Jennifer Y. Prescott, the Assistant United States Trade Representative for Environment and Natural Resources, visited the Philippines to meet with partners of USAID-Philippines to learn first-hand about the state of environmental affairs and issues in natural resource management of the country.
After meeting with national partners in Manila, Ms. Prescott went to Palawan to meet with the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office, and the Mount Mantalingahan Protected Landscape, which presented the results of their partnership with USAID in improving wildlife law enforcement and protected area management under the Protect Wildlife project. While in Palawan, she paid a courtesy visit to Puerto Princesa Mayor Lucilo Bayron to learn about how the city was coping with the influx of tourism opportunities in the province. She also visited USAID-supported efforts in conservation enterprises in Palawan, including the gathering and processing of wild honey by indigenous people’s organization Nagkakaisang Tribu ng Palawan (NATRIPAL), and the sea cucumber sea ranching research project by Western Philippines University.
The visit to the Philippines of one its officials aimed to provide insight to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative into the ongoing initiatives and emerging opportunities for green growth and sustainable enterprises in the country that could be supported by open trade and investment policies. (PWP/ Lawrence San Diego)