USAIR reaches summit in Manila

Posted on 2016/12/08

Participants with Embassy staff

Six months following its launch, the United States Alumni for Institutional Reform on Good Governance and Transparency (USAIR) project culminated on September 22 at US Embassy Manila, which brought 60 participants from across Luzon together again to share the outcome of their community initiatives and build a stronger network of like-minded advocates

Kristin L. Kneedler, US Embassy’s Cultural Affairs Officer opened the one day workshop with brief message that acknowledged participants’ selfless commitment to serve others and their community.

Community projects presented were: Production of Manual –Brgy. Green Governance Training/Writeshop of Aksyon Kalikasan thru Roy Cabonegro; Garbage Disposal and/or Waste Recycling, The Outstanding Students of the Philippines-Alumni Community presented by Eddie H. Saracanlao; Congress Watch of Aksyong Kabayanihan Para sa Organisadong Pagbabago shared by Leon G. Flores III.

Guests were also invited to share success stories of their local initiatives. Mayor Madelaine Alfelor Gazmen of Iriga City inspired the participants with “Character City” program, a monthly use of a commendable character trait to promote the city’s programs. .

The summit ended with the creation of US AIR Luzon Council, a small informal group chosen by participants to oversee and continue the good governance and political transparency campaign. The council launched the social media hashtag #ICheckedIAir, a campaign against the proliferation of misinformation in the internet. Judge Jerlie Requerme is the recipient of the USAIR grant, and she is also a USG alumnae.


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Office Address: 1F MSU College of Law Bldg.,
MSU Main Campus, Marawi City 9700 Philippines
Contact details:
Mobile No.: (+63) 907 336 7762



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Through our linkages and with the help of the different Government and Non-government organizations we aim to provide free access to people who need legal assistance.


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