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The Philippines (i/ˈfɪlpnz/; Filipino: Pilipinas [ˌpɪlɪˈpinɐs]), officially known as the Republic of the Philippines (Filipino: Republika ng Pilipinas), is a sovereign island country in Southeast Asia situated in the western Pacific Ocean. It consists of about 7,500 islands that are categorized broadly under three main geographical divisions: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The capital city of the Philippines is Manila and the most populous city is Quezon City; both are part of Metro Manila.

To the north of the Philippines across the Luzon Strait lies Taiwan; Vietnam sits west across the South China Sea; southwest lies Malaysia in the island of Borneo across the Sulu Sea, and to the south the Celebes Sea separates it from other islands of Indonesia; while to the east it is bounded by the Philippine Sea and the island-nation of Palau. Its location on the Pacific Ring of Fire and close to the equator makes the Philippines prone to earthquakes and typhoons, but also endows it with abundant natural resources and some of the world's greatest biodiversity. At approximately 300,000 square kilometers (115,831 sq mi), the Philippines is the 72nd-largest country in the world.

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Authorities conduct stress debriefing for students affected by clashes

The Philadelphia Inquirer 29 Mar 2023
The Philippine National Police (PNP) Bicol, Masbate provincial government, and Philippine Army conducted the activity for teachers and ......

AFP, police to increase visibility amid rebel attacks in Masbate

Sun Star 26 Mar 2023
said the military’s 9th Infantry Division (ID) and the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Regional Command in Bicol already discussed measures to prevent the NPA from committing further terroristic activities in the province ... Bicol education officials said ... (SunStar Philippines) ....

Marcos: Pulis, militar ipakatap sa Masbate

Sun Star 26 Mar 2023
miingon nga ang 9th Infantry Division (ID) sa militar ug ang Regional Command sa Philippine National Police (PNP) sa Bicol naghisgot na sa mga lakang aron mapugngan ang NPA sa paghimo og dugang mga teroristang kalihokan sa probinsiya ... (SunStar Philippines) ....

Marcos orders increased police presence in Masbate

The Manila Times 26 Mar 2023
Acting on Marcos' directive, Presidential Communications Secretary Cheloy Garafil said the Philippine Army and the PNP Regional Command in Bicol met at Camp Simeon Ola in Legazpi City on Thursday, where they agreed to increase police presence and visibility in the province, particularly in the school premises....

The progressive congresswomen of CALABARZON, Bicol

Manila Standard 21 Mar 2023
Since the Philippines has centuries of tradition and influence from local and foreign inhabitants, it’s not unusual to see some elements preserved today ... Another Philippine region famed for picturesque landscapes and rich heritage is Region V, also known as the Bicol Region....

First Kadiwa store in Bicol region posts P1.2 million in sales

The Philadelphia Inquirer 19 Mar 2023
MANILA, Philippines --- The first Kadiwa ng Pangulo store in Bicol Region generated P1.2-million in sales since its launching, said the ......

P146,600 worth of shabu seized in Masbate buy-bust

The Philadelphia Inquirer 16 Mar 2023
John Vincent Baroti, 23, was arrested by police and members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Bicol at his residence in Barangay ......

Ako Bicol solon reminds agencies: Spend budget now, avoid rainy season delay

The Philadelphia Inquirer 16 Mar 2023
MANILA, Philippines --- Ako Bicol Rep ... Last December 2023, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. signed his administration's first national budget worth... ....

PH regains EU market access for pili nuts export

Sun Star 12 Mar 2023
The Bicol Region is the country’s top pili producer with about 90 percent or 1,796.38 hectares of pili production area and 84 percent or 4,932.60 metric tons of the total volume of production based on the Philippine Statistics Authority data in 2021....

Salceda to DoTr: Include funding for BIA expansion

The Manila Times 11 Mar 2023
of the Philippines (NGCP) towers to allow the Bicol International Airport (BIA) to expand its runways to handle international flights ... "The CAAP (Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines) emphasized the need to relocate towers of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines ......

NGCP towers block Bicol Airport expansion—Salceda

Manila Standard 10 Mar 2023
Joey Sarte Salceda has requested the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to include a P600-million to P700-million allotment for relocating National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) towers to allow the Bicol International Airport (BIA) to expand its runways in order to accommodate international flights....

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