U.S. government alumni read stories to elementary students in Jolo and encourage them to stay in school.
U.S. Embassy, International Exchange Alumni, and YSEALI members donate books to Riverside Elementary School in Jolo.
Manila, February 24, 2015 — Officers from U.S. Embassy Manila met with student leaders from Notre Dame College in Jolo to promote the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) and discuss other youth programs offered by the Embassy. Launched in 2013, YSEALI is U.S. President Barack Obama’s signature program to strengthen leadership development and networking in Southeast Asia. Programs and engagements include U.S. educational and cultural exchanges, project-funding, competitions, networking, and international and regional activities that revolve around the themes on the environment, education, civic engagement, and economic development. More info and free registration can be found on the website youngsoutheastasianleaders.state.gov.
Following the event, U.S. Embassy, U.S. International Exchange alumni, and YSEALI members donated books to students at the Riverside Elementary School in Jolo. The donated books included English dictionaries, short novels, and books on U.S. culture. The U.S. government alumni read stories to the students and encouraged them to stay in school.
U.S. Embassy conducted an American Citizen Services Outreach in Davao city on January 30 and provided Consular and Veteran services. U.S. Embassy Consul General Donna Blair also spoke at the Davao American Chamber of Commerce.
The Commercial Officer met with Davao City business leaders, including the AmCham Davao and Davao Chamber of Commerce, to discuss increased US-Davao business and trade interaction.
U.S. Embassy Manila Public Affairs Officer Bettina Malone engaged with youth during the three-day “Street Law and Social Enterprise Workshop” in San Mateo, Rizal from 31 January to 01 February 2015.
The project brought together 50 young leaders, aged 17-21, from Muslim-dominated communities in Quezon City to engage in activities which included discussions of common challenges faced by youth today and how they can work together to improve their communities. The workshop introduced the participants to their basic rights and duties under Philippine law. Sessions also covered innovative approaches to generating income including: building self-confidence; generating business ideas; developing business strategies; and identifying markets.
To emphasize the value of community service, participants joined local high school students for a community clean-up and tree planting. At the conclusion of workshops, participants designed their own community projects. The top five proposals received mini-grants as seed money to start or enhance a social enterprise. The project will be implemented in partnership with Al-Salam Active Women Association, Inc. and the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos.
The U.S. Embassy wishes to express its heartfelt condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of the members of the Philippine National Police’s Special Action Force (PNP/SAF) who lost their lives on January 25.
The SAF units fought with bravery and demonstrated their commitment to ensuring peace and order in their country.
The United States reiterates its support for the Philippine government’s efforts to combat international terrorism while promoting a just and lasting peaceful resolution to the conflict in Mindanao.
U.S. Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg offered his condolences on his Twitter account on Tuesday to the loved ones of PNP’s Special Action Forces who lost their lives this week.