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Partners in the Philippines’ Development

Working toward a more stable, inclusive, resilient

and well-governed Philippines
JULY 2018


The United States Agency for International Development

U.S. Embassy, Annex 2 Building
1201 Roxas Boulevard, Ermita
Manila, Philippines 1000
Phone: (+632) 301-6000

Cover photo: Over half of the Philippines’ 1.6 million fisherfolk live below the poverty line. A Palawan scientist's USAID-supported research on
abalone farming has helped the fisherfolk in her community earn more money and live better. USAID has awarded grants to universities to
strengthen their research capacity. It has also awarded scholarships to Filipinos to study in U.S. universities, brought in U.S. visiting professors, and
better linked Philippine universities to local industries. A more developed innovation landscape in the Philippines helps make jobs, improve people’s
lives, and contribute to the achievement of inclusive economic growth.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) leads international
development and humanitarian efforts to save lives, reduce poverty, strengthen democratic
governance and help people progress beyond assistance.

U.S. foreign assistance has always had the twofold purpose of furthering America's interests while
improving lives in the developing world. USAID carries out U.S. foreign policy by promoting
broad-scale human progress at the same time it expands stable, free societies, creates markets and
trade partners for the United States, and fosters good will abroad.

USAID works in over 100 countries to:

- Promote global health;

- Support global stability;
- Provide humanitarian assistance;
- Catalyze innovation and partnership; and
- Empower women and girls.


USAID transforms. It transforms families, communities, and countries – so

they can thrive and prosper. Whether by preventing the next global epidemic,
responding to a devastating earthquake, or helping a farmer access tools to
grow her business.

USAID is the world’s premier international development agency and a catalytic actor driving
development results. USAID’s work advances U.S. national security and economic prosperity,
demonstrates American generosity, and promotes a path to recipient self-reliance and resilience.
The purpose of foreign aid should be ending the need for its existence, and we provide
development assistance to help partner countries on their own development journey to self-
reliance – looking at ways to help lift lives, build communities, and establish self-sufficiency.
Our efforts are both from and for the American people.

USAID demonstrates America’s good will around the world; increases global stability by
addressing the root causes of violence; opens new markets and generates opportunity for trade;
creates innovative solutions for once unsolvable development challenges; saves lives; and
advances democracy, governance, and peace.

The Agency’s head is the USAID Administrator, Mark Green. The USAID Senior Deputy
Assistant Administrator for Asia is Gloria D. Steele. The USAID Mission Director for the
Philippines, Pacific Islands and Mongolia is Lawrence Hardy II. The U.S. Ambassador to the
Philippines is Sung Kim. For more information, visit USAID’s website at

The Philippines, Southeast Asia’s oldest democracy, is an important development, trade and
security partner with the United States. In recent years, the Philippines has made substantial
economic progress, although the country still has the least equitable income distribution among all
developing countries in East Asia. Through the Partnership for Growth with Equity, the United
States and the Philippines collaborate to address the country’s most serious constraints to lasting,
equitable growth.

With an overall goal of supporting a more prosperous, stable and well-governed nation, USAID’s
programs in the Philippines focus on accelerating and sustaining inclusive economic growth
through activities in the areas of governance, the economy and health and education, and through
activities that enhance the country’s environmental resilience and foster peace and stability in
conflict-affected areas of Mindanao.

Since 2012, the U.S. and the Philippine governments have been working together to address the
Philippines’ most binding constraints to inclusive and sustainable growth: governance, public
financing, infrastructure and human capacity.

In recent years, the Philippines has emerged as one of the fastest-advancing economies in the
region, with growth in gross domestic product averaging 6 percent annually. The Philippines has
also received investment-grade, sovereign debt ratings from three of the world’s leading credit-
rating agencies.

Yet economic gains have not generated sufficient, tangible improvements in the lives of many
Filipinos. USAID’s work is as critical as ever to make growth more inclusive and sustainable. To
amplify the success and sustainability of our work, we have been at the forefront of applying
innovation, technology, partnerships and local solutions.

- Manages investments of approximately $100 million annually
- Takes seriously its stewardship of these resources and reports regularly to the U.S.
Congress and the U.S. administration
- Has over 100 staff of business professionals, doctors, lawyers, accountants and other
experts in the fields of governance, management, communications, economics,
environment, education and health
- Designs projects that are inclusive, relevant to local conditions and timely
- Conducts regular evaluations, audits and on-site monitoring of all its investments
- Has the stature to convene meetings with bilateral and multilateral donor organizations
- Works in partnership with the government, private sector and citizens of the Philippines
- Excels in cooperation with international and domestic partners
- Actively seeks out partnerships with the private sector

Economic Development and Governance
The U.S. government partners with the government of the Philippines to
address constraints to growth in the Philippines, largely by enhancing
the country’s economic competitiveness. USAID facilitates trade and
investment by reducing regulatory bottlenecks, entry barriers and
discriminatory provisions to investment; improving the environment for
competition; enhancing Philippine participation in regional and
international trade agreements; and enabling financial inclusion. USAID
works with cities outside Metro Manila to bring about broad-based
development by advancing appropriate policies and incentives, greater
transparency and accountability and increased competitiveness. USAID
also supports the Philippine government to strengthen the rule of law by
improving court efficiency and increasing access to justice and by
reducing corruption through the promotion of the enforcement of anti-
corruption laws. USAID engages key stakeholders to increase community cohesion, reduce
conflict and strengthen government capacity in Mindanao to collaboratively address grievances
and deliver services. USAID also enhances the capacity of local organizations to provide
assistance in the critical areas of trafficking in persons, disaster relief and environmental

The Philippines is challenged by high rates of maternal
and neonatal mortality and tuberculosis (TB). The
annual population growth rate, estimated at 1.6 percent
in 2016, remains one of the highest in Southeast Asia.
The documented gap between actual total fertility (2.7
children per woman) versus desired fertility (2 children
per woman) signals that many Filipino women want to
space or limit their pregnancy but do not receive
adequate family planning information, commodities
and services. It is estimated that one million Filipinos
have TB and they may or may not know it. One in 15 TB deaths worldwide happens in the
Philippines, and one in 20 new drug-resistant TB cases is found in the country. TB kills at least 60
Filipinos every day.

USAID’s assistance enhances the capacity of the Philippines Department of Health, local
governments (provinces, municipalities and cities) and the private sector to provide quality health
services. All USAID activities support the Philippine government’s health care agenda and are
implemented through a bilateral assistance agreement with the Department of Health. USAID-
supported programs strengthen health systems while increasing the demand for and access to
family planning and maternal and child health services and TB prevention, treatment and control.

As one of the fastest growing countries in Asia, the
Philippines faces environmental challenges, with
disproportionate impacts on the poor and women.
Ineffective management seriously degrades the
country’s significant biodiversity resources; water
and air pollution levels exceed generally accepted
healthy standards; greenhouse gas emissions are
increasing from the transport and power sectors; and
the country is ranked as one of the world’s most vulnerable to the impacts of environmental

For the Philippines to become a more stable, prosperous and well-governed nation, the country
must become more environmentally resilient and better able to cope with the impact of natural
disasters and recover quickly. Natural resources play a critical role in the Philippine economy, as
agriculture, fisheries, and forestry represent about 10 percent of gross domestic product and
account for almost 30 percent of employment. Equally important, natural capital provides energy,
water, flood control, storm mitigation and other environmental services that benefit the entire
country, including cities. USAID assistance improves natural resource management in the
Philippines; promotes water and energy security; and reduces vulnerability to and natural

To support broad-based and inclusive growth, USAID
works with partners to improve the quality of both basic
and higher education across the country. USAID invests
in the next generation’s ability to sustain growth by
improving early-grade reading skills, strengthening
education governance at the community, helping
universities align research and curricula with industry
demands, and strengthening the science, technology and
innovation ecosystem.

In support of its goal of fostering peace and stability, USAID is also active in providing education,
economic and leadership opportunities to vulnerable out-of-school youth in conflict-affected areas
in Mindanao. USAID is strengthening the capacity of stakeholders such as local governments,
civil society, and the private sector to deliver education and training so that youth may return to
school, join the workforce, or start their own business. Leadership and civic engagement training
also builds social connections and trust to make youth more resilient in the face of recruitment of
violent extremist groups.

In addition, USAID involves youth in governance processes, civil society strengthening,

community participation and programs that counter radicalization and violent extremism. USAID
identifies and supports next-generation leaders who will demand accountability from government
leaders and become empowered members of their communities. USAID supports peace-building
in Mindanao through learning camps and youth exchanges.


Fostering Broad-based and Inclusive Growth for Filipinos

In November 2011, the governments of the Philippines and the United States agreed to a
Partnership for Growth to address constraints to economic growth and development in the
Philippines. The partnership is a “whole-of-government” endeavor to unlock the growth potential
of partner countries to become the next generation of emerging markets.

