New USAid mission chief reaffirms support to PH

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The incoming United States Agency for International Development (Usaid) mission director to Manila reaffirmed the agency’s strong commitment to the Philippines.

In a statement, the Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C. said Ambassador Jose Cuisia Jr. met with incoming Usaid Mission Director Dr. Susan K. Brems, who reiterated the “strong development partnership between Usaid and the Philippines.

Brems will cover Usaid’s programs in the Philippines, the Pacific Islands and Mongolia.

Cuisia thanked the agency for the technical and financial support it provides to the Philippines.He also briefed Brems on the recent economic developments, including the good governance efforts under the Aquino administration, particularly with respect to transparency and public accountability.


“It was a great opportunity to discuss with Dr. Brems our government’s commitment to improving the lives of average Filipinos, as well as the social development objectives under the President’s leadership. We also exchanged views on the conditional cash transfer program of the government,” Cuisia said.

The envoy also asked for Usaid’s “continued support” in the areas of judicial reforms, rule of law, innovation and technology, economic development, educational cooperation and public health.

Brems, who will arrive next week, will replace Gloria Steele, who will be heading back to Washington D.C. to take on the role of the agency’s senior deputy assistant administrator for Asia.

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