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December 18, 2014

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.

USAID, in partnership with PBSP, established the Micro Enterprise Disaster Assistance Fund for Resiliency (MIDAS Fund), and will provide Php180 million (US$4 million) in startup money. From this, loans will be available to micro-finance institutions (MFIs) for lending to 25,000 microenterprises, like sari-sari stores, agricultural production, food processing, dressmaking, and bakeshops.

At the launch, Secretary Panfilo Lacson, Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery, and USAID Philippines Mission Director Gloria D. Steele awarded a grant from USAID to PBSP. Chairman of the Board of Trustees Manuel V. Pangilinan, and Executive Director Rafael C. Lopa received the grant on behalf of PBSP.

May 19, 2014

On behalf of the American people and the U.S. Embassy Manila’s United States Agency for International Development, allow me to extend our sincere appreciation for inviting us to participate in today’s celebration of the Persons with Disabilities Day. I am honored to be among leaders from the government, private sector, and the PWD community, who are championing the rights and welfare of persons with disabilities.

May 16, 2014

On behalf of U.S. Embassy’s United States Agency for International Development USAID/Philippines), it is my honor to be here with all of you this evening. The province of Bohol has a special place in the development work of USAID/Philippines. We have worked together for decades to accelerate Bohol’s economy and transform this historical region from a conflict area to become one of the Philippines’ prime ecotourism destinations.

May 15, 2014

It is an honor to be here today on behalf of the U.S. Embassy Manila’s United States Agency for International Development. I am pleased to have had the opportunity earlier to witness the training for teachers of out-of-school youth conducted through our partnership with the U.S. Peace Corps-Philippines.

Padayon Mindanao continues Peace Corps’ legacy of cross-cultural learning among PC Volunteers, teachers and youth. Youth, especially those from conflict-affected areas, are given the opportunity to develop leadership and other life skills in order to contribute to sustained peace and development in their communities.

May 15, 2014

On behalf of the U.S. Embassy-Manila’s United States International Agency for Development (USAID), I thank you for the privilege to join you today as we recognize the accomplishment of the first batch of C4C graduates.

USAID supports the Philippine Government’s work in enhancing the public sector’s communication expertise to improve the health of the nation, especially in the areas of maternal and child health, family planning, TB, and HIV/AIDS.

May 12, 2014

Being LGBT in Asia: the Philippines Country Report provides an overview of LGBT rights in the Philippines including the effects of laws, policies, culture and social attitudes, and religion, based on research, consultation and the National LGBT Community Dialogue.

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Last updated: December 22, 2014

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