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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.

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.

July 17, 2014

The U.S. Government is partnering with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to build community resilience to floods and other disaster events in Metro Manila.

US Government Provides Assistance to Fire Victims in Zamboanga City
July 9, 2014

The U.S. Government provided assistance to families in Barangay Campo Islam, Zamboanga City who lost their homes during a fire that gutted the community on June 4. More than 1,200 individuals from 288 families were affected.

June 23, 2014

While 92% of the Philippine population had access to an improved source of drinking water in 2010, 15.7 million Filipinos are still without access. This shortfall has serious impacts on economic growth, health and the overall development of the country. There are several reasons for inadequate water supply services, including low levels of investment; poverty linked to an inability to afford services; and policy, regulatory and financing barriers.

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Last updated: January 30, 2015

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