CDA Variava provides COVID-19 assistance in Zamboanga | Press Releases | Philippines

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On May 31, the United States Embassy in the Philippines (CDA) Acting Chargé d’Affaires, Heather Variava, traveled to Zamboanga City to provide COVID-19 assistance and reaffirm the commitment of the US government for broader security and lasting peace in Mindanao.

At the Zamboanga City Molecular Testing Center in Barangay San Roque, CDA Variava donated critical COVID-19 medical equipment from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) that will help build the city’s capacity to manage and to mitigate the negative effects of the ongoing pandemic.

The U.S. government, through USAID, has been supporting Zamboanga City’s COVID-19 response and vaccination deployment since June 2020. USAID has deployed mobile vaccination teams, consisting of three technicians emergency medical and information technology (IT) personnel to build the city’s immunization capacity. In addition, USAID deployed six consultants to key immunization sites to support data entry and reporting.

In total, USAID provided a total of 19 health and IT personnel to build the human resource capacity of Zamboanga City to fight COVID-19.

“Combating the COVID-19 pandemic requires collective action,” CDA Variava said. “I am pleased that the enduring partnership between our two nations has strengthened Zamboanga City’s pandemic response. Working with national and local governments, the private sector, and other key stakeholders, the United States will continue to implement adaptive solutions to strengthen local communities in the Philippines.

During a meeting with Zamboanga Mayor Beng Climaco, CDA Variava thanked Climaco for supporting U.S. partnerships and reaffirmed U.S. commitment to security cooperation in Zamboanga. They were also joined by alumni from the Southeast Asia Young Leaders Initiative and the Philippines Youth Leadership Program, who discussed activities undertaken by the U.S. Government Alumni Association in Zamboanga City. .

In 2020, Mayor Climaco participated in the international visitor leadership program, “Strong Cities, Strong Partnerships: A Comprehensive Approach to Terrorism Prevention in Southeast Asia”. The program brought together mayors and other local government officials to exchange best practices in the fight against terrorism.

CDA Variava also visited the American Corner at the Ateneo de Zamboanga University, which the school has hosted since 1987. The American space shares American culture with students and faculty, offering free access to books, films, programs and US information on exchange opportunities in the United States.

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