Resident Agencies in the Philippines


Who We Are 

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) leads international efforts to raise levels of nutrition, improve agricultural productivity, better the lives of rural populations and contribute to the growth of the world economy. FAO’s vision of a world without hunger is one in which most people are able, by themselves, to obtain the food they need for an active and healthy life, and where social safety nets ensure that those who lack resources still get enough to eat.

This vision, which is already a reality in developed countries and is also becoming a reality in a number of emerging developing countries, now needs to be extended to all developing countries, starting with those where the problems of hunger and malnutrition are most widespread and severe. Success in moving fast to reduce the number of hungry and malnourished people will reduce human suffering, stimulate economic growth where it is most needed, and contribute to global stability, to everyone’s benefit.

FAO is a “Knowledge Organization” for food and agricultural information, technical knowledge and human resources, and a forum for policy dialogue. lts work in these areas and on provision of global public goods and regulatory standards setting, underpins and complements the activities of Member Countries that directly target food insecurity and raise the standards of living of their people.

What We Do

To make FAO’s vision a reality, development processes combined with social safety nets must reach marginalized and food insecure people on a large scale. The strategic approach advocated by FAO draws on lessons learned from its Special Programme for Food Security (SPFS), which is being implemented in 1O5 countries with the objective of demonstrating the feasibility of improving agricultural yields, incomes and the welfare of small-scale farming families.

Experience shows that it is possible to engage very large numbers of rural people in identifying and applying locally specific solutions involving the use of simple, improved technologies to address problems of hunger and malnutrition. Participatory learning methods such as farmers’ field schools and savings groups have worked well and proved to be cost-effective. lt has also become clear that combating hunger and achieving the Millennium

Development Goals (MDGs) and World Food Summit (WFS) targets would require a comprehensive set of actions at the national level. Consequently, FAO started promoting national action programmes to achieve sustainable food security.

Based on experience with the SPFS and recommendations of an independent external evaluation, the National Programmes for Food Security (NPFS) was introduced by

FAO to help countries act at a scale sufficient to achieve MDG and WFS targets by 2015. While each country decides the content of its own NPFS, FAO promotes a systematic approach that puts in place activities to enhance productivity, diversify livelihoods and build the capacities of food insecure people to achieve sustainable food security in the medium term, while simultaneously assisting those in immediate need, through safety net programmes. It also recommends:

  • Systematic use of food security analysis in programme design
  • Provision for impact monitoring and pro-poor policy adjustments
  • lnvestment in adequate infrastructure that allows access to markets
  • lnstitutional arrangements that bring together the public sector and civil society and foster partnerships among international and bilateral aid agencies that share similar goals at country level.

NPFS are designed and implemented by national teams, and are launched only when political leaders at the highest level commit to them. FAO acts as a catalyst and facilitator. Its main roles are on advocacy, technical support, monitoring and reporting, and promotion of partnerships for the mobilization of resources.

How We Work

FAO uses the expertise of its staff and consultants – agronomists, foresters, fisheries and livestock specialists, nutritionists, social scientists, economists, statisticians and other professionals – to collect, analyze and disseminate data. Our breadth of knowledge is utilized in thousands of field projects throughout the world, including the Philippines. FAO provides the technical know-how and in a few cases, is a source of limited funds as well. In crisis situations, FAO provides emergency assistance and work side-by-side with the government, NGOs, the World Food Programme (WFP) and other humanitarian agencies and organizations to restore rural livelihoods and help people rebuild their lives.

Who We Work With

FAO’s work in the Philippines is supported by partners from government (Department of Agriculture, Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Environment and

Natural Resources, Department of Science and Technology, National Economic and Development Authority, Mindanao Development Authority, Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, etc), the academe (State Universities and colleges), NGOs (Asian NGO Coalition, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights-Asia, lnc.), the private sector and UN and other international agencies (Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture, Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, etc) and donors.

Where We Work

FAO’s field of action touches on the most basic human rights and needs – that of freedom from hunger – and on the crucial sectors of the world economy – agriculture, forestry, fisheries and rural development.

In the Philippines, FAO is currently implementing field projects in Regions 1, 2,3, 4A, 48,5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, CAR, and ARMM to support/provide technical assistance in:

  • Policy formulation and advocacy (poverty alleviation, climate change, sustainable development, rural development,
  • Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, Country Programming Framework)
  • New technologies and approaches to increase productivity and promote sustainable use of resources (carbon markets, small scale irrigation system)
  • Training and capacity development for: (1) prevention and control of Transboundary Animal Diseases (Foot and Mouth Diseases, Avian lnfluenza, etc., Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome, H1N1 viruses), (2) climate risk management and adaptation, and disaster preparedness, (3) small scale enterprises in rural areas.
  • Information and Communications Technology applications in agriculture
  • Restoration of agriculture-based livelihood in typhoon and conflict affected areas
  • Improvement of livelihood in fishery areas
  • Ensuring food and nutrition security.

Contact Us:

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

29th Floor, Yuchengco Tower 1, RCBC Plaza, 6819 Ayala Avenue corner Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City 1226, Metro Manila, Philippines

Tel.: (63-2) 901-0351 • 901-0355

Fax: (63-2) 901-0362





Who We Are

  • The International Labour Organization (ILO) aims to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues.
  • The ILO’s overarching goal is to achieve decent and productive work for all – under conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity.
  • Founded in 1919, the ILO is the only “tripartite” United Nations agency, meaning governments, employers and workers act as equal partners in the organization.
  • In 1946, the ILO became the first specialized agency of the United Nations. On its 50th anniversary in 1969, the ILO received the NobelPeace Prize.

What We Do

  • Advocate decent and productive work as key to reducing poverty and achieving sustainable, inclusive and greener growth in support of the Philippine Development Plan through the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF);
  • Increase opportunities for people to achieve sustainable livelihoods and gain access to employment;
  • Guide national and international policies, aimed at generating employment, extending social protection, respecting labor standards, and promoting social dialogue, while shaping a fair globalization;
  • Put decent work and sustainable livelihoods at the forefront of disaster response;
  • Implement emergency employment in disaster-hit areas, which guarantee minimum wage; extend social protection coverage like social security, health and accident insurance; and ensure safety and health of workers;
  • Promote international labor standards, in the form of Conventions and Recommendations, and encourage member States to ratify and implement these instruments;
  • Support the government, employers’ and workers’ organizations in dealing with a range of work and workplace-related issues–from drafting of laws and the application of internationally agreed standards to institution building, safety and health, labor migration, social protection, discrimination, crisis and disaster response, child labor and forced labor;
  • Build bridges between ILO’s standard-setting role and the work on the ground through a wide range of projects;
  • Enhance the capacity of social partners to generate and use statistics, labor market information and analysis, tools, training manuals, publications and information products for informed policy making.

Who We Work With

  • Governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations (tripartite constituents);
  • Partners at the international, regional and national levels: donor agencies, international financial institutions, UN agencies, non-government organizations, academia, civil society, parliamentarian organizations and other stakeholders;
  • Foundations and companies through public-private partnerships.

How We Work

  • Create a framework for national development through Decent Work Country Programmes (DWCP) of member States, based on the following strategic objectives:
    • To promote and realize standards, and fundamental principles and rights at work;
    • To create greater opportunities for women and men to secure decent employment;
    • To enhance the coverage and effectiveness of social protection for all;
    • To strengthen the relationship between workers, employers and governments, and encourage social dialogue;
  • Work through three main bodies – International Labour Conference, Governing Body and International Labour Office;
  • Implement projects with partners worldwide.

