Philippines Jose Narcia

Politics - The president, representative, and democratic republic whereby the president is both of state and head of government within a pluriform multi-party system. They have 3 separate independent branches, legislative, executive, and the judicial branch. Executive power is exercised by the government under the leadership of the president. Legislative power is vested in both the government and the two-chamber Congress: the Senate and the House of Representatives. Judicial power is vested in the courts with the Supreme Court of the Philippines as the highest judicial body. Elections are every three years starting 1992. Held every second Monday of May, the winners in the elections take office on the following June 30. The President has 6 years in office till the next election.

Economics - The Philippines is the 3rd largest economy in the ASEAN after Indonesia and Thailand. The economy has been rising 6% for the past 5 years. The unemployment is only 7.1% in the Philippines. They use pesos in the Philippines.

Religion - The major religion in the Philippines is Christianity. They are 92% Christians and 81% Roman Catholic. The 11% belongs to Protestant Christian denominations and Non-Roman Catholic. Spain introduced Christianity to the Philippines in 1565 with the arrival of Miguel Lopez de Legaspi.

Social Structure - Each Filipino is at the center of a large circle of relatives. Marriage is not always permitted to marry in the same kinship circle. Filipinas, which are filipino women, they have more power social equality than women in most countries in Southeast Asia. At home women usually manage the family income and are the primary caretakers of children.

Industry - The top two industries in the Philippines is business process outsourcing and retail. Business Process Outsourcing sector continues as the main driver for investment. Over one million Filipinos are employed by BPOs generating roughly 11% of the country’s GDP and it is estimated that 1.5M new jobs will be created next year by the BPO sector. For retail, malls are not only havens for shopping but as venues for entertainment.

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