The Philippines was one of just four countries selected to join the Partnership for Growth and the
only one in Asia. The partnership supports the Philippine’s priorities to achieve inclusive and
resilient economic growth. It stimulates institutional reform at the national and local levels to
mobilize domestic and foreign investment.

In 2017, it has evolved to become the “Partnership for Growth with Equity" to emphasize the
U.S. government’s support to the Philippine government’s goals of enhancing the social fabric,
reducing inequality and bolstering growth potential, in line with the Zero to Ten Point
Socioeconomic Agenda and as described in the 2017-2022 Philippine Development Plan.

Constraints to Growth in the Philippines

Economic officials from both governments led an extensive analysis to determine binding
constraints to growth in the Philippines and provide a guide to maximize development
interventions under the Partnership for Growth. Based on this analysis, governance, public
financing, infrastructure and human capacity were identified areas that required the most
attention in order to accelerate and sustain broad-based and inclusive growth in the country.

Based on these constraints and the priorities of the 2017-2022 Philippine Development Plan, the
Partnership for Growth with Equity is focusing on development interventions around four inter-
related themes: macroeconomic and fiscal policies, rule of law and anti-corruption measures,
infrastructure and competitiveness, and human capital development.

A Transformative Impact in the Philippines

Partnership for Growth with Equity success requires strong and sustained levels of engagement
from both the Philippines and the U.S. toward producing a transformative impact on economic
growth. Since 2011, the Philippine government has implemented major policy and institutional
changes. This contributed to the Philippines emerging as one of the fastest growing economies in
the region, with gross domestic product growth averaging 6 percent between 2010 and 2016.
Poverty has also declined, dropping from 26.3 percent of population in 2009 to 21.6 percent in
2015. In 2013 and 2014, three of the world's leading credit-rating agencies upgraded the
Philippines’ sovereign credit ratings to investment grade. The two governments continue to work
together to ensure that the growth generated is inclusive, sustainable and resilient.


Promoting Cities as Engines of Growth

As part of the shared goal to accelerate and sustain
inclusive growth in the Philippines, USAID is
strengthening the economic competitiveness and
resilience of cities outside of Metro Manila through the The first three pilot cities—Batangas,
Cities Development Initiative (CDI). CDI seeks to Iloilo and Cagayan de Oro—under the
advance the development of these cities as engines of CDI partnership have significantly
growth that is inclusive, environmentally sustainable reduced the time, steps, and costs of
and resilient. Depending on the most urgent needs of registering and renewing business
the city, USAID provides a range of technical licenses. From as long as 17-19 days
assistance, drawing from resources in economic and 27 steps, registering a new business
was streamlined to less than an hour in
growth, health, energy, environment, governance and
processing time that requires only 2-4
education, to help cities achieve inclusive and resilient
Cagayan de Oro and Iloilo were ranked
Cities as Engines for Growth numbers 1 and 2 respectively in a 2013
In general, growth trajectories of nations are closely competitiveness ranking of 122
linked to the urban environment, where cities act as Philippine cities.
engines of growth. If urban growth is well planned,
cities can accelerate regional economic growth, innovation and prosperity. While megacities like
Metro Manila command much more economic and political attention, smaller cities (fewer than
one million inhabitants) are the locus of urban growth and urban population concentration.
Important contributors to national wealth and productivity, these secondary and tertiary cities are a
vital focus for development programming and growth in the Philippines.

USAID has eight CDI partner cities—Batangas, Cagayan de Oro, General Santos, Iloilo, Legazpi,
Puerto Princesa, Tagbilaran and Zamboanga. USAID worked with these cities to develop city
action plans to address economic growth, education, environmental resilience, and health
challenges. USAID and its city partners, including local government and the private sector, work
together, with mutual commitment and responsibility, to finalize and implement the action plans.

CDI Approach: Expected Impact in the Philippines

CDI fosters more vibrant and livable cities for balanced urban growth. By uniting in partnership,
USAID and the target cities expect to contribute to more economically thriving growth centers
outside of Metro Manila. CDI provides an opportunity for USAID to strengthen its programming
by being more strategic and focused in pursuit of shared objectives across its portfolio in the areas
of economic development and governance, education, health and environment.

Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago comprise
one-quarter of the Philippines’ total population
and hold significant potential for economic
growth; however, instability — brought about
by poverty, marginalization and conflict — has
impeded development in many areas
throughout the region. USAID partners with
national and local governments and civil
society to address the root causes of these
challenges. By enhancing governance and civic
engagement, improving access to quality social
services, protecting life-sustaining natural
resources and expanding economic
opportunities — especially among youth in the most vulnerable communities — USAID is helping
make way for families and communities in Mindanao to pursue a more stable future.


While parts of Mindanao flourish, others are challenged by governance issues that permit
marginalization and perpetuate instability. To help address this, USAID has been mentoring local
governments and civil society organizations from Central Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago to
be more responsive to citizens’ interests, build relationships with citizens, and improve access to
water, sanitation and other public services. These governments have since enhanced their
transparency and accountability, and institutionalized avenues — such as citizen charters and local
committees — for people to participate more fully in decision-making and constructively discuss
sources of grievance. Through these measures, community development plans cover more
inclusively issues like gender equality and public safety. With a more civically engaged public,
USAID is advancing peace dialogues between conflicting identity groups. For example, USAID
trains women, youth and religious leaders in Cotabato City, Marawi City, Zamboanga City,
Lamitan City and the municipality of Ampatuan in Maguindanao to mobilize their communities
for peace and reconciliation.


Poverty rates exceed 70 percent in some areas of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao,
stamping out opportunities for young people and leaving them vulnerable to the influence of
extremism. More than three million children and youth in Mindanao are not currently attending
school. This cohort does not have meaningful pathways out of poverty and is not engaged in
education or the economy, making them highly vulnerable to recruitment by criminal, insurgent or
terrorist groups. To help address this, USAID is reaching one-third of at-risk youth in the
communities where the proportion of out-of-school youth are the highest. Now, approximately
20,000 youths have greater ability to productively engage with their communities, return to school
or attain employment, and exercise positive leadership. Also, USAID has convened out-of-school
youth development alliances, helping local governments, academia, the private sector and national
government agencies to address issues important to out-of-school youth and link them to

The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao is marked by the worst health indicators in the
country, especially in maternal and infant deaths. USAID helps the Department of Health to
strengthen health systems, sustain health service improvement and reach people living in remote
areas. USAID has helped establish service delivery networks of public and private healthcare
facilities, allowing more people to receive better care, especially for those in geographically
isolated and low-income communities. More than 35,000 adults received their choice of family
planning methods and 26,000 women received antenatal care. In targeted sites, 25,000 women and
children were immunized or were beneficiaries of maternal care and family planning services.

Millions of Filipinos depend on Mindanao’s rich habitats for food, water and livelihood. USAID
supports the Philippine government in conserving and sustainably managing these natural
resources, furthering stability. To reduce forest degradation, USAID introduced the Lawin Forest
and Biodiversity Protection System (Lawin) to indigenous peoples in Mount Kitanglad Range
Natural Park, Norther Mindanao’s major watershed. Today, nearly 400 indigenous people use
Lawin to patrol the forests for threats and report geo-referenced data to local officials for action.
The Philippine government has adopted Lawin and trained over 1,000 patrollers throughout
Mindanao to use the system for protecting the region’s 1.9 million hectares of natural forest. To
strengthen environmental law enforcement, USAID trained over 350 government officials from
General Santos City, Zamboanga City, Sarangani, South Cotabato and Tawi Tawi on countering
wildlife crimes. USAID also prepared them to become deputized responders to wildlife threats. To
reduce demand for wildlife products, USAID is educating citizens on common, illegally traded
wildlife species.


In May 2017, conflict broke out between armed groups and the government of the Philippines in
Marawi, displacing nearly 360,000 people. USAID has since committed nearly $31.95 million
(Php1.7 billion) to directly assist with ongoing emergency relief operations for those affected by
the Marawi crisis, including longer-term stabilization and rehabilitation efforts. In collaboration
with the Philippine government and humanitarian organizations, USAID is delivering life-saving
assistance that is improving conditions in evacuation centers and host communities. For example,
USAID installed water and sanitation facilities, and distributed emergency shelter materials,
benefitting over 7,500 families. In addition, USAID is establishing women- and child-friendly
spaces to protect them from exploitation and violence, as well as support their psychosocial needs.
USAID is also providing health clinics with supplies and services to address tuberculosis and
support maternal, newborn and child health needs.

To boost food security, USAID is providing 1.8 million kilograms of rice — enough to feed
45,000 people for four months — to displaced families. USAID is building on its extensive
experience working with the Philippine government to advance development and peace in
Mindanao. To bolster the longer-term recovery and help reduce the risk of further conflict, USAID
is ramping up efforts to help vulnerable young people attain livelihoods and to promote positive
engagement among communities. Additionally, USAID is helping to restore public services, like
water and electricity and improve health and education systems.


