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Butanding Festival
School children of Donsol in Sorsogon participate in the celebration of the annual Butanding (local name for whale sharks) Festival. USAID supports coastal resource management and ecotourism activities.

With close historic and people-to-people ties with the Philippines, the United States enjoys a vibrant and strong bilateral relationship. Our assistance programs are an important tool in maintaining this relationship and ensuring effective dialogue and cooperation with national and local governments, the private sector, civil society and other donors.

Democracy, Human Rights and Governance

USAID assistance is helping to combat corruption, promote the rule of law, strengthen local democratic governance and decentralization, and support democratic election processes. Under the Partnership for Growth (PFG), USAID will support activities to strengthen the rule of law through a more efficient court system and promote a more transparent legal and regulatory regime.

USAID is enhancing service delivery, transparency, and accountability among local governments. USAID interventions in conflict-affected areas of Mindanao are strengthening the capacity and legitimacy of local governments and increasing citizens’ sense of community responsibility through better access to public services and local economic opportunities. It also seeks to enhance civic engagement to promote values formation and civic mindedness, and improve the capacity of the next generation of leaders.

USAID is supporting the Philippine government’s efforts to implement its anti-trafficking in persons law, promote prosecution of trafficking cases, strengthen protective services for victims, and advocate for preventive measures through community education and awareness campaigns.

Economic Growth and Trade

U.S. assistance is supporting activities under the PFG by fostering a more open and competitive business environment with lower barriers to entry, and supporting fiscal stability through better fiscal policy and expenditure management. USAID is supporting cities with high growth potential to enhance their competitiveness and promote a business environment that can attract investment, facilitate trade, and spur private sector growth.


USAID supports the Philippine government in improving the quality of basic and higher education. Programs in basic education improve early grade reading, strengthen education governance, and improve literacy and life skills of out-of-school youth and adults in conflict-affected areas. In higher education, USAID is strengthening research capacity and faculty development at local universities, supporting science and technology to increase the innovative capacity in high-growth and high value-added sectors, and establishing and strengthening linkages between academia and industry to ensure that students graduate with relevant, marketable skills.

Global Health

USAID helps to improve local government health services for the poor and the marginalized in 980 cities and municipalities in 30 provinces nationwide, while ensuring an expanded role for the private sector in responding to the health needs of those who can afford to pay. USAID strengthens health systems in the areas of maternal and child health, family planning, tuberculosis prevention and control, and prevention of HIV/AIDS.

Environment and Global Climate Change

USAID is helping to better manage rapidly deteriorating forest, coastal, and marine resources and promote clean and renewable energy. USAID will also help to strengthen the climate resiliency of key energy and water infrastructure, environmental services, and fragile ecosystems by providing tools to reduce carbon emissions and address risks posed by natural disasters.

Humanitarian Assistance

USAID is an ardent supporter and partner of the Government of the Philippines in alleviating the suffering of people that have been affected by disasters; and in promoting approaches that reduce people’s vulnerability to hazardous events.

USAID has been providing humanitarian assistance to the Philippines in response to natural and man-made disasters. The U.S. Government, through USAID has provided a total of PhP 2,117,350,000 (US$51.6 million) over the past five years to aid with the disaster response in the Philippines. The U.S. Government is helping the Philippines cope with the effects of calamities by improving mechanisms to effectively adapt and respond to natural disasters. This includes responses to Tropical Storm Ketsana (Ondoy) in 2009, Typhoon Megi (Juan) in 2010, Tropical Storm Washi (Sendong) in 2011, and Typhoon Bopha (Pablo) in 2012.

Parallel to providing humanitarian assistance, USAID implements a Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) program with the aim to enhance the capacity of the national and local government units in reducing disaster risks by managing the causal factors of disasters, as well as reducing exposures to hazards, lessening the vulnerability of people and property, and improving the level of preparedness for future adverse events. In Fiscal Year 2012, USAID provided over PhP 168 million (US$4.9 million) for disaster risk reduction activities in the Philippines.

Last updated: April 18, 2014

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