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  map of Philippines

Country name:

conventional long form: Republic of the Philippines
conventional short form: Philippines
local long form: Republika ng Pilipinas
local short form: Pilipinas

 

Capital:

Manila. Population: 9.9 million (2005 metropolitan area).
 

Description:
The Philippines lie off the southeast coast of Asia between Taiwan and Borneo in the Pacific Ocean and South China Sea. They are composed of 7,107 islands and islets (7,108 at low tide), 2,773 of which are named. The two largest islands, Luzon in the north and Mindanao in the south, account for 65% of the total land area and contain 60% of the country’s population. Between the two lie the Visayas Islands.

 

Location:

Southeastern Asia, archipelago between the Philippine Sea and the South China Sea, east of Vietnam

 

Area:

300,000 sq km (115,831 sq miles).

 

Population:

91.1 million (CIA estimate 2007).

 

language:
Filipino, based on Tagalog, is the national language. English is widely spoken, Spanish less so. There are over 111 cultural and racial groups, each with its own language or dialect; up to 988 languages have been recorded.
 

 

Climate:

Tropical climate tempered by constant sea breezes. There are three distinct seasons: the rainy season (June to September), cool and dry (October to February), and hot and mainly dry (March to May). Evenings are cooler. Typhoons occasionally occur from June to September

Economy - overview:

The agricultural sector produces rice, corn, coconuts, copra, sugar cane and bananas as the main crops. Production of timber, formerly a major export earner, is suspended due to deforestation. There is a modest mining industry and offshore oil. Most recent economic development has been industrial.

Financial incentives to attract foreign capital and the creation of export processing zones prompted strong growth during the early and mid 1990s. However, it also produced a skewed economy in which the Manila area hosts 15% of the population and accounts for one-third of GDP.

Following a substantial slump in 1997, the economy has since recovered. In 2006, growth was 5.4% and inflation slipped to 6.2%. Unemployment was at 7.9%. Industrial production has picked up and substantial foreign aid has helped the country's finances. As such, the peso was East Asia's best performing currency in 2005-06.

The Philippines belong to the Association of South-East Asian Nations and the Asian Development Bank.

Economy:

The agricultural sector produces rice, corn, coconuts, copra, sugar cane and bananas as the main crops. Production of timber, formerly a major export earner, is suspended due to deforestation. There is a modest mining industry and offshore oil. Most recent economic development has been industrial.

Financial incentives to attract foreign capital and the creation of export processing zones prompted strong growth during the early and mid 1990s. However, it also produced a skewed economy in which the Manila area hosts 15% of the population and accounts for one-third of GDP.

Following a substantial slump in 1997, the economy has since recovered. In 2006, growth was 5.4% and inflation slipped to 6.2%. Unemployment was at 7.9%. Industrial production has picked up and substantial foreign aid has helped the country's finances. As such, the peso was East Asia's best performing currency in 2005-06.

The Philippines belong to the Association of South-East Asian Nations and the Asian Development Bank.
 

 

Industries:

electronics assembly, textiles, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, wood products, food processing, petroleum refining, fishing


Exports:

Electrical equipment, transport equipment, garments, copper products and petroleum products.

• Main trade partners: China (PR), Japan, USA, Singapore and Hong Kong (SAR).

Imports:

Electronic products, raw materials, machinery and transport equipment and fuels.

Exchange rates:

Philippine Peso (PHP; symbol Php) = 100 centavos. Notes are in denominations of Php1,000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of Php10, 5, 2 and 1, and 50, 25, 10 and 5 centavos
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GDP :
US$116.9 billion (2006).


 

Useful links:

 

Ministries & Organization

Office of the President

Supreme Court of the Philippines

Department of Finance

Department of Agriculture

Department of Education (DepEd)
Department of Budget and Management (DBM)
Department of Energy (DOE)

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)

Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)
Department of Health (DOH)
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)
Department of Justice (DOJ)
Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)
Department of Science and Technology (DOST)
Department of Tourism (DOT)
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)
Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC)

 

Trade Associations & Chamber of Commerce
PHILIPPINE YELLOW PAGES
Bangko Sentral Ng Pilipinas(central bank)
Department of Trade and Industry Bureau of Export Trade Promotion

 

 

 

Economy and Industry

Bureau of Customs (BOC)
Tariff Commission
Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)
Bureau of Agricultural Statistics
Bureau of Plant Industry
Bureau of Agricultural and Fisheries Product Standards
Mines and Geosciences Bureau
Bureau of Customs
Bureau of Treasury
Central Board of Assessment Appeal (CBAA)
Government Service Insurance System (GSIS)
Insurance Commission (IC)
Foreign Service Institute (FSI)
Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD)
National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)
National Bureau of investigation
Bureau of Small and Medium Business Development (BSMBD)
Bureau of Export Trade Promotion (BETP)
Bureau Of Import Services
Bureau Of Domestic Trade (BDT)
A source of Philippine Export Products and Services
Foreign Trade Service Corporation (FTSC)
Garments and Textile Export Board (GTEB)
National Development Company (NDC)
Philippine Shippers' Bureau (PSB)
Board of Investments (BOI)
Telecommunications Office(TELOF)
National Development Company (NDC)
National Housing Authority (NHA)
National Computer Center (NCC)
Garments and Textile Export Board (GTEB)

 

 

 

General Information

Mindanao State University
Cental Luzon State University
Philippine Tourism Authority (PHILTOURISM)
Air Transportation Office(ATO)
Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI)
Science Education Institute (SEI)
Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI)
National Research Council Of the philippines
Department of Science and Technology
Philippine Air Force (PAF)
Bureau of Immigration

 

 

 

 

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