About Us


  1. Does the Zuellig Family Foundation (ZFF) sponsor medical missions and give drug donations?

    No, the Foundation does not engage in medical missions and drug donations. ZFF believes that a systemic approach is needed to significantly improve the country’s health indicators.

    ZFF made an exemption in the aftermath of super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) in 2013. With its staff of doctors, health professionals, and volunteers, ZFF organized medical missions in two of its partner-municipalities in the province of Capiz. Under ZFF’s Community Disaster Response Program, medicines were given to select Rural Health Units in the Samar and Eastern Samar provinces.

  2. How is ZFF related to the Zuellig Group?

    The Foundation is separate and distinct from the Zuellig Group of Companies. It is not the corporate social responsibility (CSR) arm of any Zuellig company. Zuellig companies and affiliates have their own CSR programs.

    The Zuellig family’s business enterprises began and flourished in the Philippines. ZFF was established by the Zuellig family to help promote and implement effective and sustainable healthcare systems in the Philippines, particularly in rural communities.

  3. Does ZFF fund individual requests?

    No, ZFF is not a grant-making foundation.

  4. Why is ZFF focused on health matters?

    The Zuellig Group and the Zuellig family have long-standing interests in the Philippine healthcare industry.  Zuellig established its first foundation, the Pharmaceutical Health and Family Foundation, in Canlubang in the Province of Laguna. Its aim was to address the health requirements of the local communities in the surrounding areas. ZFF broadened its priorities and created programs to reduce health inequities in the Philippines and to improve health conditions, especially in rural areas.

  5. How is ZFF funded?

    The Foundation is predominantly funded by the Zuellig family. There are also co-funded programs in partnership with different organizations such as multilateral funding agencies, corporations, government agencies, and other NGOs. In its partnership with the Department of Health (DOH), ZFF uses its own funds independently from the DOH.

  6. How do municipal leaders avail of ZFF’s training programs?

    For the Community Health Partnership Program, ZFF seeks nominations from different development organizations, civil society organizations, and government agencies. The next step is a shortlist of local government units (LGUs) with poor health indicators but with health leaders—mayors and municipal health officers (MHOs)—who are committed to complete the program and improve their community’s health systems. These leaders then attend a Final Selection Workshop before they formally enter the program.

    For the Health Leadership and Governance Program, the DOH regional offices first select from among the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) priority LGUs. If it is a non-NAPC priority but with a significant maternal mortality rate and/or has low facility-based delivery and skilled birth attendants, the LGU is also considered for the program. Using an assessment tool, DOH development management officers review the pre-selected LGUs for their suitability to the program. Health leaders from these LGUs must attend a Final Selection Workshop to answer questions from the DOH regional director, a representative from an academic partner, and a ZFF account officer. Those who pass are enrolled in the program.

  7. How are partnerships with ZFF formed?

    ZFF sees partners as collaborators in fulfilling the Foundation’s vision of achieving better health outcomes for the poor. Thus, it actively seeks partners whose programs, vision, and mission are aligned with ZFF’s objectives and core programs.

    Partnerships are demonstrated through joint activities and/or shared programs and projects which involve financial and/or non-financial resources.

    For partnership opportunities, send inquiry to: scgonzales@zuelligfoundation.org

  8. Are there internship or volunteer work opportunities in ZFF?

    Currently, there are no volunteer work opportunities in the Foundation. ZFF accepts student interns from its academic partners as part of the Foundation’s advocacy for better health policies and programs.

    Student interns will not be compensated for their internship and will not be considered employees of the Foundation. The student interns will be responsible for their expenses and arrangements relating to their visas, accommodations, vaccinations, transportation, and health and accident insurances.

    Interested students must conform to and pass the required documentation and approval of their school, which should be a current academic partner of ZFF. Based on their university’s endorsement, prospective interns should submit a letter of intent and their curriculum vitae. Their acceptance will be subject to the approval of the Foundation.

    For foreign interns, visa, insurance and other requirements will be the responsibility of the student and his/her sending institutions. The intern should submit copies of these to the Foundation for reference, whenever necessary. Applicants must be aware of the prevalent infectious diseases and required vaccinations in the Philippines.

    For internship opportunities, send inquiry to: scgonzales@zuelligfoundation.org

  9. I would like to work at ZFF, how do I apply?

    For its job openings, ZFF uses online job sites where applicants can submit their resumes. Job openings are also posted on ZFF’s official Facebook page. Interested applicants may also send their resumes to hr@zuelligfoundation.org.