U.S. Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg concluded a successful trip to Cebu yesterday where he met with Provincial Governor Hilario G. Davide III and Mayor Michael L. Rama. At both meetings the Ambassador discussed local concerns and how the Embassy and local governments can work together to address issues such as how to prepare for and respond to natural disasters.
After these meetings, Ambassador Goldberg met with representatives of the American community in Cebu, spoke to a group of students at the University of San Carlos, and met with representatives of the American Chamber of Commerce in Cebu.
As a highlight of the trip, the Ambassador joined United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Country Director Gloria Steele to witness the arrival of rice supplied through the World Food Program to survivors of Typhoon Yolanda. The shipment was just one part of 5,000 metric tons purchased with money announced by U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry on his visit to Tacloban in December. PR