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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Chairman Salmon, Ranking Member Sherman and Distinguished Members of the Subcommittee:  Thank you for inviting me to testify on the vital role of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in advancing U.S. foreign policy priorities—including the Asia-Pacific Rebalance—in the Pacific islands.

On the globe, most Pacific island nations appear tiny—mere dots scattered over an area of ocean covering nearly a third of the world’s surface. But these small-in-size nations are as central to global security today as they were during World War II. Their strategic position in the Asia-Pacific makes them more vital than ever to the global economy. A vast proportion of the world’s shipping passes through Pacific waters, on which millions of people depend for food and income.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Today we are launching a collection of inspiring stories of ordinary men and women who are advancing tourism throughout the Philippines. They come from places as far north as Ilocos Norte and as far south as Zamboanga. Tourism Stories is an invitation to everyone to celebrate the triumph of the Filipino spirit amid adversity. This book features stories of vulnerable men and women who have overcome hardships, forging dignified livelihoods through tourism, and helping to advance the sector throughout the Philippines.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

USAID is pleased to support the Government of the Philippines, through a grant to the UPEcon Foundation, to implement the Energy Policy Development Program. The program works to strengthen the country’s energy policies that will promote more affordable, reliable and environmentally-sound energy development. These are key elements to sustain the country’s growth trajectory.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

We are pleased to support the Department of Energy in the development of the Gender Toolkit for the Energy Sector. This is an important activity that advances our Agency’s core development objectives of gender equality and female empowerment. These twin goals are fundamental for the realization of human rights and key to effective and sustainable development outcomes.

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Friday, December 4, 2015

It is a great pleasure to join you as we celebrate the culmination of three years of fruitful collaboration, not just between USAID and Philippine Business for Education, but among all the institutions and sectors represented by everyone in this room.

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Friday, October 2, 2015

I am very happy to see the progress that you have all accomplished. The people of Tacloban City have shown great resilience in times of crisis and determination to build back better.

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Monday, August 31, 2015

As many of us gathered here are aware, both the U.S. and the Philippines are founding members of the Open Government Partnership (OGP). Broadly, the OGP is an international platform for more meaningful engagements and dialogues between the government and the people it serves. It is a global standard for promoting accountability, transparency, citizen engagement and use of technology to strengthen governance. We are all here because we believe in the power of transparency, accountability, participation, and inclusion in transforming the direction of development.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is pleased to support this communications planning workshop for our LGU partners in the Province of Sulu.This workshop will help participating LGUs formulate their own communications plans to guide their advocacy and outreach efforts in engaging constituents, and establish a feedback mechanism between the local government and residents.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

The U.S. Government supports the Philippine Government’s efforts to promote good governance and sustained inclusive growth in the Philippines. These efforts, which are consistent with the Partnership for Growth (PFG) between the U.S. and Philippine Governments, focus on addressing the binding constraints to sustained, more inclusive economic growth in the Philippines.

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Monday, August 10, 2015

USAID established the Philippine-American Fund - or the Phil-Am Fund - just over a year ago. It is a $24 million grant facility and to date, we have awarded grants to twelve deserving Filipino civil society organizations.

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

On behalf of the U.S. Government, I would like to congratulate The Mind Museum for the launch of “A Glass of the Sea”: An exhibition on the Coral Triangle.

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