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A long-time ally of the U.S., the Philippines is embarking on an aggressive growth strategy and warmly welcomes partnerships with the private sector

Open for business
The May 2010 presidential election in the Philippines heralded a new government, representing a new direction and a renewed sense of hope for this resilient nation of warm smiles and optimism.

'Pacquing' a punch
Boxing champ Manny Pacquiao turned to politics to better serve his fellow countrymen

The fight against poverty
Government departments unite across all sectors, rising to the challenge of meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on time

A legacy of freedom fighters
From a family legacy, President Aquino leads a new era for the Liberal Party and the Philippines



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


total: 300,000 sq km
country comparison to the world: 72
land: 298,170 sq km
water: 1,830 sq km

101,833,938 (July 2011 est.)


GDP - composition by sector:
agriculture: 13.9%
industry: 31.3%
services: 54.8% (2010 est.)

$50.72 billion (2010 est.)
country comparison to the world: 53
$37.6 billion (2009 est.)

EXPORTS commodities:
semiconductors and electronic products, transport equipment, garments, copper products, petroleum products, coconut oil, fruits

$59.9 billion (2010 est.)
country comparison to the world: 42
$46.39 billion (2009 est.)

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Sustained economic growth
The Philippines is "open for business" and backed by broad-based bank lending growth and greater transparency, accountability and competitiveness

Phenomenal growth for SM Investments
From commercial and retail to residential and leisure development, the corporation does not shy away from large investments. SM has been highly successful, to boot

Land Bank, dedicated to financing rural development
CEO and president of Land Bank of the Philippines, Gilda Elepano Pico shares the ins and outs of this government bank entrusted with boosting agricultural and rural sectors


New public private partnerships

A longstanding lack of funds has hindered crucial investment in the Philippines, holding back economic development. Now the government believes it has found a way around the problem

A proven track record, a partner for progress
MPIC has grown from strength to strength, expanding infrastructure development, turning companies around to become competitive, meeting the needs of Filipinos across the nation

Innovation at the nation's heart
Innovation is the buzzword in the Philippines, where generation of new ideas for products and services is a crucial element of the national strategy for boosting competitiveness

A world-class exporter of high-tech products
Forty years ago, the Philippines had only traditional agricultural exports. That started to change in the1970's when the Philippine electronics industry got under way, spurred by industrialized nations seeking alternative locations offering lower production costs

Educating the people, the nation's treasure
With a long running educational tradition, for the Philippines supplying adequate resources for the educational system behind the quality of its workforce is essential

No longer a mere overseas call center
Business process outsourcing is growing and maturing into knowledge process outsourcing in this tech-savvy island nation

Organizing businesses the world round
The first call center to be listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange, Paxys provides a wide range of services, including BPO, telemarketing, and IT and software systems

Innovative BPO service and training solutions from Sitel
Sitel is a global leader in the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry and provides its clients with fully integrated customer care services by highly trained experts

'We have corrected misconceptions of BPO'
Jared Morrison of Stream Global Services highlights the advantages of outsourcing customer care operations to the Philippines


Sustainable extraction of $1 trillion in natural resources

The world's fifth richest country in mineral resources, the Philippine mining sector is back on course after a nearly 30-year slump and the government is taking sustainable development and investment protection seriously

Building the community and striking gold
Honesty and concern for the people really distinguish Jose Ernesto Villaluna, president and chief operating officer of Philex Mining, and the way he does business

Nickel, a highly sought after commodity
One of the oldest and most important mining companies in the Philippines, Nickel Asia Corporation (NAC) is also a homegrown company.

World-class processes at Coral Bay
Sumitomo and Nickel Asia's Coral Bay Nickel Corp. is putting mine waste to good use

Investment success
Filminera and CGA Mining Ltd. attribute their mining achievement to their investment in the community

More than a mining company
Under Xstrata Copper, SMI is sustainably developing one of the world's largest copper-gold mines



Abundant renewable energy sources

Powering the Philippines requires taking greater advantage of the nation's renewable sources, including geothermal and solar, and using cleaner burning fossil fuels like natural gas

The Philippines' energy mix
The Philippines has a growing population and a growing economy, both of which will increase demand for energy in coming years

Extending top-rated medical services to all corners and classes
Private healthcare providers, public clinics and HMOs work towards the common goal of reaching all Filipinos nationwide

The luxury of hi-tech healthcare
Innovative and world-class healthcare from a patient-centered approach comes with the latest in technology and impressive surroundings

Extending the protecting arm of insurance
Nowhere has President Aquino's election-winning pledge to improve governance been taken more seriously than in the insurance sector, which is set to become one of the cornerstones of the country's economy as the average wealth of Filipinos continues to grow

116 years growing with and insuring the Philippines
Part of the globally leading Sun Life Financial group, Sun Life Financial Philippines shows Filipinos that a better, more secure life and retirement is possible

Bring home more than just a Balikbayan Box, with Philam Life's "Balikbayani Pasalubong Package"
The Philippines has now become the third largest provider of overseas workers in the world. The number of overseas Filipino workers has grown by 52% in just five years from around 900,000 in 2004 to 1.4 million in 2009. Currently, there are around 3,900 Filipinos leaving daily for better employment opportunities in foreign countries.


What the Philippines is about

In a way, the Philippines is the unexplored neighbor. Americans know plenty about the country but perhaps are unaware of its many magical, and practical, attractions

Philippines' warm hearts and smiles
Secretary of Tourism Alberto Lim discusses his country's strategies to attract more tourists and why they should visit for more than just the sun and sand

It's playtime for the Philippines
Amusement and entertainment encompassed in integrated casino resorts will both rival and complement other gaming hubs in Asia. The government hopes these resorts will also grow tourism numbers

First Cagayan at the forefront of gaming
Philippines-based on-line gaming is a big, and strictly legitimate, business


Working towards a better future
PAGCOR, in charge of overseeing gaming in the Philippines, is also responsible in a large part for the country's socio-economic development

Entertainment City
From tourism and foreign investment to job creation and MICE industries, PAGCOR's Entertainment City is set to stimulate economic growth

Pamaskong Handog 2010
PAGCOR hosts 12 Days of Christmas for the less fortunate

Help is on its way
PAGCOR provides free medical and dental care to thousands of people

Schoolchildren top the agenda
Working alongside the Department of Education, PAGCOR commits to schoolbuilding projects and programs to feed undernourished children








A United World supplement produced by:

- Charlotte Rose

- Andrew Machaj

- William Skidmore

- Paula Bellsola

- Ugo Bagration

- Vincent Rifici

United World woud like to extend a special thank you to Secretary Ricky Carandang and Ian Soqueno from the Presidential Communications Team, and to Chairman Sergio Ortiz Luis, Gabby Cruz and Renato Osmena of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce

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