The Philippines is the world’s 5th largest island country in Southeast Asia that consists of 7,640 islands. The Philippines covers an area of 300,000 kilometer square and, as of 2020, had a population of around 109 million people, making it the world’s twelfth most populous country. Philippines is a secular state, while over 92% follow Christianity. Islam is the second-largest religion.
The Philippines takes its name from Philip 2, who was king of Spain during the Spanish colonization of the islands in the 16th century. Because it was under Spanish rule for 333 years and under U.S. tutelage for a further 48 years, the Philippines has many cultural similarities with the West. It is, for example, the second-most-populous Asian country with English as an official language. The first is India. Manila is the capital of the Philippines.
Philipines is the 5th largest island country in the world. 7,640 islands of Philipines are broadly categorized under three main geographical divisions from north to south: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
The Philippines has a geographically powerful position, both militarily and economically. As it is essentially a collection of Islands, it has no shared land borders. This gives them a defensive edge against any possible attacks. This also lessens the defense budget of the Philipines in securing the borders. The Philippines is exactly at the center of trade routes between China, Japan, and Australia.
According to Gross Domestic Product GDP Philippines ranks 27th in the world with a worth of $376.8 billion. According to GDP per capita, Turkey ranks 115th in the world. The Philippine economy has been transitioning from one based upon agriculture to an economy with more emphasis on services and manufacturing. The agriculture sector accounted for 8% of GDP, the industrial sector accounted for 34.1% of GDP, while the services sector is responsible for 57.8% of GDP. They are the leading producers of coconuts, rice, and pineapples.
Primary exports include semiconductors and electronic products, transport equipment, garments, copper products, petroleum products, coconut oil, and fruits.
The travel and tourism sector contributed 10.6% of the country’s GDP.
According to Global Firepower, the Philippines has the 40th strongest military in the world. The Philippines imports more than 70% of its weapons from Israel. The defense budget of the Philippines is $4.3 billion.
Total Personnel: 315,000.
Active Personnel: 125,000.
Reserve Personnel: 130,000.
Tank Strength: 4.
Armed Fighting Vehicles: 600.
Air Strength: 179.
Fighter Air Craft: 0.
Naval strength 103.
The Army of the Philippines is not that powerful compared to other countries in the region. As mentioned earlier, the Philippines has no shared land borders, so it does not require a colossal Army to defend itself.
The Philippines is the founding and active member of the United Nations. Carlos P. Romulo a Filipino diplomat was former President of the United Nations General Assembly. The Philippines has a long relationship with the United States, covering economics, security, and people-to-people relations. In 2003 the Philippines was designated a Major non-NATO ally. The Philippines attaches great importance to its relations with China and has established significant cooperation with the country.