The Military in the Philippines

Military branches:
Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP):

Army, Navy (includes Marine Corps and Coast Guard), Air Force (2009)

Military service age and obligation:
18-25 years of age (officers 21-29) for compulsory and voluntary military service;

applicants must be single male or female Philippine citizens (2007)

Manpower available for military service:

males age 16-49:

females age 16-49: 23,177,487 (2008 est.)

Manpower fit for military service:

males age 16-49:

females age 16-49:
20,636,853 (2009 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually:


986,434 (2009 est.)

Military expenditures:
0.9% of GDP (2005 est.)

Communications in the Philippines

Telephones – main lines in use:
3.633 million (2006)
Telephones – mobile cellular:
51.795 million (2007)
Telephone system:
general assessment: good international radiotelephone and submarine cable services; domestic and interisland service adequate

domestic: domestic satellite system with 11 earth stations; cellular communications now dominate the industry; combined fixed-line and mobile-cellular telephone density about 60 telephones per 100 persons

country code – 63; a series of submarine cables together provide connectivity to Asia, US, the Middle East, and Europe; multiple international gateways (2007)

Radio broadcast stations:
AM 381, FM 628, shortwave 4 (2007)
11.5 million (1997)
Television broadcast stations:
250 (plus 1,501 CATV networks) (2007)
3.7 million (1997)
Internet country code:
Internet hosts:
283,579 (2008)
Internet Service Providers (ISPs):
33 (2000)
Internet users:
5.3 million (2007)

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Philippines

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The UNESCO World Heritage List includes 878 properties forming part of the cultural and natural heritage of the global community.
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Philippine Economy: Current Overview

Imports: electronic products, mineral fuels, machinery and transport equipment, iron and steel, textile fabrics, grains, chemicals, plastic

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According to Google’s Zeitgeist 2008,  Punta Fuego was the tenth most searched for travel destination by Filipinos in the Philippines.

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According to Google’s Zeitgeist 2008, El Nido was the seventh most searched for travel destination by Filipinos in the Philippines.

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