Applying Binding, Bonding and Bridging (A3B) for Peace Program

Implementation Period: May 2016 – May 2019
Implementation Partner: Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
Total Estimated Investment: $1,143,670
Geographic scope: Cities of Cotabato, Marawi, Iligan, Lamitan, Zamboanga and the Municipality
of Ampatuan

Inter-group tensions and divisions can weaken the influence of communities against violent
conflict. The A3B project works in 25 barangays (villages) to foster greater cooperation and
respect among groups of religious and ethnic identities, and mitigate the risk of violent conflict.
The project trains religious and traditional leaders to prepare them to participate in a three-phased
social cohesion process. Under the binding stage, A3B assist key actors to address biases and
facilitate self-transformation. This is followed by the bonding stage, which strengthens relations of
peace actors within the same identity groups and prepares them for inter-group dialogues. The
third phase, or the bridging stage, brings together key actors from different religious and ethnic
identity groups to explore common objectives. A3B also trains community leaders to manage and
mitigate disputes and prevent them for escalating into violence. In response to the Marawi siege,
A3B extends psychosocial and trauma healing counseling to displaced families in Iligan, Baloi
and Saguiaran.

Development Credit Authority Loan Portfolio Guarantee I (DCA LPG I)

Implementation Period: September 2012 – September 2020
Implementing Partner: Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), BPI Family Savings Bank
Total Estimated Investment: $1,242,500
Geographic scope: Nationwide, excluding Cebu City, Davao City, National Capital Region

Development Credit Authority Loan Portfolio Guarantee II (DCA LPG II)

Implementation Period: September 2013 – September 2023
Implementing Partner: Security Bank, Bank of the Philippine Islands Century Tokyo Leasing
and Finance Corporation, Philippine Savings Bank, and Philippine Business Bank
Total Estimated Investment: $1,662,000
Geographic scope: Nationwide, excluding Cebu City, Davao City, National Capital Region

Supporting small- and medium-sized enterprises is crucial to achieving inclusive economic growth
in the Philippines. In 2016, microenterprises comprised almost 90 percent of business
establishments and generated 30 percent of jobs in that year, according to the Department of Trade
and Industry. These enterprises generate wealth, business opportunities and employment in rural
and urban areas. The Development Credit Authority Loan Portfolio Guarantee encourages lending
to businesses - predominantly small- and medium-sized enterprises - for qualified projects
throughout the Philippines. The guarantee stimulates targeted domestic commercial investment in
cities outside Metro Manila and their surrounding regions. Priority sectors include: manufacturing,
healthcare, energy, construction, tourism, postharvest agricultural processing/agribusiness. As of
July 2018, partnering financial institutions reported a utilization of $48 million worth of loans to
134 small and medium enterprises enrolled in the loan guarantee facility.

Implementation Period: March 2015 – March 2020
Implementing Partner: Chemonics International
Total Estimated Investment: $20,902,628
Geographic scope: Nationwide, with special focus in Cities Development Initiative sites—
Batangas, Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo, Puerto Princesa, Tagbilaran, Zamboanga.

In the Philippines, about 98 percent of payments take place through cash. Electronic payments (e-
payments) promote efficiency in financial transactions and boost transparency and accountability
in government finance and operations. E-PESO works with the government and private sector to
achieve a twenty-fold increase in e-payment usage. It supports the development of economic
infrastructure that will enable Filipinos to access new financial products and services, further
contributing to inclusive economic development. E-PESO assisted the Philippine Government,
through the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, in building a more competitive payments environment by
opening it up to more players, domestic and foreign investors alike. Through E-PESO assistance,
the Philippine government launched the National Retail Payment System in 2015, a policy and
regulatory framework to establish a safe, efficient, reliable and affordable retail payment system in
the country. The government also established automated clearing houses that will enable more
efficient movement of money from one account to another, and beneficiaries are credited with the
funds within the same day and are not charged reception fees. E-PESO also assisted the Bureau of
Internal Revenue to develop additional options for the payment of taxes, including debit, credit,
prepaid card and mobile payments.

Enhancing Governance, Accountability and Engagement (ENGAGE)

Implementation Period: April 2013 – April 2019
Implementing Partner: Development Alternatives, Inc.
Total Estimated Investment: $16,497,394
Geographic scope: Basilan, Cotabato, Lanao del Sur, Lanao del Norte, Maguindanao, Sulu,
Zamboanga City

Mindanao faces multiple development challenges, even with ongoing peace negotiations between
the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the national government. Many areas of the region remain
affected by conflict and vulnerable to violent extremism, fueled by grievances including
marginalization and discrimination, poor governance, poverty and underdevelopment. ENGAGE

advances peace and stability by promoting good governance. It helps local governments and
communities to work together to constructively address core grievances, further discouraging
radicalization in highly vulnerable areas. ENGAGE also helps local government units (LGUs)
improve their delivery of services. It promotes transparency and accountability, which helps
establish the LGUs’ legitimacy among their constituents. It also increases civic engagement by
building the capacity of civil society organizations to better serve the public, engage with LGUs
and represent public interest. This advances a shared responsibility for development among LGUs,
civil society and citizens, and provides a counter-narrative to extremists and their efforts to recruit
citizens to their cause. ENGAGE currently works with 30 local government partners and close to
50 Mindanao-based civil society organizations. Following the Marawi siege, ENGAGE has been
working to improve the living conditions of more than 100,000 home-based internally displaced
persons (IDPs) and host residents in 45 barangays in Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur.
Specifically, the project focuses on: 1) Strengthening local government and civil society capacity
to support recovery, strengthen social cohesion and prevent violent extremism; 2) Improving local
government delivery of basic services in communities with IDPs; and 3) Enabling home-based
IDPs and host communities to participate in decision-making.

Facilitating Public Investment (FPI)

Implementation Period: August 2013 – August 2018
Implementing Partner: Development Alternatives, Inc.
Total Estimated Investment: $15,277,671
Geographic scope: National level

Improving fiscal performance in the Philippines strengthens the country’s development prospects
and enhances its ability to reduce poverty. FPI expands public and private investment through
higher tax revenues and improved public expenditure management. It enhances the effectiveness
of the tax regime while strengthening public expenditure oversight. FPI’s assistance to upgrade the
Bureau of Internal Revenue’s (BIR) e-filing systems resulted in a thirteen-fold increase in the
number of tax returns e-filed, from 1.5 million in 2013 to approximately 19.2 million in 2017,
representing about 75 percent of all tax returns. With FPI assistance, the BIR developed additional
options for the payment of taxes, including debit, credit, prepaid card and mobile payments. FPI
assistance has also informed the development and subsequent passage of the Tax Reform for
Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act, which will generate an additional $2.6 billion annually
starting 2018, and will help finance the government’s infrastructure program and increase the
budget for priority health, education and social welfare programs. Additionally, with FPI
assistance, the Philippines was named as the first country to have met the standards of the
Extractive Industries Transparency International. USAID assistance boosted tax revenues by $14
billion from 2013 to 2017.

Judicial Strengthening to Improve Court Effectiveness (JUSTICE)
Implementation Period: October 2012 – December 2018
Implementing Partner: American Bar Association
Total Estimated Investment: $ 21,250,000
Geographic scope: Nationwide; pilot sites are (Luzon) Angeles City, Makati City, Manila, Pasig
City, Quezon City, Mandaluyong; (Visayas) Cebu City, Lapu Lapu City, Tacloban; (Mindanao)
Davao City

JUSTICE supports courts in growth centers to speed up the trial process through electronic case
management systems, case decongestion and procedural interventions. USAID promotes the rule
of law by modernizing the court system, allowing the Philippines to more effectively process
cases, including drug-related cases that make up a significant portion of all criminal cases. As of
March 2018, the e-Court case management system was installed in 290 trial courts, providing
judges and court staff with information on the progress of estimated 350,000 pending cases and
the capability to conduct automated hearings. More than 172,000 cases have been carefully
inventoried, 24 percent of which have been removed from the active court dockets. Finally, more
than 3,600 judges, court personnel, prosecutors, public defenders and mediators working in 955
regional trial courts have been trained to implement the guidelines for the continuous trial of
criminal cases issued by the Supreme Court. JUSTICE works to reduce delays in court procedures
and improve court processes in order to increase legitimacy and citizen support for the role of law

Logistics Support for Mindanao Activity (LOGISTICS)

Implementation Period: May 2014 – April 2019
Implementing Partner: Louis Berger Group, Inc.
Total Estimated Investment: $1,185,075
Total Estimated Investment: $7,900,000

Logistics Support for Mindanao provides logistical and security coordination, information
management services and monitoring assistance for USAID/Philippines and broader U.S.
Embassy activities in Mindanao. Since 2014, LOGISTICS has facilitated 306 visits and has
produced 528 Mindanao security advisories, including weather-related flash reports and road
network accessibility information.

