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Since 1946, the United States has provided the Republic of the Philippines with more than US$5 billion in economic assistance, including about a billion in food aid. This assistance has helped to develop the country's infrastructure, provide training and technical assistance, increase agricultural productivity and economic growth, promote sustainable environmental management, improve health and nutrition, and foster democracy and decentralization.

The overall strategic vision of U.S. foreign assistance in the Philippines is a more prosperous, well-governed and stable democracy that is able to meet the needs of its people, especially the poor. Priority goals for the United States Country Assistance Strategy for the Philippines, U.S. Fiscal Years 2009-2013 include:

Accelerating Growth through Improved Competitiveness. Address constraints to trade and investment, promote greater competition, and encourage contract enforcement and adherence to the rule of law; Mindanao programs to enhance private sector-led growth, improve access to credit for micro- and small-enterprises, increase agricultural productivity, improve the provision of economic infrastructure, and boost the employability of youth.; expand reliable and affordable provision of energy.

Strengthening Governance, Rule of Law, and the Fight against Corruption. Improve governance, the rule of law, and judicial reform, public financial management reform, improve the institutions and programs that combat corruption, and increase the credibility of electoral institutions and systems.

Investing in People to Reduce Poverty. Improve the quality of and access to educational opportunities for children and youth, improve the quality and accessibility of health services, support biodiversity conservation and access to clean water and sanitation, and support disaster preparedness and mitigation.

Promoting a Peaceful and Secure Philippines. Focus on counter-terrorism efforts, address maritime security concerns, help Armed Forces of the Philippines transition towards territorial defense, strengthen Philippines National Police to address criminal activities and security threats, support GRP�s long-term defense reform, and help improve effectiveness of military and national police forces, while ensuring respect for human rights and the rule of law.

The CAS has five cross-cutting themes:

Governance and Rule of Law.
Advance governance and rule of law, across full range of programs, with an emphasis on human rights, reduced corruption, effective administration of justice, and provision of services by the national and local governments.

Conflict Reduction in Mindanao. Continue to focus in conflict-affected Mindanao due to highest incidence of poverty and human development challenges; and because threats to security in Mindanao also impact on regional security.

Disadvantaged and Vulnerable Populations. These include poor women and children that lack access to essential services and economic opportunity, and victims of trafficking in persons and human rights abuses, who are vulnerable to food insecurity, violent conflict, internal displacement, natural disasters, environmental degradation, and climate change.

Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation. Using full range of civilian and military humanitarian resources, improve disaster preparedness and response capabilities efforts

Public-Private Partnerships. Link and leverage assistance investments with both government and non-government partners; seek opportunities to leverage overseas remittances and other contributions of the Philippines Diaspora.

To learn more about USAID Philippines, visit http://philippines.usaid.gov

Last Updated on Monday, 25 April 2011 01:28