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Here you will find all the fundamental information about the Republic of the Philippines in order to be prepared for the life in this country in case of deciding to teach English there.
 
Country Information
philippines_mapRepublic of the Philippines
National name: Republika ng Pilipinas
President: Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (2001)
Area: 115,830 sq mi (300,000 sq km)
Monetary unit: Peso

Population (2005 est.): 87,857,473 (growth rate: 1.8%);
- birth rate: 25.3/1000;
- infant mortality rate: 23.5/1000;
- life expectancy: 69.9;
- density per sq mi: 759

Capital and largest city (2003 est.): Manila,
- metro. area – 13,790,900,
- city proper – 10,232,900

Other large cities:
- Quezon City (2000 est.), 1,669,776 (part of Manila metro. area);
- Cebu (2003 est.), 761,900 

Languages:
- Filipino (based on Tagalog),
- English (both official);
- eight major dialects: Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano, Hiligaynon or Ilonggo, Bicol, Waray, Pampango, and Pangasinense

philippinesEthnicity/race:
- Christian Malay 91.5%,
- Muslim Malay 4%,
- Chinese 1.5%,
- other 3%

Religions:
- Roman Catholic 83%,
- Protestant 9%,
- Islam 5%,
- Buddhist
- other 3%

Literacy rate: 96% (2003 est.)

Economic summary: GDP/PPP (2004 est.): $430.6 billion; per capita $5,000.  
- Real growth rate: 5.9%.
- Inflation: 5.5%.
- Unemployment: 11.7%.
- Arable land: 19%.
- Agriculture: rice, coconuts, corn, sugarcane, bananas, pineapples, mangoes; pork, eggs, beef; fish.
- Labor force: 35.86 million; agriculture 45%, industry 15%, services 40% (2003 est.). Industries: textiles, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, wood products, food processing, electronics assembly, petroleum refining, fishing.
- Natural resources: timber, petroleum, nickel, cobalt, silver, gold, salt, copper.
- Exports: $34.56 billion (f.o.b., 2003 est.): electronic equipment, machinery and transport equipment, garments, coconut products, chemicals.
- Imports: $35.97 billion (f.o.b., 2003 est.): raw materials, machinery and equipment, fuels, chemicals.
- Major trading partners: U.S., Japan, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Netherlands, Germany, South Korea.

Communications:
- Telephones: main lines in use: 6.98 million (2001); mobile cellular: 11.35 million (2001).
- Radio broadcast stations: AM 366, FM 290, shortwave 5 (2002).
- Radios: 11.5 million (1997). Television broadcast stations: 75 (2000). Televisions: 3.7 million (1997).
- Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 33 (2000).
- Internet users: 4.5 million (2002).

Transportation:
- Railways: total: 897 km (2002).
- Highways: total: 201,994 km; paved: 42,419 km; unpaved: 159,57philippines5 km (2000).
- Waterways: 3,219 km; limited to shallow-draft (less than 1.5 m) vessels.
- Ports and harbors: Batangas, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Guimaras Island, Iligan, Iloilo, Jolo, Legaspi, Manila, Masao, Puerto Princesa, San Fernando, Subic Bay, Zamboanga.
- Airports: 257 (2002).