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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:

U.S. Provides Php269 Million in New COVID-19 Assistance, Total Aid Exceeds Php470 Million
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 3:30am

The U.S. government approved an additional Php269 million ($5.3 million) in health and humanitarian assistance to help support the Philippines in the fight against COVID-19, bringing total U.S. assistance to the Philippines to more than Php470 million ($9.3 million). The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is collaborating with the Philippine government to implement internationally-recognized prevention, control, and response strategies to protect against infectious diseases.

U.S. Provides Additional Php66 Million to Support Philippines COVID-19 Response
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 2:15am

The U.S. government has provided an additional Php66 million ($1.3 million) to combat the COVID-19 outbreak in the Philippines, bringing total U.S. government assistance to more than Php203 million ($4 million) to date.

U.S., DOH Partner to Combat COVID-19 in the Philippines
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 11:15pm

The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines announced today that the U.S. government has committed more than Php139 million ($2.7 million) to support the Philippine Department of Health (DOH) in its response to COVID-19 in the country.

USAID Launches First Mindanao Youth Innovation Summit
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 9:00pm

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on March 3 launched the YOUth Innovate! Summit to engage and recognize young innovators in Mindanao, especially those directly affected by the 2017 Marawi Siege.

USAID Launches Resource Centers for Children with Disabilities
Friday, February 21, 2020 - 12:45am

The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), launched the first Inclusive Education Community Resource Center in the Philippines today at Sorsogon East Central School.

U.S. Ambassador Kim Announces Php 5.1 million in Relief Assistance for Communities Affected by Taal Volcano
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 2:45am

With this new funding, the United States government, through U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) partner World Vision, is providing relief supplies including soap, sleeping mats, and blankets, to nearly 7,600 people in the Nasugbu West Central School evacuation center in Batangas.

U.S. Government Awards Learning Facility Grants to Marawi’s Displaced Communities
Friday, January 17, 2020 - 2:45am

The United States awarded six micro-grants to community groups composed of Marawi’s displaced citizens and their host families. Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Chairman Emmanuel Piñol joined U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Economic Development and Governance Chief Jeffrey Lehrer at the grants handover ceremony on Wednesday, January 15, in Iligan.

Holy Name University in Bohol Confers Honorary Degree on U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 3:00am

Holy Name University in Bohol conferred an honorary degree on U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim on Monday, December 16.

DOH and USAID Launch E-Learning Platform to Improve Health Care Education
Friday, October 25, 2019 - 12:30am

The Department of Health (DOH), in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), formally launched the DOH Academy’s e-learning platform, which will standardize core training content for health workers through online learning modules centralized in one location.