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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 stringent, but necessary, measures and 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. Despite indications that the country is beginning to "flatten the curve", our Manila-based personnel continue to temporarily work from home and adopting virtual and online modalities for meetings and interactions. These measures will remain in force until such time that the situation normalizes or is deemed safe as determined by relevant authorities. Rest assured, however, that we remain OPEN FOR BUSINESS, sustaining engagement with our clients, partners, and stakeholders, and working with and supporting the government even 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!


Mr Mats Persson, OIC and Deputy Country Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) Philippines, has assumed the concurrent function of FAO Representative ad interim in the Philippines from 14 October 2020 and until further notice.

He may be contacted at [email protected]

Latest knowledge resources

The Philippines: Urgent call for assistance - Super Typhoon Goni (Rolly) 2020

Super Typhoon Goni, locally referred to as Rolly, made landfall on 1 November 2020 in the Philippines, roughly following the same path as Typhoon Molave that hit just days earlier. Super Typhoon Goni severely affected Albay and Catanduanes provinces, negatively impacting their economies, which were already reeling as a result of the coronavirus 2019 pandemic. The typhoon damaged rice, corn, abaca and other high-value crops. It also destroyed boats, fishing gear, agricultural equipment and other livelihood resources, significantly affecting those who are dependent on farming and fishing as their primary or secondary source of livelihood. As part of the United Nations appeal, and working closely with the government, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations aims to support affected farmers and fishers by helping them re‑establish their livelihoods and improving their food security and nutrition.

The Philippines | Humanitarian response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) (May-December 2020)

This document highlights FAO’s response actions and anticipatory interventions to the COVID-19 crisis based on its analysis of the pandemic’s current and projected impacts on agriculture and food security on vulnerable populations and sectors of the country. It also provides information on the intervention gaps and FAO’s resource requirements to further address these impacts.

United Nations Immediate Support to the COVID-19 Response in the Philippines

This report by UN Philippines provides a full, up-to-date picture of the ongoing UN immediate support to the COVID-19 response in the country being carried out by 20 UN entities in the Philippines through some 100 rapid-response activities. It highlights the UN’s substantial contributions to interventions in the health sector, a host of urgent humanitarian activities targeting the most vulnerable, and a multi-sector programme of dynamic development initiatives aimed at assisting the Philippines to recover quickly and sustainably, and emerge more resistant to future shocks.

Upcoming events/celebrations

World Soil Day, 05 December 2020

About World Soil Day
World Soil Day (WSD) is held annually on 5 December as a means to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil and advocating for the sustainable management of soil resources.

An international day to celebrate Soil was recommended by the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) in 2002. Under the leadership of the Kingdom of Thailand and within the framework of the Global Soil Partnership, FAO has supported the formal establishment of WSD as a global awareness raising platform. The FAO Conference unanimously endorsed World Soil Day  in June 2013 and requested its official adoption at the 68th UN General Assembly. In December 2013 the UN General Assembly responded by designating 5 December 2014 as the first official World Soil Day.

Know more about WSD here: http://www.fao.org/world-soil-day/about-wsd/en/.

WSD 2020 Theme: "Keep Soil Alive, Protect Soil Biodiversity"

Spread the word! Download the WSD 2020 social media and communication materials from here:

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: 

  • Consultant on Veterinary Formulary
  • Senior Research and Capacity Development Consultant
  • National Project Development and Management Associate