FAO in the Philippines

Despite the COVID-19 emergency, we remain "open for business"

FAO expresses its solidarity with the Filipino people in light of the current COVID-19 crisis. The Country Office enjoins the nation in complying with the national government's instructions for stringent, but necessary, protocols to control and stem the spread of this disease.

In line with this, FAO Philippines is implementing aligned measures to ensure the safety of our staff. Our Manila-based personnel will be temporarily working from home, adopting virtual meetings and interactions, and avoiding activities that require physical presence. These measures will remain in force until such time that the situation normalizes as determined by authorities. However, we remain OPEN FOR BUSINESS, sustaining engagement with our clients, partners, and stakeholders, and working with and supporting the government during this crisis.

We assure everyone that we will continue to deliver on our mandates amidst these trying times. Through our concerted efforts, we shall all come out of this crisis stronger and wiser. Stay safe and healthy everyone!

This issue of the FAO Philippines Newsletter highlights the Country Office's significant activities and achievements for the period of January to June 2020. It showcases the following topics: (1) FAO Philippines' efforts to promote its work and mandates amidst the COVID-19 pandemic including establishing new partnerships, supporting government initiatives to strengthen food security, addressing "infodemic", and participating in online learning and knowledge-sharing events; (2) a new regional initiative to protect farming families and their livestock from volcanic eruptions; (3) World Food Day 2020 in the context of the global pandemic; (4) managing the emerging threat of the Fall Armyworm; (5) promoting e-agriculture in conflict and post-conflict areas in the country; (6) capacity-building initiatives to empower farmers and fisherfolk especially women farmers; (7) ongoing and concluded projects; (8) first-ever country-level dialogue with national partners to inform FAO regional mandates; (9) human interest features showcasing the resilience and successes of FAO project beneficiaries; and (10) new publications.


Ms Xiangjun Yao, FAO Regional Programme Leader, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, RAP, has assumed the function of FAO Representative ad interim in the Philippines from 1 December 2019 and until further notice. She temporarily takes over from Mr Jose Luis Fernandez, who is now FAO Representative in Haiti.

Ms Yao may be contacted at [email protected]

Latest career opportunities at FAO Philippines

Head on over to the "Work with Us" section to see if you have what it takes to join a dynamic and dedicated team working to address hunger and poverty across the country and start on an exciting journey with us. We are currently searching to fill the following posts: 

  • Project Field Assistant
  • Anticipatory Action Specialist
  • Joint Programme Coordinator