Philippine-American Fund (Phil-Am Fund)

Implementation Period: August 2013 – August 2018
Implementing Partner: Gerry Roxas Foundation
Total Estimated Investment: $24,000,000
Geographic scope: Nationwide, including (Luzon) Batangas, Benguet, Bulacan, Cagayan,
Camarines Sur, Ilocos Sur, Isabela, Occidental Mindoro, Palawan, Pampanga, Pangasinan, La
Union, Metro Manila, Zambales; (Visayas) Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Cebu, Iloilo, Samar, Negros
Occidental; (Mindanao) Agusan del Sur, Bukidnon, Cotabato City, Davao City, Davao del Norte,
Davao del Sur, General Santos City, Lanao del Norte, Leyte, Maguindanao, North Cotabato,
Sarangani, South Cotabato, Tawi-Tawi, Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga

USAID launched the Phil-Am Fund to strengthen the capacity of civil society organizations to
develop solutions for the country's development challenges. The grant-making facility supports
activities that combat human trafficking, develop technology-based solutions to child and adult
illiteracy, and improve the management of natural resources and biodiversity. Phil-Am Fund also
funds local enterprises and organizations to support business start-ups; promote innovation
through entrepreneurship; and advance citizen advocacy for greater public accountability,
transparency and integrity. Phil-Am Fund also provides capacity building programs on
organizational development and project management for its grantees. Phil-Am Fund had awarded
37 grants, consisting of 15 projects for biodiversity, seven for economic growth, five for good
governance, four for basic education and six for anti-trafficking in persons.

Implementation Period: May 30, 2017 – November 30, 2019
Partner: The Asia Foundation
Total Estimated Investment: $1,185,075
Geographic scope: Zamboanga City, Iligan City and Cotabato City

PeaceConnect engages religious leaders and youth organizations to stimulate social cohesion in
select Mindanao sites that are vulnerable to violent conflict, including violent extremism. It fosters
social cohesion by training and engaging religious and youth leaders to think and act politically
and effectively represent their identity groups in support of peace. The project also creates safe
spaces for intra- and inter-group dialogues to mitigate and address violent conflict and violent
extremism. Social cohesion activities are implemented in Marawi IDP sites, such as Iligan,
Marantao, Kapai and Piagapo.

Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE)

Implementation Period: July 2015 – July 2020
Implementing Partner: International City /County Management Association (ICMA)
Total Estimated Investment: $47,791,334
Geographic scope: Cities Development Initiative sites--Batangas, Cagayan de Oro, General
Santos, Iloilo, Legazpi, Puerto Princesa, Tagbilaran, Zamboanga

With wealth concentrated in Metro Manila and a few other primary cities, secondary and tertiary
cities must elevate their role in spreading economic development. As the flagship project of the
Cities Development Initiative, SURGE helps develops conditions for inclusive and resilient
economic growth for a critical mass of cities and surrounding areas outside Metro Manila, Cebu
and Davao. SURGE provides technical assistance to help cities and adjacent areas plan effectively,
guarantee basic public services particularly access to water and sanitation, enhance the investment
climate, promote competitiveness, support sustainable development and reduce disaster risks. For
example, the project has improved business permit licensing in the Cities Development Initiative
partner cities of Puerto Princesa, Tagbilaran and Zamboanga. The project also provides technical
assistance to improve water delivery services in Tagbilaran and General Santos cities. SURGE
works to rehabilitate Marawi City and its environs. The project is providing technical assistance to
restore safe and sanitary water services, as well as economic livelihood activities, and establishing
permanent and temporary market or trading facilities.

The Arangkada Philippines Project II (TAPP)
Implementation Period: March 2017 – March 2019
Implementing Partner: American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines
Total Estimated Investment: $300,000
Geographic scope: National level

In 2010, the Joint Foreign Chambers (JFC) launched Arangkada Philippines to increase
investment in key business sectors to spur employment opportunities for Filipinos. USAID, in
partnership with the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, launched The
Arangkada Philippines (Accelerate Philippines) project to support this initiative, implementing the
JFC’s recommendations to accelerate economic growth. TAPP II similarly advocates for key
reforms to encourage a better and more open business environment and strengthen the investment
climate. TAPP II conducts high-level annual forums to review and discuss progress on JFC
recommendations; helps prepare letters and statements from the JFC to the Office of the President,
concerned national government agencies and Senate and Congressional Representatives to
advocate for legislative priorities; and publishes several policy briefs on key economic reform

U.S. Federal Trade Commission Technical Assistance (Field Support)

Implementation Period: 2015 – 2019
Implementing Partner: U.S. Department of Justice
Total Estimated Investment: $595,000
Geographic scope: National level

In the Philippines, underdeveloped competition laws and economic policies hinder the nation’s
ability to move from a low growth path to a higher, sustained and more inclusive growth trajectory
in line with high-performing emerging economies. USAID and the U.S. Department of Justice are
working with the Philippine government to address these challenges, facilitating the passage of the
Anti-Trust Law; educating consumers, business and political bodies about the role of competition;
and establishing systems for investigating potential law violations. The assistance helped draft the
Philippine Competition Act, which regulates anti-competitive behavior and fosters a better
environment for the entrance of new market players; it was later enacted into law. It also
conducted training workshops for the Office of Competition under the Philippine Department of


Education Governance Effectiveness (EdGE)

Implementation Period: May 2013 – December 2020
Implementing Partner: Synergeia Foundation
Total Estimated Investment: $9,158,188
Geographic scope: 91 cities/municipalities in (Luzon) Bataan, Batangas, Benguet, Bulacan,
Camarines Sur, La Union, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Metro Manila, Mindoro Occidental, Mindoro
Oriental; (Visayas) Antique, Bohol, Cebu, Capiz, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Western Samar;
(Mindanao) Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Misamis Oriental, Sarangani, Sulu, Surigao del Norte,
Tawi-Tawi, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur plus 11 cities/municipalities for “Hugpong
sa Pagbangon Marawi” Marawi, Taraka, Piagapo, Saguiran, Ganassi, Balindong, Kauswagan,
Kapatagan, Calanogas, Cagayan de Oro and Iligan

Poor education governance constraints effective delivery of basic education services. EdGE
addresses this by building the capacity of stakeholders to advocate for local level policy reforms in
education. Since its inception, more than 9,000 school administrators and local government
officials from 91 cities and municipalities nationwide have been trained on fiscal management and
utilization of local education funds. Local education reform champions have also been mobilized
through membership in Local School Boards and School Governing Councils. EdGE is also part
of the “Marawi Women’s Voices for Peace” program, which addresses distinct, urgent needs of
displaced women and girls by securing their rights and inclusion and will implement measures to
bring displaced girls back to school in host-communities.

Mindanao Youth for Development (MYDev)

Implementation Period: July 2013 – July 2019
Implementing Partner: Education Development Center
Total Estimated Investment: $15,938,725
Geographic scope: Marawi City, Iligan City; Saguiaran; Balo-i; Cotabato City; Isabela City;
Lamitan City; Zamboanga City; Indanan and Jolo in Sulu; Parang, Maguindanao

More than three million children and youth in Mindanao are not currently attending school. Those
who leave school have limited opportunities due to their lack of education and skills, leaving them
idle and unproductive, exposing them to undue influence of groups, such as those involved in
violent extremism and transnational terrorism. MYDev addresses the needs of out-of-school youth
in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao by providing these vulnerable, at-risk youth with
opportunities to be productive and engaged citizens in their communities, and thus be more
resilient against radicalization or recruitment by violent extremist groups. With USAID’s support,

approximately 20,000 youths now have greater ability to productively engage with their
communities, return to school or attain employment, and exercise positive leadership. MYDev will
deploy additional resources to address the needs of youth in communities affected by the Marawi
crisis. It has also developed a youth-focused resiliency and preventing violent extremism
curriculum for Mindanao youth.

Padayon Mindanao 2.0

Implementation Period: March 2016 – December 2018
Implementing Partner: U.S. Peace Corps
Total Estimated Investment: $600,000
Geographic scope: Zamboanga City, Isabela City, General Santos City, Cotabato City, Parang
(Maguindanao), and Jolo (Sulu).

Padayon (Continue) Mindanao 2.0 is a three-year partnership with the U.S. Peace Corps-
Philippines that supports peacebuilding in Mindanao. Padayon provides life skills training to
youth; promotes community engagement and peace education; and increases the capacity of
teachers and youth leaders to meet the education needs of youth and vulnerable populations
through alternative learning in areas affected by crisis and conflict. The U.S. Peace Corps
implements Padayon in coordination with Philippine Department of Education and Department of
Social Welfare and Development.

