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  • USAID teamed up with the Philippine government to improve the management of over 90 percent of forests in the Philippines. Demonstrating increasing self-reliance, the country tripled its forest protection budget since 2016.

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  • In 2018, USAID leveraged more than $1 million from local stakeholders to sustain youth programming, and has extended its assistance to reach an additional 5,000 youth in conflict-affected areas including Marawi City.

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  • In the past five years, USAID and the Philippine Department of Health successfully treated over a million Filipinos with TB. By building the country’s capacity to detect and cure this deadly disease, USAID is strengthening global health security.

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  • USAID engages the private sector to help solve some of the world’s most intractable development challenges. The Philippines hosts some of the most robust partnerships, leveraging skills and sustainably generating resources.

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  • Bohol wasn’t always a top tourist destination, but the partnership between the U.S. and the Philippines gave the island the tools to flourish. Bohol models good governance, enjoys active citizen participation and contributes to national growth.

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  • USAID’s programs trained small and medium entrepreneurs, farmers and female weavers from Marawi to help them restore their livelihoods. USAID will build a trading center to assist both the local traders and entrepreneurs.

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Young Girl in Rural Philippines Braves the Sea to Read and Learn
Young Girl in Rural Philippines Braves the Sea to Read and Learn
Young Learners in the Philippines Discover the Joy of Reading
Young Learners in the Philippines Discover the Joy of Reading
Health Service Provider Taps Radio Airwaves to Reach Rural Families in the Philippines
Rural Families in the Philippines Tune Into Health Advice

About Philippines

The Philippines, Southeast Asia's oldest democracy, is an important development, trade and security partner with the United States. In recent years, the Philippines has made substantial economic progress, although the country still has the least equitable income distribution among all developing countries in East Asia. Through the Partnership for Growth with Equity, the United States and the Philippines collaborate to address the country's most serious constraints to lasting, equitable growth.

With an overall goal of supporting a more prosperous, stable and well-governed nation, USAID's programs in the Philippines focus on accelerating and sustaining inclusive economic growth through activities in the areas of governance, the economy and health and education, and through activities that enhance the country’s environmental resilience and foster peace and stability in conflict-affected areas of Mindanao.

Since 2012, the U.S. and the Philippine governments have been working together to address the Philippines' most binding constraints to inclusive and sustainable growth: governance, public financing, infrastructure and human capacity.

In recent years, the Philippines has emerged as one of the fastest-advancing economies in the region, with growth in gross domestic product averaging 6 percent annually. The Philippines has also received investment-grade, sovereign debt ratings from three of the world’s leading credit-rating agencies.

Yet economic gains have not generated sufficient, tangible improvements in the lives of many Filipinos. USAID's work is as critical as ever to make growth more inclusive and sustainable. To amplify the success and sustainability of our work, we have been at the forefront of applying innovation, technology, partnerships and local solutions.

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Philippines Country Profile

Last updated: April 22, 2019

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Mission Contact

Lawrence Hardy II, Mission Director
USAID/Philippines
Annex 2 Building, U.S. Embassy, 1201 Roxas Boulevard, Ermita
Manila
Philippines
Postal Code - M 
1000
Phone 
+63 (2) 301-6000
Fax 
+63 (2) 301-6213

USAID Contact

Michael Glees, Desk Officer
U.S. Agency for International Development
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington
, DC 
20523
USA
Phone 
(202) 712-4728