About UNICEF

Seven decades of upholding children’s rights in the Philippines

A boy in a blue UNICEF shirt smiling towards the camera with his eyes closed

UNICEF believes

All children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.

UNICEF was established in the aftermath of World War II to provide emergency relief to children affected by the war, no matter what country they were from.

Today, UNICEF continues to work in the world’s toughest places to reach the most disadvantaged children and adolescents—and to protect the rights of every child, everywhere. Across 190 countries and territories, including the Philippines, we do whatever it takes to help children survive, thrive and fulfill their potential, from early childhood through adolescence.

UNICEF in the Philippines

UNICEF began providing assistance to the Philippines in November 1948. Since then, UNICEF has been helping the Philippine government to strengthen national policies, programmes and services to ensure that all Filipino children enjoy their rights. 

Black-and-white archival photo of nurses testing a boy for tuberculosis
UNICEF/UNI42503
One of three women nurses from a BCG vaccination team tests a rural boy for tuberculosis, at a table set up near a tree where their truck is parked, in the province of Batangas, Philippines.
Health workers and UNICEF staff point to a table showing the immunization coverage in Happyland, Tondo, Manila.
UNICEF Philippines/2017/AC Dimatatac
Health workers and UNICEF staff analyze an immunization coverage monitoring chart at a health centre in Barangay 105 Happyland in Tondo, Manila, Philippines. UNICEF works with the Department of Health to improve routine immunization coverage in the Philippines.