Where We Work

  • The ILO has offices around the globe. At the national level, the ILO works with social partners to support the country in achieving sustainable, inclusive and greener growth through decent and productive work, mostly in areas with high incidence of poverty and vulnerable forms of employment.
  • In disaster-hit areas, the ILO has teams on the ground such as Leyte, Northern Cebu, Ormoc, Palawan (Coron), Tacloban and Bohol.

Emergency employment programmes in disaster-hit areas have transitioned to medium to long-term labour based community work, skills training and enterprise development.

ILO Projects in the Philippines

  • Assessment-based National Dialogue to establish a Social Protection Floor in the Philippines
  • Build back better: Decent work and livelihood in disaster-hit areas: Haiyan (Yolanda), Bopha (Pablo), Bohol earthquake & Zamboanga conflict
  • Decent Work across Borders: Pilot Project for Migrant Health Professionals and Skilled Workers (DWAB)
  • Decent Work for Seafarers
  • Employment Intensive Investment Programme (EIIP)
  • Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
  • Greener Business Asia
  • HIV and AIDS Programme
  • Indigenous Peoples Development Programme
  • International Programme on the Elimination of

Child Labour (IPEC)

  • Programme for Local Economic Development through Enhanced Governance and Grassroots Empowerment in Mindanao (PLEDGE)
  • Promoting employability and skills development
  • Promoting equality and decent work: Prevention of Human Trafficking and Protection of Domestic Workers
  • Start & Improve Your Business Programme (SIYB)
  • Support to the Philippine Labor and Employment Plan 2011-2016: Inclusive growth through decent and productive work
  • Tripartite Action for the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers in the ASEAN Region (ASEAN TRIANGLE).

Contact Us:

International Labour Organization Country Office for the Philippines

19th Floor, Yuchengco Tower 1, RCBC Plaza,

6819 Ayala Avenue corner Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City 1226, Metro Manila, Philippines

Tel.: (63-2) 580 9900

Fax: (63-2) 856 7597





Who We Are

Formally launched in 1996, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is an innovative partnership that leads and inspires the world in achieving universal access to HIV prevention and AIDS treatment, care and support. The establishment of UNAIDS as a co- sponsored programme reflects the determination of the UN system to work with governments and civil society in a concerted and dedicated effort to overcome the global challenge posed by HIV and AIDS.

What We Do

As the main advocate for global action on AIDS, UNAIDS leads, strengthens and supports the response towards attaining its vision of:

  • ZERO new HIV infections
  • ZERO discrimination
  • ZERO AIDS-related deaths.

UNAIDS works toward its over-all goal of universal access to a comprehensive package of prevention, treatment, care and support services related to HIV and AIDS.  In the 2011 High Level Meeting, the UN General Assembly further elaborated 10 specific targets in support of meeting MDG6, to halt and reverse the spread of HIV. Universal access also serves as a guiding principle which promotes country ownership,  country  leadership, and inclusive multi-sectoral processes.

UNAIDS fulfills its mission of universal access by:

  • Uniting the efforts of the United Nations system, civil society, national governments, the private sector, global institutions and people living with and most affected by HIV;
  • Speaking out in solidarity with the people most affected by HIV in defense of human dignity, human rights and gender equality;
  • Mobilizing political, technical, scientific, and financial resources, and holding ourselves and others accountable for results;
  • Empowering agents of change with strategic information  and evidence to influence and ensure that resources are targeted where they deliver the greatest impact and bring about a prevention revolution;  and
  • Supporting inclusive country leadership for sustainable responses that are integral to and integrated with national health and development efforts.

How We Work

UNAIDS pools together the experience, expertise and resources of its co-sponsoring UN organizations as well as other UN organizations which signify support to the country, and prompts these organizations to a coordinated UN action.

The UN Theme Group on AIDS, which is composed of the Heads of Agencies of the UN, provides over-all policy and guidance for a coordinated UN response. It is supported by the UN Joint Team on AIDS, comprised of the designated technical staff of Co-sponsors and supporting UN organizations, provides technical advice and direction to the UN’s contribution to the national response to HIV and AIDS.

In the Philippines the following UN agencies comprise the UN Theme Group on AIDS and UN Joint Team on AIDS:

  • International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)
  • United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)*
  • United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • UNAIDS Secretariat
  • United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)

 *Non-resident agency

Who We Work With

UNAIDS works with the Philippine National AIDS Council (PNAC), a multi-sectoral body which coordinates the national response to HIV and AIDS. It also works with Local Government Units (LGUs) in cities highly burdened by HIV to strengthen their local AIDS response. Civil society organizations (CSOs), particularly key populations at higher risk of HIV, many of which had been at the forefront of the response to HIV and AIDS, are key partners as well. At the heart of UNAIDS’s work is its unwavering commitment toward enhancing the meaningful involvement of people living with HIV in all aspects of the response to the epidemic.

Contact Us:

Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)

31st Floor, Yuchengco Tower 1, RCBC Plaza,

6819 Ayala Avenue corner Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City 1226, Metro Manila, Philippines

Tel.: (63-2) 901 0412; (63-2) 901-0414

Fax: (63-2) 901-0415





Who We Are

Established in 1951, the International Organization for Migration is the leading intergovernmental organization in the field of migration and is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society. IOM works with its partners in the international community to assist in meeting the growing operational challenges of migration, advance understanding of migration issues, encourage social and economic development through migration and uphold the well-being and human rights of migrants.

Headquartered in Geneva, IOM’s structure is highly decentralized, enabling the Organization to acquire the capacity closer to where the needs are in order to effectively deliver an ever-increasing number of diverse projects at the request of its Member States and partners.

IOM’s Field structure is composed of:

  • 9 Regional Offices (Dakar, Senegal; Nairobi, Kenya; Cairo, Egypt; Pretoria, South Africa; San José, Costa Rica; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Bangkok, Thailand; Brussels, Belgium; Vienna, Austria), which formulate regional strategies and plans of action to provide programmatic and administrative support to the Country Offices within their regions;
  • 2 Administrative Centres (Manila and Panama), which provide administrative services to IOM’s network of offices;
  • 2 Special Liaison Offices (New York, United States of America, and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia), which strengthen relations with specific multilateral bodies, diplomatic missions, and nongovernmental organizations;
  • 9 Country Offices with resource mobilization and coordinating functions, which ensure effective fundraising and liaison with donors and have the additional responsibility to ensure that migratory realities within a defined cluster of countries are taken into account in the programmatic activities of the region;
  • Country Offices and sub-offices, which implement a wide range of projects addressing specific migration needs.

What We Do

HUMAN RIGHTS of Migrants

The international community increasingly recognizes that all migrants, irrespective of migration status, are entitled to have their human rights protected and fulfilled. Migrants’ rights have been the focus of the High-level Dialogue on Migration and Development, UN-based frameworks, and other processes, including the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) and Regional Consultative Processes on migration (RCP). Additionally, through its global information campaign, IOM advocates for a more favorable, inclusive and balanced attitude towards migrants.

Migration LAW

IOM has special expertise in the area of international migration law which contributes to advocacy for and compliance with international and regional standards.

