Corruption, poverty and human rights are the major social issues in the Philippines. Corruption in the Philippines deters trade and economic development in the region, according to a senior U.S. diplomat.Continue Reading
Philippines corruption is considered the most serious among East Asian nations. This widespread corruption includes embezzlement, bribery and benefits bestowed unfairly by government officials on certain individuals. All levels of Filipino government experience corruption. High-level government employees are the worst offenders. Businesses distrust the legal system due to the widespread belief that court personnel are incompetent and corrupt.
Poverty is also a major social problem in the Philippines. As of 2012, more than one-fourth of the Filipino population earns income below the poverty line of 16,841 pesos. The decline in poverty in the Philippines has happened more slowly than in other nations in the region. The poverty rate in the Philippines is about the same as in Haiti, as of 2012.
Human rights abuses in the Philippines include violations of civil liberties by various security forces. The forces are known to be responsible for disappearances, torture, unlawful detentions and killings. Prison conditions are poor, and the corrupt judicial system makes the legal process inefficient. Improper police actions target political activists, atheists and Muslims. Abuse and forced prostitution of women and children are also major concerns.Learn more about Southeast Asia
The Philippines has a population of over 100 million people as of 2016, with 12.9 million of them living in the capital city of Manila, which equates to about 12 percent of the total population. The country spans 115,831 square miles and 7,107 islands. The largest and most populous island is Luzon, located in the north of the archipelago, and the second largest island is Mindanao, located in the south.Full Answer >
Countries that are near the Philippines are primarily Taiwan and China to the north and Malaysia and Indonesia to the south. Because the Philippines is located on an island group, it has no countries that directly border it.Full Answer >
The top five products exported by the Philippines are integrated circuits, computers, semiconductor devices, office machine parts and electrical transformers. The top five recipients of these exports are China, Japan, the United States, Hong Kong and Singapore. Philippines is the top exporter of copper strings, sponges, felt hats, sulfides, fulminates and vacuum flask glass inners.Full Answer >
The major rivers in the Philippines are the Cagayan River, Rio Grande de Mindanao and the Agusan River. The country has a total of 421 rivers, but scientists consider 50 of them biologically dead.Full Answer >