The Philippines is a sovereign island country in Southeast Asia situated in the western Pacific Ocean. It consists of about 7,600 islands that are categorized broadly under three main geographical divisions from north to south: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The Philippines’s location on the Pacific Ring of Fire and close to the equator, makes the Philippines prone to earthquakes and typhoons, but also endows it with abundant natural resources and some of the world’s greatest biodiversity. An additional 12 million Filipinos live overseas, comprising one of the world’s largest diasporas. Multiple ethnicities and cultures are found throughout the islands
- Capital: Manila
- Population: 110.8 million
- Language: Filipino, English
- Major Dialects: Bicolano, Cebuano, Ilocano, Ilonggo, Kapampangan, Pangasinese, Tagalog, and Waray
- In 2005, the Philippines was declared as the “center of marine biodiversity” within the world’s Coral Triangle because of the many species found in one area.
Our History in Philippines
In 1978, FH began working in the Philippines to help Vietnamese refugees who were fleeing from the Vietnam War. Since then, FH has focused efforts on long-term development work in remote and indigenous communities with a focus on food security and livelihoods, education, health and resilience against the consequences of climate change, infectious diseases, and other disasters.
Stories From Philippines
Josefina is a married mother of two children. The family lives in the Malasugui community in the Philippines. Not long ago, she was extremely introverted with no relationships outside of her home, where she lives with her husband, John, and two teenage children. “Although I lived in Malasugui for six
They’ve worked hard and persevered. They rebuilt what the typhoon destroyed. What’s more, this community that suffered extreme poverty for generations is now growing back even better than before. If you would have asked the families that live in Barangay Osmeña, a farming and fishing village on the island of