US Embassy on reports Mina Chang is next envoy to PH: ‘Not true’

Robie de Guzman   •   July 10, 2019   •   1657

US State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary Mina Chang

MANILA, Philippines – The United States Embassy on Wednesday belied reports that a US State Department deputy assistant secretary has been appointed as America’s next ambassador to the Philippines.

In a statement, the US Embassy said reports on Mina Chang’s alleged appointment to replace current envoy Sung Kim is false.

“We’ve seen this claim. It is not true,” the Embassy said.

It added that in September 2018, the White House announced US President Donald Trump’s intent to nominate Mina Chang to be an Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development for the Bureau of Asia.

The nomination was referred to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in January 2019.

“There have been no additional White House announcements regarding her nomination to the USAID position,” the Embassy said.

According to the website of the US State Department, Harvard-educated Chang is currently assigned to its Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations.

Her profile stated that the 32-year old Korean-American diplomat has “extensive on the ground experience in conflict areas such as in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Nigeria and the Philippines.

Before assuming government position, Chang was the chief executive officer of the non-government organization Linking the World.

She is also an advocate of global education and pushes for “proactive stabilization as a strategic tool of foreign engagement and an investment in a stronger America abroad.”

US provides additional P298-M aid to PH COVID-19 fight

Robie de Guzman   •   May 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The United States (US) government has provided an additional P298 million ($5.9 million) to support the Philippines in the fight against novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), its embassy in Manila announced on Thursday.

In a statement, the US Embassy said that the additional assistance brings the total amount of pandemic assistance to the Philippines to more than P768 million ($15.2 million).

As part of this assistance, the embassy said that the US Agency for International (USAID) will partner with 18 local governments to “promote effective crisis management and implement response plans.”

Funding will support local governments to rapidly disburse emergency funding and supplies, and strengthen the capacity of local crisis response centers to disseminate accurate and timely crisis response information, manage quarantine measures, set up public handwashing facilities, ensure food supply, and support local business recovery,” the embassy said.

Other activities funded through this new assistance tranche will provide supply chain analytics and promote a regulatory environment that facilitates logistics and transportation for food, medical products, and other essential goods. 

To assist with small and micro-enterprise recovery, USAID will facilitate access to credit and provide grants and skills training to heavily affected sectors and communities.

“This latest assistance builds on our long-standing relationships with local government units across the Philippines, and represents our continued commitment to our Filipino friends, partners, and allies in this time of crisis,” U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim said as he welcomed this new tranche of support to the Philippines.

The US Embassy said this new assistance also includes P44 million ($875,000) from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration for the International Committee of the Red Cross to support COVID-19 response in the Philippines, including increasing stocks of essential medical supplies and expanding hospital capacity, preventing the spread of disease in detention centers, and supporting resilience for vulnerable people and communities.

US Embassy in PH denies cancellation, suspension of tourist visa

Marje Pelayo   •   February 11, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Embassy of the United States in the Philippines on Monday (February 10) denied reports alleging the US of cancelling and suspending tourist visa applications and renewals.

“The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines is aware of a fraudulent advisory alleging the cancellation/revocation of tourist visas and the suspension of visa applications,” the advisory reads.

“These claims are not true,” the statement reiterates.

The Embassy stressed that no changes has been officially announced regarding the U.S. visa policy in the Philippines, referring to a post circulating on social media saying the US decided to change the visa policy in the country due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus and President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA).

The US Embassy encourages the public to refer to its official website https://ph.usembassy.gov/ and official social media platforms which “are the best sources for accurate and current information.”

Likewise, the Embassy urged the public to report incidence of visa and passport fraud to its official page FPMManila@state.gov.

US Embassy in PH closed on Sept. 2

Robie de Guzman   •   August 30, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The United States Embassy in the Philippine capital has announced its offices would be closed on Monday, Sept. 2 in observance of Labor Day.

Labor Day in the US is a federal holiday which honors the American labor movement. It is celebrated every first Monday of September.

The Embassy said its regular services will resume on Tuesday, March 13.  

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