Science, Technology, Research and Innovation for Development (STRIDE)

Implementation Period: June 2013 – July 2021
Implementing Partner: RTI International
Total Estimated Investment: $36,364,838
Geographic scope: Nationwide, with a particular focus in Cities Development Initiative sites--
Batangas, Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo, Puerto Princesa, Tagbilaran, Zamboanga

USAID launched STRIDE to strengthen the Philippines’ capacity for innovation-led, inclusive
economic growth. The project focuses on disciplines that contribute to high-growth sectors,
including electronics, chemical industries, alternative energy, agribusiness and information
technology, with cross-cutting themes of manufacturing and new product development. STRIDE
is creating a dynamic network of researchers in universities and industry who continuously
innovate; entrepreneurs and investors who turn discoveries into products and companies; and a
government supportive of initiatives that enable these partnerships to flourish.. Since 2013,
STRIDE has established working partnerships with over 200 industry partners, 110
Philippine academic institutions, and 25 U.S. universities It has awarded 68 research grants
valued at over $5 million, 57 scholarships to Filipinos to study in U.S. universities; provided
advanced technical training to scientists and researchers; brought in 34 U.S. visiting professors;
and established knowledge and technology transfer offices and career centers in 40 universities in
the Philippines.

YouthWorks PH
Implementation Period: June 2018 – May 2023
Implementing Partner: Philippine Business for Education
Total Estimated Investment: $35 million (US$5 million USAID and US$30 million private sector
Geographic scope: Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Zamboanga, General Santos, Iloilo, Cebu and Metro

With over 50 percent of its population under 30 years of age, the Philippine “youth bulge" is both
a tremendous challenge and a great opportunity. However, despite the rapid gains in the Philippine
economy, one in four young people aged 15-24 are not in education, employment or training, with
youth accounting for almost half of the unemployed, and more than a third of the country's
unemployed youth having at least some level of college education. This indicates a major
mismatch between education and job opportunities. YouthWorks PH is a five-year partnership
between USAID and the Philippine Business for Education that engages and mobilizes the private
sector to address the education needs of youth, as well as the skill requirements of employers. This
partnership will improve access to training and employment opportunities for at least 40,000 youth
through an innovative work-based training approach. This approach allows youth to earn a
competency certificate from a university or training institute, while working in partner companies.


Collaborating, Learning and Adapting for Improved Health (CLAimHealth)

Implementation Period: March 2018 - March 2022
Implementing Partner: Panagora Group
Total Estimated Investment: $6,540,136
Geographic scope: Nationwide

To improve the health of underserved Filipinos, USAID/Philippines Office of Health needs to

strategically collaborate with partners, scale up good practices and adapt programs based on data-
driven recommendations. To do this, CLAimHealth provides technical assistance, advisory
services, capacity-building and related logistical support to the USAID/Philippines Office of
Health to carry out its monitoring and evaluation, learning and adaptive management of its Health

Community Maternal Neonatal Child Health and Nutrition Scale Up Follow-on (CMSU2)
Implementation Period: August 2016 - July 2019
Implementing Partner: Integrated Midwives Association of the Philippines, Inc.
Total Estimated Investment: $1,499,800
Geographic scope: (Luzon) Camarines Sur, Cavite; (Visayas) Iloilo, Leyte, Negros Occidental,
(Mindanao) Davao del Sur, Misamis Oriental

As the frontliners in health care, midwives must play a stronger role in the maternal and child
health and family planning services. The quality of midwifery care should benefit from continuous
improvement. The CMSU2 enhances midwives’ proficiency in crucial maternal and child health
skills. Its predecessor, CMSU1, developed the clinical, mentoring and organizational capacities of
the Integrated Midwives Association of the Philippines, enabling the group to develop leaders,
trainers and mentors. Building on the gains of CMSU1, the CMSU2 institutionalizes the peer
mentoring approach and expands the roles of midwives in improving access to family planning
services. The project also optimizes opportunities for midwives to provide family planning
services to the underserved and strengthen public-private collaboration for a synergized health
service delivery system.

Human Resources for Health 2030 in the Philippines (HRH2030/Philippines)
Implementation Period: October 2017 - September 2022
Implementing Partner: Chemonics International
Total Estimated Investment: $7-15 million pending budget
Geographic scope: Nationwide

In the Philippines, only 10 percent of the country's health workers serve in rural areas, leaving
some municipalities without an adequate health workforce. Significant variations in the
availability of and access to quality health services, and deficiencies in supervision and mentoring
result in inequities in health outcomes. HRH2030/Philippines builds the capacity of the Philippine
government to strengthen the development, deployment, training and management of the health
workforce to improve equity, access and quality of family planning, maternal and child health, and
tuberculosis control services for vulnerable populations.

Institutionalization of the Health Leadership and Governance Program (IHLGP)

Implementation Period: July 2017 – July 2020
Implementing Partner: Zuellig Family Foundation
Total Estimated Investment: $2,000,000
Geographic scope: Regions: Western Visayas, Zambonaga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao,
SOCCSKSARGEN, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao
Cities: Cagayan de Oro, Cotabato, Dipolog, General Santos, Iligan, Koronadal, Pagadian,

Throughout the Philippines, leadership and governance capabilities of local chief executives and
health officers affect people’s access to health services, especially for vulnerable populations who
rely on government facilities for family planning, maternal and child health and tuberculosis
services. IHLGP institutionalizes leadership and governance capacity building in central and
regional health management systems. It bolsters the Department of Health’s regional offices’
leadership capacity to strengthen health systems at the regional and local levels.

Integrated Maternal, Neonatal, Child Health and Nutrition and Family Planning Regional
Project in Luzon (LuzonHealth)
Implementation Period: January 2013 – December 2018
Implementing Partner: Research Triangle Institute
Total Estimated Investment: $26,652,371
Geographic scope: Provinces: Benguet, Pangasinan, Cagayan, Isabela, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija,
Tarlac, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon, Oriental Mindoro, Albay
National Capital Region: Caloocan City, Malabon City, Marikina City, Pasig City, Quezon City,
Taguig City, and Valenzuela City

USAID’s assistance in Luzon aligns with the Philippine government’s health care agenda that
scales up high-impact services and client-centered information to reduce maternal and infant
deaths and addresses unmet need for family planning services and high teenage pregnancy.

LuzonHealth works with the Department of Health and its regional offices in Luzon, local
governments, private sector and other partners to enhance and sustain provision of quality and
patient-centered care programs at the household level, in communities, and in public and private

Integrated Maternal, Neonatal, Child Health and Nutrition, and Family Planning Regional
Project in Visayas (VisayasHealth)
Implementation Period: February 2013 – December 2018
Implementing Partner: EngenderHealth, Inc.
Total Estimated Investment: $15,000,000
Geographic scope: Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Bohol, Cebu, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Samar,
Northern Samar,

In the Visayas region, misconceptions and provider bias are among the top barriers for women and
men to seek family planning services. For those wanting to achieve their desired family size,
access is often limited and quality is often low. VisayasHealth works with national and local
government partners, the private sector, civil society organizations, academic institutions and
health professional associations to promote health, provide high-impact family planning and and
maternal and child health counseling and services, remove local policy and health systems barriers
and improve data management. VisayasHealth works with the Department of Health and its
regional offices in the Visayas, local governments, private sector and other partners to enhance
and sustain provision of quality and patient-centered care programs at the household level, in
communities, and in public and private facilities.

Integrated Maternal, Neonatal, Child Health and Nutrition, and Family Planning Regional
Project in Mindanao (MindanaoHealth)

Implementation Period: February 2013 – December 2018

Implementing Partner: Jhpiego Corporation
Total Estimated Investment: $27,600,000
Geographic scope: Regions: Zamboanga Peninsula (including Zamboanga City), Northern
Mindanao, Davao Region (including Davao City) SOCCSKSARGEN, Caraga, and Autonomous
Region in Muslim Mindanao (including Marawi City and its environs)

Decades of poverty and internal conflict in certain parts of Mindanao have imposed tremendous
economic costs, often leaving local governments unable to adequately serve people. The
Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao is marked by the worst health indicators in the country,
especially in maternal and infant deaths. MindanaoHealth supports the Department of Health-led
scale up of high-impact services and client-centered information to improve child health and
nutrition, to reduce maternal and infant deaths and to decrease the number of unmet need for
family planning services, especially among the lowest wealth quintiles, and conflict-affected areas
in Mindanao. MindanaoHealth helps the Department of Health to strengthen health systems,
sustain health service improvement and reach people living in rural areas. It also provides
humanitarian assistance in conflict-affected areas, including Marawi City and its environs.

TB Innovations and Health Systems Strengthening (TB Innovations)
Implementation Period: February 2018 - February 2023
Implementing Partner: FHI 360
Total Estimated Investment: $29,998,911
Geographic scope: Nationwide and selected regions

Despite substantial progress in TB control for the past 15 years, TB remains a key public health
problem in the country. Gaps in case detection and access to TB care services persist, ranking the
Philippines among the countries with high TB burden. TB Innovations supports the Government
of the Philippines to end the TB epidemic by expanding the adoption of state-of-the-art
technologies and approaches for case detection, appropriate treatment seeking behavior and
treatment adherence interventions for vulnerable and high-risk populations. TB Innovations assists
the Department of Health to actively identify, develop, test and scale-up innovative technologies
and approaches adapted for the Philippines.

