U.S. Embassy in the Philippines inaugurates Health facilities in Samar

SAMAR, November 22, 2016 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Health Deputy Chief Bryn Sakagawa led the inauguration of the newly constructed birthing and Tuberculosis Directly Observed Treatment Short-Course (TB-DOTS) facilities in Calbiga Rural Health Unit in Samar.

Samar Provincial Board Member Fe Arcales extended her gratitude on behalf of Samar citizens. “This facility will increase access to health programs and boost the morale of health personnel,” she said.

Additionally USAID provided medical equipment and communication materials on family planning, maternal and child health, and TB. The TB-DOTS structures are among 12 health facilities constructed by USAID to restore access to health services across Typhoon Yolanda-affected areas.

To date, the U.S. government has provided $143 million to help the Philippines respond to, and recover from, the devastating effects of Typhoon Yolanda.

“The U.S. government is a partner of the Philippines, including the communities in Leyte and Samar, in making building improvements after Typhoon Yolanda,” said Sakagawa.

USAID is also constructing 310 classrooms, 30 agriculture-fishery support facilities, and more than 1,000 sari-sari stores, and restoring livelihood activities through the provision of equipment and training to 3,000 farmers, 7,000 fishermen and women, and 1,400 micro, small and medium entrepreneurs.

Meanwhile, one hundred young non-governmental organization (NGO) leaders representing more than 75 organizations across the ASEAN region convened in Mactan, Cebu for the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Generation: Go NGO! workshop from November 16 to 19, 2016.

U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN Nina Hachigian opened the event on November 16, 2016 at 6:00 PM at the Movenpick Hotel, Mactan Island in a reception showcasing the cultural heritage of ASEAN participants’ home nations. Ambassador Hachigian was interviewed briefly by Media at the event.

YSEALI Generation: Go NGO! is a four-day workshop funded by the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines in partnership with Cultural Vistas. It brings together non-profit leaders from all ten ASEAN nations to learn how to strengthen their organizations, craft their messages, broaden their support, and achieve greater impact. Combining training, simulations, and discussions with NGO leaders from around the region and the United States, the YSEALI Generation: Go NGO! workshop provides young ASEAN leaders with the tools to advance their NGO careers, build a regional network, and strengthen their civil society organizations in their home nations.

Launched in 2013, the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) is the U.S. government’s signature program to strengthen leadership development and networking in Southeast Asia. Through a variety of programs and engagements, YSEALI seeks to build the leadership capabilities of youth in the region, strengthen ties between the United States and Southeast Asia, and nurture an ASEAN community of leaders who can work across borders to address common challenges.

The YSEALI Generation: Go NGO! workshop is one of several YSEALI regional workshops focused on the four YSEALI themes – the environment and natural resources management, economic development, civic engagement, and education.

Upcoming YSEALI regional programs include workshops on eco-entrepreneurship to be held in Brunei on February 2017; environmental conservation (Coron, Palawan, March 2017), and urban planning and smart growth (Singapore, May 2017).#