Foreign Agricultural Service Administrator Daniel Whitley arrived in Manila Monday to launch a USDA trade mission. The trade mission seeks to foster stronger ties and build economic partnerships between the United States and the Philippines. Whitley is joined by representatives from 29 U.S. agribusinesses and farm organizations and ten state agriculture departments interested in exploring export opportunities in the Philippines. Whitley says, “I’m confident the next few days will produce mutually beneficial results to help expand trade, increase collaboration on key issues impacting agriculture in both our countries, and ultimately strengthen Philippine food security.” This week, local staff from the FAS office in Manila will host business meetings between U.S. trade mission delegates and local companies seeking to import American food and farm products. The trade mission itinerary also includes three memoranda of understanding signing ceremonies, including one to launch a USDA-funded program to help combat African Swine Fever in the Philippines.