Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte is now in the United States of America for a month-long tour as part of an exchange program sponsored by the US State Department for selected young leaders all over the world.

In a post on her official Linkedin account, Mayor Duterte said that she is with Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco for the International Visitor Leadership program.

Duterte said the program is an initiative to combat the rising threat of terrorism in Southeast Asia.

“I am delighted to be part of International Visitor Leadership program led by the US Department of State. Joining with me is Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco, we will be in the United States for an initiative to combat the rising threat of terrorism in Southeast Asia,” Duterte said.

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.

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