TB Platforms for Sustainable Detection, Care and Treatment (TB Platforms)

Implementation Period: April 2018 - April 2023
Implementing Partner: University Research Co., LLC
Total Estimated Investment: $20,000,000
Geographic scope: National Capital Region, CALABARZON and Central Luzon (plus Marawi
City and its environs)

The Philippines remains among countries with the highest burden of TB and multidrug-resistant
TB (MDR-TB). Healthcare-seeking behavior of people with symptoms suggestive of TB remains
low. Approximately 35 percent of TB-affected households face severe financial difficulties. The
national efforts to fight TB need to be coupled with local capacity building, system strengthening
and community engagement, including the private sector. TB Platforms aims to strengthen
essential supportive and cross-cutting TB interventions at the provincial, local government and
community levels to increase TB and drug-resistant TB case detection and treatment success rates.

Technical, Research, Education, and Technical Assistance for Tuberculosis (TREAT-TB) (field
Implementation Period: September 2016 – September 2019
Implementing Partner: International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (the Union)
Total Estimated Investment: $1,450,000
Geographic scope: Nationwide

Tuberculosis is a major public health problem in the Philippines and is also of concern for other
nations to which the disease may spread. MDR-TB is a particular challenge, with an estimated
15,000 cases in 2015. To address the burden of MDR-TB, the Philippines National TB Program
has introduced the shorter treatment regimen (SSTR). TREAT TB is assists with the programmatic
implementation of the standard shorter treatment regimen for MDR TB. TREAT TB offers
technical assistance for clinicians and program managers to help them respond to clinical and
programmatic challenges in the national scale up of the SSTR.

World Health Organization Consolidated Grant / World Health Organization/Philippines
Tuberculosis Medical Officer
Implementation Period: September 2014 – September 2018
Implementing Partner: World Health Organization
Total Estimated Investment: $1,356,760
Geographic scope: National level

Since 2010, USAID/Philippines has funded the World Health Organization (WHO) Country
Office Medical Officer to support the government of the Philippines' Tuberculosis Control
Program. The WHO Medical Officer works with the Philippines Department of Health, Lung
Center of the Philippines and the National TB Reference Laboratory to develop national policies
and strategies on tuberculosis. The officer provides technical leadership; assists in shaping the
research agenda and stimulating the generation, translation and dissemination of valuable
knowledge; sets norms and standards; promotes and monitors implementation of these standards;
and articulates ethical and evidence-based policy options.


Biodiversity and Watersheds Improved for Stronger Economy and Ecosystem Resilience
Implementation Period: December 2012 – December 2018
Implementing Partner: Chemonics International
Total Estimated Investment: $24,888,889
Geographic scope: (Luzon) Kaliwa-Marikina watersheds, Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park,
Quinale A watershed, Sub-watersheds surrounding Naujan Lake National Park; (Visayas) Bago
River Watershed Forest Reserve; (Mindanao) Mount Apo Natural Park, Mount Kitanglad Range
Natural Park; 17 of 18 regions for general forest protection

The Philippines is one of the world’s 17 mega-biodiverse countries, containing two-thirds of the
earth’s biodiversity, and 70 percent of the world’s plants and animal species. It is also one of the
world’s hotspots, with a large number of endangered and threatened species. B+WISER improves
natural resource management and reduces risks from disasters. In partnership with the national and
local governments and other stakeholders, B+WISER conserves biodiversity in forested areas and
reduces forest degradation in targeted, priority watersheds. The project also builds capacity to
conserve biodiversity, manage forests and support low-emissions development, as well as
contributes to disaster risk reduction at the subnational level. In fiscal year 2017, B+WISER
improved the natural resource management of 1,683,151 hectares of land, which is more than 26
times the size of Metro Manila, or almost as big as Palawan province. It has also reduced 2.7
million metric tons of carbon dioxide, the equivalent to removing 574,000 cars off the streets in
one year.

Building Low Emission Alternative to Develop Economic Resilience and Sustainability

Implementation Period: February 2014 – January 2019
Implementing Partner: RTI International
Total Estimated Investment: $14,940,821
Geographic scope: Cities Development Initiative sites, specifically Batangas, Cagayan de Oro,
Iloilo, Zamboanga, and Tagbilaran City, National Capital Region, Palawan (Green Island)

Global economies face worsening impacts of extreme variations in weather. Countries all over the
world, including the Philippines, are searching for a balanced solution that sustains robust,

resilient and efficient growth, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. B-LEADERS strengthens
the capacity of the Philippine government and its key partners to plan, design and implement Low-
Emissions Development Strategies, and contributes to the formulation of the Philippines’ Intended
Nationally Determined Contribution. B-LEADERS has reduced, sequestered or avoided 563,648
metric tons of carbon dioxide, equivalent to removing more than 120,696 passenger vehicles from
the roads in a year, or raising almost 15 million seedlings for 10 years. It has proposed and
adopted 29 laws and policies, including Executive Order 30, creating the Energy Investment
Coordinating Council in Order to Streamline the Regulatory Procedures Affecting Energy
Projects. B-LEADERS trained more than 1,000 institutions on greenhouse gas inventory and
energy issues at the national and local levels. It has leveraged $579 million in energy investments,
establishing 242 megawatts of operational renewable electric generation capacity. For its last year
of implementation, B-LEADERS will focus on helping Philippine government initiatives restore
and improve electricity services in Marawi City. Very recently, the activity installed fifty solar
street lights in the first transitional shelter site in Marawi City in support of the power restoration
efforts in the area.

Buy-in to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Mission Support
Participating Agency Partnership Agreement
Implementation Period: October 2013 – July 2018
Implementing Partner: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Total Estimated Investment: $2,600,000
Geographic scope: National Capital Region

Ocean acidification and changes in sea temperature threaten biodiversity in the Philippines,
particularly in fisheries and coral reef ecosystems. Building on its earlier regional work on the
Coral Triangle Initiative, NOAA partnered with USAID to help the Philippine government
strengthen its scientific, technical and management capacity and improve environmental and
human resilience. NOAA works with the Department of Science and Technology and local
universities to exchange knowledge on priority concerns and partners with other stakeholders to
support vulnerability assessments; conduct climate and ocean change modeling for fisheries; and
address illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing. Through these activities, USAID is protecting
and rehabilitating coral reef ecosystems. In 2017, NOAA partnered with USAID’s ECOFISH
project to help the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources train over 100 fisheries officers on
the application of an ecosystem approach to fisheries management. It has completed curricula and
supported training activities on marine protected areas primarily for 12 mentors representing 33
protected areas across all 18 regional offices of the DENR and more than 30 national area
protected area managers.

Buy-in to the U.S. Forest Service Participating Agency Program Agreement (PAPA) for
Sustainable Forest Management
Implementation Period: September 2011 – September 2019
Implementing Partner: U.S. Forest Service
Total Estimated Investment: $1,650,000
Geographic scope: National Capital Region

USAID has partnered with the United States Forest Service since 2011 to help build the capacity

of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, local governments, indigenous peoples,
communities and the private sector in sustainable forest management, including forest change
monitoring using geospatial technologies, forest inventory analysis forest land use planning, forest
restoration, forest fire management and development of the national forest monitoring system.

Energy Policy and Development Program (EPDP)

Implementation Period: October 2014 – October 2018
Implementing Partner: UPecon Foundation, Inc.
Total Estimated Investment: $4,950,000
Geographic scope: National level

Energy is a crucial element of economic growth and development. Few academic and policy
programs exist in the Philippines to develop and promote research and best practices in the energy
sector. EPDP strengthens the capacity of the Philippine government to formulate coherent and
evidence-based policies towards environmentally sound energy development and has helped
establish academic programs in partnership with U.S. universities, including an economics
laboratory, at the University of the Philippines. It conducted three executive courses and five mid-
level courses to personnel of government agencies involved in energy development. EPDP also
provided tailored research and evidence-based policy advice to the Department of Energy (DOE)
and the National Economic and Development Authority, including inputs to the Filipino 2040
vision and scenario-building exercise. It provided technical support to the development of two
DOE circulars, two House bills, and three Senate bills. EPDP completed 25 research studies on
energy, the environment and related issues and a book on electricity policy, and conducted seven
research workshops, as well as two policy fora – one on Demand Aggregation and Supply
Auctioning of Power in the Philippines and another on Institutionalizing Energy Projects as
Projects of National Significance. EPDP also informs private sector business strategies for
sustainable and broad-based growth. It conducted nine lectures in partnership with presidents and
CEOs of energy sector companies.

USAID Fish Right

Implementation Period: March 2018 - March 2023
Implementing Partners: University of Rhode Island and a consortium of Philippine NGOs and
Total Estimated Investment: $24,948,716
Geographic Scope: Calamianes Island Group, South Negros Island and Visayan Sea

The Philippines depend on coral reefs for food and income valued at $22 million
annually. Fish and fish products provide more than 50 percent of Filipinos' dietary protein.
However, unsustainable fishing practices have affected coastal and marine biodiversity.
USAID’s Fish Right program uses an ecosystem approach to fisheries management to “right-size”
fisheries and enhances the sustainable use and resilience of critical coastal and marine resources.
The program will work with fisherfolk, provincial and municipal governments and community-
based organizations to promote improved management of marine key biodiversity areas
(MKBAs). At the end of five years, the program will result in an average of 10 percent increase in
fish biomass as a result of improved management of 2.5 million hectares of marine waters,
benefitting the more than 2 million people.