IOM facilitates dissemination of migration law knowledge, in particular, by helping governments and other migration actors strengthen their capacity to govern or contribute to migration management more effectively, notably though training and capacity-building activities, legislation review and research on migration law.


IOM provides support to States and other partners in the area of migration management to promote safer and more orderly migration – specifically through policy guidance, capacity-building of governments, standard-setting and quality control, direct service delivery, as well as through expert advice on mainstreaming migration in development planning and best practices in other areas, such as labor and facilitated migration, migration and development, counter trafficking, assisted voluntary return, migration health, assistance for vulnerable migrants, immigration and border management.


IOM works with governments to promote a “high-road” scenario for migration governance, one in which facilitating– not restricting – migration is the priority; which sees migration as a process to be managed rather than a problem to be solved; and which strives to expand the possibilities for people to realize their human development aspirations and potential through mobility. IOM promotes a comprehensive approach to migration governance and maintains operational partnerships with relevant governmental, multilateral and private sector industry entities.

Migration POLICY

IOM provides advice and support to governments and partners, with the overall aim to develop effective national, regional and global migration policies and strategies. IOM strives to establish internal and external coherence with regard to its approach to migration governance as a whole – including, but not limited to, protection, humanitarian policy – as it relates to migration and development.


The IOM Migration Emergency Funding Mechanism (MEFM) was established to allow for rapid emergency response in the critical period between the occurrence of an emergency and when funding is actually received.

Support to Emergency Operations

  1. Migration Crisis Operational Framework

IOM’s Migration Crisis Operational Framework (MCOF) is an analytical and operational tool to formulate the way in which the Organization supports its Member States and partners to better prepare for, respond to and recover from migration crises.

  1. Camp Coordination and Camp Management

IOM leads the global Camp Coordination and Camp Management

(CCCM) Cluster for natural disasters and implements related activities. The CCCM Cluster has developed guidance and built capacity through training efforts at the global, regional and national levels. Innovative approaches are applied in the management of the displaced persons through strategic partnerships with UN partners, national authorities and the private sector.

3. Displacement Tracking

IOM’s institutional displacement monitoring system is referred to as the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM). DTM is increasingly being recognized by the humanitarian community as the operational tool of critical importance to the coordination and delivery of humanitarian assistance.

Contact Us:

IOM Philippines

28th Floor, Citibank Tower, 8741 Paseo de Roxas St., 1225 Makati City, Philippines

Tel.: (63-2) 230 1999

Fax: (63-2) 848 1257

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Who We Are

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in more than 170 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations. In the Philippines, UNDP fosters human development for peace and prosperity. Working with central and local Governments as well as civil society, and building on global best practices; UNDP strengthens capacities of women, men and institutions to empower them to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the objectives of the Philippine Development Plan. Through advocacy and development projects, with a special focus on vulnerable groups, UNDP works to ensure a better life for the Filipino people.

What We Do

UNDP supports the country’s efforts to achieve the Philippine Development Plan 2011-2016 and fulfill its commitment in achieving the MDGs. To do so, UNDP broadly focuses on the following key areas of intervention:

  • Promoting good governance through improved protection of human rights, access to justice, and anti-corruption;
  • Improving resilience against conflicts and disasters by supporting early recovery, disaster risk reduction, and the promotion of peace;
  • Adapting to climate change and promoting the use of renewable energies, protection and conservation of biodiversity, and equitable benefit sharing from and sustainable management of natural resources;
  • Supporting national policy and localized strategies to reduce poverty and achieve the MDGs.

UNDP also emphasizes human rights, gender equality, and engagement and empowerment of marginalized populations and Indigenous Peoples as fundamental, guiding principles throughout its work.

Who We Work With

UNDP partners with a wide variety of development stakeholders. The National Economic and Development Authority plays a key role as government counterpart in the implementation of the Country Programme, while other national and local government agencies act as implementing partners for UNDP-supported projects. UNDP also works with a wide array of international partners, trust funds, the private sector, civil society organizations and foundations for financing, expertise, advocacy, and implementation of UNDP’s programme.

Government Partners:

National Economic and Development Authority; Department of the Interior and Local Government; DILG-Local Government Academy; Commission on Filipinos Overseas; Civil Service Commission; Office of the Ombudsman; Commission on Human Rights; Supreme Court of the Philippines; National Commission on Indigenous Peoples; Regional Human Rights Commission; Climate Change Commission; Department of Environment and Natural Resources; DENR–Biodiversity Management Bureau; Department of Health; Department of National Defense-Office of Civil Defense; Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process; Department of Agriculture-Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation; Department of Energy; National Anti-Poverty Commission; Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery; and various Local Government Units.

Donor Partners:

During the period 2012-2014, our donor partners are: European Union; Governments of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Republic of Korea, China, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Canada, Netherlands, Russia, Ecuador, Kuwait; Global Environment Facility; United Nations Children’s Fund; World Federation of Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Muslim Communities; CNH Industrial; Fédération Internationale de Football Association; Western Union Foundation; Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation

Other Partners:

Human Development Network; Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia; Ateneo School of Government; Asian Institute of Management; other CSOs and Foundations.

How We Work

UNDP’s work is organized around a focused set of outcomes following the UN Development Assistance Framework 2012-2018 and the UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017. These outcomes support the priorities and needs of the country, and capture the development challenges UNDP will contribute to directly and significantly.

Within the context of the Country Programme Document 2012-2016, UNDP works at both national and local levels to ensure support in human development and the achievement of the MDGs. The development and implementation of innovative pilot projects and local interventions are paired with actions that ensure a supportive legal and regulatory policy environment.

UNDP identifies key gaps in policy, regulations, and capacity. Those gaps are then addressed through policy support, technical assistance, and capacity building to strengthen relevant national and local institutions. Similar efforts are directed at civil society and community group partners wherever necessary. UNDP draws on deep partnerships with government and grassroots organizations partnerships at the local level to pilot projects, strengthen the capacity of local leaders and communities, and support the empowerment of stakeholders to allow them to affect their own futures.

To reflect the complex and multi-sector nature of the country’s development challenge, UNDP is pursuing convergence in its programme and developing activities that tackle development issues from a broader perspective. Throughout its work, UNDP draws upon a global network of partners and experts, mobilizing resources and applying experiences.

Where We Work

UNDP Philippines implements projects in almost all 17 regions of the country. The main office is in Manila, supporting majority of the policy advice and national level capacity building and advocacy initiatives. A satellite office is located in Cotabato City, Mindanao, supporting initiatives on peace-building and community resilience.

Contact Us:

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

30th Floor Yuchengco Tower, RCBC Plaza, 6819 Ayala Avenue cor. Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue,

Makati City 1226 Philippines

Tel: (632) 9010100

Fax: (632) 9010200, (632) 8897171


Website: www.undp

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Who We Are

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and coordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. It also has a mandate to help stateless people.

UNHCR seeks to reduce situations of forced displacement and statelessness by encouraging states and other institutions to create conditions which are conducive to the protection of human rights and the peaceful resolution of disputes.

In more than six decades, the agency has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives. Today, a staff of some 8,600 people in more than 125 countries continues to help some 33.9 million persons.

What We Do

Worldwide, these are the persons of concern to UNHCR:

  • Internally Displaced Person (IDP): someone who has left his home in fear of persecution, but has not crossed an international border
  • Refugee: someone who has left his country or is unable to return to it owing to a well-rounded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of particular social group or political opinion.
  • Returnee: refugees or internally displaced persons who return home once it is safe to do so.
  • Stateless Person: someone who is not considered a national by any country or who does not enjoy the basic rights similar to others in the country.
  • Asylum Seeker: someone who has fled his country and is seeking refugee status in another country.

