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General information about Philippines

Сообщение! » 04 мар 2011, 00:45

03/01/2011 General information about Philippines

Country name:

conventional long form: Republic of the Philippines

conventional short form: Philippines

local long form: Republika ng Pilipinas

local short form: Pilipinas

Location: Southeastern Asia, archipelago between the Philippine Sea and the South China Sea, east of Vietnam

Geographic coordinates: 13 00 N, 122 00 E

Map references: Southeast Asia

Area: total: 300,000 sq km country comparison to the world: 72

land: 298,170 sq km water: 1,830 sq km

Climate: tropical marine; northeast monsoon (November to April); southwest monsoon (May to October)

Terrain: mostly mountains with narrow to extensive coastal lowlands

Elevation extremes: lowest point: Philippine Sea 0 m highest point: Mount Apo 2,954 m

Natural resources: timber, petroleum, nickel, cobalt, silver, gold, salt, copper Land use: arable land: 19% permanent crops: 16.67% other: 64.33% (2005)

Irrigated land: 15,500 sq km (2003)

Total renewable water resources: 479 cu km (1999)

Natural hazards: astride typhoon belt, usually affected by 15 and struck by five to six cyclonic storms per year; landslides; active volcanoes; destructive earthquakes; tsunamis volcanism: the Philippines experience significant volcanic activity; Taal (elev. 311 m, 1,020 ft), which has shown recent unrest and may erupt in the near future, has been deemed a "Decade Volcano" by the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior, worthy of study due to its explosive history and close proximity to human populations; Mayon (elev. 2,462 m, 8,077 ft), the country's most active volcano, erupted in 2009 forcing over 33,000 to be evacuated; other historically active volcanoes include Biliran, Babuyan Claro, Bulusan, Camiguin, Camiguin de Babuyanes, Didicas, Iraya, Jolo, Kanlaon, Makaturing, Musuan, Parker, Pinatubo and Ragang.

Government type: republic.

Capital: name: Manila.

geographic coordinates: 14 35 N, 121 00 E

time difference: UTC+8 (13 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)

Administrative divisions: 80 provinces and 120 chartered cities provinces: Abra, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Aklan, Albay, Antique, Apayao, Aurora, Basilan, Bataan, Batanes, Batangas, Biliran, Benguet, Bohol, Bukidnon, Bulacan, Cagayan, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Camiguin, Capiz, Catanduanes, Cavite, Cebu, Compostela, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Oriental, Dinagat Islands, Eastern Samar, Guimaras, Ifugao, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Iloilo, Isabela, Kalinga, Laguna, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, La Union, Leyte, Maguindanao, Marinduque, Masbate, Mindoro Occidental, Mindoro Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental, Mountain Province, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, North Cotabato, Northern Samar, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, Palawan, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Quezon, Quirino, Rizal, Romblon, Samar, Sarangani, Siquijor, Sorsogon, South Cotabato, Southern Leyte, Sultan Kudarat, Sulu, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Tarlac, Tawi-Tawi, Zambales, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay chartered cities: Alaminos, Angeles, Antipolo, Bacolod, Bago, Baguio, Bais, Balanga, Batac, Batangas, Bayawan, Bislig, Butuan, Cabadbaran, Cabanatuan, Cadiz, Cagayan de Oro, Calamba, Calapan, Calbayog, Candon, Canlaon, Cauayan, Cavite, Cebu, Cotabato, Dagupan, Danao, Dapitan, Davao, Digos, Dipolog, Dumaguete, Escalante, Gapan, General Santos, Gingoog, Himamaylan, Iligan, Iloilo, Isabela, Iriga, Kabankalan, Kalookan, Kidapawan, Koronadal, La Carlota, Laoag, Lapu-Lapu, Las Pinas, Legazpi, Ligao, Lipa, Lucena, Maasin, Makati, Malabon, Malaybalay, Malolos, Mandaluyong, Mandaue, Manila, Marawi, Marikina, Masbate, Mati, Meycauayan, Muntinlupa, Munoz, Naga, Navotas, Olongapo, Ormoc, Oroquieta, Ozamis, Pagadian, Palayan, Panabo, Paranaque, Pasay, Pasig, Passi, Puerto Princesa, Quezon, Roxas, Sagay, Samal, San Carlos (in Negros Occidental), San Carlos (in Pangasinan), San Fernando (in La Union), San Fernando (in Pampanga), San Jose, San Jose del Monte, San Juan, San Pablo, Santa Rosa, Santiago, Silay, Sipalay, Sorsogon, Surigao, Tabaco, Tacloban, Tacurong, Tagaytay, Tagbilaran, Taguig, Tagum, Talisay (in Cebu), Talisay (in Negros Occidental), Tanauan, Tangub, Tanjay, Tarlac, Toledo, Tuguegarao, Trece Martires, Urdaneta, Valencia, Valenzuela, Victorias, Vigan, Zamboanga (2009)

