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The Philippines is situated on a typhoon belt and an active volcanic region, as well as between the Pacific Eurasian tectonic plates. Its unstable geographical location makes the country prone to typhoons, floods, landslides, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and tsunamis. The environment also suffers from human-related activities.1 Deforestation, urbanization, abuse of coastal resources, and overfishing are all environmental concerns in the Philippines.2 The government of Philippines has a department allocated to Environment and Natural Resources.3 This department has spearheaded organizations and donated funds to help stop illegal logging in forests and to keep the remaining rivers clean.4 Despite these efforts, the Philippines still needs aid in the area of environment. The Philippines is extremely susceptible to the negative effects of climate change.5 The changing climate will ...See More increase the frequency and ferocity of extreme weather events and food scarcity.6 Additionally, those that live in rural or poorer areas are not properly educated in effective and efficient disaster preparedness procedures.7 Show Less

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1http://wwf.panda.org/who_we_are/wwf_offices/philippines/environmental_problems__in_philippines/
2-4 Ibid
5 http://wwf.org.ph/wwf3/climate/phils
6 Ibid
7 Ibid
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Philippines News

CNN 
(CNN) President Donald Trump invited his polarizing Philippines counterpart to the White House during a phone call in which the two leaders discussed North Korea. Trump and President Rodrigo Duterte had a "friendly discussion" Saturday that also ... See more..
The Spokesman-Review 
MANILA, Philippines – Southeast Asian leaders ended their annual summit in Manila on Saturday without any sign that host Philippines raised its crucial arbitration victory against China over disputed South China Sea territories. President Rodrigo ... See more..
Telegraph.co.uk 
American President Donald Trump invited Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte to the White House during a phone call on Saturday that also addressed concerns over North Korea, the White House said in a statement. The White House gave no details of ... See more..
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Bloomberg 
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte joined China in pleading with the leaders of North Korea and the U.S. to tone down their nuclear brinksmanship, even as he agreed with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that negotiations to end the standoff would ... See more..
Philippine Star 
Indonesia's President Joko Widodo (C) inspects a guard of honour during a welcoming ceremony at the Malacanang Palace in Manila on April 28, 2017, ahead of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit. The Association of Southeast ... See more..
Voice of America 
Misaya had been blamed for the abductions of dozens of Indonesian, Vietnamese and Malaysian crewmen of cargo ships and tugboats plying the busy sea border between the southern Philippines and Malaysia. He was believed to be holding several ... See more..
Philippine Star 
S&P Global Ratings has retained the investment grade rating of the Philippines on the back of the country's robust external position. See more..
Human Rights Watch 
(New York) – The Philippine government should immediately release the alleged drug suspects unlawfully detained in a Manila police station “secret jail,” and ensure their protection after release, Human Right Watch said today. The official Commission ... See more..
Sky News Australia 
An earthquake in the Philippines will cause "hazardous waves", the Pacific Tsunami Centre has warned. The 7.2-magnitude quake struck off the coast of the island of Mindanao in the Philippines at 8.23pm (GMT) on Friday. The quake was measured at a ... See more..
Forbes 
After Philippine government troops foiled an attack by the violent Islamic State-linked rebel group Abu Sayyaf this month in a spot popular with foreign travelers, about 400 Japanese tourists cancelled a trip to a nearby island. The cancellation made ... See more..
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Geography

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

Total 300,000 sq km
Land 298,170 sq km
Water 1,830 sq km

Climate

tropical marine; northeast monsoon (November to April); southwest monsoon (May to October)
Natural Resources

timber, petroleum, nickel, cobalt, silver, gold, salt, copper ;
Natural Hazards

astride typhoon belt, usually affected by 15 and struck by five to six cyclonic storms each year; landslides; active volcanoes; destructive earthquakes; tsunamis

volcanism: significant volcanic activity; Taal (elev. 311 m), which has shown recent unrest and may erupt in the near future, has been deemed a "Decade Volcano" by the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior, worthy of study due to its explosive history and close proximity to human populations; Mayon (elev. 2,462 m), the country's most active volcano, erupted in 2009 forcing over 33,000 to be evacuated; other historically active volcanoes include Biliran, Babuyan Claro, Bulusan, Camiguin, Camiguin de Babuyanes, Didicas, Iraya, Jolo, Kanlaon, Makaturing, Musuan, Parker, Pinatubo and Ragang significant volcanic activity; Taal (elev. 311 m), which has shown recent unrest and may erupt in the near future, has been deemed a "Decade Volcano" by the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior, worthy of study due to its explosive history and close proximity to human populations; Mayon (elev. 2,462 m), the country's most active volcano, erupted in 2009 forcing over 33,000 to be evacuated; other historically active volcanoes include Biliran, Babuyan Claro, Bulusan, Camiguin, Camiguin de Babuyanes, Didicas, Iraya, Jolo, Kanlaon, Makaturing, Musuan, Parker, Pinatubo and Ragang
Current Environmental 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

Demographics

Nationality
Philippine
Population
105,720,644 (July 2013 est.)
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Finances

Philippine GDP growth, which cooled from 7.6% in 2010 to 3.9% in 2011, expanded to 6.6% in 2012 - meeting the government's targeted 6%-7% growth range. The 2012 expansion partly reflected a rebound from depressed 2011 export and public sector spending levels. The economy has weathered global economic and financial downturns better than its regional peers due to minimal exposure to troubled international securities, lower dependence on exports, relatively resilient domestic consumption, large remittances from four- to five-million overseas Filipino workers, and a rapidly expanding business process outsourcing industry. The current account balance had recorded consecutive surpluses since 2003; international ...See More reserves are at record highs; the banking system is stable; and the stock market was Asia's second best-performer in 2012. Efforts to improve tax administration and expenditure management have helped ease the Philippines' tight fiscal situation and reduce high debt levels. The Philippines received several credit rating upgrades on its sovereign debt in 2012, and has had little difficulty tapping domestic and international markets to finance its deficits. Achieving a higher growth path nevertheless remains a pressing challenge. Economic growth in the Philippines averaged 4.5% during the MACAPAGAL-ARROYO administration but poverty worsened during her term. Growth has accelerated under the AQUINO government, but with limited progress thus far in bringing down unemployment, which hovers around 7%, and improving the quality of jobs. Underemployment is nearly 20% and more than 40% of the employed are estimated to be working in the informal sector. The AQUINO administration has been working to boost the budgets for education, health, cash transfers to the poor, and other social spending programs, and is relying on the private sector to help fund major infrastructure projects under its Public-Private Partnership program. Long term challenges include reforming governance and the judicial system, building infrastructure, improving regulatory predictability, and the ease of doing business, attracting higher levels of local and foreign investments. The Philippine Constitution and the other laws continue to restrict foreign ownership in important activities/sectors (such as land ownership and public utilities). Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$431.3 billion (2012 est.); $404.7 billion (2011 est.); $389.4 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

21.3% of GDP (2012 est.); 23.6% of GDP (2011 est.); 25% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

sugarcane, coconuts, rice, corn, bananas, cassavas, pineapples, mangoes; pork, eggs, beef; fish
Industries

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