UNHCR adheres to the following key elements to protect persons of concern:

  • Emergency Response: Providing fleeing civilians with emergency help is often the first step towards their long-term protection and rehabilitation. To prepare for and respond to an emergency, UNHCR has assembled teams of people with a wide range of key skills who are ready for deployment anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice. UNHCR has the capacity to respond to a new emergency impacting up to 500,000 people. The agency can also mobilize more than 300 trained personnel within 72 hours. These experts come from its Emergency Response Team (ERT) roster. UNHCR has also developed mechanisms for the immediate mobilization of financial resources to help meet the response to an emergency without delay.
  • Protection: The protection of 33.9 million uprooted or stateless people is the core mandate of UNHCR. The agency does this in several ways: it ensures the basic human rights of uprooted or stateless people in their countries of asylum or habitual residence end that refugees will not be returned involuntarily to a country where they could face persecution. Longer term, the organization helps refugees find appropriate durable solutions to their plight, by repatriating voluntarily to their homeland, integrating in countries of asylum or resettling in third countries.
  • Advocacy is a cornerstone of protection strategies, used in combination with activities such as information dissemination, monitoring and negotiation. These can help transform policies and services on national, regional or global levels to better protect people for whom UNHCR bears responsibility. In both countries of asylum and countries of origin, UNHCR works within national political, economic, and social structures that directly affect the lives of refugees and other people of concern to bring policies, practices and laws into compliance with international standards.
  • Assistance: Most refugees and internally displaced people leave their homes with little or nothing, and even those with some resources may soon exhaust them. UNHCR and its partners provide vital assistance, which takes many forms. Initially, we provide live-saving emergency assistance in the form of clean water and sanitation and health care as well as shelter materials and other relief items, such as blankets, sleeping mats, jerry cans, household goods and sometimes food. Other vital assistance that we provide, or help provide, includes refugee registration, assistance and advice on asylum applications, education and counseling.
  • Capacity Building: Strengthening capacity, a core activity in the area of protection, seeks to help states meet their international legal obligations to protect refugees. Through its livelihood programmes, UNHCR also develops capacity: it helps displaced people become self-sufficient in their places of refuge and enhances the chances of finding a durable solution for refugees.

UNHCR in the Philippines

UNHCR activities in the Philippines are framed around the following pillars:

  • Protection and Solutions for Refugees: The Philippines is one of the few countries in the region to have acceded to the 1951 Convention and the 1967 protocol. It has also enacted a national asylum procedure, which is used to determine the refugee status of asylum-seekers. The Department of Justice (DoJ) is the state agency responsible for adjudicating claims of asylum seekers. An emergency transit mechanism (ETM) operates for at-risk refugees who are unable to remain in their country of first asylum but are awaiting resettlement.
  • Protection of Stateless Persons and Reduction of Statelessness: On 30 May 2011, the Philippines became the first country in Southeast Asia to ratify the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons. Statelessness mainly affects certain communities in Mindanao but there are also smaller communities at risk in other areas of the country. UNHCR also supports and co-organizes with the Philippines Government working groups to resolve policy issues and formalize options for Persons of Indonesian descent in coordination with the Government of Indonesia. In preparation for taking steps to help resolve statelessness amongst these communities, UNHCR is working with the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) for the provision of free legal assistance and representation for stateless persons.
  • Protection of Internally Displaced Persons: UNHCR established and assumed leadership of the Protection cluster in situations of natural disasters in response to emergencies caused by Typhoon Washi and Typhoon Haiyan. UNHCR efforts also seek to support and reinforce national mechanisms and responses to the needs of, and for the protection of IDPs in Mindanao. UNHCR engages with various stakeholders and civil society to ensure respect and protection of the rights of IDPs in accordance with the UN Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement and relevant international instruments, including International Humanitarian Law.

Who We Work With

UNHCR works with the government and civil society in providing protection and support to persons of concern.

Government Partners:

  • Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)
  • Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)
  • Bureau of Immigration (BI)
  • Commission of Human Rights (CHR)
  • Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)
  • Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)
  • Department of Justice (DoJ)
  • Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)
  • Public Attorney’s Office (PAO)
  • Regional Human Rights Commission (RHRC)

NGO Partners:

  • Balay Rehabilitation Center
  • Community and Family Services International
  • PASALI Philippines
  • Plan International
  • UnYPhil-Women

UN Agencies:

  • WFP
  • IOM


  • Ateneo Human Rights Center
  • Bangsamoro Development Agency
  • San Beda College of Law

Contact Us:

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

6th Floor GC Corporate Plaza, 150 Legaspi St., Legazpi Village, Makati City 1229

Tel. Nos.: (63-2) 4032256; (63-2) 4032336




Who We Are

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. The aim is to assist people when they most need relief or protection.

What We Do

OCHA coordinates leads and advocates improved humanitarian action.

OCHA exists to make emergency response quicker and more effective. OCHA supports government-led response to disasters in their greatest hour of need, and helps ensure that affected populations are assisted and protected.

OCHA is a service provider.

OCHA produces thousands of information products each year, such as situation reports, consolidated appeals, maps and policy briefs. ln the Philippines, OCHA also provides field-based coordination, normative guidance for working together, advocacy, and financing tools and services.

OCHA bridges coordination and information gaps.

OCHA looks at the big picture. lt consolidates, analyses and synthesizes information to help humanitarian partners make better-informed decisions about priorities that need urgent attention. For example, our Situation Reports and Mindanao Humanitarian Situation Updates pull together information from all of the actors directly involved in the relief effort to provide a snapshot of current needs, response and gaps.

OCHA is an important humanitarian fund manager.

OCHA helps predictable funds reach priority programs in a timely and fair way. lt manages flexible pooled-fund mechanisms at the global level, including the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), to provide financial help to kick start humanitarian response. The Philippines has been both a contributor to and a beneficiary of the CERF since the fund’s establishment in 2006.

OCHA works to ensure aid reaches those who need it – wherever they are, whoever they are, and in a neutral and impartial manner.

OCHA not only speaks out publicly where necessary, but also acts behind the scenes, negotiating with and persuading all parties on issues such as access, the protection of civilians and aid workers, and on humanitarian principles to ensure aid is where it needs to be. Advocacy is one of our key functions in central Mindanao.

How We Work

OCHA’s Strategic Framework ensures that OCHA delivers on its core mandate. The pillars of the Strategic Framework include:

  • Partnerships: broadening the coalition for multilateral humanitarian action

The scale and scope of global challenges requires working together in new ways, with new partners. This is also true in the Philippines where demands for humanitarian response to natural disasters and complex emergencies are growing for reasons such as climate change. Our most recent focus has been to reach out to non-government organizations (NGOs) working in northern and eastern Mindanao, who have not been part of the established humanitarian coordination forum based in central Mindanao

  • Service provider: building a better system

We are focused on helping partners more predictably through humanitarian coordination leadership, strengthening coordination mechanisms, and improving the evidence base for humanitarian decision-making, planning and resource allocation. One way of achieving this is by supporting the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and key government counterparts to lead rapid needs assessments jointly with humanitarian partners to enable an effective and timely collective response. OCHA is working closely with the Office of Civil Defense in this effort.

