The Philippine archipelago is comprised of 7,107 islands in the south Pacific Ocean. Its entire land mass makes it justly larger than the state of Arizona. The tropical climate results in two monsoon seasons: from the northeast (November – April) and from the southwest (May – October). The terrain runs from sea level along narrow coastal lowlands through mountainous regions where the highest elevation is just over 9,600 feet.
The population of the Philippines is just under 104 million people, with over 53% under 24 years old. Slightly less than 10% of the population is over 55 years old. The median age is just 23.1 years old. The population is growing at 1.873% due largely to the high birth rate of 25 births per 1,000 population. 49% of the population lives in urban areas.
Philippine Living Conditions
- Medical care is within reach of Filipinos living in urban areas, but most do not have access to medical insurance and must pay cash for treatment. There are 1.2 doctors for every 1,000 people (versus the U.S. with 2.3 doctors for every 1,000 people).
- 20% of the urban population lives without improved sanitation facilities, and 31 % of rural Filipinos live without improved sanitation.
- Risk of disease is high mostly from waterborne and vectorborne diseases.
- Literacy is high with 92.6 % of the population over 15 year old being able to read and write, after 12 years of school.
- The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is $4,300 per capita, but income is highly skewed. The top 10% of earners account for 33.6% of consumption, while the bottom 10% account for only 2.5% of consumption.
- 26.5% of the population lives below the poverty line.
- 17.4% of the under 24 year old population is unemployed, while unemployment for the population as a whole averages 6.9%.
- 41.5% of the population earns less than $2.00/day.
- The annual inflation rate is 3.4%.
Guidelines has been involved in ministry in Philippines since 1974 when Dr. Sala moved his family there and began broadcasting Guidelines for Living over FEBC. Read more about a few of the Philippine ministries Guidelines supports today: Shalom Birthing Center, Christ Jesus our Life, and Herman Manalo.