Leading sources of energy in the Philippines include geothermal, hydroelectric and other renewable energy sources. The country also produces a small amount of coal, natural gas and oil. However, even with low consumption rates compared to other Southeast Asian countries, the Philippines is a net energy importer. In 2011, 40 percent of energy consumption was oil, while coal and solid biomass and waste accounted for 20 percent each.Continue Reading
As of 2012, the Philippines produced about 25,000 barrels of oil daily; however, it used 302,000 barrels daily. Petron Corporation is the largest oil refiner in the country, while Shell Philippines and Otto Energy also play a large role in oil production.
About 102 billion cubic feet of natural gas was produced in the Philippines in 2011, all of which was consumed within the country. As a whole, the Philippines consumed 19 million short tons of coal in 2012, half of which was imported. The other half of the coal was produced domestically.
The country is able to produce up to 3.6 gigawatts of hydroelectric energy, as well as 1.8 gigawatts of geothermal energy. By 2030, the country is planning on adding an additional 11.4 gigawatts of capacity to its renewable energy sources.Learn more about Southeast Asia
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 >
The Philippines closest neighboring countries are Taiwan to the north and Malaysia to the south. Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos are west of the country, while the eastern Philippines' closest neighbors are Palau and the Marianas Islands. Located at the southeastern rim of the Asian continent, the Philippines is surrounded by the Philippine Sea and the South China Sea from all sides.Full Answer >
The Philippines gained independence on July 4,1946, due to the signing of the Treaty of Manila with the United States, who had annexed the Philippines as a territory in 1898. While at first the U.S. intended for the Philippines to be a colonial property, conflicts in the Philippines caused the U.S. to become more inclined toward Philippine independence.Full Answer >
The average high temperature for the Philippines is approximately 79.9 degrees Fahrenheit, while the average low is only 77.9 degrees. Rainfall decreases in the cooler months, going from around a quarter of an inch in January up to almost 16 inches in the rainy summer months.Full Answer >