Philippines receiving more US aid

The U.S. is giving the Philippines $228.7 million in 2006 – an increase of 230 percent from the 2001 level – according to outgoing Philippine ambassador to the U.S. Albert del Rosario. The aid, del Rosario said, will finance antiterrorism drives, and development and livelihood projects. The Department of Foreign Affairs noted that, despite budget pressures, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee increased funding for the country, which is considered a U.S. ally, by $12.8 million in 2007. The money will support programs promoting democracy and press freedom. (Source: US financial aid to RP reaches $228M in 2006/The Manila Times)

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