Country: PHILIPPINESphilippines

Capital: Manila

Geographic Coordinates: 13 00 N, 122 00 E

Population: 99,900,177 (July 2010 est.)

)Main Religion: Christianity

Language: Filipino, Bisaya, English, other dialects

Government Type: Republic

Head of State: President Benigno "Noynoy" AQUINO

Main Industries: electronics assembly, garments, footwear, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, wood products, food processing, petroleum refining, fishing

GDP in US Dollars (per capita): $3,300 (2009 est.)

Currency Code: Philippine peso (PHP)

Life Expectancy: 70 years (men), 74 years (women) (UN, 2007)

Environment - current issues: Uncontrolled deforestation especially in watershed areas; Soil erosion; Air and water pollution in major urban centers; Coral reef degradation; Increasing pollution of coastal mangrove swamps that are important fish breeding grounds

Issues facing Women and Children:

  • With over eight million Filipinos working abroad, the country suffers a great loss in its productive manpower. About 60 percent of the total OFW population are women, leaving children, for a time, to grow up without their mothers.
  • Poverty and hunger have increased in the Philippines. The economic gains boasted by the government benefit only the richest families in the country, contributing further to worsening inequality.
  • The continued rise in the cost of living, especially in light of the food and energy crisis, has caused a considerable decline in real income and increase in the severity of poverty. These past three years, millions of households experienced hunger. Latest official statistics show the absolute number of poor families has increased from 4 million to 4.7 million. Official statistics also show that 80% of the country’s poor are from the rural areas.
  • One in every 6 school-age children do not go to school; 6 out of 10 mothers die due to complications arising from pregnancy.

Land Mine Ban Signatory: Y

Local Media: Press: Philippine Star, Philippine Daily Inquirer; Radio and TV: ABS-CBN, GMA7, Radio Mindanao Network

Interesting Fact: The flag of the Philippines is the only national flag that is flown differently during times of peace or war. A portion of the flag is blue, while the other is red. The blue portion is flown on top in time of peace and the red portion is flown in war time.

Famous for:  Ifugao Rice Terraces, Tubbataha Reef, Boracay Island, EDSA People Power Revolution, Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao, Jose Rizal, Imelda Marcos

 

Official Tourism Website: http://www.wowphilippines.com.ph/

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