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Ambassador Manalo assumes as PH Permanent Representative to UN New York amid COVID-19

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - 12:00


Photo: Newly arrived Ambassador and Permanent Representative Enrique A. Manalo (upper left) is received virtually by Ms. Beatrix Kania (upper right), Chief of Protocol of the United Nations. Also present during the meeting were Philippine Deputy Permanent Representative Kira Christianne D. Azucena (lower left) and Mr. Fariz Mirsalayev (lower right), Desk Officer for the Philippines..


27 July 2020, New York City – Ambassador Enrique A. Manalo today officially commenced his duties as Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Philippines to the United Nations after presenting his credentials to the UN. Ambassador Manalo was received virtually by the Chief of Protocol of the United Nations, Ms. Beatrix Kania.

Before his posting in New York, Ambassador Manalo was Undersecretary for Policy of the Department of Foreign Affairs. It was the second time he has served in this position, having been Undersecretary for Policy from 2007 to 2010. He served as Acting Secretary of Foreign Affairs (Acting Foreign Minister) of the Philippines from March 9 to May 17, 2017.


He has represented the Philippines and has served as chairman of various international meetings and conferences. While Acting Foreign Secretary, he chaired the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting in April 2017. He also chaired various ASEAN Senior Officials Meetings, especially during the Philippine Chairmanship of ASEAN in 2017.

 Undersecretary Manalo has also chaired meetings in a number of UN bodies, and has led the Philippine Delegation in a number of multilateral, regional and bilateral meetings.

 Undersecretary Manalo has previously served as Philippine Ambassador to the United Kingdom from 2011 to 2016; Non-Resident Philippine Ambassador to Ireland from 2013 to 2016; Philippine Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg and Head of the Philippine Mission to the European Union from 2010 to 2011; and Philippine Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Philippine Mission to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva from 2003 to 2007.

 He received three (3) Philippine Presidential Awards: the Gawad Mabini Award with the rank of Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong), the Order of Sikatuna with the rank of Grand Cross (Datu)(Gold Distinction) and the Order of Lakandula with the rank of Grand Cross (Bayani).

In light of the ongoing situation presented by COVID-19, Letters of Credentials of new Permanent Representatives are submitted electronically. When the situation allows, Ambassador Manalo will have an in-person meeting with the Secretary-General for the ceremonial presentation of credentials.

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