Who We Work With

OCHA works with government, international organizations, NGOs, Red Cross Red Cress Movement (Philippine Red Cross, International Committee of the Red Cross, International Federation of the Red Cross) and affected communities. We support the United Nations (UN) Humanitarian Coordinator to ensure response efforts are well organized.

Where We Work

In the Philippines, the main office in Manila focuses on natural disaster response preparedness and response at the national level. Through its sub-office in Cotabato City, Mindanao, OCHA is responding to a caseload of internally displaced persons and recent returnees who were displaced by armed conflicts, frequent cases of clan feuds known as “rido,” and recurrent natural disasters. The goal of our two offices is to ensure that national and international actors in emergencies become more than the sum of their parts ensuring that aid reaches the right place at the right time, with fewer gaps and duplications.

Contact Us:

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

29th floor, Yuchengco Tower 1, RCBC Plaza, 6819 Ayala Avenue corner Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue,

Makati City 1226, Metro Manila, Philippines

Tel (63-2) 843-9553

Fax (63-2) 844-1002


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Who We Are

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is the UN agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all.

UN-Habitat was established in 1978 to prevent and ameliorate problems stemming from massive urban growth, especially in cities of the developing world. In 1996, the

UN adopted the Habitat Agenda, which contains over 100 commitments and 600 recommendations to reduce poverty and promote sustainable development, especially in cities. On 1 January 2002, the agency’s mandate was strengthened and its status elevated to that of a full-fledged programme of the UN system. A new habitat agenda will be adopted by 2016. The UN-Habitat Country Office in the Philippines was established in 2003 to support the global campaigns on Good Urban Governance and Secure Tenure.

What We Do

In the Philippines, UN-Habitat’s country strategy is guided by the global Medium Term Strategic and Institutional Plan (MTSIP) in response to the “Urban Challenge” and by the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) which is in turn guided by the Philippine Development Plan. The MTSIP is focused on the following mutually reinforcing focus areas to support the attainment of the overall objective of sustainable urbanization:

  • Urban legislation, land, and governance;
  • Urban planning and design;
  • Urban economy;
  • Urban basic services;
  • Housing and slum upgrading;
  • Risk reduction and rehabilitation; and
  • Research and capacity development.

UN-Habitat’s humanitarian and development programmes bring together these focus areas under the following projects, among others: Achieving Sustainable Urban Development (ASUD), Cities and Climate Change Initiative (CCCI), and Post-Haiyan recovery and reconstruction.

ASUD is a global programme that provides UN-Habitat with increased capacity in effectively helping national and local governments work towards sustainable urbanization. On the Philippine national policy level, ASUD informs the review of the National Urban Development and Housing Framework and the Local Shelter Planning Guidelines and other national policies related to urban development. On the city level, it offers support in developing strategic sustainable urban development plans and implementing demonstration projects—particularly   in planned city extensions. The CCCI component seeks to minimize impacts of climate change on human settlements and increase the adaptive capabilities of local governments by strengthening governance structures and engaging the private sector and civil society in finding practical solutions.

Post-Haiyan recovery and reconstruction efforts range from providing assistance to local government units in recovery planning, to holding community workshops for local carpenters and masons on how to build back safer houses using disaster risk reduction techniques and locally available materials. A major project under this programme is the Post-Yolanda Support for Safer Homes and Settlements, which supports Haiyan-affected families through the construction of carefully designed typhoon-resistant permanent houses through a unique community-driven approach called the People’s Process.

How We Work

UN-Habitat partners with national government, local authorities and a wide cross-section of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society groups using a community-driven approach to urban decision making and various projects, most recently shelter support recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction for families affected by Typhoon Haiyan.  UN-Habitat provides technical assistance and advice on shelter and urban development issues harnessing its in-depth local knowledge and global expertise and international network of urban specialists.

Where We Work

UN-Habitat has worked in as many as 40 local government units all over the Philippines, with as many as 12 sites hosting more than one project. It is currently implementing projects in the Visayas and Mindanao region (cities of Iloilo, Ormoc, Roxas, Silay, Tacloban, Cagayan de Oro, Butuan and Zamboanga and in the municipalities of Estancia and Guiuan) as well as in Metro Manila (cities of Mandaluyong, Pasay, and Quezon City).

Contact Us:

United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)

31st Floor, Yuchengco Tower 1, RCBC Plaza

6819 Ayala Avenue corner Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City 1226 Metro Manila, Philippines

Tel.: (63-2) 901-0432

Fax (63-2) 889-7505




Who We Are

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. UNFPA expands the possibilities for women and young people to lead healthy and productive lives.

What We Do

In the Philippines, UNFPA’s overall goal is to empower and improve the lives of underserved populations, especially women and young people including adolescents, enabled by an understanding of population dynamics, human rights and gender equality, and driven by the needs of Filipinos and tailored to the Philippine context.  As the Philippines is a signatory to the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), UNFPA’s support to national and local partners aims to reduce maternal deaths by achieving universal access to sexual and reproductive health, including family planning.

To accomplish this goal, UNFPA focuses on upstream policy engagement and catalytic support in selected programme areas based on local development context,  political commitment, as well as the availability of relevant and strategic opportunities  to deliver integrated support to partners.

Specifically,  UNFPA’s work in the Philippines ensures that:

  • Population dynamics and its inter-linkages with young people’s needs, reproductive health, gender equality and sustainable development and poverty reduction are addressed in national development plans and poverty reduction strategies;
  • Access to and utilization of quality maternal and newborn health services is increased;
  • Access to and utilization of quality family planning services for individuals and couples is increased according to reproductive intentions;
  • Access to and utilization of quality HIV and STI prevention services is increased especially for young people and other key affected  populations;
  • Gender equality and reproductive rights are advanced, particularly through laws and policy implementation.

Who We Work With

In the Philippines, UNFPA’s overall goal is to empower and improve the lives of underserved populations, especially women and young people including adolescents, enabled by an understanding of population dynamics, human rights and gender equality, and driven by the needs of Filipinos and tailored to the Philippine context.  As the Philippines is a signatory to the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), UNFPA’s support to national and local partners aims to reduce maternal deaths by achieving universal access to sexual and reproductive health, including family planning.

To accomplish this goal, UNFPA focuses on upstream policy engagement and catalytic support in selected programme areas based on local development context,  political commitment, as well as the availability of relevant and strategic opportunities  to deliver integrated support to partners.

Specifically,  UNFPA’s work in the Philippines ensures that:

  • Population dynamics and its inter-linkages with young people’s needs, reproductive health, gender equality and sustainable development and poverty reduction are addressed in national development plans and poverty reduction strategies;
  • Access to and utilization of quality maternal and newborn health services is increased;
  • Access to and utilization of quality family planning services for individuals and couples is increased according to reproductive intentions;
  • Access to and utilization of quality HIV and STI prevention services is increased especially for young people and other key affected populations;
  • Gender equality and reproductive rights are advanced, particularly through laws and policy implementation;
  • Young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health services and sexuality education is improved; and
  • Improvements in data availability and analysis result in improved decision-making and policy formulation around population dynamics, sexual and reproductive health, and gender

Who We Work With

UNFPA works in partnership with government at the national and local  levels, non-government organizations, other UN agencies, international development organizations, the  academe, communities, and  the  private sector to help Filipino families exercise their right to achieve a decent quality of life.

