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Plastic trash threatens dugong survival in Palawan

Sep 28, 2019 - 10:11 PM

Dugong mascot seeks to rally the support of locals in the fight to save the marine mammal

C3 Philippines’ Rey Ramilo introduces the dugong mascot before the community members who partake in the International Coastal Cleanup Day on September 21. Photo by Keith Anthony Fabro/Rappler

U.S. adds $4.5 million aid for Marawi war evacuees

Jul 18, 2019 - 1:19 PM

Some 50,000 people remain displaced two years since the battle between government troops and terrorists of the Maute group

MORE AID. The US government is adding P234 million ($4.5 million) in aid to thousands of people who have been displaced by the Marawi conflict since 2017. Photo from Tiffany Tsang, Catholic Relief Services, via the US Embassy in Manila

YouthWorks PH bridges youth skills from school to work

May 25, 2019 - 5:48 PM

'The project is all about enhancing the skills of the youth to be employed,' says Philippine Business for Education Chair Ramon del Rosario

Youthworks PH now accepting techvoc trainees from CDO

Apr 06, 2019 - 7:59 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Following Cagayan de Oro, YouthWorks PH will also hold a series of recruitment activities in Metro Manila, Cebu, Zamboanga, Iloilo, General Santos, and Davao

Photo from Shutterstock

Visayan Forum vows to continue work as USAID stands by fraud claims

Aug 07, 2018 - 7:34 PM

'We will stand to continue our work. We want to move forward,' says Visayan Forum founding president and executive director Maria Cecilia Flores-Oebanda

USAID stands by fraud claims vs NGO Visayan Forum

Aug 07, 2018 - 3:12 PM

'VFF intentionally engaged in conduct that constituted serious violations of the terms of its agreement,' says the United States Agency for International Development

CLOSED. USAID terminated its proposed disqualification case against Philippine non-governmental organization Visayan Forum due to lack of evidence.

U.S. aid for Marawi rehab reaches more than P1B

Jan 09, 2018 - 7:38 PM

The additional P330 million will be used to provide livelihood trainings and opportunities for young people

LIFE IN AN EVACUATION CENTER. A Maranao child cuts open an icepop with a knife inside a dilapidated classroom that serves as their evacuation center in Balo-i, Lanao del Norte, neighbouring province of Marawi. The lack of water and sanitation facilities adds to their burden as they try to cope with life in crowded evacuation centers. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Philippine Tax Academy set to open in 2018

Jul 16, 2017 - 10:25 PM

The curriculum will include technical aspects of tax collection administration and compliance

TAX ACADEMY. The Republic Act (RA) 10143 – which was signed into law 7 years ago – enables the government to build such learning institution. Rappler file image

U.S. government awards STI grants to Filipino scholars and universities

Mar 17, 2017 - 4:51 PM

The universities who received research grants include University of the Philippines Diliman Western Philippines University University of Southeastern Philippines and Technological Institute of the Philippines

US Ambassador to PH Sung Y. Kim (top row, 6th from left) is joined by the principal investigators from universities receiving STI research grants from the U.S. Government through the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ United States Agency for International Development (USAID). USAID Photo

Lopez: Clean energy is the way to go

Aug 14, 2016 - 3:03 PM

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says government plans to create models and choose certain areas where we go just renewable

DOE teams up with USAID to find ideal energy mix

Aug 12, 2016 - 7:36 PM

The initial fruit of the tie up will be a study to review the current mix as the DOE wants to be sure about decisions that will entice investment says energy chief Alfonso Cusi

Hadapi MEA, perguruan tinggi di Indonesia harus terakreditasi

May 24, 2016 - 10:00 PM

Bila tidak alumninya akan sulit mendapat pekerjaan karena dianggap kurang kredibel

USAID menawarkan pendampingan bagi universitas yang mengincar akreditasi. Saat ini, keberhasilan sudah diperoleh fakultas teknik Universitas Andalas, demikian disampaikan di Tangerang, Selasa, 24 Mei 2016.

Sanitary pads and sanitation can keep girls in school

May 20, 2016 - 1:07 PM

For many women and girls in developing countries menstruation increases their risk of infection and makes them vulnerable to bullying and teasing

Millions in US aid to Syrians suspended over graft probe

May 11, 2016 - 2:41 AM

USAID discovers a network of commercial vendors NGO employees and others allegedly engaged in bribery and kickback schemes

epa05145883 Syrian refugees gather in a building as they wait for food near a refugee camp in Bab Al-Salama city, northern Syria, 06 February 2016. A new wave of Syrian refugees leaving the country is expected to reach Turkey, according to local news. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said some 40,000 people were on the move in Aleppo province, after the Syrian army entered two pro-government Shiite towns outside of Aleppo and advanced against rebel forces in the northern province a day earlier, threatening to entirely encircle the opposition-held parts of the key city. EPA/SEDAT SUNA

