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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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Getting to know the outstanding district representatives of Regions V, VI, and VII

Manila Standard 28 May 2023
Towards the middle of the Philippine archipelago lies the bustling areas of Regions V, VI, and VII, or the Bicol, Western Visayas, and Central Visayas regions. Each part plays a specific yet equally relevant role in contributing to the Philippines’ cultural identity ... Gullas supports the youth’s prospects of bringing change to the Philippines....

P1.55-B KIST Park, agro-processing zones rise in Bicol

Manila Bulletin 26 May 2023
Catanduanes State University (CatSU) is establishing two economic zones -- Knowledge, Innovation, Science and Technology (KIST) Park and Agro-Industrial Processing Zone – the first of its kind in the Bicol region with investments of P1.55 billion, the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) announced....

Solon presses passage of salt industry bill

Manila Standard 26 May 2023
The lawmaker from Bicol revealed that if enacted, the measure will establish a Philippine Salt Industry Development Roadmap that will provide support to the industry through appropriate technology and research, training programs, incentives to investments, adequate funding, aid ......

Don't wait 20 years: Solon tells PNP to step up bodycam procurement

Manila Bulletin 24 May 2023
A Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) official-turned-congressman has told the Philippine National Police (PNP) to step up its procurement of body-worn cameras or bodycams. This, after Bicol Saro Party-list Rep ... The PNP has proposed the acquisition of only 2,000 units of bodycams under its proposed budget for 2024 ... ....

Modern rice mills are key, House leader tells DA execs

Manila Bulletin 18 May 2023
Wilfrido Mark Enverga (left) and Ako Bicol Party-list Rep. Zaldy Co. (Facebook). Investing in modern rice mills can be a game changer for the Philippine rice industry, according to Ako Bicol Party-list Rep. Zaldy Co ... "We need to adopt modern techniques and technologies that can help us increase our yield and improve the quality of our rice ... ....

Drug den maintainer, 8 others nabbed in Camarines buy-bust

Manila Bulletin 17 May 2023
CAMP OLA, Albay – The Philippine National Police (PNP) and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Bicol arrested nine drug suspects and dismantled a drug den during a buy-bust operation in Ocampo town, Camarines Sur province on Monday night, May 15. Police Lt. Col ... ....

Yamsuan: Proper training of personnel needed to secure PNP’s body-camera recordings

The Philadelphia Inquirer 10 May 2023
MANILA, Philippines - Bicol Saro party-list Representative Brian Raymund Yamsuan has underscored the need to properly train technical ......

Army, PNP arrest CPP regional operations chief in Malabon

Manila Bulletin 09 May 2023
The alleged head of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) regional command in Bicol was arrested by joint elements of the Philippine Army (PA) and Philippine National Police (PNP) in a pre-dawn operation in Malabon City on Tuesday, May 9 ... Philippine Army / Kalinaw News) ... Philippine Army / Kalinaw News)....

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