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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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[Greetings]

I am very pleased to join all of you as we celebrate our shared success in improving the health of women, infants, and children nationwide. Back in 2013, the U.S. government partnered with the Department of Health to implement three major family planning and maternal and child health projects: LuzonHealth, VisayasHealth, and MindanaoHealth.

Through these three projects, USAID has contributed over 4 billion pesos to address the problems associated with lack of access to family health services and teen pregnancy.

Nearly half a million Filipino adolescents between the ages of 15 and 19 are already mothers. Early childbearing carries risks for the health and well-being of young women and their children. In addition, teen parents often miss opportunities to finish school and obtain gainful employment, which can hinder them from reaching their full potential.

The U.S. government partnered in these projects, and more generally in the health of mothers and children, because we care deeply about their well-being and because healthy families are crucial to advancing and sustaining the Philippines’ development.

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

More than five years ago, the United States Agency for International Development formed a partnership with the DENR to protect the Philippine forests. Today’s event celebrates the many milestones that we have achieved together through the B+WISER project.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

I am here today to reaffirm the U.S. government’s commitment to our shared vision of advancing and sustaining inclusive and resilient growth in the Philippines.

To attain this goal, USAID is a close partner of the Philippine government in joint strategies that support the government’s 10-point socioeconomic agenda. Together, we invest in human capital development and use science, technology and innovation to bolster growth. The Inclusive Filipinnovation and Entrepreneurship Roadmap, earlier unveiled by Dr. Fita Aldaba, further specifies how these strategies can be used to transform this vision into a reality.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Indeed, water is and will always be a vital natural resource that lives depend on, as well as a key input to economic growth. This is why USAID works to save lives and advance development through improvements in water supply, sanitation and hygiene, and through sound management and use of water for food security.

While the Philippines continues to make significant gains in expanding water access, more work remains to address the country’s vulnerability to extreme weather variations — such as prolonged droughts, sea level rise and intensifying typhoons.

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Friday, August 24, 2018

The United States government shares the Philippine government’s vision for a healthier and more prosperous country. We commend the Philippine government, and the Department of Health, for their unwavering commitment to combat this disease. By eradicating TB and attaining a healthy population, the Philippines will be better positioned to advance into an upper-middle income country and achieve its development goals under Ambisyon Natin 2040.

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Friday, August 17, 2018

USAID is the lead U.S. government agency for international development and disaster assistance. We have been partnering with the Filipino people to advance development in your beautiful country for over 50 years.

I am pleased to join everyone here today at the formal launch of the Online Payments Service for Business Permits in Tagbilaran City.

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Monday, August 6, 2018

USAID is addressing the global threat of drug-resistant TB through strategic investments to broaden access to diagnosis and treatment and engaging providers from both the public and private sectors in the most affected communities. USAID works to improve innovative health technologies and patient-centered approaches to care, and advance diagnostic and treatment options. Since 2007, USAID has provided nearly $80 million to support the Philippine Department of Health’s National Tuberculosis Control Program.

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Friday, June 22, 2018

We at USAID believe that education serves as a driver for development and poverty reduction. Education is transformational for individuals and societies. It creates pathways to better health, economic growth, a sustainable environment, and peaceful, democratic societies.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Since USAID’s Mindanao Youth for Development project, more commonly known simply as MYDev, started in 2013, we have seen the commitment and dedication of everyone in this room to improve the future of at-risk, vulnerable, out-of-school youth in your communities.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

[As Prepared]

[Greetings]

It is my pleasure to join you all today as we celebrate one of the milestones of USAID’s work here in Mindanao, which we have achieved through our Biodiversity and Watersheds Improved for Stronger Economy and Ecosystem Resilience (B+WISER) project. I would like to thank our partners from the Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the local government of Bukidnon, the indigenous peoples of Mt. Kitanglad and other NGOs for their dedication and hard work that has strengthened and expanded conservation in this region.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

USAID has a long history of partnering with the Department of Health to ensure that all Filipinos can enjoy the quality health services that they need. To promote this shared goal, USAID and the Department of Health are embarking on a new partnership to build the capacity of the Filipino health workforce workers to respond to the country’s priority health needs. We are investing in the health workforce because strong and capable human resources for health improve health outcomes and save lives.

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