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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
09MANILA1199
2009-06-05 04:50
2011-08-30 01:44
UNCLASSIFIED
Embassy Manila

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FM AMEMBASSY MANILA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 4285
INFO RUCNASE/ASEAN MEMBER COLLECTIVE
RHHMUNA/CDR USPACOM HONOLULU HI
UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 MANILA 001199

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STATE PLEASE PASS TO PEACE CORPS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PGOV KISL KPAO EAID TP RP
SUBJECT: AMBASSADOR UNDERSCORES EDUCATION SUPPORT IN MARAWI CITY

¶1. Summary. During a May 27 visit to Marawi City, the Ambassador
demonstrated continued U.S. support for education development
programs in a predominantly Muslim area of conflict-affected central
Mindanao. She welcomed the start of a new school year by showcasing
the continued strong education partnerships between the region and
the United States. The Ambassador engaged local Marawi officials,
NGO leaders, and academics on peacemaking and sustainable
development issues while emphasizing the importance of continued
support for academic and professional development of youth and
adults of all ages. The visit was widely covered by regional media,
along with some national newspapers. End summary.

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VISIT TO JSOTF-P EDUCATION PROGRAM STRENGTHENS TIES
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¶2. The Ambassador visited a Joint Special Operations Task
Force-Philippines (JSOTF-P) Civil Action Program that is training 40
teachers from Lanao del Sur province to improve their English-based
curriculum skills. The Ambassador noted the importance of giving
teachers better tools with which to increase their educational
impact in the classrooms of Central Mindanao, and expressed strong
U.S. support for the influence of these Education Civil Action
Programs on hundreds of teachers in the region. The event served as
an example of the strong linkage between U.S. and Philippine
military forces in promoting peace and prosperity in Mindanao
through education.

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STRENGTHENING EDUCATION PARTNERSHIPS
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¶3. The Ambassador met with the Mindanao State University (MSU)
President, University officials, private sector partners, and local
NGO representatives during a luncheon at the MSU campus to promote
continued relationships for building quality education partnerships
in the region. Mindanao State University has grown into an
important regional school and, during her visit, the Ambassador
expressed that the relationship between the University and the
United States continues to strengthen. The MSU President expressed
appreciation for the U.S. government’s continued support of the
University and their continued education partnerships. In turn, the
Ambassador commended the University’s support for U.S.
government-funded regional programs and projects which develop the
professional capabilities and technical expertise of talented local
Filipino university students to enhance their employment prospects.
Prior to the luncheon, the Ambassador took the opportunity to stop
by the American Corner at the MSU library to emphasize the strong
historic and ongoing relations within the region and the
University.

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TRAINING PROJECT ENHANCES EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS
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¶4. The Ambassador participated in the launch of the U.S. Agency for
International Development’s (USAID) Job-Enabling English Proficiency
Project whereby talented MSU students are offered English language
training in preparation for competitive positions in various
technical employment sectors. Representatives of the six pilot
partner colleges were present and expressed gratitude to the U.S.
government as well as great excitement for the increased
employability of their students. The Ambassador addressed a very
enthusiastic university and media audience, and she remarked on the
importance of utilizing these new resources for the increased
educational and professional development of schoolchildren,
out-of-school youth, and adults. She encouraged students to take
advantage of the unique opportunity provided by the English
Proficiency Project to build their language skills, assist their
career development, and ultimately realize their fullest potential.

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EXPANDING SCHOOL LIBRARIES
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¶5. The Ambassador also witnessed a book distribution of 36,000
books to 50 school libraries in Mindanao. Through an ongoing
partnership between USAID, the Philippine Government, and the
Children International Foundation, education matching grants are
awarded to Parent-Teacher-Community Associations. Each of the 50
schools involved will receive 700 books. In her remarks during the
visit, the Ambassador cited literacy programs and other education
initiatives as vehicles for mobilizing local support, in partnership
with the U.S. government, to strengthen educational capacity in the
conflict-affected region. Her inspirational message to the
students, whom she called tomorrow’s leaders, urged them to continue
taking advantage of educational resources. Representatives of MSU
expressed gratitude for the partnership between the U.S. and the
Philippines as an ongoing commitment to ensuring the prosperity of
Mindanao’s students.

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INCREASED TRAINING IN COMPUTER LITERACY
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¶6. The Ambassador met with the Philippine Muslim Women Council
(PMWC) to sign a deed of donation for USAID’s turnover of several
computers and computer equipment. As part of the PMWC Information
Technology for Livelihood and Peace Promotion program, the Council
will use the computers to train out-of-school youth and adults on
basic computer literacy and computer repair. The computer donation
demonstrated the U.S. government’s role in the peacemaking process
and sustainable development of Mindanao. The Ambassador highlighted
the importance of professional development across all ages. Her
signing of the deed served as a symbolic representation of the
importance of computer literacy in what she noted as an
“increasingly interconnected world”, while the delivery of the
equipment through JSOTF-P represented the strength of
U.S.-Philippine civil-military relations and the high level of
cooperation between our two governments.

KENNEY

   

 

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