As part of United States government’s continued efforts to help in the rehabilitation of areas devastated by Typhoon Yolanda, a ranking official of its premier aid agency will visit Tacloban City on September 11 to preside in the inauguration of several projects in the area.
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah will open two climate-resilient school buildings at the Tacloban National Agricultural School.
The facility houses ten of the more than 165 classrooms that will be constructed and furnished by the US government in Tacloban and Leyte province.
Also in the schedule of Dr. Shah is the inauguration of 20 sari-sari stores that were constructed through a partnership that USAID forged with Coca-Cola and Procter & Gamble.
Under this partnership, at least 1,000 sari-sari storeowners will receive assistance, and in return, they will help stabilize the supply of basic consumer goods in affected communities.
To cap his visit, Dr. Shah will speak at Buntis Congress at the Eastern Visayas Medical Center to stress the importance of healthy pregnancy and safe delivery for pregnant mothers.
US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg, USAID/Philippines Mission Director Gloria Steele, USAID Acting Assistant Administrator for Asia Denise Rollins and Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery Panfilo Lacson are expected to participate in the events.