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Tourism is a crucial industry that could employ millions of Filipinos, skilled and unskilled alike, cross those 7,107 islands of the Philippines. From the current projection of 3.3 million tourist arrivals in 2010, our aim is to eventually attract 6 million tourists. In the process, we expect to create 3 million jobs in the next six years.

Benigno Aquino III, President of the Philippines


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Overview: Philippines

Since the rumours first circulated in July 2013 President Aquino had struggled to keep the scandal at least at arms length. A whistleblower had revealed that some deputies, including the president's allies, were embezzling as much as half the funds allocated to local projects from government funds. Corruption allegations are nothing new in the Philippines; but in this case the  revelations rang home in the first instance because of the scale of the embezzlement, and secondly because of the sad realisation that despite their President’s promised reforms. little had changed when it came to corruption. The squeaky clean image projected by the President, the only son of former president Corazon Aquino, (herself the widow of assassinated politician and presidential hopeful Benigno Aquino Sr) had tried to dodge the flak by claiming that he too was outraged by the corruption, which was corroborated in a detailed report by the state auditing body.

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Profile: Philippines

- Timeline

- Political structure

- Population,

- Education  

- Health

- Welfare

- Main cities

- Languages spoken

- Media

- Economy

- Agriculture

- Industry and manufacturing

- Tourism

- Mining,

- Hydrocarbons

- Energy

- Financial markets

- Banking and insurance

- Time

- Geography

- Climate

- Dress codes

- Entry requirements

- Health (for visitors)

- Hotels

- Credit cards

- Public holidays

- Working hours

- Telecommunications

- Electricity

- Social customs and useful tips

- Security

- Getting there

- Getting about

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Key Facts

Key Facts:

Key Facts
Official name: Republika ng Pilipinas (Republic of the Philippines)
Head of State: President Benigno Aquino III (LP) (since 30 June 2010)
Head of government: President Benigno Aquino III (LP) (since 30 June 2010)
Ruling party: Partido Liberal (Liberal Party) (coalition with Kalapian ng mga Kaibigan sa Kaunlaran (KKK) (Friends Of Development – City of Hagonoy) (from 29 Jun 2010)
Area: 300,439 square km (7,107 islands)
Population: 99.43 million (2014) (92,337,852; 2010, census figure)
Capital: Manila (on Luzon)
Official language: Filipino (based on Tagalog)
Currency: Peso (P) = 100 centavos
Exchange rate: P46.96 per US$ (Sep 2015)
GDP per capita: US$2,865 (2014)
GDP real growth: 6.10% (2014)
GDP: US$284.93 billion (2014)
Labour force: 41.32 million (2014)*
Unemployment: 6.80% (2014)
Inflation: 4.17% (2014)
Balance of trade: -US$15.85 billion (2014)
* estimated figure


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