Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte has reportedly been chosen by the US Embassy in the Philippines as one of the recipients of the leadership exchange program that will bring the city mayor to the United States of America for over a month.
The presidential daughter has been chosen as one of the Filipinos who will participate in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) funded by the US State Department.
Photo below shows Mayor Duterte with Deputy Chief of Mission to the Philippines John Law and the United States Department of State.
The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program.
Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields experience this country firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts.
Professional meetings reflect the participants’ professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the United States.
Each year nearly 5,000 International Visitors come to the U.S. on the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).
More than 200,000 International Visitors have engaged with Americans through the IVLP, including more than 500 current or former Chiefs of State or Heads of Government.
There is no application for IVLP. Participants are nominated and selected annually by the staff at U.S. Embassies around the world.