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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:

USAID, Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, LGUs, and NGOs Set Up Handwashing Facilities in Cagayan de Oro and Tagbilaran
Friday, October 16, 2020 - 3:45am

In celebration of October 15 Global Handwashing Day, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) forged a partnership with the Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, the local governments of Cagayan de Oro City and Tagbilaran City, and local non-government organizations Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Inc. and Bohol Integrated Development Initiative to install handwashing facilities and promote handwashing practices.

U.S. Government Provides Food Assistance for Conflict-Affected Families in Mindanao
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 5:15am

The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has provided an additional Php73 million ($1.5 million) in food assistance to support displaced families in Lanao del Sur province. This brings the total U.S. commitment to humanitarian and recovery work in and around Marawi to more than Php3.1 billion ($65.1 million).

USAID Provides Laptops and Learning Materials to Support Education for Out-of-School Youth
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 4:00am

The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), turned over 150 laptop computers, printers, projectors, and 80 sets of learning materials to the Department of Education (DepEd) on Tuesday, October 6, as part of the United States’ ongoing commitment to support the Philippine government’s Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

United States and Philippines Sign New Php10.5-Billion Agreement to Boost Economic Growth and Development
Monday, September 28, 2020 - 3:00am

The United States, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Philippine Department of Finance (DOF) signed a new, five-year bilateral assistance agreement valued at more than Php10.5 billion ($213 million) to boost the country’s economic development and growth.

USAID Partners with the Philippine Government and Private Sector to Help Filipina Entrepreneurs Boost their Businesses
Friday, September 18, 2020 - 3:45am

The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has forged a new partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), National Confederation of Cooperatives (NATCCO), and the Philippine private sector to empower Filipina entrepreneurs.

U.S. Government Boosts City of Manila’s Fight Against COVID-19
Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 3:45am

U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim today visited the Delpan Quarantine Facility in Tondo, Manila, to hand over 5,000 hygiene kits and 16 handwashing stations to Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno in support of the city government’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

BFAR and USAID Host Workshop to Battle Illegal Fishing
Wednesday, September 2, 2020 - 10:30pm

The U.S. and Philippine governments launched on Wednesday, September 2, a workshop attended by 135 participants to measure and understand the negative impacts of illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the country.

United States Provides 100 Ventilators to the Philippines to Support COVID-19 Response
Friday, August 28, 2020 - 3:45am

The United States donated 100 new, state-of-the-art ventilators and associated supplies to the Philippines to assist its fight against COVID-19. U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, and Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque led the handover of the ventilators at Malacañang Palace on Friday, August 28.

U.S. Government Assistance to Boost Davao City’s Campaign Against COVID-19
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 (All day)

The U.S. government donated personal protective equipment (PPE) and hygiene kits to support Davao City’s efforts to address COVID-19. U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim handed over the items to Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio during a virtual event on Wednesday, August 26.