Today is: Wed, June 19, 2013
U.S. and Philippines Sign Agreements to Reinforce Commitment to Growth
The United States and the Philippines today signed three agreements that will implement activities in 2012 in support of the Partnership for Growth (PFG), the Improved Family Health Program and the Mindanao Peace and Development Program. The PFG is a five-year program that will assist the Philippines achieve its goal of moving to a higher, sustained and more inclusive growth trajectory.
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Administrator Donald Steinberg and USAID/Philippines Mission Director Gloria D. Steele signed the agreements with Department of Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Department of Health Secretary Enrique Ona and Mindanao Development Authority Chair Luwalhati Antonino.
Deputy Administrator Donald Steinberg said, “These agreements will support the implementation of programs that promote inclusive growth under Partnership for Growth, enhance the delivery of health services in support of the Philippines’ Universal Health Care Initiative, and improve local governance and stimulate community-driven development in Mindanao.”
“The PFG will be carried out in the spirit of mutual responsibility, embracing commitments by the Philippine and the U.S. governments to take the necessary actions to promote inclusive growth,” Director Steele said.
The signing of the agreements worth US$65 million highlights the United States government’s support for the priorities outlined by President Aquino in his Social Contract with the Filipino People and the Philippine Development Plan to achieve accelerated, sustained and inclusive growth.
Launched late last year by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, the PFG brings together 15 federal agencies of the U.S. government to provide a whole range of assistance and non-assistance programs to promote economic growth in the Philippines. The Philippines is one of only four countries selected to take part in this White House initiative.
For more information about the Partnership for Growth, visit: http://philippines.usaid.gov/newsroom/launch-partnership-growth-philippines-2011-2016.