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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

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I have been here in the Philippines a little over a year, and in that time I have seen the close relationship between the Government of the Philippines and U.S. government.

This relationship is built on a deep friendship between our peoples that spans decades, built on strong people-to-people relationships stemming from family ties, shared values, tourism and cultural exchange.

This relationship is based on a long-standing partnership to work together to address development challenges in the Philippines, promote bilateral trade and commerce, and address regional political issues.

And this relationship is based on an alliance that supports our mutual security, enables continued freedom of navigation, and upholds the defense of our shared values and liberty.

The United States and the Philippines truly are friends, partners and allies.

I would like to congratulate the organizers of this workshop, Pristine Solutions, Control Union, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and its partners who have co-developed a certification scheme for sustainable seafood.


Thursday, March 28, 2019

Through our Cities Development Initiative, USAID has joined Puerto Princesa City on its journey to strengthen economic growth, environmental protection, education, democracy and governance so that your city can fulfill its potential as an engine of inclusive and resilient growth in the region.


Thursday, February 14, 2019

As part of USAID’s continued commitment to support Philippine aspirations for inclusive growth, last year, we launched a new partnership with PBEd to improve youth access to training and employment opportunities, and engage the private sector in workforce development. Our partnership is expected to create over 4,000 work-based training positions for youth, and these positions will be complemented with classroom-based skills training and competency certification.


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Building upon our years of partnership with the Filipino people, USAID continues to support Philippine aspirations for inclusive growth. In line with this, we strategically build upon Filipino talent and expand opportunities for science, technology and innovation to advance, broaden and sustain growth.


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The United States Agency for International Development, or USAID, recognizes rule of law as one of the key elements of the country’s pursuit of inclusive and resilient economic growth. In light of this, USAID and the Supreme Court of the Philippines launched the JUSTICE project in 2012 to improve judicial efficiency and integrity.


Tuesday, November 27, 2018

In the past two weeks, I had the pleasure of visiting a number of U.S. government-supported sites in Benguet and Iloilo City and witnessed firsthand the admirable work of our Philippines partners — health workers, disaster volunteers, fisherfolk leaders, and others — who are delivering basic services reach the most needy. Today, I am deeply honored to be among Philippine government leaders who are so well-positioned to ensure that needed funds continue to flow to support government initiatives that will enable all Filipinos to map a better future for themselves.


Tuesday, November 20, 2018

The United States government works closely with the Philippine government and our local partners in attaining our shared goal for advancing sustainable fisheries. We recognize that illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing practices put law-abiding fishers and seafood producers at a disadvantage. They also threaten global food security.


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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.


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.


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.


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.


Last updated: July 08, 2021

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