of 30, making today’s youth the largest generation in history! In the Philippines, the youth constitute almost a third of the total population. Those who do not finish high school or do not possess relevant training are not readily employable, leaving them vulnerable to the pitfalls of conflict and poverty.

U.S. Ambassador Goldberg Visits Benguet to Promote Disaster Risk Reduction Activities
July 27, 2014

U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Philip S. Goldberg visited Benguet Province from July 24 to July 25 to lead a series of activities that will further advance disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation measures in the region.

U.S. Government Supports Improving Water Supply Services in Misamis Oriental Province
July 23, 2014

The U.S. Embassy Manila’s United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is bringing together more than 150 representatives of small-scale water service providers (WSPs) to attend a conference on "Accelerating Water Security and Climate Resiliency among Small Water Service Providers in Misamis Oriental.” The conference, which runs from July 23-25, 2014 in Cagayan de Oro City, is organized by USAID through its Water Security for Resilient Economic Growth and Stability (Be Secure) Project in cooperation with the Provincial Government of Misamis Oriental. The conference will help small-scale water service providers to better serve people without piped water in the province.

July 23, 2014

USAID is pleased to co-sponsor this forum while we celebrate National SME Week. As the Micro Small and Medium Enterprise Development Plan for 2011-2016 cited, MSMEs account for 99.6 percent of total establishments, 61.2 percent of the country’s total employment and 35.7 percent of the total value added in the Philippine economy.

July 19, 2014

The U.S. Government has provided approximately Php6.5 million ($150,000) to help Typhoon Glenda victims in Albay and Sorsogon provinces return home and recover from the storm.

July 18, 2014

The Cities Development Initiative (CDI), as part of the Partnership for Growth (PFG), seeks to assist the Philippines promote higher, sustained, more inclusive and resilient growth by providing a range of development initiatives in targeted cities. To maximize USAID’s impact, CDI takes a whole-of-Mission approach, integrating elements across the program portfolio to support economic development in priority cities that are ripe for higher growth.

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