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Basic Indicators

Source: UNICEF: The State of the World's Children Report

Population: 91,983,000 (2009)
National language: Filipino, English
Per capita income: US$ 1,790/year (2009)
Life expectancy: 72 (2009)
% of population using
improved drinking water sources:
91% (2008)
% of population using
adequate sanitation facilities:
76% (2008)
Under 5 Mortality Rate: 33/1,000 live births (2009)

Sponsor a child today! The Philippines consists of over 7,000 islands. Roughly the size of Arizona, it's located in Southeast Asia, south of Taiwan and north of Indonesia and Malaysia. The islands are frequently hit by natural disasters, including cyclones, typhoons, floods, and earthquakes, creating dangerous situations for many Filipinos.

The economic situation of most Filipinos is varied, as some islands are fairly developed while others languish in poverty and underdevelopment. Primary crops for farmers include sugarcane, coconuts, and rice, while the manufacturing sector is able to provide a significant number of jobs in the production of electronic equipment and machinery.

Plan works with more than 80,000 families in the Philippines, focusing on promoting the rights of the child and improving access to basic services like health care and education. Except in emergency situations, Plan does not provide direct assistance. Instead, we help communities develop, grow and, ultimately, support themselves.

Hear from the children

An essential part of Plan's work is empowering children to discuss the issues that matter to them and to take part in decisions that affect their lives. To help you learn about these issues, the children in Plan communities have put together a series of publications called "See Our World": Read what the children have to say about their lives.

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