How We Work

A strong emphasis on the human rights, including reproductive rights, of individual women, men, girls and boys underpins all of UNFPA’s work and its way of working. UNFPA emphasizes the integration of culturally sensitive approaches into its programming efforts. UNFPA works closely with communities and with local agents of change, including religious leaders and faith-based organizations. This rights-based approach is the foundation upon which individuals, communities and societies can strive to fulfill  their potentials to the fullest and eradicate poverty.

Where We Work

UNFPA supports local government units that require the organization’s expertise in addressing population issues such as poverty, maternal mortality, adolescent fertility, contraceptive prevalence, skilled birth attendance, gender development, and violence against women that hinder development efforts.

Special attention is given to indigenous populations, the urban poor and most-at-risk populations, encouraging greater participation  of women in the peace process.

UNFPA also assists and protects women, men and youth made vulnerable by natural disasters, armed conflict and other causes. UNFPA works with partners to ensure that the specific needs of women are factored into the planning of all humanitarian assistance, including urgent reproductive health needs that are sometimes forgotten.

Contact Us:

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

30/F Yuchengo Toweer, RCBC Plaza, 6819 Ayala Avenue cor. Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City 1229 Philippines

Tel: (63-2) 901-0100

Fax: (63-2) 901-0348




Who We Are

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. Volunteerism can transform the pace and nature of development and it benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer.

Every year, UNV directly mobilizes over 6,300 UN Volunteers to serve either in their own countries or abroad. These UN Volunteers contribute to the peace and development projects and initiatives of over 30 United Nations System partners. About 80 percent of UN Volunteers come from countries of the global South.

In the Philippines, the UNV Programme started in the 1980s. Since then, the Philippines has been one of its leading providers of volunteers, sending Filipino UN Volunteers to developing countries to provide technical assistance, humanitarian aid, rehabilitation work and to serve peace keeping missions.

What We Do

As the volunteer arm of the United Nations, UNV has made significant contributions in achieving the following results:

  • Advocacy for the recognition and support of volunteerism for peace and development;
  • Integration of volunteerism into peace and development policies, strategies and programmes ;
  • Mobilization of qualified and diverse volunteers to support peace and development agenda.

UNV supports countries to:

  • Foster and develop volunteerism as a force for sustainable development;
  • Improve public inclusion and participation in social, economic and political development;
  • Encourage the growth of volunteerism within communities as a form of mutual self-help.

UNV also operates the Online Volunteering service (, through which thousands of volunteers online connect with development organizations every year. Sixty percent of them are women and 50 percent come from developing countries. Online volunteers are highly capable and motivated individuals who provide support over the internet to development organizations in various areas, such as project development and management, coordination and facilitation, research, writing, editing, ,translation, design and IT development, training, coaching, and consulting.

Who We Work With

From UN Partners to People and the Communities

UNV works in partnership with UN Agencies, various national government agencies, private and non-profit organizations as well as the academia, media, people and the communities.

How We Work

UNV Strategic Framework 2014-2017

The framework guides UNV’s work over the coming four years and calls for working more systematically with United Nations partners to jointly deliver projects and programmes that can make significant impacts on peace and development worldwide. It also aims to help countries more effectively integrate volunteerism within national frameworks, enabling better engagement of people in development processes. It directs UNV efforts and programme resources into five priority areas:

  • Securing access to basic social services
  • Community resilience for environment and disaster risk reduction
  • Peace building
  • Youth
  • National capacity development through volunteer schemes.

Engaging youth

UNV has been mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote and advance the role of youth in development through volunteerism. As such, it considers young people as engaged actors and agents of change. UNV boosts global advocacy and partners to promote youth volunteerism by launching a Youth Volunteering Strategy. Through the strategy, youth empowerment is prioritized with emphasis on skills development, knowledge sharing and youth participation in decision making. The strategy is guided by the principles of inclusion, youth ownership, partnerships, and youth voice aiming to give young people of all backgrounds access to volunteering opportunities.

UNV has established the UNV Youth Volunteers Programme to facilitate the engagement of youth in global peace and sustainable human development through volunteerism. Through the programme, UNV and its partners are working to create enabling environments for youth volunteerism around the world, advocate for the recognition of youth voices through volunteerism, and directly mobilize thousands of young volunteers to support the work of UN partners around the world.

Who We Work With

UNV works in partnership with UN Agencies, various government agencies at the national and local levels, civil society, private and non-profit organizations as well as the academia, and communities.

Where We Work

UNV is active in 129 countries and has field units in 88 countries through the offices of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Its headquarters are in Bonn, Germany and it has regional offices in Bangkok, Nairobi and Panama.

In the Philippines, UNV works in Manila and in the Visayas and Mindanao regions.

Contact Us:

United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

6819 Ayala Avenue corner Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue,Makati City, Philippines 1226

Tel.: (63-2) 889-7550

Fax: (63-2) 901-0454



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Who We Are

The United Nations World Food program (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide and is funded entirely through voluntary donations. In emergencies WFP gets food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. WFP similarly uses food to help disaster affected communities rebuild their lives. In 2010, WFP reached 109.2 million people in 75 countries.

What We Do

In 2006, following a request of the Government of the Philippines, WFP returned to the country, 1O years after phasing out its operations, to complement the government’s efforts to achieve a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Mindanao by addressing the food security needs of vulnerable people in conflict-affected areas.

WFP support aims to:

  • Restore and rebuild lives and livelihoods in post-conflict, conflict, post-disaster or transition situations
  • Reduce acute malnutrition among children 6-24 months and pregnant and lactating women, while also increasing the attendance of malnourished pregnant and lactating women at health centers
  • Increase and retain primary school enrollment and attendance rate in targeted remote conflict-affected areas to Promote women’s empowerment as key to improving food security for all
  •  Enhance local disaster preparedness and response capacities, and
  • Pilot innovative approaches aimed at building capacity in fighting hunger more effectively.

Beyond Mindanao, WFP supports national disaster response to complement government’s efforts. WFP emergency responses were mounted following Typhoon Reming (internationally known as Durian) in 2006 and Typhoons Ondoy (Ketsana) and Pepeng (parma) in 2009. In light of these, under WFP,s Disaster preparedness and Response (DPR) project, it is actively partnering with various government departments to build local capacities for effective analysis, targeting, program design, monitoring and evaluation, disaster response coordination logistics and vulnerability analysis and mapping in selected natural disaster-prone provinces in Luzon.

Who We Work With

ln implementing its activities on the ground, WFP works in close partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), as its modal government agency partner. WFP also collaborates with other United Nations (UN), international organizations like the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the World Bank (WB), other government agencies, such as the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Environment and Natural Resources {DENR), Department of Health (DOH), the Department of the lnterior and Local Government (DILG) and the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), local government units, non-government organizations (NGOs), the private sector and the targeted beneficiaries themselves.

How We Work

WFP provides food assistance through the following activities:

  • Food-and-Cash-for-Assets – Through Food-for-Work and Food-for-Training projects. This program aims to empower communities, build local capacities and promote self-sufficiency and enhance resilience.
  • Supplementary Feeding – Provision of nutrition support to vulnerable pregnant and lactating women and children under the age of five in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
  • On-Site School Feeding – Provision of hot, nutritious meals on-site in public elementary schools in remote, targeted areas affected by conflict.
  • General Food Distribution immediate food relief distributed to vulnerable, food-insecure populations affected by either natural or man-made disasters.

