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    Why invest in ASEAN?

    • Philippines

      The Philippines’ more than 90 million people are the country’s key assets. The depth and quality of its human resources make the Philippines an attractive place for people doing business.

      Filipino employees are renowned and trusted worldwide. The great Filipino worker is known for his diligence, hard work, creativity, professionalism, technical skills, and English proficiency. In the recent survey of Global English Corporation, a cloud-based advance English literacy software provider, the Philippines ranked as the best in the world in terms of Business English Proficiency.

      In the Philippines, investors are assured of continuous supply of quality workforce – whether for labor-intensive industries or sectors requiring highly-skilled professionals. Education is valued in the Philippines, with every Filipino family striving to bring their children to school. Since 2001, university and college graduates grow about 3% annually. Every year, the Philippines produces almost half a million graduates of various courses.

      A founding member of ASEAN, the Philippines is a middle-income ASEAN Member State but is today considered the new tiger in Asia amid strong growth. In 2012, the Philippines GDP grew by as much as 7.1% surpassing economists’ forecasts. In the same year, the Philippine Stock Exchange Index posted 38 all-time highs. FDI inflows average US$2 billion in the past six years and are expected to increase further as the country’s growth momentum continues.

      Opportunities abound for investors targeting the sectors of business process outsourcing, electronics, agriculture, renewable energy, infrastructure, and shipbuilding. For more information, see www.investphilippines.gov.ph.

      Facts and Figures

      Republic of the Philippines
      Capital: Manila 

      Land Area:
      Urban population rate:
      Age clustering:
      Life expectancy:
      Net enrollment in primary education:
      Adult literacy rate:
      300,000 sqkm
      95.8 million
      66.4 percent
      11.7 percent
      28.0 percent
      4.3 percent
      37.0 percent
      70.4 years
      85.7 percent
      93.6 percent
      (as of 2011)
      GDP per capita:
      Total trade:
      Tourist arrival:
      US$ 224.3 million
      US$ 2,341
      4.2 percent
      US$ 1.26 million
      US$ 111.75 million
      3.92 million
      Philippine peso
      (as of 2011)
      International airports:
      Major sea ports:
      Road length:
      Paved network:
      Percentage of paved roads:
      Vehicles per 1000 persons:
      Internet subscriber per 1000 persons:
      Cellphone per 1000 persons:
      12 international airports
      21 major ports
      31,359 square kilometers
      24,834 square kilometers
      79 percent
      Other Information Languages:
      Official languages are Filipino and English
      Predominantly Roman Catholic
      Are of Malay descent, but many have mixed ancestry such as Chinese and Spanish

      Note: Some figures may vary with figures in the AMS’ website due to differences in covered period or record year. Most data were culled from the ASEAN Secretariat Statistics Leaflet Year 2012 which consolidated ASEAN data as of end 2011. Figures in the AMS website may either be as of pre-2011 or as of post 2011.

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