US, PH signed an agreement through USAID to further improve the country’s education system (RTI International) 

The United States and the Department of Education (DepEd) have signed a P4.8-billion assistance agreement to improve the Philippines’s quality of education.


The agreement between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and DepEd would help expand proficiency rates; improve mathematical skills; upgrade social abilities; improve second-chance education; employment and fundamental abilities for out-of-school youth; and reinforce education governance, the US embassy said in a statement.


“This new bilateral agreement with DepEd to improve basic education outcomes marks a new era in our longstanding partnership to achieve our shared vision of quality education for all Filipino children and youth,” USAID Philippines Mission Director Lawrence Hardy II said.


The deal with DepEd is among the four new assistance agreements between the United States and Philippines launched in 2020 and 2021, with an expected total value of P32.7 billion ($675 million) over five years.


Other assistance agreements involve the Department of Health, the Department of Finance, and the National Economic and Development Authority.


Over the past 20 years, the United States has provided an estimated total assistance of P228.8 billion ($4.5 billion). H.B. Oledan