WFP’s innovative solutions to fighting hunger include the following:

  • Cash-for-Work Program – Conducted in select urban and rural areas in Luzon. this pilot program provides target beneficiaries access to food items based on their households’ preferences.
  • Mobile phone-based cash transfer – A first for WFP in Southeast Asia and implemented in selected areas of the National Capital Region (NCR) and nearby urban rural areas (Region IV-A), this pioneering initiative allows for cash disbursements by sending a text to Cash-for-Work program beneficiaries.
  • Micro-nutrient Powder – This is a pilot program implemented in selected areas of Region III in the northern part of the Philippines, and in Region IX in the southern part of the country, in collaboration with UNICEF and World Health Organization (WHO), for children aged 6 to 24 months to help reduce the prevalence of anemia and other micronutrient deficiencies.
  • Purchase from small-holder farmers – WFP intends to build capacity of small-holder farmers and eventually buy food grains from them for its operation in the Philippines.
  • Local production of ready-to-use-food for young children – WFP, in partnership with the national government and the private sector, is building local capacity to produce nutritionally appropriate ready to- use food that could be used for the prevention of acute malnutrition.

Where We Work

WFP operations addressing the food security needs of vulnerable people in conflict-affected areas are focused mainly in five provinces of Central Mindanao, namely, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur. Maguindanao, North Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat. lt has strong field presence with the Deputy Country Director and over 70 staff deployed within two Sub-Offices in Mindanao (Cotabato City and lligan City, respectively). Meanwhile, WFP’s Disaster Preparedness and Response (DPR) program is focused on four of the most natural disaster-prone provinces of Northern Luzon: Benguet, Cagayan, Laguna, and Sorsogon, working closely with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC)

The Country Office based in Manila, and three warehouses strategically located in Taguig, Metro Manila, Polloc Port and Pinaring in Maguindanao province, serve to support the operations in the abovementioned areas.

Contact Us:

World Food Programme (WFP)

5th Floor, G.C. Corporate Plaza, 150 Legazpi St., Legaspi Village, Makati City 1229, Metro Manila, Philippines

Tel: (63-2) 750-2561

Fax: (63-2) 750-2562





Who We Are

World Health Organization (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations(UN) System. lt is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries, as well as monitoring and assessing health trends.

In the Philippines, WHO’s mission is to assist the government in addressing the country’s main health needs according to the national policies, focusing on the links between health and poverty reduction, social inequalities, and inequitable access to health care and health services.

What We Do

WHO fulfills its objectives through its core functions:

  • Providing leadership on matters critical to health and engaging in partnership
  • Shaping the research agenda and stimulating the generation, translation and dissemination of valuable knowledge
  •  Setting norms and standards and promoting and monitoring their implementation
  • Articulating ethical and evidence-based policy options
  • Providing technical support, catalyzing change, and building sustainable institutional capacity
  • Monitoring the health situation and assessing health trends.

How We Work

WHO works with the Philippine Government towards the attainment of universal health care as embodied in the Health Agenda of President Benigno Aquino lll.

The Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS) defines the broad framework for WHO’s work with the Government of the Philippines over the period 201 1 -2016. lt articulates a coherent vision and priorities for WHO to support the Government in achieving the universal health care goals of better health outcomes, sustained health financing and a responsive health system.

The WHO Country Cooperation Strategy 2O1 1-2O16 ensures alignment with the national health priorities and as part of the UN’s efforts towards “Delivering as One,” and harmonizes with and contributes to the 201 2 -2018 United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF).

Strategic Agenda for WHO Cooperation

Acknowledging growing concerns about delays in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the need to fast track progress within the CCS period, WHO technical cooperation supports the Philippine Department of Health (DOH)’s Universal Health Care Agenda across all levels of the health care system, including the DOH-retained hospitals, DOH Centers for Health Development (CHDs), and the local government units. WHO also brokers joint partnerships in areas where critical actions are required, capitalizing on the strong (though untapped) presence of the private sector, civil society and academia.

Strategic priority 1: Strengthening health systems to provide equitable access to quality health care with a special focus on health-related MDGs and priority non-communicable diseases.

  • Enabling national government agencies to deliver universal health care, focusing on health-related MDGs and priority non-communicable diseases
  • Supporting national and local governments to implement and monitor the health financing strategic interventions in support to achievement of universal health care, particularly ensuring access to essential health entitlements
  • Supporting the generation of accurate and timely information as a basis for legal and policy frameworks for universal health care.

Strategic priority 2: Enabling individuals, families and communities to better manage their health and its determinants

  • Improving health-seeking behavior of individuals, families and communities to manage communicable and non-communicable disease and their risk factors
  • Engaging national and local stakeholders including local government units to address the social and environmental determinants of health.

Strategic priority 3: Improving the resiliency of national and local institutions against health security risks and threats

  • Increasing capacity of key government agencies and local government units to manage health security risks following natural and human-induced disasters
  • Increasing capacity of key government agencies and local government units to manage health security risks due to emerging and re-emerging diseases, food safety related events and disease outbreaks.

Contact Us:

World Health Organization (WHO)

National Tuberculosis Centre, Second Floor, Bldg. 9, Department of Health, San Lazaro Hospital Compound, Sta Cruz, Manila, Phil.

Tel.: (63-2) 338-7479; (63-2) 338-8605; (63-2) 743-8301 local 1931

Fax: (63-2) 731-4914




Who We Are

UNICEF is devoted to serving the world’s children. The agency’s mandate is to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, help meet their basic needs, and expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. Guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF strives to establish children’s rights as enduring ethical principles and international standards of behavior towards children.

The 7th Country Programme for Children 2012 to 2016 is pivotal for UNICEF. More than ever, efforts are towards equity, to reach the most vulnerable and marginalized children.

What We Do

Help children develop to their full potential

  • Ensuring that pregnant women have access to proper nutrition, prenatal and delivery care, as well as basic social services;
  • Helping children survive and be healthy by promoting exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months and appropriate complementary feeding with continued breastfeeding for two years and beyond, immunizations, provision of vitamin A, iron and iodine supplements, food fortification, and the community management of acute malnutrition;
  • Helping households and communities get access to safe water and basic sanitation;
  • Reducing the risk of HIV/AIDS among young people through advocacy and awareness-raising activities, and training health personnel.

Get children in learning centers and schools

  • Promoting integrated early childhood care and development by providing standards, tools and learning materials, and training day care workers, parents, and NGO partners;
  • Promoting effective teaching strategies, providing basic supplies, and tracking those at risk of dropping out;
  • Making school environments clean and healthy by providing water and sanitation facilities and promoting hygiene education.

Create a safe and protective environment

  • Helping children survive abuse and exploitation by providing life skills education and vocational training and support for professionals and institutions providing care for child survivors;
  • Supporting communities in providing legal protection and improving the justice system for children;
  • Ensuring that children during armed conflict have access to basic services and are not recruited into armed groups. Promoting a culture of peace through dialogue and peace agreements with specific provisions for child welfare and protection.