Partnership for Biodiversity Conservation III (PBC)
Implementation Period: December 2015 - December 2020
Implementing Partner: U.S. Department of the Interior - International Technical Assistance
Total Estimated Investment: $1,000,000
Geographic scope: National level

According to the 2011 Tropical Forestry and Biodiversity Analysis commissioned by USAID, the
destruction of biodiversity and natural resources remains a core environmental problem in the
Philippines. Now in its third phase, PBC is strengthening environmental law enforcement to
improve biodiversity conservation in the country. PBC primarily works with the Department of
Environment and Natural Resources, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Philippine
National Police, Department of Justice and the judiciary. PBC assistance has led to the
development of manuals for enforcing wildlife, fisheries and forestry laws. The project also helped
create a computer-based tool to combat wildlife trafficking and illegal, unreported and unregulated
fishing; deputized hundreds of wildlife and environment and natural resources officers; formulated
environmental law enforcement action plans from the subnational to national levels; and facilitated
the Supreme Court’s development of the Rules of Procedure for Environmental Cases, which
aided in the timely disposition of environmental crime cases.

Protect Wildlife
Implementation Period: June 17, 2016 – December 11, 2020
Implementing Partner: DAI Global, LLC
Total Estimated Investment: $24,498,177
Geographic scope: Luzon (Palawan), Mindanao (General Santos City, Zamboanga City,
Sarangani, South Cotabato, Sulu Archipelago)

The Philippines’ rich biodiversity is under threat, mostly from human activities, including
deforestation and forest degradation, illegal fishing and illicit wildlife trade. Unfortunately, local
stakeholders, who have the greatest stake in protecting the environment and the natural resources
therein, have limited economic incentives, financial support and capacity to manage high
biodiversity areas. Protect Wildlife reduces direct threats to biodiversity within its geographic
scope through an integrated approach that focuses on: facilitating behavior change through
effective communications; increasing investments in conservation; building capacity in
biodiversity conservation and combating wildlife trafficking; improving decision making through
evidence generated by science, technology and innovation; and strengthening environmental law
enforcement. In the first two years of implementation, Protect Wildlife improved the management
in three protected areas covering almost 223,000 hectares, trained more than 1,000 people in
natural resources management and biodiversity conservation, reached almost 4,300 people through
behavior change campaigns and secured $100,000 in private sector investments in anti-wildlife
poaching actions.

Water Security Under Climate Risks: A Philippine Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for the
Agriculture Sector
Implementation Period: September 2012 – March 2018
Implementing Partner: University of the Philippines Los Baños Foundation, Inc.
Total Estimated Investment: $1,500,000
Geographic scope: Buhi-Barit Watershed Reservation, Municipality of Buhi, Camarines Sur;
Municipality of Nabua, Camarines Sur; Municipality of Polangui, Albay; Quinale A Watershed,

The Bicol River Basin is highly vulnerable to the impacts of floods, droughts and typhoons.
Inequitable distribution and an inadequate supply of irrigation water has affected rice production
and sharing of water resources. The Bicol Agri-Water Project (BAWP) improves water security to
enhance agricultural development in the region. BAWP strengthens capacity of farmers to apply
and adopt climate-resilient farming practices, develops tools to support decision-making and
improves watershed governance. These activities help increase the resilience of farming
communities to the impacts of natural disasters. As a result of the project’s assistance, close to 800
stakeholders have been trained on ways to better to adapt to the impacts of climate change and
variability, and are using climate information and implementing risk-reducing actions in FY 2017.

U.S. Peace Corps Small Project Assistance

Implementation Period: September 2012 – September 2019
Implementing Partner: U.S. Peace Corps
Total Estimated Investment: $505,000
Geographic scope: (Luzon) Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Masbate,
Marinduque, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Romblon, Sorsogon; (Visayas) Aklan,
Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo

When Peace Corps Philippines offered to co-locate its volunteers in USAID project sites, the
agencies deployed volunteers to projects focusing on biodiversity conservation and environmental
resilience. The volunteers work with community counterparts to identify common concerns,
develop strategies to address these concerns and implement small-scale community-level projects.
Since the beginning of the program, USAID and Peace Corps have awarded 45 grants, which are
strengthening capacities of local environment and fisheries officers and communities to protect
and manage biodiversity and natural resources.


Building Capacity to Endure Severe Shocks

Implementation Period: June 2013 – June 2019
Implementing Partner: Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
Total Obligated Investment through FY 2017: $6,350,000
Geographic scope: Manila and Compostela Valley

CRS is providing ongoing training and support for community-based disaster risk reduction
programs and municipality and city disaster risk reduction and management council planning and
implementation in urban informal settlements across Metro Manila. Since FY 2014,
USAID/OFDA has supported CRS to enhance community resilience in Metro Manila, as well as
in three municipalities and 15 villages in Compostela Valley, Mindanao. CRS projects in the area
include clearing channels, constructing flood-resilient infrastructure and improving evacuation
centers and early warning systems. CRS is also organizing youth- and civil society-led waterway
and community cleanup projects, promoting solid waste management and providing livelihoods
support to at-risk women.

Conducting Incident Command System Training

Implementation Period: FY 2012 – Current
Implementing Partner: U.S. Forest Service
Total Obligated Investment through FY17: $670,000
Geographic scope: National level

With support from USAID/OFDA, U.S. Forest Service is conducting Incident Command System
(ICS) training programs for local incident management teams, national disaster management
authorities, first responders, the Philippine Armed Forces and local disaster response officials in
provinces where USAID/OFDA disaster risk reduction activities are being implemented. Globally
recognized as a best practice for emergency response, ICS provides organizational structure and
processes to make rapid response faster and more effective. ICS helps facilitate personnel from
multiple agencies to fit rapidly into a uniform management structure that streamlines planning and
resource allocation during an emergency situation. In FY 2018, USFS will work with the GPH
Office of Civil Defense to establish policies and protocols for the national Emergency Operations
Center based on ICS principles.

Enhancing Disaster Preparedness by Increasing Logistics Surge Capacity

Implementation Period: January 2013 – March 2018 (via five awards)

Implementing Partner: World Food Program
Total Obligated Investment through FY 2017: $2,500,000
Geographic scope: Nationwide
With support from USAID/OFDA, the World Food Program is coordinating with Philippine
National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council to make vital relief materials readily
available and accessible when disasters strike. This includes pre-positioning of temporary
generators, office units, temporary storage tents and other logistics equipment in World Food
Program warehouses in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. USAID is also helping the government
facilitate transportation of equipment to affected areas by road, air and sea. In case a major
emergency requires additional logistics support, World Food Program stands ready to supplement
the Philippine government’s relief activities by airlifting up to 100 metric tons of relief items from
other WFP warehouses in the region.

Increasing Disaster Resilience through Livelihoods Fortification

Implementation Period: June 2016 – June 2020
Implementing Partner: Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
Total Obligated Investment through FY 2017: $5,500,000
Geographic scope: Northern Samar

USAID/OFDA works with CRS to increase the capacity of vulnerable communities to prepare for
and recover from frequent typhoons. The program supports and trains local authorities to develop
comprehensive disaster management plans, as well as trains coconut farming and fishing
households to implement diversification and savings strategies to increase their resilience to
disasters. With USAID/OFDA support, CRS is bolstering livelihoods and mitigating disaster risk
through household-, community-, district- and municipal-level interventions.

Increasing Public-Private Collaboration on Disaster Preparedness

Implementation Period: June 2017 – October 2018
Implementing Partner: Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation
Total Obligated Investment through FY17: $261,585
Geographic scope: Metro Manila

The Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF), a network of 73 member companies, is

working with local authorities and businesses to build community awareness of disaster risks and
improve coordination before, during and after disasters occur. With USAID/OFDA funding,
PDRF strengthens Philippine government and private sector cooperation to reduce disaster risks
and protect common critical assets in two at-risk barangays in Metro Manila. The partnership also
conducts forums and consultations between PDRF members and the Philippine National Disaster
Risk Reduction and Management Council to develop a partnership agreement between
stakeholders and deepen engagement in disaster coordination.

Reducing Vulnerabilities in Mindanao
Implementation Period: May 2017 – August 2018
Implementing Partner: Center for Disaster Preparedness Foundation
Total Obligated Investment through FY17: $500,000
Geographic scope: Zamboanga City, Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del

USAID/OFDA is supporting the Center for Disaster Preparedness Foundation to enhance the
capacity of vulnerable communities in the Zamboanga Peninsula to withstand the negative effects
of drought and floods. The Center for Disaster Preparedness Foundation is reducing the risks and
vulnerabilities associated with disasters while building the capacity of city and provincial officials
to implement safety procedures. Program activities include advocating for public investment in
risk reduction planning, establishing early warning systems and working with local authorities to
improve disaster readiness.

