On this day, the Philippines and the United States commemorate the special occasion of Philippine-American Friendship Day, marking 76 years since the establishment of formal diplomatic ties between the two nations.
Over the decades, this relationship has flourished, fostering extensive connections among Filipino and American families, businesses, governments, and security partnerships.
Strengthening Human Rights and Accountability
In a recent development, the United States government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), made a generous contribution of close to Php7 million ($125,000) to the Philippines-United Nations (UN) Joint Programme for Human Rights.
Additionally, this significant financial support marks a crucial step in bolstering the collaborative efforts between the two nations. Moreover, the contribution serves as a testament to the United States’ unwavering commitment to advancing human rights on a global scale.
Moreover, the funds will play a crucial role in supporting the Philippine government’s efforts to strengthen accountability mechanisms and promote human rights within the country.
Commitment to Human Rights
During a recent meeting between U.S. President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. in Washington, D.C., President Biden expressed his support for advancing human rights in the Philippines.
Emphasizing the importance of promoting respect for human rights and the rule of law, as well as ensuring the safety of civil society leaders and marginalized communities, these principles stand as key priorities in the U.S.-Philippines relationship.
U.S. Ambassador’s Statement
U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines, MaryKay Carlson, stressed the critical role of human rights in development. She stated,
“Human rights are a critical pillar in development, and we believe it is not possible for any country to rise to its full potential without them. We are proud to join the international community in supporting the Philippines to protect human rights and uphold every person’s individual dignity.”
UN Joint Programme for Human Rights
The UN Joint Programme for Human Rights in the Philippines, launched in 2021, serves as a platform to support both government and non-government institutions in various critical areas.
These include safeguarding civic space, engaging with civil society, and collaborating with the Commission on Human Rights. Over a three-year period, the initiative aims to strengthen reporting mechanisms for accountability and promote human rights-based approaches to drug control.
UN Resident Coordinator’s Appreciation
Gustavo González, UN Resident Coordinator in the Philippines, welcomed the contribution from the United States to the UN Joint Programme for Human Rights.
He expressed gratitude for their commitment to promoting human rights not only within the Philippines but also beyond its borders. González also expressed his anticipation for further engagement with the United States on this vital work.
As Philippine-American Friendship Day is celebrated, the enduring partnership between the Philippines and the United States continues to evolve and strengthen. With a focus on promoting human rights and fostering accountability, both nations reaffirm their commitment to upholding the dignity and well-being of individuals.