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Thursday, July 9, 2015

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Acknowledgements.

Good afternoon!

It is an honor for me to be here today on behalf of the U.S. Government. Today’s event is a re-affirmation of our commitment to work together and support the rehabilitation and recovery efforts in the areas affected by Typhoon Yolanda.

The Philippines has experienced challenging times especially for those affected by natural calamities. Our experience with Super Typhoon Yolanda was a reminder on how disasters can impact our lives and hinder progress. As the Philippines is frequented by typhoons and other natural calamities, it is important that the national and local governments plan and prepare to minimize vulnerabilities and remain resilient.

The Development Academy of the Philippines’s Masters in Public Management program, supported by the U.S. Embassy Manila’s United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is specifically focused on capacity building at the local government unit level. As we know from established global frameworks, the higher the human capacity, particularly in planning, the lower the vulnerability to climate change and related natural disasters.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The U.S. Government has been a long-standing partner of DENR in conserving biodiversity and supporting management of forests in the Philippines. USAID’s largest forestry and watershed program, B+WISER, has been closely working with the DENR Region IV-A since 2013 to improve the management of the 26,125-hectare Upper Marikina Watershed Forest Reserve (UMRBPL) and the 27,613-hectare Kaliwa Watershed Forest Reserve (KWFR) in the provinces of Rizal and Quezon. I am pleased to report that significant progress has been made towards our common goal to better manage forest resources and other environmental services from the watersheds.

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Friday, June 5, 2015

On behalf of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), I would like to congratulate the Provincial Government of Leyte for the newly established Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office that will be inaugurated today. It is an honor to be here with you to celebrate this milestone as you work towards a climate resilient Leyte.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

USAID is very honored to be part of the work that CURE International is doing at the Tebow CURE Hospital. We appreciate the support of Sacred Harvest and Tim Tebow who was born in the Philippines and is now an instrument to bring physical and spiritual healing to thousands of children.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

 On behalf of the U.S. Embassy Manila’s United States Agency for International Development (USAID), I would like to congratulate the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-PENRO Isabela under the leadership of PENRO William Savella for spearheading the Earth Day 2015 celebration in this province.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

It is my pleasure to be with you today to witness the signing of the Bilateral Assistance Agreement for Basic Education between the Philippines and the United States of America.

As a former teacher, and the son of a teacher and school principal, I share your conviction that a quality basic education is the right of every child.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Today’s ceremony demonstrates the U.S. Government’s ongoing commitment to help bring peace and stability in Mindanao. Graduates, we have no doubt that you will shape a more stable and prosperous future for the Philippines.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

In my years as Mission Director of USAID in the Philippines, I have been a frequent visitor of Bohol, in work-related and personal capacities. I thoroughly enjoyed all those visits, not only because of Bohol’s unique attractions, but more importantly, the friendship and warm hospitality that the Boholanos offer. I’m sure I am not alone in feeling this way. I look forward to exploring your exhibit as I will surely discover new places that will persuade me to come back again. I may take advantage of the travel discounts myself.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

I am pleased to be here with all of you today to launch the Professional Master’s Program in Tropical Marine Ecosystems Management of the University of the Philippines. Through this effort, the U.S. Government continues to strengthen local institutions such as universities to become key partners in coastal and marine biodiversity conservation.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

I would like to commend our three partner cities—Batangas, Cagayan de Oro, and Iloilo—for entering into sister-city agreements among yourselves. I am encouraged by your initiative to share your learnings with each other and support each other’s initiatives.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

I am delighted to be here today to congratulate the Ayala Foundation, the other consortium members, and the participating civil society organizations on this important achievement.

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