President’s Hall, Malacañan Palace
August 8, 2023

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. received Senator Tammy Duckworth from the United States of America (USA) in a courtesy call at the President’s Hall in Malacañan Palace.

Noting the impact of climate change and the effects of the pandemic in the world economy, the President and Senator Duckworth talked about their respective governments’ shift to renewable energy, more importantly in the Philippines, as it strives to transform the economy post-pandemic.

On another topic, the American official said that Filipinos all over the US are recognized for being well-educated and for their fluency in the English language, among other factors. Noting the number of Filipino nurses in the US and the quality of service they provide, Senator Duckworth opened about her talk with the US Embassy in the Philippines about the possibility of sending American students to nursing schools in the country, as one of the measures to address the United States’ shortage of nursing programs and residency slots.

President Marcos Jr. expressed that he is looking forward to more partnerships with the U.S. government and thanked Senator Duckworth for the continued support to the country.

Senator Duckworth is an Iraq war veteran, Purple Heart recipient and former Assistant Secretary of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, who served as among the first Army women to fly combat missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom. She has been in service in the Reserve Forces for 23 years before retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2014. Two years later, she won a seat at the U.S. Senate after representing Illinois’s Eight Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives for two terms. (

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