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.
Current communities: 79 | Children sponsored: 10,298
Church partnerships: 41
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