The United States government, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), launched four development solution projects in the Philippines worth PHP280 million (USD5.7 million).
“As we celebrate the 75th anniversary of US – Philippines diplomatic relations, we look forward to furthering our productive collaboration with Philippine civil society organizations as we continue to pursue inclusive and resilient growth for Filipinos,” USAID Philippines Deputy Mission Director Patrick Wesner said.
Among these projects are livelihood activities, like the organic vegetable farm to help families affected by the 2017 Marawi siege.
The USAID-supported projects aim to empower local organizations to try new, unique approaches to address development challenges in their communities such as: “Coalescing Organizations towards Locally Led Actions to Boost Development” project, which will employ data and evidence to advance development in 10 sites located in Sorsogon, Leyte, Eastern Samar, Misamis Oriental, and Sultan Kudarat over a period of two and a half years; the two-year “Facilitating Local Access to Water” project to run from 2021 to 2023 to help local partners in Tublay, Benguet achieve reliable access to safe drinking water; the “Assets, Agency and Trust,” a two-year action-research project, which will use consultations and networking activities to mobilize local resources and drive development activities across the country; and the three-year “Capacitating Strategic Organizations to Strengthen the Civil Society Organization Sector” project, which will run from 2021 to 2024 to empower civil society organizations to effectively deliver services and sustain development results in Iloilo City and Cagayan de Oro City.
The US Embassy in Manila said the initiatives are in addition to the US-funded Generating Rural Opportunities by Working with Cooperatives program, launched last year to expand rural livelihood opportunities and increase food security as part of Local Works. Local Works is USAID’s flagship locally-led development effort, which utilizes the creativity and resourcefulness of local communities and enables them to drive their development.