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.
Mayor Rex Gatchalian of Valenzuela City, located in the Philippines’ Metro Manila region, is a champion of improving children’s reading skills, especially since a National Achievement Test in 2011 revealed a citywide 20 percent drop in literacy among sixth graders.
Jomar Francisco and Sylver Peralta are loyal employees of the Pulilan municipal government in the Philippines. They are fascinated by the novel way that they now receive their salaries. Last year, the city introduced a mobile money-enabled payroll system. Francisco and Peralta can now safely and easily receive salaries and make financial transactions through their mobile phones.
Aug. 2014—It was supposed to be a regular USAID workshop in the Philippines' Davao City to provide Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) chief executives with leadership skills to improve their local school boards. But as the day progressed, it became much more.
Bayanihan, or the spirit of helping one’s neighbor, binds local officials in the Philippines’ Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, thanks to recent workshops for local school boards.
Last updated: March 20, 2015