Selected Scholars UnderU.S. Ambassador Scholarship Program Named

Congratulations to the new scholars from Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi under the U.S. Ambassador Scholarship Program!
The U.S. Ambassador Scholarship Program is funded by the U.S. Embassy in Manila and provides a full four-year scholarship to deserving high-school graduates from the provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi who demonstrate leadership potential and a commitment to serving their communities.

Journalistic Writing Workshop For Indigenous Peoples, College Students of Region 9

The Journalistic Writing Workshop for Indigenous Peoples (IP), supported by the Public Affairs Section of U.S. Embassy Manila, is designed to enhance the writing skills of college students belonging to the Indigenous Peoples (IP) in Region 9, Zamboanga Peninsula, covering the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay and the city of Zamboanga as well as Isabela City of Basilan Province. The two-day training will take place in Isabela City from June 3 – 4.

Seminar methodology includes lecture, illustrations and writing workshops. It also seeks to acquaint the participants with the new trends of social media.

USAID, Philippine Department of Energy Launches Energy Virtual One Shared System (EVOSS)

USAID Mission Director Gloria D. Steele leads the handover of desktop computers during the launching of the Philippine Department of Energy’s (DOE) Energy Virtual One Shared System (EVOSS) in Makati City. EVOSS is a virtual application and processing platform that will facilitate investments in clean energy and improve transparency in Philippine government agencies.

USAID Mission Director Gloria Steele congratulates DOE Secretary Petilla and the Investment Promotion Office for spearheading the interactive virtual application and processing platform, EVOSS.

USAID Mission Director Gloria Steele congratulates DOE Secretary Petilla and the Investment Promotion Office for spearheading the interactive virtual application and processing platform, EVOSS.

The platform builds on the USAID-supported One Stop Facilitation and Monitoring Center (OSFMC) of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA)’s. The center has become an effective vehicle to facilitate business processing for renewable energy investors.

DOE Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla cites the importance of EVOSS in providing transparency and accountability of energy application process.

DOE Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla cites the importance of EVOSS in providing transparency and accountability of energy application process.

As part of the expanded OSFMC, EVOSS will facilitate and streamline business processes, cut down transaction costs through harmonization of steps and procedures. It will also promote increased efficiency among government agencies and foster a healthy partnership between the public and private sectors.

Mindanao Youth Gathers for SEACamp

Sea and Earth Advocates Camp (SEACamp) Mindanao has just ended! 

Thirty Mindanaoans spent a week in Tawi-Tawi to increase their knowledge on coastal and marine issues, and build practical skills to pursue conservation work. 

Ten SEACampers from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will go to Palawan on June for the project’s culminating event. 

SEACamp is a project of U.S. Embassy Manila in partnership with Save Philippine Seas#1earth

U.S. Embassy Manila Kicks Off Summer Internship Program in Mindanao and Palawan

An intern explains the rights of women to residents of Davao City.

The United States Embassy in Manila in partnership with local NGO, University of Mindanao Legal Aid Network, kicked off a summer internship program for seven law students and seven undergraduate students from across Mindanao and Palawan.  The goal of the month-long internship program is to educate participants on gender issues by placing them with grass roots organizations that promote human rights, access to justice, gender equality, and community empowerment.

During the internship period, participants will design legal aid projects that address gender issues that will be implemented following their internships.

Interns conduct a house-to-house interview to gather data on women’s issues in Davao City.