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09MANILA427
2009-02-26 09:28
2011-08-30 01:44
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Embassy Manila

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STATE PLEASE PASS TO PEACE CORPS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PGOV KISL KPAO EAID RP
SUBJECT: VISIT TO PROVINCIAL CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS U.S. INVOLVEMENT IN DEVELOPMENT OF PHILIPPINES

¶1. Summary. Ambassador Kenney’s February 20 visit to Cebu City
showcased the continuing U.S. commitment to the economic and social
development of the Philippines. The Ambassador attended an
environmental rally to celebrate and encourage the protection of the
environment, visited a rapidly expanding U.S. business, toured a
Peace Corps volunteer site, and paid a courtesy call on the
headquarters for Central Command of the Armed Forces of the
Philippines. The Ambassador also spoke with national and local
media about U.S. interests in the region and new benefits for
Filipino veterans included in the recent U.S. stimulus bill. End
Summary.

Background: Cebu City and Cebu

¶2. Cebu City, the capital of the province of Cebu, is the largest
city in the Central Visayas Region and the second most populous city
in the Philippines, with 798,908 inhabitants as of the 2007 census.
Cebu City, one of the major centers of education in the country,
hosts a number of national and international corporations. The
entry of business process outsourcing (BPO) firms has contributed to
the rapid growth of the local economy in recent years.

USAID Event Emphasizes Environment

¶3. USAID’s Energy and Clean Air Project (ECAP) sponsored the launch
of “Clean Air Youth Alliance (CAYA) Kids – Cebu”. CAYA Kids joined
their older counterparts of CAYA Youth (college-age students) to
advocate for cleaner air and energy use in a rally held at the
newly completed Legislative Building at the City Hall Complex in
Cebu City. Acting Mayor Michael Rama presided and gave the keynote
address with the Ambassador delivering an inspirational message to
the youth. Several CAYA Kids read pledges for clean air. The
assembly culminated in the release of doves to symbolize giving
wings to the environmental goals of the students.

NCR, Expanding U.S. Business

¶4. The Ambassador’s visit to the NCR facilities of U.S.-based NCR
firm in Cebu City showed the positive economic and social impact NCR
is having in the Philippines. NCR is one of the global leaders in
production of banking automated teller machines, retail self-service
checkout, and other self-service check-in kiosks in travel and
healthcare application. The Ambassador toured and tested products
throughout the facility, which opened in 2003 and has grown to
employ almost 500 Filipinos in well-paying, and upwardly mobile
jobs. Currently NCR is limited in space and works day and night
shifts to maximize production. NCR executives explained that the
company is in the process of building new facilities in which they
can employ up to 1000 developers and product testers.

Peace Corps Volunteers Contribute to Social Programs

¶5. The Ambassador also visited the SOS Children’s Center (SOS), an
international non-government organization that provides alternative
family-based care for orphaned, abandoned and neglected children.
Two Peace Corps volunteers were on hand for the Ambassador’s visit.
The Ambassador was briefed on the operations of SOS and discussed
the work and contributions of Peace Corps volunteers. The
Ambassador toured the facilities and visited with the children and
social workers.

Ambassador’s Visit to Military Central Command

¶6. The Ambassador met with Brigadier General Isidoro Macaranas and
his staff at Central Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines
(CENTCOM) at Camp Lapu-Lapu. The CENTCOM staff discussed their
responsibilities and initiatives, including identifying and
disarming leftist rebel groups. The Ambassador emphasized human
rights in her discussion with the General. She highlighted
continued joint operations in providing humanitarian assistance in
the region.

Regional Media, International Perspectives

¶7. In a number of regional television, radio, and print interviews
conducted during the trip, the Ambassador underscored the continuing
U.S. commitment to Philippine economic and social development, the
importance of the environment, the role of U.S. businesses as
responsible partners of economic growth, and the importance of the
Peace Corps program. In the wake of the recently passed U.S.
stimulus bill, the Ambassador described the outreach efforts of the
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to register applications for all
Filipino veterans who qualify for the benefits for their service in
World War II. In all interaction with the media, she underscored
that the close ties and excellent relations between the U.S. and the
Philippines will remain the same with the new Administration.
KENNEY

   

 

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