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Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 2:30am

The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Clean Cities, Blue Ocean (CCBO) program, has awarded grants worth nearly Php42 million ($890,000) to five organizations in support of local solutions that address ocean plastics pollution.

A staggering 2.7 million tons of plastic are generated in the Philippines each year, 20 percent of which is estimated to end up in the ocean, according to a 2015 McKinsey and Company study. Through these grants, USAID will partner with local and international organizations to test new models to increase recycling rates, reduce landfill waste and leakage into nearby waters, and improve community livelihoods to help build sustainable waste systems.

“The United States is a committed ally and partner of the Filipino people in protecting the country's rich marine ecosystems and resources for the benefit of present and future generations,” said U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires John Law.

The first wave of grants will pilot solutions to stop the flow of plastic pollution to the waters within and surrounding the Philippines. Program grantees are:

U.S. Embassy, USAID STRIDE, and DTI Launch FAB LABs Philippines
Friday, December 18, 2020 - 1:30am

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through the Science, Technology, Research and Innovation for Development (STRIDE) Program, and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), in partnership with the U.S. Embassy’s American Spaces Philippines, launched on December 18 FAB LABs Philippines, a makerspace network of nineteen FAB LAB institutions.

U.S. Hands Over Php2.3M in Equipment and WildALERT System to Boost DENR Capacity to Protect Philippine Wildlife
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 - 7:00am

As part of its support to strengthen wildlife law enforcement and protection in the Philippines, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) provided essential equipment and supplies to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to boost its work in combating wildlife trafficking and providing holistic care for rescued wildlife in its custody.

USAID and PBEd Partner with Construction Industry Leaders to Train More Than 5,000 Filipino Youth
Monday, December 7, 2020 - 3:45am

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) have teamed up with Aboitiz Construction and D. M. Consunji, Inc. (DMCI) – two of the biggest construction companies in the country – to provide free technical and vocational training to over 5,000 youth across the Philippines through 2022.

United States Commits Php875 Million to Support GPH HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment Efforts
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 - 3:45am

In observance of World AIDS Day, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines announced the launch of a new President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)-funded program, which will begin this month. Through PEPFAR, the U.S. government has committed more than Php875 million ($18.2 million) over two years for U.S.-Philippines bilateral efforts, with implementation by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), U.S. Centers for Disease Control, U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, and U.S. Department of Defense.

U.S. National Security Advisor Reaffirms Alliance, Announces Military Assistance and Typhoon Relief during Philippines Visit
Monday, November 23, 2020 - 3:30am

U.S. National Security Advisor (NSA) Robert C. O’Brien met with Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin Jr., Secretary of Finance Carlos “Sonny” Dominguez, National Security Advisor Hermogenes Esperon, Undersecretary for the Department of National Defense (DND) Cardozo Luna and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Deputy Chief of Staff Rear Admiral Erick Kagaoan in Manila on November 23. NSA O’Brien visited the Philippines to affirm the strength of the U.S.-Philippines alliance and the depth of the broader bilateral relationship. While in Manila, he announced the delivery of new U.S. military assistance in support of the Philippines’ emergency counterterrorism needs. He also announced additional disaster relief for recent typhoon victims.

New Php870M USAID Project to Strengthen Water Security in Palawan, Negros Occidental, and Sarangani
Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 11:00pm

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the provinces of Palawan, Negros Occidental, and Sarangani to address water security challenges faced by communities there. USAID Acting Mission Director Patrick Wesner led the signing ceremony together with representatives from the Philippine government and private sector, including National Economic and Development Authority Assistant Director General Roderick Planta, Palawan Governor Jose Chaves Alvarez, Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, and Sarangani Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon.

U.S. Provides Php9.7M of Critical Relief to Communities Affected by Super Typhoon Rolly
Friday, November 6, 2020 - 1:15am

The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will provide Php9.7 million ($200,000) to support the Philippine government’s efforts to assist families hardest hit by Super Typhoon Rolly. More than 2 million people were affected by the typhoon, and over 1 million Filipinos are currently in government evacuation centers.

Vice President Robredo, USAID, PBEd Team Up to Provide Training to Unemployed and Out-of-School Youth
Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 4:15am

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Philippine Business for Education (PBEd), and the Office of the Vice President of the Philippines (OVP) today launched a partnership to provide free technical-vocational skills and employability training for over 1,000 unemployed and out-of-school Filipino youth.

New U.S. Government Assistance Protects Philippine Communities from Natural Disasters
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 4:00am

The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has provided an additional Php170 million ($3.5 million) to bolster the Philippine government’s capacity to help protect high risk communities against the impacts of natural disasters.

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Last updated: January 11, 2021

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