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Low-Cost Flood Warning System Saves Lives in the Philippines

When a tropical storm hit a small village in the Philippines last year, a simple yet effective flood early warning system proved its worth, saving lives and better preparing residents for the inevitable natural disasters that affect the region.

Philippine Eco-Heroes Protect a National Treasure

In 2012, USAID launched the five year, $22.5 million Biodiversity and Watersheds Improved for Stronger Economy and Ecosystem Resilience (B+WISER) Program to help the Philippines conserve biodiversity, manage forests, support low emissions, and contribute to disaster risk reduction in seven protected areas in the country.

Surviving a Super Typhoon and Escaping Traffickers: A Filipino Mother Fights for Her Life

Joy*, 49, lived a basic, comfortable life in the remote, rolling hills of Ormoc City in the central Philippine islands. She and her husband made coconut wine and sold two barrels a week to support their family.

Winning Friends for Sustainable Fisheries in the Philippines

Fisheries help fuel the Philippine economy. The country ranks eighth globally in fish production, but overfishing caused the fish population to decrease by 90 percent in the last five decades. Meanwhile, 40 percent of Filipino fishers live below the poverty line. Poor and vulnerable, feeding their families is a daily trial.

Male Midwife Promotes Women’s Health in the Philippines

In a field dominated by women, Jacinto “Ancing” Managbanag, 31, is among the 1 percent of male midwives in the Philippines, where about 11 women die every day during childbirth. He is one of the nearly 750 private practicing midwives that USAID trained there in maternal and child health between 2009 and 2013. 

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Last updated: August 04, 2015

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