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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

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Thank you for inviting me to celebrate the launch of the Human Resources for Health project in the Philippines and to highlight the importance of investing in the health workforce to saves lives.

I am here on behalf of the Ambassador of the United States to the Philippines, the Honorable Sung Kim. I am representing the United States Agency for International Development, commonly known as USAID. USAID is the lead U.S. government agency for international development and disaster assistance. We promote democratic values and demonstrate democratic values and help advance a free, peaceful and prosperous world.

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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Friday, March 2, 2018

Having access to power leads to a better quality of life for citizens. When communities have a reliable power supply, it means they are more attractive to economic investments, streets are safer, children read in the evenings with their families, health facilities can provide continuous services, and many other benefits. But extreme weather and other natural disasters can disable the energy grids that connect producers to energy consumers. Around the world, and here in the Philippines, USAID invests in energy systems that can power inclusive economic and social development.

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Friday, March 2, 2018

Today’s launch of the Philippine pangolin research study is a fitting way to celebrate World Wildlife Day and the recently observed World Pangolin Day.

At USAID, we believe that conservation of our world’s natural resources is development. Similarly, combating wildlife trafficking is an international development issue because it fosters security and promotes rule of law. Drawing from decades of conservation work, USAID believes that responsible stewardship of our natural resources, including wildlife, is critical pursuing a sustainable path to development that enriches natural capital instead of depleting it.

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Friday, March 2, 2018

USAID is proud to partner with NATRIPAL, through the Philippine-American Fund, to strengthen your role in biodiversity conservation and environmental governance.

Biodiversity conservation and the well-being of indigenous peoples are closely intertwined. USAID engages closely with local communities to manage biodiversity in their own ancestral domains, which are often also protected areas. These efforts have resulted in more innovative, sustained and cost-effective ways to protect biodiversity.

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

I am pleased that USAID, through the Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity or SURGE Project, has played a part in putting together and enhancing your Tourism Development Plan. I am optimistic that with everyone’s collaboration, the city and the business community will be able to exponentially grow its tourism sector, not only here in Puerto Princesa City but also in the surrounding areas.

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

I am delighted to be here in Puerto Princesa City, this being my first trip to the city and to the province of Palawan. I represent the United States Agency for International Development, commonly known as USAID. USAID is the lead the U.S. government agency for international development and disaster assistance. USAID promotes and demonstrates democratic values abroad, and advances a free, peaceful and prosperous world. I bring you the greetings of the U.S. Ambassador, the Honorable Sung Kim.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Philippines is one of the world’s 17 mega biodiverse countries, which together contain two-thirds of the earth’s biodiversity and up to 80 percent of the world’s plant and animal species. Billions of people around the world rely on forests, wildlife, and fisheries for their livelihoods. When we lose wildlife, we lose essential tools in our mutual goals to drive down poverty. This is why the U.S. government recognizes the essential role of biodiversity conservation in achieving our goal to help build prosperous, stable and equitable societies.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Since 2014, Tagbilaran City has been one of USAID’s partner cities of under the Cities Development Initiative. Through this partnership, USAID provides a range of technical assistance in economic growth, health, energy, environment, governance and education to help them realize their full potential as engines of inclusive and resilient growth for their respective regions.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

USAID has been working in the Philippines for over 50 years, and a big part of our assistance is in education because we believe education is crucial for development—both as individuals and for the country as a whole. With education, you can make well informed choices and to receive better opportunities.

The United States government continues to support the Department of Education in our common goal of improving the quality of education in the Philippines, so that young boys and girls like you could go to school and learn skills that will help you succeed in the future.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

For over 50 years, USAID has been a committed development partner of the Philippines. In pursuit of our mutual objective to improve the health of families, during the last five years alone, USAID provided approximately 8 billion pesos through our projects that support family planning, maternal and child health and tuberculosis control programs in the country.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

At USAID, we believe that education serves as a driver for development and poverty reduction. Education is transformational for individuals and societies. It can also create pathways to better health, economic growth, a sustainable environment, and peaceful, democratic societies.

It is because we believe so strongly in the importance of education that the U.S. government works closely with the Philippine government to expand access to inclusive, quality education for all – especially the most marginalized and vulnerable. Experience has shown that education not only raises individual incomes but can also advance inclusive economic growth for the country.

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Last updated: November 27, 2017

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