Islamabad (PPI) - The Governments of United States and Pakistan Thursday signed agreements worth $899 million in areas of health, education, governance, and reconstruction from October 2005 earthquake. The agreements bring total obligations to Pakistan through USAID this year to $920 million. A substantial amount of these funds will be provided to Pakistan government and local non-governmental institutions to implement programmes. Included in agreements is direct budget support of $174 million for BISP, income support program for internally displace persons (IDPs), and assistance to technical and vocational education activities under Higher Education Commission. These agreements demonstrate the US enduring commitment to help Pakistan enhance lives of its citizens through improved delivery of services, Deputy Chief of Mission Gerald Feierstein said. Under these agreements, the US will increase resources to sectors that foster economic growth, including energy sector. Much-needed assistance will also support priorities in health, education, governance, humanitarian assistance, and reconstruction in areas affected by 2005 earthquake, he said. These strategic agreements are in addition to Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act of 2009, often referred to as Kerry-Lugar bill, which is expected to further increase development funding for Pakistan to $1.5 billion per year for five years.