"The mission of the US-Philippines Society is to build on the rich and longstanding
historical ties between the United States of America and the Philippines.

…and to bring that unique relationship to the 21st century."

Message From Ambassador John F. Maisto

The first quarter of 2018 was highlighted by a successful four-day board of directors program in the Philippines, where we met with high-level government and private sector leaders. The program brought Filipino and American Society members together for a review of two-way business and investment opportunities, presentations on the Philippine economy, a forum on cyber security and a legislative update.

Co-chairs Manuel V. Pangilinan and Ambassador John D. Negroponte led a call on President Rodrigo Duterte, who described his productive meetings with President Trump last November and affirmed the positive tenor of bilateral ties. Following a comprehensive briefing in Manila on the situation in Marawi, Ambassador Negroponte presented a $10,000 check to the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF). Funds represented contributions from individuals and organizations in the United States, including the Philippine Nurses Association of America, the Philippine Humanitarian Coalition and MAFFAA.

Members of the Society then visited Marawi City and nearby evacuee camps to gain information on continuing humanitarian and recovery needs. Discussions with local leaders, private citizens and Marawi Task Force officials were helpful in assessing ways the Society can sustain and target fundraising efforts.

Thank you for your continued support and participation in Society programs!

With best personal regards,

 John F. Maisto
US-Philippines Society

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