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Friday, September 29, 2017

[As Prepared]

[Greetings]

It is a great honor to be here in my third week in the Philippines as the new Mission Director of the United States Agency for International Development, commonly known as USAID. USAID is the lead U.S. government agency that works to end global poverty and enable democratic, resilient societies to realize their potential. As part of U.S. Embassy Philippines, I bring you the greetings of the U.S. Ambassador, the Honorable Sung Kim.

I would like to start by acknowledging all your hard work to strengthen education governance in Philippines. I understand that yesterday was an inspiring first day of the summit. You heard from a variety of distinguished speakers — including mayors, governors and education officials — who discussed their insights on education governance, based on their rich experiences. I am certain the learning will continue today.

USAID is proud to partner with the Synergeia Foundation to implement the Education Governance Effectiveness project, affectionately known as EdGE.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Through the Memorandum of Understanding that we are about to sign, we –– USAID and NPC –– are aligning our collective commitment to protect natural forests from deforestation and degradation through the use of LAWIN.

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

In the Philippines, USAID has brought together these two priorities – access to water supply access and climate resilience. As we have worked to extend access to safe water and improved sanitation we have searched out the nexus between those important objectives and our quest to foster resilience in communities.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Urban development is a key feature of USAID’s work in the Philippines. One of our significant areas of work is the Cities Development Initiative, in which we integrate resources from our various technical sectors — health, education, economic growth, governance, and environment — to support partner cities in fulfilling their potential as engines of inclusive economic growth.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Across all 12 Pacific island countries, USAID assistance focuses on climate change adaptation, greater disaster preparedness and providing relief when disasters do strike. In the Federated States of Micronesia and the Marshall Islands, we also assist in reconstruction from disasters. In Papua New Guinea, USAID supports biodiversity conservation and improved natural resource management, helps combat HIV/AIDS and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, and works to strengthen democracy, peace and security in the post-conflict Autonomous Region of Bougainville. Through our regional programming, we also support sustainable fisheries management and conservation.

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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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