US aid ship docks with food for Sudan war zones

May 05, 2016 - 6:43 PM

The shipment will meet food needs of at least one million internally displaced people and 200 000 South Sudanese for 3 months WFP Sudan chief Adnan Khan tells reporters

PhilDev, USAID to host 3rd IDEA Global Entrepreneurship Symposium

Feb 12, 2016 - 8:30 AM

The symposium on social entrepreneurship will take place on Feb 17

Remember Typhoon Yolanda: Sign up and act #NowPH

Nov 07, 2015 - 9:54 PM

Using the hashtag NowPH join the Twitter and Facebook conversation on November 8 and show how you re helping address climate change

Meet creatures from the PH's top marine hotspot in this local exhibit

Jul 26, 2015 - 5:52 PM

The Mind Museum s exhibit ‘A Glass of The Sea includes select footage from the CAS Verde Island Passage expedition

US awards science grants to Pinoy scholars

Jun 25, 2015 - 5:16 PM

The United States Agency for International Development awards 16 scholarships and 14 research grants to individuals from 18 universities in the Philippines

ASEAN opens up half the world to PH trade

Jun 25, 2015 - 11:11 AM

ASEAN through its Free Trade Agreements with regional powers gives the country the chance to trade to half the world at little to no tariffs

[Part 3] The MNLF and the United States

Jun 23, 2015 - 11:30 AM

The brief episode of US Army rule in Muslim Mindanao left a deep imprint on the Muslim popular mind Muslims were impressed with the American warriors but also valued how the American datus governed them

[Part 2] The MNLF and the United States

Jun 21, 2015 - 11:59 AM

When it comes to economic assistance communities see US aid as a better and reliable source compared to the Philippine government that had been notorious in breaking promises of bringing development and growth to Muslims

[Part 1] Moro Mindanao rehabilitation: Lessons from the past

Jun 20, 2015 - 2:00 PM

It was not American soldiers who made the most transforming impact on the war zones of the southern Philippines; it was their civilian counterparts who had brought about these profound positive changes

DOE e-system to hasten process for new energy projects

Jun 03, 2015 - 6:51 PM

The Energy Virtual One Shared System EVOSS – which the DOE targets to be operational by the fourth quarter of 2015 – will initially cover renewable energy projects

A decade of aid cash brings little cheer for Afghan orphans

Jan 04, 2015 - 4:19 PM

The impact of development aid has been limited with infrastructure and social care still feeble even in the cities

WAR’S VICTIMS. In this photograph taken on January 2, 2015 an Afghan internally displaced woman carries her child outside their shelter on the outskirts of Jalalabad, in Nangarhar province. Photo by Noorullah Shirzada, AFP

US scales up sci-tech grants, scholarships for Filipinos

Nov 18, 2014 - 4:55 PM

Get a chance to study under a science and technology scholarship in the US

Scientist in lab graphic

Ebola 'easier to avoid than malaria' – USAID

Aug 26, 2014 - 6:21 PM

USAID director Jeremy Konyndyk: Compared to something like malaria it is much harder a disease to get But obviously must worse when you do get it

QUARANTINE CLASH. Liberian security forces clash with protestors in West Point, Monrovia, Liberia, 20 August 2014. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

#SpeakOutZambo: A platform for Zamboanga youth engagement

Jun 25, 2014 - 11:42 PM

The old challenge the young to be more proactive and demand greater accountability

POWER TALK. Youth from different sectors engage with ZAMCELCO General Manager Engr. George Ledesma in a TalkCloud to seek light on the power supply situation of the city. Photo by Christian Olasiman

P93-B investment needed until 2025 for PH water security

Jun 24, 2014 - 5:39 PM

Lack of financing in the Philippines water sector remains a major concern USAID official says

WATER SECURITY. P93 billion is needed until 2025 for Filipinos to have access to clean water, World Bank estimates. File photo by EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA

Scaling up the bureaucracy

May 16, 2014 - 10:22 AM

Compared to their private sector counterparts many government employees are disadvantaged in 3 areas: competence confidence compensation

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Wife of American jailed in Cuba calls for Obama help

May 02, 2014 - 10:09 AM

Alan Gross arrested in December 2009 for allegedly distributing telecommunications equipment in Cuba while working as a contractor for USAID turns 65 on Friday May 2

LOBBYING FOR FREEDOM. Judy Gross, wife of Alan Gross, a US citizen who has been imprisoned in Cuba for the last three years, speaks to the media to lobby for her husband's release at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USA, December 4, 2012. Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Cuba says fasting jailed American in 'good physical condition'

Apr 10, 2014 - 12:25 AM

Jailed American Alan Gross has received dignified and decent treatment according to foreign ministry official Josefina Vidal

Cuba demands US cease 'covert actions'

Apr 04, 2014 - 9:43 PM

Cuba says the US must stop its illegal and covert action referring to a Twitter style application USAID set up

NOT COVERT. White House Spokesman Jay Carney says the social media scheme the US set up in Cuba was not secret or meant to cause unrest. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

