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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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  • USAID conducts a mass TB screening for over 400 children in Saguiran, Lanao del Sur who were displaced by the Marawi siege. USAID has committed over $14 million in relief, recovery and rehabilitation to support communities affected by the conflict.

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  • USAID helps improve teaching and learning techniques in the Philippines, and has helped more than 1.8 million early-grade students become new readers in the country. This unlocks children’s potential for a lifetime of learning and productivity.

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  • USAID introduced GeneXpert technology to the Philippines, a revolutionary diagnostic tool that detects TB in just hours instead of weeks, significantly increasing case detection and enrollment on life-saving treatment.

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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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  • Through USAID’s work, approximately 20,000 youths now have greater ability to productively engage with their communities, return to school or attain employment, and exercise positive leadership.

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  • USAID, in partnership with the Philippines’ DENR, helped develop the Lawin System that has revolutionized how the Philippines prevents forest destruction, positioning the country to better use its own resources to protect the environment.

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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: March 18, 2019

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Contact Information

Mission Contact

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

USAID Contact

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