Since 1948, more than 9,000 Filipinos and Americans have participated in U.S. Government sponsored exchange programs between the Philippines and the United States. These participants include youth, mid-career professionals, and senior officials who represent all sectors from both countries. The connections forged between the people of the two countries through these exchange programs have helped build mutual understanding and strengthened a robust bilateral relationship. Exchange program alumni have contributed to the development of the Philippines upon their return and continued to connect and work with alumni from around the globe.
A key strength of the US-PH friendship is the dynamism of the Filipino U.S. exchange alumni, who have organized themselves into more than 30 associations. Through these alumni associations, they actively leverage their exchange experiences to develop programs and projects that advance mutual interests. These include enhancing the quality of education, promoting inclusive economic development, advancing rule of law, promoting peace and security, and environmental resource management.