Independence: 12 June 1898 (independence proclaimed from Spain); 4 July 1946 (from the US)

National holiday: Independence Day, 12 June (1898); note - 12 June 1898 was date of declaration of independence from Spain; 4 July 1946 was date of independence from US Constitution: 2 February 1987, effective 11 February 1987

Legal system: based on Spanish and Anglo-American law; accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction with reservations

Population: 99,900,177 (July 2010 est.) country comparison to the world: 12

Age structure: 0-14 years: 35.2% (male 17,606,352/female 16,911,376) 15-64 years: 60.6% (male 29,679,327/female 29,737,919) 65 years and over: 4.1% (male 1,744,248/female 2,297,381) (2010 est.)

Median age: total: 22.7 years male: 22.2 years female: 23.2 years (2010 est.)

Population growth rate: 1.931% (2010 est.) country comparison to the world: 63

Airports: 254 (2010) country comparison to the world: 25

Airports - with paved runways: total: 85 over 3,047 m: 4 2,438 to 3,047 m: 8 1,524 to 2,437 m: 29 914 to 1,523 m: 34 under 914 m: 10 (2010)

Airports - with unpaved runways: total: 169 1,524 to 2,437 m: 4 914 to 1,523 m: 66 under 914 m: 99 (2010)

Heliports: 2 (2010)

Pipelines: oil 107 km; refined products 112 km (2009)

Railways: total: 995 km country comparison to the world: 90 narrow gauge: 995 km 1.067-m gauge (484 km are in operation) (2010)

Roadways: total: 213,151 km country comparison to the world: 24 paved: 54,481 km unpaved: 158,670 km (2009)

Waterways: 3,219 km; (limited to vessels with draft less than 1.5 m) (2011) country comparison to the world: 31

Merchant marine: total: 428 country comparison to the world: 24 by type: bulk carrier 75, cargo 135, carrier 16, chemical tanker 26, container 13, liquefied gas 5, passenger 7, passenger/cargo 68, petroleum tanker 45, refrigerated cargo 17, roll on/roll off 12, vehicle carrier 9 foreign-owned: 156 (Bermuda 43, China 4, Greece 4, Japan 82, Malaysia 1, Netherlands 18, Singapore 1, South Korea 1, Taiwan 1, UAE 1) registered in other countries: 7 (Cyprus 1, Panama 6) (2010)

Ports and terminals: Batangas, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Liman, Manila

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Re: General information about Philippines

Сообщение! » 09 июн 2011, 00:16

Philippines will increase a tourist flow
Tuesday, 07 June 2011 11:24

Ministry of Tourism of the Philippines is planning for three years to increase the flow of foreign tourists to the resorts of the Philippines. For convenience of tourists will construct four new international airport on the main Philippine resorts. The problem of transporting tourists to the Philippines is a major pronlem for tourist industry of the Philippines, because the local resorts offer tours of the relatively low prices in the region, with an acceptable level of service. Also worth noting is fairly liberal visa requirements for foreign tourists in the Philippines, it is easy to get a visa for entry into the Philippines and the Philippine Bureau of Immigration a fairly easy process for anyone, who wishes to extend their stay in the country. At the same time, citizens of 145 countries have granted visa-free entry to the Philippines. If the Philippine government will build four new international airport, the Philippines will be able to pick up millions of tourists from Thailand, as the pricing on the Philippine resorts-is more flexible with lower prices, which could help Philippine resorts to become the most visited resorts in Asia. For more information about Philippines click here: viewforum.php?f=119!
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Re: General information about Philippines

Сообщение! » 26 июл 2011, 22:38

The resorts of Philippines will be give discounts for tourists with disabilities
Tuesday, 26 July 2011 10:40 ... sorts.html

Chairman of the Philippine Department of Tourism reported, that tourists with disabilities, who visit the Philippines, will be granted 20% discount on the objects of tourist infrastructure in the Philippines, in particular, discount will be provided on hotel accommodation, services, entertainment, medical services, and will also be given discounts on the purchase of tickets for different modes of transport.!
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