Strengthening Humanitarian Coordination, Information Management and Preparedness

Implementation Period: January 2012 – December 2018 (via seven awards)
Implementing Partner: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
Total Obligated Investment through FY 2018: $1,650,000
Geographic scope: Nationwide

USAID/OFDA is supporting OCHA to increase the technical capacity of the Philippine

government to undertake preparedness and response activities and activate in-country
humanitarian coordination mechanisms during disasters. The project also facilitates opportunities
for the government to engage in regional collaborative initiatives for effective disaster risk
reduction monitoring, early warning, emergency response and preparedness.


Total Obligated USAID/Food for Peace Investment in FY 2017-2018: $2,000,000

Emergency Humanitarian Assistance to the Displaced Population of Marawi

Implementation Period: March 2017 – August 2018
Implementing Partner: World Food Programme
Total Obligated Investment through FY 2018: $2,000,000
Geographic scope: Marawi City and provinces of Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur

USAID is partnering with the World Food Programme to provide 1.8 million kilograms of rice —
enough to feed 45,000 people for four months — to families displaced by the conflict.

Total Obligated USAID/OFDA Investment in FY 2017-2018: $9,500,000

Support to People Displaced by the Marawi Conflict – Early Recovery

Implementation Period: March 2018 – February 2019
Implementing Partner: Catholic Relief Services
Total Committed Investment through FY 2018: $3,800,000.
Geographical scope: Lanao del Sur province

CRS, through support from USAID/OFDA, is targeting 4,000 households (20,000 people) from
the areas most affected by the siege of Marawi City with support to transition back to their city
with dignity and increased self-sufficiency. The project will build a transitional site that can
function as a temporary community to lay the foundation for a successful recovery within the city
of origin. This support will include construction of 400 shelters with latrines, connecting these
shelters to water supply, establishing and operating six child-friendly spaces for displaced children
and youth residing at the transitional site, and supporting internally displaced persons (IDPs) to
restore their livelihoods. In areas of Marawi that are hosting a high concentration of ground zero
IDPs, the project will reduce pressure on existing water systems by upgrading these systems,
benefiting an additional 1,600 households. CRS will also provide conditional livelihoods recovery
grants to 4,000 households.

Emergency Basic Service Intervention for IDPs Affected by Marawi Conflict

Implementation Period: March 2018 – April 2019
Implementing Partner: Action Against Hunger
Total Committed Funding in FY 2018: $2,700,000
Geographical scope: Lanao del Sur province

With USAID/OFDA funding, Action Against Hunger (AAH) is providing emergency relief and
recovery assistance to the underserved IDPs living in the municipalities of eastern Lanao del Sur
and within Marawi City. AAH will support a full package of activities in eastern Lanao del Sur in
WASH, livelihoods and protection. In Marawi City, AAH will repair water supply for returning
IDPs where the city water system failed since the start of the conflict. AAH will provide: a)
emergency repairs of the Marawi City water supply infrastructure and water trucking services,
benefiting 34,000 people; b) WASH, livelihoods and protection in eastern Lanao del Sur,
benefiting over 13,000 people. AAH will also conduct child protection and psychosocial activities
to strengthen referral pathways for the protection and victims of gender-based violence. AAH will
target 2,600 households for livelihoods restoration through conditional cash grants or in-kind
supplies with livelihood training.


Mark Green

Ambassador Mark Green (ret.) was sworn in as the 18th

Administrator in August 2017. Prior to joining USAID, he served as
president of the International Republican Institute, a nonpartisan,
nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing democracy and human
liberty around the world. He has also served as president and chief
executive officer of the Initiative for Global Development, a
nonprofit organization that engages corporate leaders to reduce
poverty through business growth and investment in Africa and senior
director at the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, a network of 400
businesses, nongovernmental organizations, policy experts and other
leaders supporting development tools in American foreign policy.

A recognized leader in the foreign policy and business communities, Green served as the U.S.
Ambassador to Tanzania from mid-2007 to early 2009. While there, he led a mission of more than
350 Americans and Tanzanians and was ultimately responsible for some of the world’s largest
U.S.-led development programs.

Prior to serving as U.S. Ambassador, Green served four terms in the U.S. House of
Representatives representing Wisconsin’s 8th District. While in Congress, he helped craft key
policy initiatives including the Millennium Challenge Act and President George W. Bush’s
history-making AIDS program. He also served as an Assistant Majority Whip.

Green has served two terms on the Board of Directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation,
having been appointed to that post by President Barack Obama in 2010. He has also served on the
Human Freedom Advisory Council for the Bush Institute and the Board of the Consensus for
Development Reform, a coalition of policy and business leaders devising new principles for
making development policy more effective and growth-oriented.

Green holds a law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School and a bachelor’s degree
from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire. In 2012, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of
Science from Georgetown University’s School of Nursing and Health Studies. In 2014, President
Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania presented him with a special Presidential Certificate of Recognition
and Appreciation.

Gloria D. Steele
Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator
Bureau for Asia

A career member of the U.S. Senior Executive Service, Gloria Steele

was USAID Mission Director for the Philippines and the Pacific Islands
prior to her appointment as Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for

Prior to her position in Manila, Steele served as the Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for the
Bureau for Global Health. At the Bureau for Global Health, she oversaw an average annual health
program budget of $1.5 billion and a staff of 240. From 2001-2004, she served as Senior Deputy
Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Europe and Eurasia. She also worked for seven years in
the Bureau for Africa as an agricultural economist, and seven years in the Bureau for Science and
Technology overseeing applied research on key rural development issues such as land tenure,
access to agricultural credit, food security and natural resource management. Steele served one
year in the Bureau for Policy and Program Coordination, where she led the development of
policies related to food security.

Earlier in her career, Steele served as a management consultant to the Philippines' secretary of
agriculture, and taught business economics at Letran Graduate School for Business in Manila.

Steele received a master's in agricultural economics from Kansas State University and a bachelor's
in business administration from Maryknoll College in the Philippines. Her awards include a
Presidential Meritorious Executive Award in 2007 and a Presidential Distinguished Executive
Award in 2008.

Lawrence Hardy II
USAID Mission Director for Philippines, Pacific
Islands, and Mongolia

Lawrence Hardy II began his assignment as Mission Director to the

Philippines, Pacific Islands, and Mongolia in September 2017. He holds
the rank of Minister Counselor in the Senior Foreign Service.

With 26 years of USAID development experience, he has served multiple tours in Southeast Asia,
South Asia, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and South America. Most recently, he served in
Washington, DC as the Agency’s Senior Deputy Chief Information Officer and Chief Privacy
Officer. During this period, he also served one year as the Director for Human Resources for
USAID’s global workforce comprised of more than 10,000 development professionals.

In his most recent overseas assignments, Hardy served as Mission Director to USAID in Brazil
(2011 to 2015) and as the Senior Deputy Mission Director to USAID in Pakistan in his fourth tour
in Islamabad (2010).

Prior to joining USAID, Hardy developed economic diversification strategies for Asia Pacific Rim
countries that spanned from Japan to Indonesia, for a management consulting firm.

Mr. Hardy received his Masters in Business Administration from the University of
California/Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and his undergraduate degree from Harvard
University. He speaks Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, French and Arabic.


H.E. Sung Kim

U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of the Philippines

On November 3, 2016, Ambassador Sung Kim was sworn in as

the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of the Philippines. He was
nominated by President Barack Obama on May 19, 2016 and
confirmed by the United States Senate on September 28, 2016.
Previously, Ambassador Kim served as Special Representative for
North Korea Policy and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Korea and

From November 2011 until October 2014, he was the U.S.

Ambassador to the Republic of Korea.

Ambassador Kim has also served as the Special Envoy for the Six-Party Talks with the rank of
Ambassador. He has served in a variety of positions in the East Asia Pacific region, including
overseas assignments in Seoul, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong. Ambassador Kim’s
Washington assignments included director of the Office of Korean Affairs, desk officer in the
Office of Chinese Affairs, and Staff Assistant in the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs. Prior
to joining the Foreign Service, he worked as a public prosecutor in the Los Angeles County
District Attorney’s Office.

Ambassador Kim was born in Seoul, Korea, and grew up in Los Angeles where he attended
middle school and high school. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of
Pennsylvania and completed a degree in law from Loyola University. He also holds a Master of
Laws degree from the London School of Economics and an honorary doctorate from the Catholic
University of Korea

For more information, please contact:

Lawrence Hardy II
Mission Director

Patrick Wesner
Deputy Mission Director

Kiel Enrique
Senior Development Outreach and Communications Specialist

Melissa Kennison
Desk Officer

The United States Agency for International Development

U.S. Embassy, Annex 2 Building
1201 Roxas Boulevard, Ermita
Manila, Philippines 1000
Phone: (+632) 301-6000