In 2014, one debated issue in the Philippines is preparing for possible power shortages in 2015. China's historical land claim to the oil rich Scarborough Shoal is another issue in the Philippines in 2014.Continue Reading
The Manila Bulletin reported that President Aquino has asked congress to grant him emergency power to address the projected 300 megawatt power shortage in the summer of 2015. Congress is debating the creation of a joint resolution which would allow him to begin a 420 megawatt power plant in Makati City to create additional reserves. The shortage is the cause of aging power plants and low water supply. The government is also considering allowing private firms to be compensated for using their own generators instead.
The Philippines also released ancient maps showing that China's southern most land claim has always been Hainan Island, not Scarborough Shoal. The shoal has continually been claimed by China, and China claims authority over almost the entire South China Sea. However, Scarborough Shoal has never appeared in any historic Chinese maps. It has been shown on numerous ancient maps made by foreigners and Filipinos from as early as 1636. The Philippines intends to bring a case to the U.N. arbitral court to seek clarification on its land entitlement.Learn more about Social Sciences
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 >
To retire in the Philippines, apply for a special resident visa specifically meant for people retiring, says Kathleen Peddicord for U.S. News & World Report. There are different types of visas available for retirees planning to move to the Philippines, including the SRRV smile program. This requires a deposit into a Philippine bank.Full Answer >
Poverty, lack of schools and facilities, inadequate funds for adult education and even the use of English as a medium for instruction are some of the main reasons why there is illiteracy in the Philippines. The apathetic attitude of illiterate workers and the lack of support of government entities also contribute to the illiteracy rate.Full Answer >
The Philippines are located in both the Northern and the Eastern Hemispheres. The Pacific Ocean completely surrounds the 7,107 islands that make up the Philippines.Full Answer >