For its work in strengthening multisectoral efforts to conserve biodiversity in the Philippines, the USAID’s Protect Wildlife project received prestigious accolade during the awarding dubbed “Mission: PHL, the BusinessMirror Envoys & Expats Awards” held on April 4, 2019.
The Mission: PHL, the BusinessMirror Envoys & Expats Awards was organized by Philippine broadsheet BusinessMirror to celebrate the role of nations as partners in Philippine development. The awards recognized various embassies, consulates and aid agencies, as well as economic and cultural offices, and their projects that have contributed to economic growth, social progress, and sustainable development in the country.
Under the Biodiversity Category, the United States Embassy, through the USAID Protect Wildlife project, bagged the Embassy Award for best bilateral project in biodiversity conservation, after deliberation by a technical working group composed of officials from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and BusinessMirror.
USAID-Philippines Deputy Mission Director Patrick Wesner received the award on behalf of the U.S. Embassy from DENR Biodiversity Management Bureau Director Crisanta Marlene Rodriguez. Wesner conveyed the embassy’s gratitude for the award and its commitment to boost further the partnership between the U.S. and Philippine governments in addressing challenges brought about by biodiversity loss and illegal wildlife trade in the country. (PWP/ Lawrence San Diego)