American Charge d’Affaires at Clark

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Heather Variava, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. (CDA) for the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, visited the Clark Freeport and Special Economic Zone to highlight the impact of U.S. support for economic development in central Luzon.

On June 17, Variava visited the FedEx Clark Gateway, the US shipping and logistics company’s major investment in the Clark Freeport. This 17,000 square meter facility supports the growing demand for e-commerce in the Philippines and small and medium-sized businesses that are helping the country’s economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. FedEx already employs hundreds of Filipinos at its facilities and plans to expand its operations in the coming years.

During a meeting with the American Chamber of Commerce, Variava discussed the impact of American investments in central and northern Luzon. American businesses create thousands of local jobs, enhance the region’s economic development, and conduct charitable activities that help improve the lives of area residents.

“As President Biden said at the launch of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, the future of the 21st century economy is going to be largely written in our region, the Indo-Pacific,” Variava said. “That is why we are grateful for the investments made in the Philippines by American companies, which support our long-standing commitment to the shared prosperity of our two nations.”

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n U.S. Embassy Philippines Acting Chargé d’Affaires Heather Variava visits Clark International Airport and FedEx Clark Gateway during her trip to Clark Freeport and Special Economic Zone to highlight the US support for economic development in the region.

Variava also visited major infrastructure projects, including the new Clark International Airport Terminal and the Malolos-Clark Railway Project, which will transform transportation in Metro Manila and Metro Clark. The Malolos-Clark Railway project funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) will create thousands of local jobs, reduce traffic congestion and reduce automotive emissions by tens of thousands of tonnes. The United States is the AfDB’s largest shareholder and supports the Philippines’ efforts to improve environmental outcomes through reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

Variava also expressed support for the Philippine Disaster Relief Foundation (PDRF), which leverages the resources and knowledge of the Philippine business community to respond to natural disasters, such as last year’s devastating Typhoon Odette. The United States, through the United States Agency for International Development, supports PDRF activities aimed at improving the preparedness and resilience of Metro Manila and other disaster-prone areas in across the Philippines.


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