US urges ASEAN armies to prepare for more natural disasters

Apr 03, 2014 - 3:47 PM

US officials offer to help ASEAN countries get ready for the effects of climate change and urge better cooperation among armies and emergency agencies

ASEAN TOUR. Accompanied by Commander of U.S. Pacific Command Admiral Samuel Locklear (R), U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (4th L) participates in a tour with his counterparts from Southeast Asia, (L-R with blue caps) Defense Minister of Singapore Ng Eng Hen, Defense Minister of Myanmar Lieutenant General Wai Lwin, and Energy Minister of Brunei Pehin Dato Hj Mohammad Yasmin bin Umar April 2, 2014 at Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, Hawaii. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Women launch movement for peace participation in Mindanao

Feb 26, 2014 - 6:45 PM

Women should have a seat at the table of decision makers who will build the peace in Mindanao

In Numbers: 100 days after Yolanda

Feb 16, 2014 - 1:03 PM

Here are some figures to help us see how Super Typhoon Yolanda Haiyan affected the country and how these have been addressed so far

Catastrophe by the numbers

Dec 08, 2013 - 8:16 AM

Super Typhoon Yolanda Haiyan in numbers and images one month after it hit

Leadership crucial in Yolanda recovery – UN, USAID

Nov 24, 2013 - 5:29 PM

The world shows immense generosity but it poses a coordination risk an expert says Can the government manage it?

Disaster experts warn on avoiding 2004 mistakes in PH

Nov 11, 2013 - 11:18 AM

Experts say mistakes made in the relief effort after the catastrophic 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami must not be repeated in the typhoon Yolanda Haiyan response

FOR SURVIVORS. Cartloads of relief aid for the victims of super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) that has struck the Philippines stand next to a Lufthansa aircraft at Frankfurt International Airport, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 10 November 2013. EPA/Fredrik von Erichsen

New coalition aims to push Internet costs down

Oct 09, 2013 - 7:30 AM

The Alliance for Affordable Internet is pushing for legislation to make Internet connectivity around the world more affordable

CHEAPER INTERNET. The Alliance for Affordable Internet wants to make getting online significantly more affordable. Image from

USAID launches $24M Phil-Am fund for civil society

Oct 01, 2013 - 10:47 AM

The United States Agency for International Development launches a new fund for civil society organizations

US shutdown will not hit visa sections

Oct 01, 2013 - 8:28 AM

A threatened partial shutdown of the US government will not hit foreign nationals lining up for visas to visit the United States

CONSULAR SERVICES STILL OK. The impending partial shutdown of the US government won't hit visa applications for people planning to visit the United States. In this photo, Filipinos walk past the United States embassy in Manila, Philippines 07 July 2013.  EPA/Rolex Dela Peña

PH has long way to go towards growth – US

Sep 27, 2013 - 1:46 PM

The Philippines still has a lot of catching up to make economic growth felt and enjoyed by the rest of the country’s population says a USAID mission director

KAPIHAN SA EMBAHADA. From right: US Ambassador Harry K. Thomas Jr, USAID mission chief Gloria Steele and Robert Strang of the US Department of Justice. Photo by Edwin Espejo

PH, US, Microsoft team up to help fisherfolk

Jul 30, 2013 - 4:58 PM

A number of municipalities in Bohol will be getting a connectivity boost thanks to the efforts of Microsoft and the Philippine and US governments

FISHERFOLK AND WHITE SPACE TECH. A number of organizations are teaming up to test White Space technology for registering fisherfolk in Bohol.

Audit raps USAID for wasting almost $50-M in Afghanistan

Jul 29, 2013 - 9:42 PM

A watchdog body criticized USAID for spending nearly US 50 M on programs in Afghanistan that had failed to improve stability

CHED to colleges: Rethink business model

Jul 03, 2013 - 10:09 PM

CHED is already preparing for the two year enrollment gap in 2016 and 2017 as well as the other effects of the K to 12 program on colleges and universities

File photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Bolivia announces expulsion of USAID

May 01, 2013 - 9:23 PM

President Evo Morales accuses the US development agency of meddling in the country s internal affairs

NGO sues accusers in USAID case

Feb 21, 2013 - 12:07 PM

The embattled Visayan Forum Foundation slaps accusers with perjury charges

SEARCH WARRANT. A raid on Visayan Forum's Quezon City compound produced up to 35,000 in allegedly falsified documents.

U.S. to compensate PH for Tubbataha crash

Feb 03, 2013 - 6:05 PM

UPDATED The amount of the compensation will be determined only after the vessel is pulled out and damage assessment of the reef is finalized

US WILL PAY. The US Embassy in Manila says Washington will pay for the damage caused by a US Navy ship to Tubbataha Reef. Graphic by Dominic Gabriel Go

177,801 in evacuation centers after 'Pablo'

Dec 09, 2012 - 5:33 PM

The governments of Japan and United States as well as overseas Filipino workers are extending more help to the victims of typhoon Pablo in Mindanao

File photo by Paterno Esmaquel II