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    • USAID Awards Grants to Combat Human Trafficking and Support Biodiversity

      By ADMIN |

      Manila, July 13, 2016 —The U.S. Embassy Manila’s United States Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded seven new grants to support local organizations combating human trafficking and protecting the environment.  

      Through its Philippine-American Fund (Phil-Am Fund), USAID initiated partnerships with BALAOD Mindanaw, Inc. and the Fellowship for Organizing Endeavors, Inc. to extend assistance to victims of trafficking in Cagayan De Oro and Cebu City. The grants were signed days after the U.S. State Department announced the Philippines’ elevation to Tier 1 status in the annual Trafficking In Persons Report. For the first time, the country fully meets the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking, as defined by the U.S. Trafficking Victims Protection Act.

      Five biodiversity conservation partnerships were also signed. The local grantees are Haribon Foundation, PATH Foundation Philippines, Soil and Water Conservation Foundation, South Pacific Integrated Area Development Foundation, and Tanggol Kalikasan. With USAID support, these organizations will work to improve management of biodiversity resources in close to 200,000 hectares of terrestrial and coastal areas in Oriental Mindoro, Quezon, Cebu and Southern Leyte.

      Launched in September 2013, the Phil-Am Fund is a five-year, Php 984 million ($24 million) project that supports civil society organizations, cooperatives, social enterprises, and private companies in implementing innovative solutions that address the country’s development challenges. To date, USAID has awarded a total of 33 grants on biodiversity, economic growth, good governance, anti-trafficking in persons, and basic education.  The Phil-Am Fund administrator is the Gerry Roxas Foundation. 

      The grant signing ceremony on July 1 was witnessed by Dr. Steve Andoseh, the director of USAID’s Office of Economic Development and Governance and Ms. Judy Araneta-Roxas, President of the Gerry Roxas Foundation.

       

      About USAID:

      The United States Agency for International Development is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. In the Philippines, USAID partners with the national government to create a more stable, prosperous and well-governed nation. For more information, visit http://www.usaid.gov/philippines or email infoph@usaid.gov.

       


       

      U.S. GOVERNMENT AWARDS 12 NEW PHIL-AM FUND GRANTS

      By USAID ADMIN |

      August 06, 2015 - U.S. Embassy Manila’s United States Agency for International Development (USAID) recently awarded 12 new grants to Filipino civil society organizations as a part of its Philippine-American (Phil-Am) Fund at the Gateway Tower in Quezon City.

      The signing was witnessed by USAID Philippines Mission Director Gloria D. Steele, Judy Araneta-Roxas, President of the Gerry Roxas Foundation, Monette Parado, Executive Director of the Gerry Roxas Foundation, Eugenio Gonzales, Chief of Party, Phil-Am Fund, and Leonardo Matignas, Jr., Senior Partner from SyCip Gorres Velayo & Co. (SGV).

      USAID’s Phil-Am Fund is a five-year, Php960 million ($24 million) grant-making facility that provides opportunities for local civil society organizations (CSOs) in the Philippines to innovate and develop new solutions for the country's development challenges.  The project is implemented by the Gerry Roxas Foundation with SyCip Gorres Velayo Co. as its management advisory partner.

      “Today we will award 12 grants to new local partners doing exciting work promoting bio-diversity, improving basic education, combatting trafficking in persons, and stimulating economic growth,” remarked Director Steele. “The Phil-Am Fund reflects the United States Government’s commitment to development by bringing in new ideas and promoting reform.”  

      GRF President Judy Roxas added “Today marks another milestone in the work of Gerry Roxas Foundation as a grant-making facility. Our commitment is to make the process inclusive and broad-based while we continue to embrace integrity, service and excellence in our mission.”

      The U.S. Government launched the Phil-Am Fund on September 30, 2013. When GRF opened the solicitation cycle, nearly 500 organizations representing a broad diversity of causes from all over the country submitted concept papers. With this ceremony, a total of 26 grants have been awarded to date.

      The project supports the goals of the bilateral Partnership for Growth, a key initiative of the White House, to achieve broad-based, inclusive and resilient growth in the Philippines.

      The grant recipients are Bidlisiw Foundation, Tambayan Children Center, Filamer Christian University, Mabuwaya Foundation, Maguindanao Development Foundation, Nagkakaisang mga Tribu ng Palawan, Philippine Eagle Foundation, Roxas Foundation, Conrado & Ladislawa Alcantara Foundation, Foundation for Information Technology Education and Development, Integrated Mindanaons Association for Natives, and Resources for the Blind.

       

      About USAID

      The United States Agency for International Development is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. In the Philippines, USAID partners with the national government to create a more stable, prosperous and well-governed nation. For more information, visit http://www.usaid.gov/philippines or email infoph@usaid.gov.


       

       

       

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