United States (US) Ambassador to the Philippines MaryKay L. Carlson revealed that the US would bring an offshore wind project to help the country deal with the adverse effects of climate change, and provide support for the rehabilitation of the Baguio Museum.
She cited as an example the recent Typhoon Florita, internationally named Ma-on, which ravaged parts of Baguio and the Cordilleras and left one dead, two injured, and 49,000 individuals affected.
Carlson also said during her visit to the Baguio Museum that the US Embassy, through the State Department’s Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP), will pour in a total of $133,526, or P6.5 million, to help preserve local cultural treasures in Baguio Museum.
“Through the [AFCP], we are working together to build the Museum’s capacity to care for its wonderful collection of artifacts and cultural objects from the seven major tribes of the Cordilleras,” Carlson said.
“These are incredible pieces of Philippine history, and we share your dedication to maintaining the collection for future generations,” she added.
During her visit to the museum, she was accompanied by Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong and Baguio lone district Rep. Mark Go, including National Artist for Film and Broadcast Arts Kidlat Tahimik.
She also visited National Artist for Visual Arts Benedicto Cabrera’s museum.
“This partnership with the Baguio Museum is just one aspect of our broad commitment to the Baguio Community,” Carlson said.
“We are truly grateful for the many ways that these collaborations strengthen the relationship between the United States and the Philippines, and we look forward to many more years of friendship and partnership,” the US ambassador added.
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