Prepare children and communities for disasters, and help build their capacity to respond

  • Promoting school emergency preparedness plans, safe school structures and the education of children in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change. The agency ensures water, sanitation and hygiene facilities are resilient and protected from hazards. There are also contingency plans and strategies to prevent malnutrition during emergencies;
  • Responding to children’s immediate needs by providing emergency health kits, food and medicines, temporary shelters, water and sanitation facilities, psychosocial intervention and temporary learning spaces;
  • Ensuring that orphaned and vulnerable children are accounted for and protected against child trafficking.• Rebuilding facilities and providing assistance to families so that they can be self-sufficient and be better prepared for future emergencies.

Ensure that children’s voices are heard and counted

  • Listening and interacting with children and communities, so that they understand, negotiate and take part in identifying their problems and coming up with solutions;
  • Using communication to promote and sustain positive behaviors and social change with a child and human rights perspective;
  • Linking community perspectives with changing national and local policies and legislation.

How We Work

In line with government priorities, UNICEF works by focusing on:

  1. Delivery of services in the different program areas (health and nutrition, education, child protection, etc.) to address inequities and contribute to achieving the MDGs (downstream work);
  2. Policy initiatives through technical, legal, financial and advocacy support, to ensure that plans and policies which improve, sustain and protect programme results are in place (upstream work).

Who We Work With

  • Government agencies are the main partners. Collaboration is with department secretaries, lawmakers, cabinet members, municipal and city officials, village heads, and community councils.
  • Non-governmental organizations, youth groups, women’s organizations, faith-based groups, community and family collectives, and the children and youth. Private individuals and corporations, because UNICEF is funded entirely by voluntary contributions. Goodwill ambassadors – influential men and women from all walks of life – work together with the agency to make changes happen.

Where We Work

For the 7th Country Programme in 2012-2016, UNICEF works in areas that are most vulnerable to climate change, natural disasters, conflicts and other factors contributing to poverty and inequity.

Contact Us:

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

31st Floor, Yuchengco Tower 1, RCBC Plaza,

6819 Ayala Avenue corner Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City 1226, Metro Manila, Philippines

Tel.: (63-2) 901 0100

Fax: (63-2) 729 4523


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Who We Are

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization, and environmental sustainability. UNIDO capitalizes on its vast global competencies to provide technical assistance and bring together resources and best practices from different sectors to achieve economic growth and prosperity that is socially – inclusive and environmentally – sustainable. UNIDO believes that inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) is a key approach toward achieving the world’s post – 2015 development agenda.

Core to UNIDO’s mission are interventions that (1) provide opportunities to improve productivity for income generation, (2) increase capacity to engage in economic activities such as local and international trade, and (3) promote future sustainability through safeguarding the environment and facilitating access to efficient energy systems and renewable sources of energy.

In the delivery of UNIDO’s assistance, important consideration is accorded to relevant cross – cutting concerns such as human rights, jobs creation, gender equality, youth empowerment, private sector engagement, and innovation capacity, among others.

What We Do

UNIDO’s work in the Philippines focuses on providing technical assistance to government, private sector, and local communities in support of the country’s priority development goals. Based on its mandate and capitalizing on its core competencies, UNIDO’s comparative strength and advantage revolve around the following thematic priorities that are aligned with country development plans.

Rural and Agro-Industrial Development

  • Provide advisory and support services on the development of the agri-business sector and priority value chains;
  • Advise governments and the agro – industrial sector on technically, economically and environmentally viable development options with emphasis on the development of post-harvest systems and technology;
  • Build capacities for technologies/processes, skills upgrading, and product innovation at institutional and industry levels for enhanced productivity, diversification, and marketing performance;
  • Assist government in developing institutional capabilities to reduce administrative barriers for entrepreneurs to start, operate, and expand their businesses;
  • Assist in the establishment of business support centers and self-sustaining community – based production and training centers in rural areas.

Trade Facilitation and M/SME Development

  • Support the formulation of industrial policies that promote improvements in the general business environment for private sector development;
  • Promote linkages among enterprises and institutions, including linkages between large corporations and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) toward their integration into national and global value chains;
  • Strengthen the capacities to develop and implement the required standards, measurement , testing, and accreditation;
  • Assist in upgrading industrial capacity through quality and productivity improvements for certification of quality, environmental safety and food-safety;
  • Develop linkages with international and regional organizations to promote investment and trade capacity building while facilitating the transfer of knowledge and technologies.

Sustainable Energy

  • Strengthen the capacity support institutions to assist SMEs to continuously improve energy use efficiency, with the objective of reducing their operational costs as well as their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and other air pollutants;
  • Support the preparation of energy needs assessments focusing on the requirements of poor segments of the population in remote areas and having no access to modern energy services;
  • Select renewable-energy-based generating technologies and demonstrate the social and economic viability of the selected technologies;
  • Support regulations and implementation strategies that set out standards for vehicle emissions and fuel efficiency;
  • Support technology needs assessment, value-chain and life cycle emission assessments, demonstration of pilot systems, and making available financing schemes across the thematic areas of improved vehicle technologies, installing transport support facilities and alternative fuels.

Environmental Protection

  • Support the adoption by industry of cleaner and more sustainable production practices, methodologies and technologies including energy efficiency critical to climate change mitigation;
  • Provide assistance in the environmentally sound management of Persistent Organic Pollutants and other toxic or hazardous chemicals used by industry;
  • Support the environmentally sound management by industry of its wastes, and promote the creation of environmental services industries focusing initially on waste recycling and waste treatment systems;
  • Promote the provision of adequate quality drinking water through the introduction of technologies to remove substances hazardous to human health from water supplies;
  • Support the introduction of technologies and policy reforms to minimize the use and discharge of heavy metals into waterways, including mercury from small-scale mining programmes, involving the private sector;
  • Foster MSEs creation and expansion through facilitation of Business Development Services (BDS), market linkages, micro finance schemes and business promotion;
  • Support priority agro-industries to increase productivity and diversify rural livelihoods.

How We Work

UNIDO harnesses its global experience and competencies to implement projects in the Philippines using financial support from multilaterals, members of the donor community, and UNIDO core resources. Projects can also tap on counterpart funding provided by the private sector and other development partners.

UNIDO takes serious steps to ensure that projects implemented are consistent with the country’s development priorities outlined in major development plans. During project implementation, UNIDO works closely with government, local communities, non – governmental organizations, private sector, academe, other development partners, and international experts to deliver interventions that are both inclusive and sustainable.

Who We Work With


  • Climate Change Commission (CCC)
  • Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)
  • Department of Agriculture (DA)
  • Department of Energy (DOE)
  • Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
  • Department of Science and Technology (DOST)
  • Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)
  • Office of the Presidential Assistant for Recovery and Rehabilitation (OPARR)
  • Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)

Private Sector/NGO:

  • Ban Toxics!
  • Ecological and Agricultural Development Foundation
  • EcoWaste Coalition
  • Local banks
  • Private sector companies


  • De La Salle University
  • University of Santo Tomas
  • University of the Philippines.

Where We Work

UNIDO, in the Philippines, works at the national level to deliver its assistance and interventions in support of national priorities within the agency’s mandate and core competencies. UNIDO has important presence in NCR, Region III, IVa, VII, X, and XII. Plans to expand operations to Region IVb, VI, VIII, IX, and the Bangsamoro area are being discussed.

Contact Us:

UNIDO Field Office Philippines

29/F Yuchengco Tower, RCBC Plaza,

6819 Ayala Avenue corner Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City 1226, Metro Manila, Philippines

Tel.: (63-2) 901-0441/0442

Fax: (63-2) 889-7202