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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!


Ms Kati Hannele Tanninen has assumed the position and duties as the new FAO Representative in the Philippines, arriving in Manila on 27 February 2021.

Ms Tanninen is a national of Finland and has more than 20 years of development work and country programme management experience. This includes, among others, serving as IFAD Country Programme Manager for Nepal and Bhutan, and as Head of Cooperation for the Embassy of Finland in various African countries. Most recently and prior to joining FAO, she was Senior Adviser to the Director General of the Finland Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She holds a Master’s Degree in Geography and Regional Planning from the University of Oulu, Finland.

She may be contacted at [email protected].

Latest resources

Rapid assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on food supply chains in the Philippines

The FAO report looks at rural livelihood and agricultural market chains as a critical component of the country’s food security capacity, and the related effects to it of the community restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Likewise, the report assesses the impact of COVID-19 on the access of the most vulnerable population that may result in a high rate of malnutrition.  The results are expected to provide an information base to aid in local and national decision-making to alleviate the impact of this pandemic and facilitate the production movement, and distribution of goods essential to food security without compromising public health and safety.

The report is a publication prepared by FAO with technical support from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Department of Agriculture (DA).  The study was also supported by the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Agrarian Reform of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (MAFAR-BARMM).

The Philippines: Urgent call for assistance - Super Typhoon Goni and Typhoon Vamco 2020

Super Typhoon Goni (local name Rolly) and Typhoon Vamco (local name Ulysses) made landfall in 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 and Typhoon Vamco affected Cagayan and Isabela provinces, negatively impacting their economies, which were already reeling as a result of the coronavirus 2019 pandemic. The typhoons damaged rice, corn, abaca, and other high-value crops. They 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 a general 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.

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: 

  • National Evaluation Specialist
  • Data Analyst
  • Climate-Resilient Agriculture - Farmer Field School Training Specialist
  • National Farming Systems Specialist
  • Project Assistants (6)
  • Project Field Assistant